What Does 404 Error Mean? How To Customize your Wix 404 Page!

Updated: Jul 3

At one time or another, we’re sure that you’ve seen a “404 Page Not Found” error message pop up on your screen when searching for a nonexistent URL.

If not, do me a favor and click or type, “www.nbmsllc.com/marketingrocks” into your browser and see what pops up.

While Super Mario is not a part of the NB Media Solutions team, we customized our Wix 404 page to look a little different than what it typically does for other Wix websites.


404 Response: On Wix

Let’s talk about what a Wix error 404 error message means before we dive into how to customize your own Wix 404 page.

In the past, if a visitor searched for a URL on your Wix website that didn’t exist, the dead links would simply reroute the visitor to your home page.

Broken links now display a ‘Wix Error 404’ message on your web browser screen.

A Wix 404 response simply means that the link is no longer active. You could have mistyped a URL or the original link has been deleted or moved. The message: “Page Not Found” with the 404 code looks like this:


Screenshot of Standard Wix 404 error page
Standard Wix 404 error page

The Wix website error code 404 explains the reason for the message and provides website visitors with a button that takes them back to the homepage of your website.

The reason that Wix changed this feature from automatically taking visitors back to the homepage, to displaying an error message instead, is because they want website visitors to understand that the specific page URL they searched for does not exist.

Site visitors may have not understood why a URL link (that is different from the website’s homepage) was constantly rerouting them back to the homepage.

Wix made this clear to consumers so now, they know that the URL is nonexistent.


To alleviate this issue in full from your website you can pay attention to the Google Search Console and replace dead links or deleted pages with 301 redirects. This will send your non working URLs to pages you specify that you want traffic to go to.


Wix Custom 404 Page

The custom 404 page Wix enabled allows their users to create their own message, and you can get as creative as you’d like.

Here are a few examples of some creative designs that other websites have designed, including our own!

NB Media Solutions:


Custom 404 Page Wix | Wix Custom 404 Page

Mr. Wet Wall:


Custom 404 Page Wix | Wix Custom 404 Page

Pixar:


Custom 404 Page Example | Customize 404 Error Page