404 (Page does not exist) Redirect

By tsangktsangk


Note: as of the 19th November 2012, Wikidot has implemented a full solution which no longer requires this snippet. View their solution here.

While Wikidot is a wiki platform, some users might wish to show users a more useful message when a page doesn't exist. With this snippet, you can redirect users to a custom 404 page and still get access to create the page using the standard /edit/true URL tags.

Following the tradition of James' JS-based snippets, I too will show the "framework".


attribute required allowed values default description
url yes valid URL or website address none Specifies the URL to redirect the user to when a page doesn't exist


You will need to copy the code into the side bar (usually nav:side):

[[include :snippets:404-redirect

Link to edit

You can also include a link to create the page that wasn't found. Simply add the following line to your 404 page:

[[include :snippets:404-link
|label=Click here to create the page
[!-- Note, all fields are optional --]

In action

It's currently in action on the Community site as well as in my personal sandbox:

Wikidot Community:
thispageblahblah — this page doesn't exist, it'll be redirected to the 404 page
404 — the 404 landing page
Community Home Page — the page exists, so we're not redirected to the 404 page :)

My Sandbox:
npr:pageexist — this page exists, and isn't redirected to the 404 page.
npr:doesntexist — this page doesn't exists, and will be redirected to the 404 page.


  • 27th Aug 2012: decreased iframe size by 124 bytes. Hopefully this will make redirection that little bit faster.
  • 28th Aug 2012: added "create page" functionality in 404 page. Simply include [[include :snippets:404-link…

Thanks to tsangk for this great snippet: conditional-blocks

text above inserted with:

[[include :snippets:if START |unique=1|type=equal|var1=%%name%%|var2=conditional-blocks]]
**##red|Thanks to tsangk for this great snippet:##** [[[code:conditional-blocks]]]
[[include :snippets:if END]]

Other snippets posted by tsangk

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