HTTP Stands for "Hyper Text Transfer Protocol", and is the protocol that applications use to access documents/webpages/data from the world wide web.

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Can an HTTP status 400 be a substitute for a 410?

As I shift many URL's on my site from non-friendly to friendly, I came across an old URL that was used for testing that google later ended up scanning but now I no longer use the URL. Its in the ...
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Can a website meet standards without a single link returning 404 status?

According to woorank.com seo tools, I read that its not best practice for a website to not have a custom 404 error page. But here's why I don't have it on a domain. Currently I and one other person ...
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URL encoded query string with embedded null %00 breaks on some servers

We have need to send an encrypted string in a query string to a web page. Sometimes because of the encryption, there is an embedded null in the string. Here is an abbreviated example of such a string, ...
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406 Not Acceptable response

I'm getting a 406 Not Acceptable response from a GoDaddy Shared Apache server upon making the following request through posting a form directly from the browser: HEADERS: Host: url User-Agent: ...
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Using sub-directory vs single directory urls [duplicate]

I'm creating a location based site and was debating between two styles of writing urls. The first shows the name of the restaurant followed by the city its located in. example.com/hillstone-new-york ...
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http://www.example.com/http://www.example.com/ in Apache log?

I run a website, let's say www.example.com. On it I have a path and file, say www.example.com/path/file.html. The Apache log lists GET requests like: GET /path/file.html HTTP/1.1 Which is correct, ...
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avoiding duplicate content on mobile at all costs

After thinking for numerous hours, I'm starting to think that google discovered duplicate content in a unique way. I have a website that presents photos. I have a desktop version and a mobile ...
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Do I have to redirect every page or just the domain?

Say I have a www.example.net and www.example.net and example.com is an Amazon S3 site setup to redirect all pages work fine i.e www.example.com/page1.html redirects to www.example.net/page1.html buy ...
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Is making a catch-all page for HTTP status 410 errors practical?

I run a website with photo galleries. Each photo gallery contains at least 100 to 500 photos on their own individual pages and If I delete a gallery then without creating any special configuration, ...
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Earliest browsers that support if-modified-since or if-none-match headers

Based on my observations, google and probably many others are in love with websites that include the Etag and Last-modified headers along with the if-modified-since and if-none-match header checking ...
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Caching a changing site

I run a website where the static content changes at least 4 times a week and I'm trying to figure out the best header arrangement to use. Currently I have all caching related headers in use. I have ...
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Is granular http logging for an application handled at the application level or the http server level?

I need to log all requests coming into the server. Typical things you would get from Apache log formatting or IIS. I am using a WSGI standards based server, Apache mod_wsgi, gunicorn, Tornado. It ...
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URL appearance in Google results

Why do some Google results show the http prefix in the green URL and some don’t?
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500 error returns website content

I'm using CloudFlare on my shared host. Recently all search engines and is-it-up sites have been getting a 500 error. I'm not sure who's to blame, my host or CloudFlare. I don't remember changing ...
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What is the difference between HTTP and URLs? [closed]

What is the difference between HTTP and a URL as used for a website? How is that related to the layers of HTTP?
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When webservers send a page, why don't they send all required CSS, JS, and images without being asked?

When a web page contains a single CSS file and an image, why do browsers and servers waste time with this traditional time-consuming route: browser sends an initial GET request for the webpage and ...
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Is pagespeed insights over the top with downloads?

On my website I have a page that displays an image in optimized form. I made it display at 60% compression/quality instead of 100%. I also have the link to download the full 100% quality image to ...
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How do search engines handle protocol-relative links?

With many sites supporting but not requiring HTTPS now, there's an increase in protocol-relative links. A protocol-relative link is one where the protocol is not specified, and the browser redirects ...
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Evidence for automatic browsing - Log file analysis

I'm analyzing web server logs both in Apache and IIS log formats. I want to find the evidence for automatic browsing, like web robots, spiders, bots, etc. I used python robot-detection 0.2.8 for ...
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When responding with a HTTP 3xx Redirect status, should there still be a response body?

When a service is answering an HTTP request with a "3xx Redirect" status code response (and the accompanying Location header) should it still send a meaningful response body along with the response? ...
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Pages that never finish loading: How to diagnose

Users occasionally complain, and we probably all occasionally see, a web page that never finishes loading. In Google Chrome the spinning circle will run forever, each browser has it's own version. ...
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What’s up with this 302 redirect to the same URL?

I was scanning my website for links that point to HTTP 301/302/303 redirects when I found a puzzling behavior of the curl utility. Consider the output from the following three commands: $ curl -I ...
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Incorrect Referring URLs - What can be the cause?

I am running a website with affiliate links . When the visitors of mydomain.com/page.php click on such an affiliate link, they are being sent to a link on a domain owned by the affilate network ...
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Canonical URL for a home page and trailing slashes

My home page could be potentially linked as: http://example.com http://example.com/ http://example.com/?ref=1 http://example.com/index.html http://example.com/index.html?ref=2 (the same page is ...
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No one can access our website today using http, but can with https

We arrived at work this morning to find our website was 'down'. It loads a blank white page with no messages at all. It worked fine last night and we have made no changes. (I am the only one who ...
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What changes are coming that would reduce the problems assosciated with HTTPS compared to HTTP? [closed]

I have a web site under development. It is used for surveys but there's an advertising component. As it is very new I have used almost all the latest technologies. AngularJS, ASP.NET WebAPI 2 etc. ...
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What is appending the “bmi_MfsTid” parameter to the URLs on our website

In our server logs, we see that some HTTP requests contain the parameter bmi_MfsTid=<number>. We are not using this parameter. Is there a known client or proxy that appends this?
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Trailing slash on Root folder - Is it possible to remove it without 301?

