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What is a 404 Error Message?

by in Humor, Web Hosting

If you’ve ever received a 404 Error message when you’re looking for a Webpage, then you know how frustrating it can be.  These error message actually happen quite frequently, and even though they usually have more to do with the Web server that you’re trying to access, 404′s generally indicate a user-end error, so it helps to understand the meaning in case you should encounter the message again.

When you type a URL (Web address) into your Web browser, you are asking your computer to locate a resource (Webpage) from a particular server.  When the Web server can’t find the file requested by the user agent, (this is you,) it will usually respond with a 404 error message (aka HTTP status code).  This annoying error message is not uncommon in situations where Web pages are being moved or removed, or URLs are misspelled.

Reasons you might be getting a 404 Error Message:

4 – There’s been a client error (that’s you). Double check to make sure you typed the correct URL.

0 – There’s been a syntax error, or spelling error.

4 – There’s been a specific error in the group of 40x.

Try going back to your URL and deleting information between each backslash, sometimes that will do the trick.  If the page no longer exists, then you’re not going to find it. Good Luck!