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What is a 404 Error?

A 404 error is an HTTP status code that indicates the server could not find the requested webpage. This error occurs when a user tries to access a webpage that doesn’t exist or has been moved or deleted. The 404 error message typically displays as “404 Not Found” or “Page Not Found.”

Common reasons for encountering a 404 error include:

  1. Typing the wrong URL.
  2. Clicking on a broken link.
  3. The website has been redesigned, and the old URL structure has changed.
  4. The webpage has been deleted or moved without proper redirection.
  5. Temporary server or connectivity issues.

Web servers return a 404 error to inform users that the requested page is unavailable. To fix a 404 error, website owners should ensure that their website structure is well-maintained, regular checks for broken links are conducted, and proper redirects are in place when pages are moved or deleted. Visitors encountering a 404 error may be redirected to a relevant page or a custom error page to improve user experience.