What is a website 404 error?

Error messages, what are they and what can be done about them? Should you be scared away from a website that throws one of these error codes your way?

It is a common occurrence that you have experienced more often than you would like. It disrupts your browsing experience and is generally annoying.

However, don’t let these error codes scare you off, it is likely a simple website problem that is temporary and will be fixed shortly.

Now, what if it is happening to your website, what does it mean?

So, what are website error messages?

Website error messages commonly referred to as “HTTP errors” are messages instructed by either the website, browser, or web hosting server to let the viewer know that there is a problem.

Let’s run through two of the most common HTTP errors and what can possibly be done to get around the issue –

The webpage cannot be found (HTTP 404)

You will receive this message when the information you have arrived to see has either moved or perhaps was deleted. The best course of action with a 404 message is to ensure your web address is correct and double check that the website has not moved the content, if there is a search box use it!

The website cannot display the page (HTTP 500)

Users tend to be a bit out of luck with this error, the 500 message means that there is a technical issue with the website or web hosting server. The best advice here is to simply wait a few minutes and try again.


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