Custom error pages

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Joomla! uses the templates/system/error.php file to handle several HTTP Status errors, including "403 Forbidden", "404 Not Found", and "500 Internal Server" errors. You can style the error results, if desired.

It is important to understand that error.php is an independent file from the Joomla! CMS but dependent on the Joomla! Platform. Plugins do not run on the file. You cannot include modules or use <jdoc:include> statements.

Overriding the System Error Results[edit]

To override the system error results, copy the templates/system/error.php file into your templates/<template-name> directory.

If it finds one, Joomla! will use the error.php file from the current template, in place of the system file.

You can format the page, as desired, to match your template.

Overriding the System Styling[edit]

If you want to change the styling, copy the templates/system/css/error.css file into your templates/<template-name>/css directory. Next, update your templates/<template-name>/error.php file to reference the new location of the stylesheet by changing this line, accordingly:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php echo $this->baseurl; ?>/templates/system/css/error.css" type="text/css" />

Then, simply change the error.css, as desired, for your styling requirements.

Customizing Error Messages[edit]

You can add conditional logic to vary the message returned, dependent upon the specific error code.

Here is an example of how to trap a 404 error and provide a custom message.

<?php  if ($this->error->getCode() == '404') { ?>
	<div id="errorboxheader">Page not found</div>
		<div id="errorboxbody"><p>Sorry! That page cannot be found.</p>
<?php } ?>

HTTP Status Code[edit]

When a request is made for a page on your site, the server returns an HTTP status code in response to the request. Joomla! returns a '200 - the server successfully returned the page' for error pages. This is problematic for those working with Google Webmaster Services and trying to get a sitemap resolved.

If you want Joomla! to return a status code for the error, you can do so by adding logic before the DOCTYPE line, as follows:

if ($this->error->getCode() == '404') {
	header("HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found");
} ?>

More HTTP Status Code Information[edit]

Using Theme Header and Footer on Standard Error Page[edit]

Joomla 1.5 If you want to see the error page in theme design and don't like redirecting to error page URL or duplicating HTML in the error page template, here is a way to apply your theme template to the error page.

First, put the following code in templates/<template-name>/error.php:

// no direct access
defined( '_JEXEC' ) or die( 'Restricted access' );

include dirname(__FILE__) . "/index.php";

Then make the following edits to templates/<template-name>/index.php:

1. Find the following code in index.php

<jdoc:include type="head" />

and replace it with the following

<?php if (!$this->error->getCode()) : ?>
<jdoc:include type="head" />
<?php else : ?> 
<title><?php echo $this->error->getCode() ?> - <?php echo $this->title; ?></title>
<?php endif; ?>

2. Find the following code in index.php

<jdoc:include type="component" />

and replace it with the following

<?php if ($this->error->getCode()) : /* check if we are on error page, if yes - display error message */ ?>
  <p><strong><?php echo $this->error->getCode() ?> - <?php echo $this->error->message ?></strong></p>
  <p><strong><?php echo JText::_('JERROR_LAYOUT_NOT_ABLE_TO_VISIT'); ?></strong></p>
    <li><?php echo JText::_('JERROR_LAYOUT_AN_OUT_OF_DATE_BOOKMARK_FAVOURITE'); ?></li>
    <li><?php echo JText::_('JERROR_LAYOUT_SEARCH_ENGINE_OUT_OF_DATE_LISTING'); ?></li>
    <li><?php echo JText::_('JERROR_LAYOUT_MIS_TYPED_ADDRESS'); ?></li>
    <li><?php echo JText::_('JERROR_LAYOUT_YOU_HAVE_NO_ACCESS_TO_THIS_PAGE'); ?></li>
    <li><?php echo JText::_('JERROR_LAYOUT_REQUESTED_RESOURCE_WAS_NOT_FOUND'); ?></li>
  <p><strong><?php echo JText::_('JERROR_LAYOUT_PLEASE_TRY_ONE_OF_THE_FOLLOWING_PAGES'); ?></strong></p>

  <li><a href="<?php echo $this->baseurl; ?>/index.php" title="<?php echo JText::_('JERROR_LAYOUT_GO_TO_THE_HOME_PAGE'); ?>"><?php echo JText::_('JERROR_LAYOUT_HOME_PAGE'); ?></a></li>

<?php else : ?>
  <jdoc:include type="component" />
<?php endif; ?>

Now your theme template is applied to error pages too.

Note: Module includes in template will not work on error page created by this method (but will work on other pages).

Using modules in error pages[edit]

Modules cannot be included in error pages in the same way as the template's index.php because you cannot use <jdoc:include> statements. There is an alternative way using JModuleHelper.

To include a single module by title, you can use:

if (JModuleHelper::getModule('menu')) { 
    echo $doc->getBuffer('module', 'menu');

To include multiple modules by position, you can use:

$modules = JModuleHelper::getModules( 'footer_3' );
$attribs['style'] = 'xhtml';
foreach ($modules AS $module ) {
    echo JModuleHelper::renderModule( $module, $attribs );