Method Type: User
(This means that this method is handled by user)
Status: Must be done by the user.
The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an application protocol and the foundation of data communication for the World Wide Web. When a user makes a HTTP request to the web server it is expected that he will receive a response from a page which will load and show content. This usually happens when there was a moved a page or resource but there is not redirect from the old URL to the new one. When that happens, the requestor will receive a 404 error instead of being automatically routed to the new page. Also, if there is a missing element in the code of the page(usually a .js or a .CSS file) on request, the web browser will be redirected to the 404 error page that will generate another full site load. If you have a few elements missing the result will be an even slower loading time. This can be detrimental to the user experience and will lower the visitor/client conversion rate for that website.
How to avoid the HTTP 404 (Not Found) error:
You can check for missing elements (.js; .CSS and others) on your website by making a request on this website.
When you scroll you will see all of the elements on your website and their loading times. If you have a missing element the whole row will be marked in yellow.
Avoiding the HTTP 404 (Not Found) error provides the following Advantages:
Visitor retention and better chance for a visitor to become a client/user
Better overall user experience
Making a good impression for a well build and maintained website