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Re: SCRIPTS!!!!! 404 not found
From Inachu at Help Desk Club on 18 August '00
replying to SCRIPTS!!!!! posted by ANDY BLACK

When a visitor requests a document that doesn't exist at your Web site -- whether by following an outdated link or mistyping an URL -- the message your Web server returns by default can stop a browser dead in its tracks. Here's a better alternative to those annoying "404: File not found" error messages.

Create an ASCII text file in your Web site's root directory named .htaccess. In the file type:

ErrorDocument 404

Replace yourdomain with the name of your domain. What you name the HTML file is up to you.

Your Web server will now display the 404err.htm document whenever it encounters a request for a file that doesn't exist on the server. This gives you a chance to customize the error message to jibe with the style of the other documents at your site, and to offer suggestions on how to locate the information in question.

Furthermore, by using the META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" tag that automatically forwards a browser to another document, you can bounce a visitor from your error message page to, for example, the front page of your site or to a search page. It's the digital equivalent of inviting visitors in for coffee and a chat instead of slamming the door in their face.


>Thank you everyone who has helped me with the question I was asking re how to disallow users accessing your directories on a web server that does not support such a feature. I have a few more requests if anyone can help (I will credit you all on my site when it's up and running if it's OK)
>Does nayone know the script for opening every page of your site in full screen mode, this is not to be confused with a normal screen without toolbars etc, it'a actually full screen with no directories, address, status bar- nothing but a full screen, even the task bar is covered up and you have to presss alt and f3 I think to close it. Anyway I need the window to open without the need to click on a link to open the big screen- so it automatically loads any ideas...
>Also does any one have the script so that if you typed an address on a server that didn't exisit you would get the boring windows file not found page but you own custom one for your site, I've seen sites use this and they usually call it filenotfound.html but what's the script to direct anything other than what exisits to that page?
>If any one can help on ANY of these please let me know
>Also does anyone know how I can create a web-site e-mail so that people e-mail a subject and when they click send, instead of their e-mail programme opening up the mail is sent direct from my site to the recipient (the main reason is that I don't want people to leave my site when they click send which is what happens as their mail programme opens) I know the script I'm looking for is JS and not CGI, which I can't be doing with
> Thanks

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