404 is the computer code for "File Not Found." That is,
a Web server has responded at the address you provided but it did not
have a file of the specific name you requested. All Web
servers have a generic page they provide to indicate this,
however, these servers also provide the option to have
a 404 page just for your site and not for the entire server.
The advantages of making your own 404 page are several. First, you
make it clear that it is not your site that is missing
just the one page. Second, you can have the same visual
appearance as the rest of your site. Third, you can offer
tools such as navigation and search boxes, directed specifically
at your site rather than an entire server.
For example, if I want to find application information at one of our
departments on www.uky.edu and they do not have their own
404 page, then I will be directed to the general UK 404
page. This gives me access to the search box, but if I
type in application I will be searching against every department
on that server. On the other hand, with a custom page,
I can give the option of searching just my department's
pages and putting less of a work burden on the user.
A Custom 404 page is no different than any other page. All you need
to do is create an HTML page with a statement that the
file the person is looking for is not found and providing
them the tools they need. Mostly likely this page will
be in the template of your existing site.
If you are on www.uky.edu and you wish to enable this page, you need
to create a file called .htaccess (nothing before the .
this is the entire name of the file). The file is not an
HTMl file so it should be completely blank. Then add a
single line such as this:
ErrorDocument 404 http://www.uky.edu/FineArts/error.html
You would of course change the URL to be the complete URL for your
custom error (404) page.
If you are on www.mc.uky.edu, you will need to contact Terrie Ashley
and advise her that you need to have the error page for
your site changed and give her the URL of your page.
If you are on another server, you will need to contact your server
administrator to find out how to set up your custom error
To see a sites error page, just type in their address plus the name
of a file you expect to be non-existent such as gobbledygook.html.
The following colleges are currently using custom error
As many of you know the navbar was designed many years ago and is
built around fixed width concepts and table based design.
Although we've updated the code so that it is XHTML Strict
compliant, the concept is still somewhat inflexible.
Additionally, the bright blue of the navbar has caused problems for
a number of folks around campus whose site designs are
in pastels or grayscale.
Consequently, in Spring of this year, the Web Advisory COmmittee approved
the development of a new version of the navbar to address
these issues. While not yet near ready for use, we thought
we should give you a peek at how this new bar will work.
Please bear in mind that this is an attempt to make the
navbar more flexible. At this time, there is no plan to
change the basic use of the navbar as our online branding
element and it is still required as per the Web Policy.
Additionally, this new navbar is not a replacement for
the old navbar. Rather it is in addition to. Finally, we
will be offering a version of this new navbar in blue
before the end of the year for those who like the old color
scheme, but do not wish to be hampered by the fixed design.
You will notice that this new navbar is much faster to load than the
old bar because it does not depend so much on graphics:
Using the bottom two converters, you can render e-mail addresses into
code values that spam harvesters may not recognize as e-mail
addresses. Web browsers and e-mail clients will convert
the codes back to regular characters so there will be no
confusion for the end user.
Web site traffic monitors: Count them out! (handout)
Why do we put counters on our Web sites? Usually to show our bosses
that the Web site is doing something. The consumers of
our sites almost universally do not care about the number
of hits especially as without context the number is meaningless
to them. Save yourself the clutter and do not put counters
on your site. Those on www.mc.uky.edu can get a regular
report of their hits. Those on www.uky.edu can go to the
Stats page to find out how
to view hits.
These are the logos approved under the exception clauses of the Web
policy. If you have a logo which has been approved and
do not see it here, please contact Web
If you are using a corporate logo and it has not been approved,
you must remove it. To request an exception under the conditions
of the Web Policy, please contact Web Services.
Vivisimo Clustering - automatic categorization and meta-search
(Just for fun)