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Handle Broken Links Nicely with Catch404 jQuery Plugin

Posted · Category: GPL License, Tools

Broken links and 404 Errors are a problem that have plagued almost all websites since the dawn of the internet. There’s nothing attractive about clicking a link hoping that it’ll take you to your destination only to find out that the page doesn’t exist.

Addy Osmani has written a new jQuery Plugin called Catch404. Through the magic of jQuery we are going to catch 404 errors without your users even having to leave the page and then suggest some other options they have got using an inline jQuery Modal window. The benefit of Catch404 is that you can offer your users a better experience when errors are encountered on your site.


Requirements: jQuery Framework
Demo: http://www.addyosmani.com/resources/catch404/catch404.html
License: GPL License

  • This is not a good idea. There is no advantage to having a javascript pop-up versus a standard customized 404 page – same links can be present (for search, site map, etc), same text, you name it. All you get is a different, less standard UI around the content.

    And to get this, you basically request every page twice. And make the user wait for BOTH round-trips. Not trying to be harsh here, but this is not a good trade-off.

  • This is awful, very slow, give no advantage and confuse the visitor.

  • Uranus

    Yah, this is stoopid.. but pretty.. stoopid.

  • Its speed is OK for internal links but as “Regnareb” it takes so much time to external links.I would not recommend its use.
    Needs serious speed improvement.

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