Back in 2008, Tina did a great job listing three addons that enhances Firefox’s page failure but some of them have been updated and besides, a few more have appeared which are worth a mention. So here they are: the 6 ways to enhance FireFox’s error page and make it more useful (especially if you really need to load the page).
1. Override Mozilla Firefox Guidance
is a humorous FireFox addon that actually does nothing useful but can remove your stress from landing on an error page. It randomly implements several essentially unhelpful – yet almost funny – error pages, when a website cannot be reached.
2. Resurrect Pages
Resurrect Pages is the FireFox extension that enhances FireFox’s “Server not found” fail page with links to big page cache/mirrors:
- Google Cache (and Google’s )
- Yahoo! Cache
- Bing Cache
- The Internet Archive
3. ErrorZilla Plus
ErrorZilla Plus is another FireFox addon (its previous edition has already been mentioned by James in his post on faster browsing) with the similar to the above one functionality but additionally it allows to:
- Try again;
- Use a server to ping the target server;
- Look up who owns the website;
- Use your custom web proxy to connect.
Unlike the above one, this extension works best for removed pages (it won’t show up if you mistype an URL and get to the standard FireFox’s “Server not found” page).
Prior to redirecting, it asks you to confirm if the page really doesn’t exist and if you want to see its archive.org version:
Fierr is another nice option that adds the following buttons to the error page:
- Back (to go back to wherever you came from),
- Reload (the page will automatically attempt to reload in ten seconds, the button allows to stop the reload)
- Search (to run Google search and see if Google has any records for that page):
6. Down for everyone?
You can also use it in combination with another script that checks your router. Note that by default, it’s using 192.168.1.1 for router IP address. To change it to your router’s IP, right click the Greasemonkey icon on statusbar, select “User Script Commands…“, select “Set your router IP“.
Here’s how the two scripts look when installed:
Any addons I missed here? Or any other ways to make the FireFox’s failure page more fun?