The 404 page is an error message that should come up when you request something from a website that doesn’t exist, like when you mistype the address. It’s usually a pretty bare bones informational message that tells you that there’s an error, what the error is, and that you should try again.
But there are some creative types on the Internet who have decided to humanize the 404 page and use it as an opportunity to show that their organization and web site have a sense of humor and style. Renny Gleeson, a consultant for businesses using new media, gave a TED talk on the subject of interesting 404 pages.
That got several Catholic new media people on Google+ talking about some ideas for fun and funny Catholic 404 pages. How should Catholic websites take advantage of the opportunity to present an interesting error page to show that they have some personality behind them? A few of us batted around some ideas and created a couple of quick images using St. Anthony, St. Jude, the lost sheep, and the Blessed Mother. You can see them on a Pinterest board created for the purpose.
What do you think of the idea of Catholic 404 pages? What other concepts do you think we should explore? Let us know in the comments below.