Getting a Webpage 404 Not Found Error?
What Is the 404 not found error?
One of the most typical web error codes a browser will come across is the 404 or not found error message. This is the error message you will receive when a browser attempts to open a webpage that is no longer available.
What Causes the 404 Not Found Error?
This standard HTTP response code is indicating that although the client made contact with the server, the information requested could not be found. It is important to note that a 404 not found error is not indicating that the server itself was not found, but that the information requested is currently not available and this may change in the future.
How to Fix the 404 Not Found Error
Fixing the 404 not found error is a simple task of finding the missing link. This can be achieved by working your way from the error back to the URL with the problem.
- Begin by typing the URL of the webpage you desire into your browser, or pressing the refresh button to make sure that the error code was not just a fluke, which has been known to happen.
- Next to see if there were any typing mistakes in the URL such as misspellings or improper syntax.
- Next begin removing sections of the URL, moving up one directory at a time until you can load a page. This will show you that it is the particular page and not the server or website as a whole that is having the issue.
- Once you arrive at the websites main page, provided that it is still present, then attempt to do a search from the websites search tool, if there is one available. Often times the page that is no longer available has had its URL changed and the content can still be located from a search.
Finally, if none of these attempts have been successful you can try a free webservice at http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ that will verify if the 404 not found error is due to a missing link, or if it is actually a problem on your side. It is also possible to contact the webmaster or the site, typically at firstname.lastname@example.org (chance the website.com with the site you desire) and they maybe able to assist you.
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