Analyzing and Resolving 404 Page Errors

Analyzing and Resolving 404 Page Errors

A 404 error is an HTTP status code that indicated that the page that is trying to be reached cannot be found on the site's server. This error will indicate the server is reachable and the specific page you are trying to reach is not reachable

404 error messages may be customized by individual websites, they can show up in just about any way possible. 

Different Ways You May See 404 Errors

  • 404 Error
  • 404 Not Found
  • Error 404
  • The requested URL [URL] was not found on this server
  • HTTP 404
  • Error 404 Not Found
  • 404 File or Directory Not Found
  • HTTP 404 Not Found
  • 404 Page Not Found
  • Error 404. The page you're looking for can't be found

These error messages can appear in any browser or operating system. The error can also be displayed in the tabs or browser window.

What Causes HTTP 404 Errors? 

A 404 error is a client-side error that is usually created because of a mistake. You could have mistakenly misspelled a URL or are using a bad link that may have been moved or removed. Website redirects often-times do not function properly, you often times end up with a 404 error. 

Recommendations For Troubleshooting 404 Errors

  • Try refreshing the page or try reloading the URL in the browser window. 404 errors can show up when there are no issues. 
  • Check for any misspelled words in the URL and that the URL syntax is entered correctly. e.g. HTTP(s)://www.examplewebsite.com/directorya/b/c
  • Clear your browser's history, cache, and cookies. Often times a cached URL can fail to load an updated URL. 
  • Try reaching out to the website that you are reaching, they may be able to direct you to an updated page that you are looking for. 
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