WordPress offers inbuilt support for custom 404 pages on all themes. But what about custom pages for other common errors like 401 and 403? You end up seeing a bland error page of the Web Server.
With this plugin you can easily create custom 401 and 403 error pages with any theme without writing a single line of code!!! And the best part is that you set it and forget it. Yes, you don’t have to do any changes even if you change themes. The heading and text you want on 401 and 403 error pages are displayed on the currently active theme.
- Install and activate the custom error pages plugin.
- From the wp-admin go to Settings > Custom Error Pages, fill in the heading and content boxes, save the changes and preview it.
- Configure your web server to use a custom error page.
Apache users edit your .htaccess file and add the following lines.
ErrorDocument 403 /index.php?status=403 ErrorDocument 401 /index.php?status=401
Nginx users edit your nginx.conf file and add the following lines.
error_page 403 = /index.php?status=403 error_page 401 = /index.php?status=401
Try accessing a file or directory which is forbidden like
Did you see a custom 403 page in all the glory of your theme?
- Should I do anything if I change themes?
No not at all. You just install the plugin set it and forget it. The plugin isn’t theme bound so it’ll work even after switching themes.
- I noticed define( ‘DONOTCACHEPAGE’, TRUE ); in the plugin code what is it for?
This tells caching plugins like W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache not to cache the 401 and 403 error pages. This does NOT affect the cacheability any other pages of your site.
- Does this plugin automatically edit the .htaccess or nginx.conf file?
No it doesn’t. You have to manually edit it and add the necessary configuration specified in the plugin’s option page.
Contributors & Developers
“Custom Error Pages” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
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- Fixed a bug that displayed the thumbnail of Post ID 1
- Reduced repetitive code with inheritance
- Compatibility check with WordPress 3.8
- Initial version