What Does Server Error Mean?

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A server error means there is either a problem with the operating system, the website or the Internet connection. There are many different kinds of server errors, but a “500 error” is the most common. To fix the problem, first find out what is causing the error.

Start by refreshing the browser to see if the Internet connection is causing the problem. If the connection appears to be fine and the error appears after the page is refreshed, contact the site administrator for the webpage. If there is no known problem with the website, clear the browser’s cache. The cache is a collection of data stored on the hard drive. If the cache exceeds the set storage limit, there is a possibility of a server error. Next, try clearing the cookies. Restart the browser after this is done.

Identifying the type of server error code appearing also helps to determine what is causing the problem. For example, a “HTTP error 500.19” error code indicates there is a problem with Microsoft software. A “500 internal server error” indicates the server is experiencing problems, not the computer or Internet connection. Errors such as “404 not found error” are common when there is a problem with a specific website.