404 error pages tracking

How to track 404 error pages

If you use the 404 error pages tracking feature, then these count towards your billable monthly pageviews.

Tracking 404 error pages is essential for many site owners and Plausible helps you automate this process. With our "404 Error Pages Tracking" you can:

  • Get an easy overview of which 404 pages are accessed by your visitors
  • See where visitors find broken links to your 404 error pages
  • Then you can manually fix broken links and redirect error pages

If you want to track 404 error pages on your site, here's what you need to do:

1. Make sure your tracking setup includes the second line#

First, make sure your tracking setup for Plausible Analytics includes the second line as shown below:

<script async defer data-domain="<yourdomain.com>" src="https://plausible.io/js/plausible.js"></script>
<script>window.plausible = window.plausible || function() { (window.plausible.q = window.plausible.q || []).push(arguments) }</script>

You need to place your Plausible Analytics tracking script code into the Header (<head>) section of your site. Place the tracking script within the <head> … </head> tags.

2. Paste this piece of code to your 404 page template#

Add this code to your 404 page. For instance, if you're using WordPress, your 404 page template will be called 404.php. It will be located within your theme files.

<script>plausible("404",{ props: { path: document.location.pathname } });</script>

You need to place this code on your 404 page below the header section (place it somewhere after the closing </head> tag).

Step 3: Create a custom event goal in your Plausible Analytics account#

404 error pages won't show up automatically. You'll have to configure the goal for them to show up on your dashboard.

To configure a goal, go to your website's settings in your Plausible Analytics account and visit the "Goals" section. You should see a prompt to add a goal.

Add your first goal

Click on the "+ Add goal" button to go to the goal creation form.

Select Custom event as the goal trigger and enter this exact name: 404.

Add 404 error pages goal

Next, click on the "Add goal" button and you'll be taken back to the Goals page. After you've completed this process, all the 404 error pages will start being tracked and will be displayed in the "Goal Conversions" report of your Plausible Analytics dashboard. You'll see "404" goal as soon as the first visit on an error page has been tracked.

Click on "404" to see the full list of all visits on all error pages and have your dashboard filtered by error pages only. Click on a particular error page URL to filter the dashboard by those clicks only and get the full overview of that specific URL. Then you can figure out how your visitors discover the broken links and fix them.

Thanks to Jeremiah Lee for contributing this to the Plausible Analytics community! We do plan to support 404 error pages tracking out of the box in the future but this is a great alternative you can use in the meantime.