* using Joomla! differently than I am. You have said it many times, but now I get it. You push this little CMS to the virtual edge of the WWW! Me? I just try to use it.
I am humiliated to read your response and discover that I recommended you, a professional site developer, create a 404 page that could
turn up in search results.
Allow me one more opportunity to redeem myself. I will re-read your brilliant, forward thinking post and look, again, at your example. Yes, SmashingMagazine
, August 17, 2007. It's current. It's now. Something other professional web developers turn to for that little bit of something
that noses them ahead of the pack. Sets 'em apart from the rest of us schmucks who have to think and creatively solve our problems.
One thing I *love* and *hate* about Smashing
is how they have all of those examples stuffed into one page. Sometimes, I literally
hear my computer chug through all of those bytes and links and images. On really large issues, I have (I SWEAR this is true) seen the lights dim, as energy normally used to heat and light my family home, is diverted for the purpose of guiding my geeky steps with breathtakingly brilliant leading edge approaches.
In the interest of time, I'll focus on the first example: 1. Appealing images.
In simplistic terms I might understand, does that basically mean a pretty picture
? Maybe one of those in a piece of content and a few modules scattered across the page, perhaps? Could one of those modules be a search box, as the very first example shows? Could a menu be offered with a list of options? Could the Latest News module be shared? Most read? List of authors? Heck. Gosh almighty. I can hardly contain my enthusiasm, but, dang it all, I think that might just work. NO REALLY! THAT MIGHT JUST WORK!
Dare I look at the second example: 2. Getting poetic
I'll use their title - and apply my limited creativity (surely I can press out 17 syllables, right?):
404 error Haiku
, by AmyStephen (aka Amy Stephen
File not found? Oh no!
Whatever will I do now?
Try this page
Darn it. Toe stubbed, again
. Here we are, having come full circle right back to the challenge you so correctly raised when you sarcastically dismissed my solution as inadequate. The search results!
Why, even 17 syllables can be discovered and sucked into a search results page by Joomla!'s vacuum powered discovery capabilities.
Ooh-ooh-ooooh! (hand raised!)
(you are probably to young to remember Arnold Horshack.) What about using the LoadModule
Plugin deceptively positioned inside of the article
in order to display those sweet 17 syllable solutions on the 404 page?
I'm probably just giddy and overly optimistic
I think we might
be able to use these for mentioned methods to also 3. Communicate through emotions.
as well as 4. Communicate through Irony
. Scrolling ahead, and realizing, again, how you and I use Joomla! differently, I still canno
t contain my optimism that, perhaps, even given the impossibility of the task you posed, that by harnessing the existing Joomla! framework as I described in my initial response, combined with these most recent ideas I respectfully submit for your discernment, ideas that I have suggested to you for implementing the very concepts in the article you identified as containing "some real creative 404 examples but whats more important, most of them have "inline" pages where navigation is still in place so people can just go on browsing your site", Arno, honestly, I believe we should be able to implement any of those fabulous ideas using Joomla!
We are limited only
by our imagination and are willingness to make things happen.