Monday, August 11, 2008
This week we're publishing several blog posts dedicated to helping you with one response code:
are a numeric status (like
200 for "OK",
301 for "Moved Permanently")
that a webserver returns in response to a request for a URL. The
404 response code
should be returned for a file "Not Found".
When a user sends a request for your webpage, your webserver looks for the corresponding file for
the URL. If a file exists, your webserver likely responds with a
200 response code
along with a message (often the content of the page, such as the HTML).
So what's a
404? Let's say that in the link to "Visit Google Apps" above, the link is
broken because of a typing error when coding the page. Now when a user clicks "Visit Google Apps",
the particular webpage/file isn't located by the webserver. The webserver should return a
404 response code, meaning "Not Found".
Now that we're all on board with the basics of
404 errors, stay tuned for even more
information on making
404 errors good for users and for search engines.