So I finally decide to polish up my website and blog, changed banner and everything,but the default “404 Error File Not Found” page is still as ugly as ever .

So I did some search on the internet and marked around with the 404.shtml file under the host server(I use hostmonster), opened the file saw some code like

<!– SHTML Wrapper – 404 Not Found –>

<!–#exec cgi=”/cgi-sys/fourohfour.cgi” –>

I had no experience of dealing with shtml before so I deleted first line then the second line and changed it to html code instead

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “”>
<html xmlns=””>
<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=utf-8″ />
<title>Untitled Document</title>
<body background=””>
<h1>404 Error File Not Found</h1>
<h2>The page you are looking for might have been removed, <br />
had it’s name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.</h2>
<p>If you typed in the URL, please check the spelling</p>
<p>You can try to click the Back button and try another link</p>
<p><a href=””>Ye’s Blue Note</a></p>

Problem: Background doesn’t show up

Then I found the background image didn’t show up. so the whole page was practically blank with the white text.

I thought the server runs shtml differently from html.

Later I found this is because error page doesn’t look for something like ./bodybg.gif

which means, if you are at’texitpage  it shows background if you upload the background file under root directory

but if you do’texitpage it won’t show up because the server looked for the background file under root/yebluenote/ directory and the file didn’t exit.

To save trouble of upload background image to every directory that exit, replace the relative path(./bodybg.gif) with absolute path(

Option one

So I looked up the internet, found a way to point the error page to any html you want.

Basically, open .htaccess file under server, if didn’t exit, create one.

paste something like

ErrorDocument 404 /404.html

ErrorDocument 404 is for”404 page not found”, 404.html is what ever name for your 404 error page.

Then create 404.html(something like the html code I had above) , put whatever you want in there.

Upload and type something doesn’t exit  under your domain name, in this case something like , you’ll see the error page has changed.

Option two

Change shtml file, find 404.shtml under server, delete everything and paste any html address and it works.