403 forbidden error

How to fix 403 Forbidden Error & Why it Occurs?

403 forbidden error

A 403 forbidden error appears when you try to access the website that is forbidden to access. If you have requested a browser for a website but instead of the website if 403 forbidden appears which means you’re not allowed to access the specified URL. Lets’ see here how to fix 403 Forbidden Error.

You’re reading this article, as you may have come across this error.

Don’t you have any idea about what’s the error is?  No worries. This is a common scenario where every web users have come across.

Let’s see here about the causes for a 403 forbidden error and all its possible solutions which help you to fix this error.

All the websites will not have the same error message. Because the website designers will customize the appearance of this 403 error message.  It may come like,

  • Forbidden: You don’t have permission to access[directory] on this server
  • 403 Forbidden
  • Error 403 – Forbidden
  • Error 403
  • HTTP 403
  • Forbidden
  • HTTP Error 403 – Forbidden
  • HTTP Error 403.14 – Forbidden

What causes 403 Forbidden Error?

The simple meaning of this error is that you’re trying to access the website/page you don’t have permission to access. Displaying 403 forbidden states that you don’t have permission to proceed further.

There are two most basic reasons where you will get this error. They are:

  • Incorrect file/folder permissions
  • Incorrect code in .htaccess file
  • Empty website directory
  • No index page

How to fix 403 forbidden error?

There are many reasons for this error. Let’s see now how to fix this error by checking through each step.

  • Check .htaccess file: Most of them are unknown of this .htaccess file because it’s in a hidden directory.

Refer this to enable .htaccess file.

-Delete the .htaccess file and try to load the website. If it loads, then it’s corrupted.

– Create new .htaccess file by login to WordPress dashboard -> Settings -> Permalink -> Click Save changes without modifying anything. New .htaccess file will be created now.

  • A website without content: Check whether you have content on your website. Or if you’ve uploaded, check whether you have uploaded in the correct directory.
  • Check File/Folder Permission: If files/folders created, it will be assigned with certain default permissions which are used to control how to read, write & execute the files for use. Change the permissions and check.
  • Conflicting WordPress Plugins: There may be a chance of conflicting WordPress plugins. Disable all the plugins and check it. If the site works, there is an issue with the plugins. Activate all the plugins and disable one by one to find the plugin that causing the issue.
  • Check Index Page: Make sure you have an index page. If not, you can upload to your httpdocs directory and set a redirect on the index page to the real home page.
  • Browser cache:  The error page may be cached in your browser but the link was changed in the website. So clear your browser cache and cookies and check.

A 403 forbidden error should be fixed now.

Refer below to fix the following errors,

HTTP 500 Internal Server Error

400 Bad Request

401 Unauthorized

404 Not found

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