3XX Response Codes

February 15, 2024
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What is a 3xx Response Code?

The 3xx HTTP status codes are a class of status codes that indicate that further action by you may be required to get to the destination URL. Redirect status codes are important to you because locations on the Internet are always changing, and sometimes the actions you take on the Internet may require a redirect to a new location. Using such codes, the web server and the user agent communicate to take you to other locations, either automatically - in mitigating errors or relocations, or basically - in responding to actionable requests. Below is a list of 3xx HTTP status codes.

  1. 300 - Multiple Choice
  2. 301 - Moved Permanently
  3. 302 - Found
  4. 303 - See Other
  5. 304 - Not Modified
  6. 305 - Use Proxy
  7. 306 - Switch Proxy
  8. 307 - Temporary Redirect
  9. 308 - Permanent Redirect

What does the 3xx Response Code Look Like?

A web server sends status codes in the first line of an HTTP response to indicate the status of the request received from the client. 3xx status codes are reserved for redirection. Redirection indicates that a user agent may need to take further action to access the resource. A 301 Response may look like this-

Error 301

Guide to 3xx Response Code-

Check out the list of 3xx Response Codes:

How to troubleshoot 3xx response codes

301: Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently is an HTTP Response Code indicating that the requested resource has been moved permanently to a new location provided by the location response header. The Location header indicates the new location or we can say URL where the requested resource can be found.

Most browsers should automatically detect the 301 Moved Permanently response code and should automatically process the redirection.

Here are some tips to troubleshoot this error on the server-side:

  1. Check the Server Configuration file.
  2. Check logs.
  3. Check Application code or Script Bugs.

302: Found

302 Found is an HTTP response code indicating that the requested resource has been temporarily moved to a different URI. Since the current URI may change in the future, the client who receives this response code should continue to use the same old URI for future requests. It is to be noted that the 302 Found response code is used for completely different purposes than 301 Moved Permanently response code.

Here are some tips for troubleshooting on the server-side:

  1. Confirm your Server Configuration.
  2. Check for Outdated Software.
  3. Scour the logs.
  4. Debug your application code.

Conclusion

The 3xx series of response codes are entirely reserved for the purpose of redirection. 301 is the most popular out of all 3xx server response codes. The reason is quite simple: all webmasters should setup 301 redirects to retain the ranking of their pages in search engines.

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