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Service Unavailable

 
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  The web server is not available, due to overloading or maintenance.   
   
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This issue can only be fixed by the web site owner.

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You can try to access the site again at a later time when the server issue has been corrected.

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 8-Oct-2008
 
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Locate Cached Page
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If the page has been deleted from the server or it is not currently available you can try to get an achived copy. If you used a link from a search engine, you might be able to get some information by using the "cached" option.

You can also try viewing the site or page from an archive such as the WaybackMachine.

Most archives and cached versions only retains the site text. Graphics and other media objects are linked to the orignal site and may or may not be available.

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 3-Dec-2009
 
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Notify Webmaster
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You might notify the webmaster about the issue. Include the error number and the address (URL) where the error occurred along with any other relevant details.

Many sites use an email address in the form webmaster@sitename.com where you replace sitename.com with the web sites address (don't include a www). Keep in mind with the amount of spam, they may use a different address and/or it might get ignored. Check the websites' contact information to get reliable contact information.

 
   
 
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The server is currently unable to handle the request due to a temporary overloading or maintenance of the server. The implication is that this is a temporary condition which will be alleviated after some delay. If known, the length of the delay MAY be indicated in a Retry-After header. If no Retry-After is given, the client SHOULD handle the response as it would for a 500 response.

Note: The existence of the 503 status code does not imply that a server must use it when becoming overloaded. Some servers may wish to simply refuse the connection.

(From Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1)
 
   
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  "503 Service Unavailable" is supported by most Web Servers.

The five hundred series of errors indicate something is wrong at the server and it is unable to complete the action.

 
     
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