If you run your Wordpress blog on the wonderful Genesis Framework (as I do did), then you know that the 404 page is pretty nice out of the box. It gives the user a way back to the homepage, and lists of Pages and Posts and all kinds of ways to get people to find the content they wanted.

Wordpress Genesis Theme 404 Page

It lacks customization options though. In most of the sites I work on, there are a few pages that don’t get linked from the menus because they’re specialty pages. It could be a “thank you for purchasing” page, or a landing page for traffic from a specific site or campaign.

I’ve come up with a quick modification that lets you hide pages from the 404 listing by setting a field in the page’s metadata.

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