A typical HTTP status code error that many website developers encounter is 404 HTTP, with 403 HTTP also being very common. Sometimes, it can be frustrating to find the source of these errors. Continue reading below to learn how to fix these errors when you come across them in your website report.
What Triggers This Issue?
The search engine or browser crawler receives 4xx or 5xx HTTP status codes when the code contains broken images or JS files. A common example is the 404 status code or the Not Found error, which means the file was deleted or moved to a different location. However, the link to the file wasn’t changed or updated.
Example two is the 403 status code or the error that says “Forbidden file.” Having this problem means the crawler can’t access the JS files. The server has likely blocked the crawler or requests from it during a crawl.
How To Check the Issue
To detect not only the issue but other kind of site level and page level problems, just make the full site audit.
Why Is This Important?
When search engines and browsers can’t handle the broken script, they won’t appear on the website, or they’ll appear differently. In turn, they can affect the users’ experience. Visitors to your website may see different content compared to what they expected. It can create a negative user experience.
How To Fix the Issue
Here is a tip on fixing a 404 issue: Try restoring the JS file and then editing the link on the page to replace the old URL. Make sure it points to the relevant location or file, or you’d be repeating the problem all over again.