Error 404 (Page Not Found) is something which we all have encountered with on Internet. If you are new to it, then this complete guide is definitely going to be for you but before jumping into solving Error 404, we need to understand : What Is error 404 ?
If you ever have encountered the situation like This, then you would have observed that ERROR 404 comes with the message of 404 Page Not Found .
WHAT IS ERROR 404 ?
Normally Saying, This message shows that the computer you are using (Client’s Computer) to access the information on the web is actually able to communicate with a given server. (It’s a computer on which the information you are searching is stored) but the server is unable to find that request.
LET’S UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS :
The pages you see on the websites are quite stylish and full of images along with animations. But as you dive deeper to its core structures, there are lots of codes being coded in an organized way in order to function that website.
There are several languages combined together to form a well running website.
Don’t worry ! I will not discuss all languages here 😉 .
In short I mean that the codes play the roles .
THE SCENE OF INTERNET SURFING
⇒ Suppose you open your Web Browser (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox etc.) sitting at your home on your table and type in the URL to a website (say graspmygizmo.com) . After looking up the Domain, your browser ( the client) sends an HTTP request to the corresponding server IP address.
⇒ The Web server handling the HTTP requests for the domain receives the request and notes that the URL ends with a .php suffix. Because the server is programmed to automatically redirects all such requests to PHP layer, it simply invokes the PHP interpreter and passes it the contents of the named file.
⇒ The PHP interpreter parses the file, executes the codes , once the interpreter has completed executing the PHP instructions, it returns the result (website with images,contents,animations etc) to the browser, cleans up after itself and goes to hibernation!
⇒ The result returned by the interpreter are transmitted to your browser by Web server.
IT WAS A HAPPY ENDING AND YOU GOT WHAT YOU NEEDED 🙂
In case, the server receives the request but not able to find URL ending with .php suffix, it will show a message of error 404.
It means that the page has been moved or deleted or the path you entered is incorrect.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO FIX ERROR 404
SIMPLE WAYS TO FIX ERROR 404
There are simple tips you can try to solve this problem from your end. We will go over advanced troubleshooting tips later in next step.
In any case, you should try these tips first because many times, 404 Not Found Error can be solved rather quickly!
⇒Refresh your page : The first thing you should do is simply refresh your page . It is so because sometimes due to bad network connection web page does not open properly.
⇒Clear browser’s cache and cookies : If you are able to visit the page from another devices, such as your phone, tablet etc, clearing the cache and cookies can solve the problem.
⇒Check the URL Properly : Make sure that the URL you entered is correct. This includes spelling of the URL, correct slashes, file extension of the page.
⇒Scan for Malwares : There are some malware files that can force a 404 Error on websites. For this you have to be sure your device is well protected.
⇒Contact the Hosting provider : If you are the website owner then contact your hosting provider for more information and support.There is possibilities that if the server is encountering problems, it may return 404 errors.
ADVANCE WAYS TO FIX ERROR 404
For Website Owners 404 Page Not Found Error is quite frustrating !
So, I will go through most common causes and way of resolving that causes. Many of these “common causes” actually concern with the htaccessfile.
I would never recommend playing with this file unless you know what you are doing. Well, Hosting Providers can walk you through setting up your htaccessfile and troubleshooting.
Permissions Issues : If you are getting a 404 Not Found Error along with a sentence that reads You don’t have permission to access… This is the case of Permission problem. You should adjust your chmod permission via FTP, or take a support from your hosting provider to fix this .
Going through the link above you would have seen that, a good permission set would be 755 for directories and 644 for files. However,it vary by host, so be sure to check with them first.
Deleted Pages : If you have deleted pages from your store, it should be clear that Search Engines may have dragged and indexed the page.
It can take some time for search engines to recognize that the page has been deleted. Your customers or users also may have bookmarked the page as well.It is a good practice to redirect your deleted pages to a different page, like your homepage.
In correct Configuration of SSL Certificate – If you receive a 404 Not Found error after completing installation of your SSL certificate then it means that your SSL Certificate is not set up correctly.
Double check with your hosting provider and make sure that your SSL URL is pointing and connecting with the correct CMS’s (like WordPress) URL within the htaccessfile .
.htaccess Problems : The .htaccess is a configuration file used by Apache web-servers on your root folder that can, among other things, control redirects, protect folders, and change aspects of your URL’s. Many times you can solve 404 issues by regenerating this file.
You can delete the .htaccess file manually through your FTP and regenerate it by heading over to your Back-Office/Advance Parameters/Performance. Sometimes, simply toggling the option for Friendly URL can do the trick by forcing the regeneration of the .htaccess file.
Memory limit : You may have received a 404 Not Found error on a page that shows up because of a memory limit issue with your host. Although the two are not directly related, it’s important to learn how to turn on Error Reporting. Turn Error reporting on and then reload the page with the 404 error, if you see an error that starts with “Fatal error: Out of memory” .
Then contact your hosting provider to increase your memory limit to get out of this situation.
Incorrect Custom URL Route : If you received the 404 error after you created a Custom URL route for your pages in your Back Office/Preferences/SEO & URLs , (Must have Friendly URL active and enabled). There is a strong probability that your custom route was not inputted correctly.
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