Common Website Errors
If you’re a web developer or a website owner, you’ve likely experienced website errors yourself. Most errors on the web are simple to spot and easy to resolve, but when it comes to web hosting, errors are more severe.
Most of the time, visiting a website is a simple affair. You type in the name of the site you’re interested in, click “browser bookmark,” and use it within a few seconds. But what about when it goes wrong? Sometimes, you’ll see various errors alerting you to problems with visiting that website. While some of these are out of your control, you can troubleshoot others to find out what’s wrong.
Let’s quickly review some of the most common website errors. Note that errors starting with 4 (like error 451) are client-side errors (issues with your computer), while those beginning with 5 are server-side (problems with the website).
You may receive an HTTP error message when accessing a website. It’s a web server error message informing you that something went wrong. It might be a mistake you made, but it’s the site’s fault most of the time. An HTTP error code is assigned to each sort of issue. If you try to visit a website’s non-existent page, for example, you’ll get the dreaded 404 error.
Now, you might wonder, what are the most typical HTTP problems users face when surfing the Internet?
In this article, we’ll address that question. We will also discuss how to fix these common web errors.
1. Error 404
An error 404 message is used to inform a webmaster of an unavailable or misplaced page. Error 404 messages are generated by the web server’s error file and are intended to be used for error pages.
Error with status code 404 signifies that the page you were looking for doesn’t exist. This often occurs when you click a broken link or a website moves a page without properly redirecting it. But it can also happen if you mistype a URL.
When you see a 404, check to ensure that you haven’t entered the wrong address. Double check the domain name that you have entered. Check if the URL is correct. Then try a Google search to find the right page, as it may have moved. You should be especially careful of Error Code 404 because it can hurt your website’s bounce rate. Fixing 404 errors can be easy sometimes, using WordPress plugins that can redirect users from non-working URLs to the homepage or similar page.
2. Error 401
An HTTP 401 Unauthorised error means that the page you were trying to see needs a valid user login. The Web server (running the Web site) thinks that the HTTP data stream that was sent from your Web browser was correct, but access to the URL resource requires user authentication.
401 errors often arise during the login process. For example, you may receive a 401 Unauthorized error if you try to access a Web page that requires a login. If you are already logged in and still receiving a 401 error, then your login session may have timed out.
401 errors can also occur if you try to access a resource that you don’t have permission to access. For example, you may receive a 401 Unauthorized error if you try to access a restricted Web site area.
The 401 Unauthorized error displays inside the Internet browser window, just as web pages do.
401 Unauthorized errors, like all errors of this type, might be caused by various things. Below are some common causes of 401 Unauthorized errors.
• The user’s credentials (username and password) are invalid.
• The user’s account has been disabled.
• The user is not in the required group to access the resource.
• The user’s account does not have the necessary permissions to access the resource.
If you are encountering a 401 Unauthorised error, you can try the following tips:
•Reload the page. Sometimes a simple page refresh can resolve a 401 Unauthorised error.
• Clear your browser’s cache and cookies. This can help if you see outdated or cached data.
•Make sure that your browser’s cookies are enabled.
• Check the spelling of the URL you’re trying to access.
• If you’re still getting 401 errors, it’s possible that your Web server is not configured to recognize your account. Contact the website owner or administrator to see if they can provide you with access to the resource you need.
3. Error 403
An HTTP 403 error is a particular type of error that occurs when trying to access a URL. There are a couple of possible causes to an HTTP 403 error:
- The user’s IP address has been banned from the website.
- The user’s IP address is not authorised to access the requested resource.
- The user is trying to access a resource that doesn’t exist
A 403 error is often caused by one of the issues mentioned above. However, it can also be caused by mistake in the website’s coding, which can cause the website to misidentify the user’s IP address.
If you see a 403 error, it’s important to first check whether you’re banned from the site or not. If you are, there’s not much you can do other than wait it out or find another way to access the site.
If you’re not banned but still see a 403 error, it’s worth checking to see if the website has a specific IP address you need to be using. You’ll need to use that IP address to access the site if it does.
If you’re still seeing website error code 403 after taking those steps, the problem may lie with the website itself. In this case, there’s not much you can do other than contact the website’s owner and ask them to take a look at the problem.
4. Error 500: Internal Server Error
If you’re wondering what Error 500 is, it is just a generic error message from the server. It is usually a message error from the server, which means something is wrong with the server that cannot be fixed automatically.
Server 500 is usually something that happens on your own server that is beyond the capabilities of your server. There is a possibility that your server might be running out of memory or RAM, and you might be running into a memory issue.
Another reason could be a corrupted .htaccess file. In short, it is tough to guess the reason behind error 500; error logs can only help identify the issue.
5. Error 504
A 504 error signifies a gateway timeout, meaning that a server the website relies on isn’t communicating with it quickly. When this happens, you won’t be able to access the website until its administrators resolve this issue. You can try refreshing the page a few times, but you’ll likely have to wait until it’s fixed.
Why not allow millions of site visitors to inform us about their most common problems? We can achieve that in a roundabout way by using Google.
The underlying notion is that some users who experience problems when visiting websites will want to learn more about the error and use a search engine.
In summary, Google’s search data should tell us which HTTP problems are the most prevalent in this scenario.
We looked through all of the different HTTP error codes that exist, comparing them against one other, using Google Insights for Search (a terrific tool for determining the “popularity” of search phrases). We used the location “global” for this comparison, the timeframe comprised all searches in 2018, and the search type was limited to online search.