A 404 error message is a status code indicating the server could not find the requested website. More specifically it means that your browser connected to the server successfully, although the specific page you’re trying to access can not be found.

There are several reasons why your domain redirects you to a 404 error page or does not work at all:

  • You haven't added your new domain to your hosting account

  • You use HTTPS to load your website without installing SSL

  • You are mistyping the URL

  • The content you are trying to access is actually missing/deleted

  • If you registered a domain recently, you will need to wait for propagation which can take up to 24 hours

  • Your browser or local DNS is cached

  • Your file and directories permissions are incorrect

In case you are using WordPress you can check these possible reasons as well:

  • Your permalinks are broken and need fixing

  • You have .htaccess redirect rules that are causing 404 errors, in this case, you can try replacing .htaccess with default one

  • Your plugins are causing 404 errors, for this, you can try disabling them temporarily to see if it helps

That’s it! Now you know how to troubleshoot and fix 404 errors on your website 😊

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