HTTP codes are basically the status description of URLs visited by web users. They can either mean successful access, or in many other cases, unsuccessful attempts.
When a user encounters an HTTP codes in the form of an error message, it usually starts with the number 4 or 5, followed by two other digits. HTTP codes starting with 1, 2, and 3 all pertain to successful access to a website.
Error codes that website visitors encounter are not only annoying; they can also deal a lot of damage to your website, particularly when you rely on constant traffic and heavy visitor count.
cPanel Error Pages Interface to the Rescue
Much thanks to cPanel’s Error Pages Interface, you can edit error pages to provide your visitors with a more in-depth explanation of the problem that has occurred.
To do this, follow these steps:
4xx Errors and Quick Fixes
4xx errors are often the most-encountered HTTP error codes. Sometimes, they occur as a technical client-side issue. However, they may also indicate a problem with your website.
There are four common 4xx errors, each with their own descriptions and quick fixes.
For instance, the 400 Bad Request means that the user made a request containing a syntax-related mistake. There is also the 401 Unauthorized code, meaning that the user needs to provide authentication. As for the 403 Forbidden HTTP code, the user requires permission settings in order to get rid of this error. Lastly is the most common of all – 404 Not Found – which often results from mistyping web addresses or URLs.
5xx Errors and What to Do About Them
The culprit behind 5xx errors is a server. When it fails to fulfill a visitor request, regardless of the validity of the request, any of the HTTP error starting with the number 5 can appear.
This does not automatically mean though that your own server is at fault. In many cases, a network of servers take charge of a single HTTP request, and when even just one of these servers fails, a 5xx error may occur.
500 Internal Server Error, 501 Not Implemented, 502 Bad Gateway, 503 Service Unavailable, 504 Gateway Timeout, 505 HTTP Version Not Supported, 506 Variant Also Negotiates, 507 Insufficient Storage, 509 Bandwidth Limit Exceeded, and 510 Not Extended are the typical 5xx errors that all require contacting your system administrator.