404 Page Not Found Error Explained

If you’re like me, then must have experienced this sometime or another…

You’re reading and interesting article online and you are so caught up into that now you want more information. Then you start looking additional links to other webpage that provides that, and when you click on it, you see something that looks like this…

“404 Page Not Found.” Does this look familiar to you?

Chances are, you know the message well… but are at a complete loss when it comes to the meaning. As a matter of fact, anyone who uses a computer for any considerable amount of time will inevitably run into this common message at some point, and very few people actually know how to respond to it. Are you annoyed over this pesky line of communication? If so, you’ve come to the right place as I will explain what this means and how you can deal with this issue.

Here is the 404 Page Not Found error, explained:

Searching but can't find it
Ok, Where Is It and What Am I Looking For?

Variations. This error message is often customized by individual site owners, so it may be that you see any variation of the original syntax, including things like, “404 Not found,” “Error 404,” and “HTTP 404.” All of these messages mean the same thing, so don’t let the variations fool you into thinking you’re dealing with a new problem. 

What Does This Mean?

Whatever the wording of your 404 error message, it always seems to be that the implication is that you somehow made a mistake when typing the search terms for the page you were looking for.

While it may be that you mistyped, there are also other common causes for this error message that have nothing to do with you. One of the most likely sources of the 404 error message lies in the website’s organization. If the developer changed the site directory or path, or even the file’s name or location, you will get the 404 error message page if that change has not been clearly mapped in the site’s behind-the-scenes organization.

What Can I Do?

As there are a few different reasons for why you may get this message, there are a few different things you can try to remedy the problem. First, it is always a good idea to check your spelling and re-enter the URL you are looking for. If you get the 404 error at no fault of your own, then you can try backing through the path, one directory at a time, until you arrive at your page (or a related page). For example, if you tried http://somesite.com/category/page/subpage, then begin by searching the path without the “subpage,” and so on. If that doesn’t work, you can visit the site’s main page and search for what you are looking for from there.

You may also try going through and checking the navigation links to see if that works.

I hope this article was helpful in clarifying what “404 error pages” are and what to do the next time you come across one.

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