WWW FAQs: What does 404 Not Found mean?

2006-11-06: 404 Not Found is the HTTP status code produced by a web server when the page or file you are trying to access does not exist. If you try to access, for instance, http://www.example.com/xyzabc, you will get a 404 Not Found error, unless the webmaster has deliberately set up the web server to redirect you to another page instead.

For a complete list of standard HTTP status codes, see the W3 Consortium's website.

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