I have noticed something very strange on the site I'm working on. We currently only show http://www.example.com. The URL http://www.example.com/ (slash at the end) gets 301ed to ...
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How can you tell google to stop indexing a resource?

We have an app we are migrating. The old website had deeply nested robots.txt files at some point and then the old developers started handling those request with redirects to the root page. So: a ...
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What is the correct HTTP status code for: “This version of this API has been discontinued”?

I have a RESTful API. There are 3 versions of it: v1, v2, and v3. I am about to publish v4, and we have decided to discontinue v1, meaning that all requests to http://example.com/v1/resource will ...
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Make server force Excel to hand over hyperlink to browser without trying to load the page itself

I am not sure if this is an Excel (SuperUser) or WebMasters question since I may have exhausted the server option. Use case Our site allows downloading a result list in XLS format. A hyperlink is ...
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Old domain, new site on Shopify - no more SSL, but SSL URL is stuck in visitors history

I have built a new Shopify site for a client, and since I cut over DNS, I learned that there was a forwarding redirect set up for the old site to drive traffic from HTTP to HTTPS. Now that we've ...
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How to filter GET requests with Nginx, keep getting 504 after [GET] “/manager/html”

I was recently unable to reach my website, receiving a 504 time-out error instead. I checked the logs and found a GET request for /manager/html. I realize this was a failed attempt to reach a control ...
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Use SSL with HTTP

Just wondering, is there a way to use SSL without HTTPS and run it on HTTP? I don't want to know this to end up using this in production, but I'm just wondering to improve my knowledge of the ...
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Cache HTTPS + SSL

A lot of resources claim that websites with HTTPS + SSL will not be cached. Is this true? If so, why? If so, can this be prevented? I heard that this depends on the browser, but that the most ...
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What can cause the size of HTTP response to vary for the same response body?

I am trying to understand why the web server behaves differently for the following bad requests: Method Proto Status Req Body Res Referrer ...
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Required http methods for generic small businesses' web application? [closed]

Except GET and POST methods, should I implement rest of the methods of the http such as HEAD? The website is about a small business site, all I'm worry is about search engines and indexing. Thanks in ...
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How do I know whether a URL returns an HTTP 404 status code?

For any given URL, how can I (dis)confirm whether it returns an HTTP 404 status code? I found this tool but isn't there a cleaner, more natural way to find out, independently of other people's tools? ...
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Will canonical tag referencing unsecure HTTP URLs on a HTTPS page cause the unsecure message?

If a secure HTTPS page has a canonical tag referencing the HTTP version, will this cause the message in the browser that the page is using unsecure elements and prevent the green lock icon appearing? ...
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Search for my web site returns HTTPS results

My home page is set to Google and Google adds ?gws_rd=ssl to it. When I type search term form my site into search box Google returns bunch of indexes (different pages within my site) that starts with ...
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WWW.yoursite.com or HTTP://yoursite.com which one is futureproof?

http://yoursite.com www.yoursite.com http://www.yoursite.com yoursite.com Which of these would you choose as your favourite to work with, if you were to make a site for 2011 and beyond, which ...
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Google Chrome issue with SSL

Using this code: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} My site goes to HTTPS if I type in www.domain.com. HOWEVER, only Google Chrome refuses ...
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Could too many HTTP requests using AJAX result in browser crashes?

We are running an ASP.NET web application, and recently we received a lot of crash reports from users. It sometimes crashes the Chrome browser, and sometimes it loads indefinitely. This is how our ...
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Configure Apache HTTP 2.2 for PUT method

I've written code for file upload and download using HttpWebRequest/HttpWebResponse class in C# with Apache 2.2 as a web server. In code I'm using request.method = "PUT". I want to config my HTTP ...
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HTTP code 403, access denied & Options -Indexes

at "webmasters.stackexchange.com" I already found a similar topic: Stop directory listing using .htaccess and redirect to good error page Options -Indexes ErrorDocument 403 /path/to/403.html ...
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Right HTTP code for adult content block

I have a site with User Generated Content. Although only a small amount of it is Adult content, part of that has become popular in search engines in foreign languages. To avoid being classified ...
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HTTPS and HTTP URLs point to different places?

I own and use a domain for a project. When I type in my domain preceeded by HTTPS instead of HTTP, I am re-directed to a compromising website. How is this possible? Did somebody buy the HTTPS ...
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Are there any differences between URLs with and without “www” and “http://”

Are there any differences among these addresses? www.example.com http://www.example.com example.com
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What is HTTP Method PROPFIND used for?

I notice a series lines never seen before on my server access log that runs like this consecutively within the same one second: PROPFIND /images/flag.jpg HTTP/1.1 405 493 265 511 - LibreOffice ...
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What was this hack-bot trying to achieve via directory traversal?

I was walking through my server logs and the following kinda stunned me: ACCESS ERROR 404 from IP 62.112.152.161: Path: /index.php?page=weblog&env=../../../../../../../../etc/passwd%00 ...