404 http error

What is 404 page not found error in website and how to fix it

404 Website Error

A 404 website error means that a particular page is not found when the user clicks it through the link or it indicates that the requested page cannot be found.

This error indicates that the server is available but the request page is not there.

There are many reasons that this error is shown on your website.

  • If you remove or delete your post or page then this 404 is shown on the screen.
  • If you transfer your domain to the new site and failed to redirect this page.
  • When you change the URL of your post or page then a 404 appears on the screen.

How 404 shown in Screen

Here are some common ways in which 404 appears on the screen

  • 404 Not Found
  • HTTP 404 Not Found
  • Error 404
  • 404 File or Directory Not Found
  • Error 404 Not Found
  • 404 Page Not Found
  • HTTP 404

Every page has a status code in the HTTP header when it loads in a browser that is not visible to the users. These response codes are divided into five categories:

100-199 are informational responses
200-299 are successful responses
300-399 denote redirects
400-499 denote client errors
500-599 denote server errors

So 404 is a specific type of client error.

How to find a 404 error

There are many tools available through which you find 404 on your website.

Here is the list of tools.

  • Google Search Console
  • Screaming Frog
  • Bing Webmaster Tool
  • Uber Suggests
  • Dead link checker

If you have a WordPress website then you use Yoast Premium or install redirect plugin

How to fix 404 

  • If you know the pages on your website with broken links, then redirect or correct them.
  • If the pages are deleted then restore them or redirect them to the related content.
  • Sometimes URL was not typed correctly or there is a spelling mistake. Check the URL and then correct it.
  • 404 appears for several reasons even there is no real issue with your website, so sometimes refresh the page will solve your problem.
  • If you use a WordPress website then 404 appears because of permalink or redirect conflicts issue. Update the permalink settings in your WordPress dashboard or fix broken links of pages or posts.
  • Redirecting to another relevant page also fixes this problem. Make sure that you redirect them to something relevant, don’t send them to another page or post which is not relevant, or redirect them to the homepage of your website.
  • You can create custom 404 pages. The goal of this page is to keep a user on your site if they see a page that doesn’t exist.

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