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HTTP Server Error Status Messages | Explained

When a user takes a certain action on a website, the web browser and the server interact with each other, however, this interaction can sometimes lead to an error on the server-side. In order to make the client aware of this error, a response is generated which is referred to as HTTP Server Error Status Messages.

What are HTTP Server Error Status Messages

The status messages which are generated when an error occurs at the server side are referred to as HTTP Server Error Status Messages. The codes associated with these messages are 500, 501,… 5xx. Some of the response messages that lie under this group are as follows. Let’s explore the meaning that these messages hold.

500 Internal Server Error

A message sent in response to a situation that the server is unable to handle.

501 Not Implemented

A response message sent when the server could not fulfill a request either because the method used for the request is not supported by the browser or the server is not capable of processing the request.

502 Bad Gateway

A response message sent when the server receives a response that is invalid while acting as a gateway or proxy.

503 Service Unavailable

A response message sent when the server was unable to complete because it is down due to overloading or maintenance. This response message should be sent along with some explanations regarding the condition of the browser.

504 Gateway Timeout

A response message sent when the server had to wait too long for a response while working as a gateway or proxy.

505 HTTP Version Not Supported

When the server does not support the request version this message is sent in response.

511 Network Authentication Required

This response is sent when the user needs to authorize itself in order to enter a network.

Conclusion

The status messages which are generated when an error occurs at the server side are referred to as HTTP Server Error Status Messages. The codes associated with these messages are 500, 501,… 5xx. Some of the server error status messages are 500 Internal Server Error, 501 Not Implemented, etc. Each of these messages serves a different purpose that are described here.

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