10 Serious Companies with Surprisingly Fun 404 Pages
Article by George Norman
On 18 Sep 2015
You’d expect a web design company for example, to have a funny 404 error message, but a serious software company?

The simple truth of the matter is that most of them go for a standard error message. There are a few though that aim to get a giggle out of the visitors who are unlucky enough to land on a missing page.


1. Skype – Are you sure you thoroughly checked the sofa?

Skype, a division of Microsoft ever since the software giant purchased it for $8.5 billion back in 2011, is a serious company with a serious product – a VoIP application that you can use on your PC or Mac to call and video chat with friends.

What do you get when you land on a Skype 404 page? You get a message that’s reminiscent of Homer Simpson.

2. Avira – You’re in for a scare (but not really)

Security company Avira doesn’t joke around when it comes to viruses, Trojans, and other forms of malware. It has plenty of products to offer, products that will help you clean your PC, boost its performance, and keep it safe and protected.

So what do you get when you land on a missing page on Avira.com? See below. I’d like to say that an image of a cracked screen might scare someone, but I know that isn’t the case.

3. Ubisoft – That bunny cracks me up

Ubisoft, the video game developer and publisher that’s best known for the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series of games, features a psychedelic animation on its 404 page. Moving green things in the background, a funny looking bunny in the foreground, and a “bwaah! You broke the internet” message in the middle.

Blizzard, the American company that is best known for games like Diablo, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft, gets a honorable mention here for the “Grats. You broke it.” message on its 404 page.

4. Google – You have to pronounce “robot” like Futurama’s Dr. Zoidberg

Google presents a broken down robot on its 404 page. I don’t know about you, but I like that robot a lot. It looks cool and it reminds me that even the best can sometimes fail.

5. GitHub – Your Jedi mind tricks don’t work on me!

If you’re a developer, I don’t need to tell you what GitHub is. And if you’re a regular user, chances are you downloaded a developer’s application from GitHub. But that’s not important now. What’s important is that GitHub has a Star Wars-inspired 404 page.

And speaking about Star Wars, here’s the 404 page for the official StarWars.com website.

6. Fotor – And the Moon landing was staged, too!

Fotor puts image editing functionality at your disposal. You can edit images (and create collages) on its website, you can use the Fotor application on your PC or Mac to make your images look better, you can use the Fotor app for iOS, Android or Windows phone to do a bit of image editing on the go.

Fotor's software does not disappoint and neither does its 404 page.

7. Dropbox – Is that modern art? It looks like modern art to me.

Dropbox’s 404 page presents an image that makes me think some artist tried to recreate the company’s logo but messed things up. Or perhaps he’s deeper than I thought and I just don’t understand modern art. Either way, Dropbox for Windows is awesome and so is Dropbox for Mac.

8. Mozilla – I like both, I like both of them so much.

Mozilla’s Firefox web browser is my favorite. I use it all day, every day, and there’s nothing I dislike about it. Okay, there are a few things – a few minor things that don’t deserve to be mentioned.

This is the 404 page for the Mozilla.org website.

And this is the 404 message for the Mozilla Developer Network website.

9. AVG – I knew it! I knew it had to end somewhere!

Do you think the internet is endless? It’s big, but it’s not endless. Don’t take my word for it, here’s what security company AVG has to say.

10. IMDb – Get movie suggestions from the 404 page

Well, since you reached the end of the internet, might as well call it a day and go watch a movie. Don’t know which movie to watch? You could get a suggestion from IMD’s ever-changing 404 page (refresh the webpage, you'll see the 404 message will change).

Tags: Skype, Microsoft, VoIP, messenger, Avira, security, Ubisoft, Blizzard, Google, GitHub, Star Wars, Fotor, Dropbox, Mozilla, Firefox, AVG, IMDb
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