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How to Create a Custom 404 Page in Joomla

This tutorial will guide you through how to create a custom 404 error page within a Vertex template. The 404 error page is generated with an article so that it automatically matches the look and navigation of the rest of your site.

With Vertex we have added a new feature that allows users to create their own custom 404 pages directly within Joomla itself. You no longer are required to edit any files on the server such as error.php and you can do all of this through the Article Manager in the back end.


  • This Tutorial is for Vertex based Templates only (Paradigm Shift and Newer)
  • You must be using Vertex 3.6 or above for the functionality to be enabled.
  • To view your Framework Version go to the About Tab in your Template Manager

Step 1: Login To Joomla By Typing /administrator After the URL

Step 2: Navigate To Content > Article Manager > Add New Article

Step 3: Set the article Title to "404 Error Page" exactly. Add Content then hit Save & Close

Step 4: Navigate to your Home Page and enter an invalid URL to see your Custom 404 Page

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