7 Most Common Website Errors
When you type a web address into your browser’s address bar or click a link to a website, the desired web page will typically load on your device within a few seconds. However, every now and then, something goes wrong and you receive an error.
It is possible to encounter many different types of website errors, each of which is represented by a three-digit HTTP status code. Those in the 400-499 range, which indicate a problem on the user’s side (the web browser), and those in the 500-599 range, which indicate a problem on the server’s side, are the error codes you’re most likely to see. Here is a list of the most common errors you might encounter while browsing the internet, as well as what they mean in each case.
Error 503: Service Unavailable:
It is possible to get a 503 error when the web server is unable to process the request. An error code of 503 could indicate that the server is down for maintenance or that it is overloaded with requests at the time. When faced with a 503 error, the best course of action is to try again later.
Error 500: Internal Server Error:
The 500 error code is the most commonly encountered server error, and like the 400 code, it is a generic code that indicates an unspecified issue. An error code 500 is generated by the web server whenever a server runs into an issue that prevents it from fulfilling a request. If the issue is not one described by the other available server codes, the server generates the 500 error. Experiment with reloading the page, clearing your cache, deleting your cookies, and restarting your browser.
Error 405: Method Not Allowed:
The 405 error is less common and more difficult to define than some of the other errors. Essentially, a 405 error indicates that the server recognizes the request made by the web browser, but that it is refusing to fulfill the request for some reason. If you receive a 405 error, it could be because of a coding error on the website or a faulty redirect.
Error 404: Not Found:
A 404 error message indicates that the server was unable to locate the page you requested. If you receive this error, it is likely that the URL has been entered incorrectly; therefore, double-check the spelling, punctuation, and suffix (.com,.net,.org, etc.) of the domain name before attempting again.
Error 403: Forbidden:
When you attempt to load a web page that you do not have permission to access, you will receive a 403 error message instead. This error usually indicates that you have entered a URL or clicked on a link that leads to a page that has been set up with access permissions, which means that you must have an account or some other type of authorization in order to access the page. Try going to the website’s home page and navigating to your desired location from there, and see if you can sign up for a new account there as an alternative.
Error 401: Authorization Required:
Authorization is required in order to proceed with the request. When you attempt to access a web page that requires a password, you will receive the 401 error. The only way around this is to obtain a password through the proper channels, which is not an option in this case.
Error 400: Bad Request:
It is a generic error that occurs when the server cannot understand or interpret the request from the browser, which can occur either because the request was not sent correctly or because it was corrupted along the way. It is possible that a 400 error is caused by a number of factors, including a bad internet connection, a caching issue, or a malfunctioning browser. Verify that your connection and settings are correct; clear your cache; switch to a different browser; and retry the process.