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Old 25th October 2007, 10:36 AM   #1
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Old 25th October 2007, 10:46 PM   #2
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Easy to do, just make a custom page (for example, "error.html"), then set:

ErrorDocument 404 /error.html

in your apache2.conf file (that's what it's called in linux, may be different in win) - that's assuming error.html is in the top level web directory, otherwise adjust the path accordingly.

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Wow, never really thought about that. It definitely makes a different impact as opposed to a standard page. For me, it would still make me retry the page again instead of giving up already.

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