Error Page to Handle All Errors

This is a way to make a single error page for all errors, which is easier to update and maintain.

1) Point all error pages at one location in your .htaccess file

ErrorDocument 400 /error.php
ErrorDocument 401 /error.php
ErrorDocument 403 /error.php
ErrorDocument 404 /error.php
ErrorDocument 500 /error.php

2) PHP for error.php page in root

$codes = array(
       403 => array('403 Forbidden', 'The server has refused to fulfill your request.'),
       404 => array('404 Not Found', 'The document/file requested was not found on this server.'),
       405 => array('405 Method Not Allowed', 'The method specified in the Request-Line is not allowed for the specified resource.'),
       408 => array('408 Request Timeout', 'Your browser failed to send a request in the time allowed by the server.'),
       500 => array('500 Internal Server Error', 'The request was unsuccessful due to an unexpected condition encountered by the server.'),
       502 => array('502 Bad Gateway', 'The server received an invalid response from the upstream server while trying to fulfill the request.'),
       504 => array('504 Gateway Timeout', 'The upstream server failed to send a request in the time allowed by the server.'),

$title = $codes[$status][0];
$message = $codes[$status][1];
if ($title == false || strlen($status) != 3) {
       $message = 'Please supply a valid status code.';
// Insert headers here
echo '<h1>'.$title.'</h1>
// Insert footer here


  1. TeMc
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    That’s fairly awesome !

    Comes in quite handy with a static or less-CMS-y site.

  2. xk2
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    I use it often for customers that prefer static sites.

  3. Daniel Miguel
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    It’s nice to do a single php to all errors, you have to adapt your layout at once and if you change anything is easier…

    Great for all websites…

  4. Andrew Champ
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    Very useful, thanks!

  5. Attila Hajzer

    what are static sites?

  6. black-light-studio
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    nice to built with as a start

  7. Julesmazur
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    You forgot the most important error code of all in your .htaccess: Error 418.

  8. Neeraj Singh
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    Small trick and Big Effects :) Good One..

  9. GR
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    “Database error” is another you’ll see moslty from failed forum sites… probably SQL related though… not sure.

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