Custom 404 – finally, by chance


While I really do like the Thesis blog template, the 404 error message that comes with it just doesn’t work for me.

I was doing some research, trying to learn how to do some modifications of my new blog, Diaries of the Civil War (, when I stumbled on a way to get rid of the Thesis “You 404’d it. Gnarly, dude.” message.

I would like to be able to make all of the changes that I want without doing any coding, but I don’t think that’s likely in the near term.

The nice thing about Thesis is that all it is written in such a way that all of the coding done by the user is in a couple of “custom files.”  By doing it this way, all of the customizations are retained when the next version of the theme comes out.  On most other themes that I’ve worked with, the changes are made in the theme’s working files.  Then, if there is a new version, all of the customizations get lost.

Once I had it figured out on the other blog, I went ahead and copied it over to this one.

Now I can go back to researching what I was originally looking for.


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