When a page loads into a web browser, it has a response code that is included in the HTTP headers, which may or may not be visible on the web page itself.

There are quite a few different types of response codes a server gives to communicate the loading-status of the page, and one of the codes that many of us are familiar with is the 404-response code.

Basically, any code with the 400 to 499 range indicates that the page didn’t load. 404 is the only response code that carries a specific meaning – the page is legitimately gone and probably won’t be coming back anytime soon.

If you aren’t sure what the difference between a 404 and a Soft 404 error is, you might want to check out the article at Search Engine Journal.

[Read the full article here at SEJ]

SourceBenj Arriola