WordPress 404

Wordpress 404You probably saw this tutorial coming if you saw my last article Great 404 Pages?

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make a WordPress 404 page. It will not only be funny, but also informative.

If you don’t know, a person is sent to a 404 page if they try to go to a URL that doesn’t exist. If you have a 404 page they’ll see something useful instead of an error page.

Here is my 404 page New Think Tank 404. I’ll show you exactly how I made it. I’ll also show you how to:

  • Count the number of published WordPress posts
  • Retrieve all published posts using a query
  • Display links to all of your posts

Here are links to the previous parts of this tutorial series if you missed them:

Code From the Video

<?php get_header(); ?>

<?php get_sidebar(‘first’); ?>


<div id=”mainContent”>

<br /><br />

<img src=”http://www.newthinktank.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/404-Error.png” width=”700″ alt=”Page Not Found” />



<?php echo(“Sorry I can’t find that page?”); ?>



<?php $numposts= wp_count_posts()->publish;


if (0 < $numposts) $numposts = number_format($numposts); ?>

<h2><?php echo ‘Check out the ‘ .$numposts. ‘ articles below’; ?>



<ul id=”archive-list”>


$myposts =get_posts(‘numberposts=-1’);


foreach($myposts as $post) : ?>

<li><?php the_time(‘m/d/y’) ?>: <a href=”<?php the_permalink(); ?>”><?php the_title(); ?></a>



<?php endforeach; ?>




<?php get_footer(); ?>

6 Responses to “WordPress 404”

  1. When I copied this code I got a php error at line 6. When I deleted that line I got an error at line 8. Why would that happen?

    • admin says:

      Do a find and replace with your text editor that replaces the back quotes with regular quotes and it will work.

      It’s a security thing that wordpress does. Sorry about that

  2. Ray says:

    I get the following error code:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /home/swindonl/public_html/wp-content/themes/swindonlabour/404.php on line 17

    Now that I’ve copied in your code I can’t get my old code back.

    Any ideas how to fix?

    • admin says:

      Replace all of the back quotes ‘ & ” with regular quotes and it will work. WordPress automatically changes those for security reasons. It will work then

  3. Ray says:

    Thanks, that did it!

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