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As we've mentioned earlier, the 4xx status codes are client errors. Meaning, something that is happening on the client-side of things is the issue. It might be unauthorized access, a mistake in the request, or an incorrect data format.
The HTTP Status Code 410 Gone is similar to the 404 error, but it's more straightforward. In a sense, it's a more permanent version of 404. How is that? The 404 error means that the page you wanted to access on a website is not currently found on the server, but it could be found in the future. In the case of a 410 error, the resource is truly gone, and you won't be able to access it in the future. It's no longer available on the server, and no redirect was used to lead the user to another page.
When Google encounters a 410 error code, it processes it as a message from the Webmaster that says: Hey, this page is really gone and is not coming back."
Some webmasters prefer using the 410 HTTP status code over 404 to explicitly tell Google that they've permanently removed a page from a site. Consequently, Google will stop crawling the page. On the other hand, many webmasters don't recommend using a 410 status code and suggest better alternatives like a no-index tag.
The 410 error code can appear in a range of different ways. The different messages often depend on the web server, specific website, and browser. Although it can appear in different ways, all the messages have the same meaning. Here are the most common ways:
HTTP Status 410
The majority of websites are managed on a Content Management System (CMS) like Wix and WordPress. A recent upgrade or installation you made to the platform may be the root cause of the issue.
If you recently updated the CMS and then started experiencing the 410 error, consider rolling back to the previous version. In the same way, if you upgraded certain extensions or modules before the error appeared, consider reverting back to previous versions.
Do you know that uninstalling an extension doesn't guarantee that changes made by the extension have been fully reverted? Some extensions, especially on the WordPress platform, have a carte blanche within the application, including full access rights to the database. Some extensions can modify database records, even those that don't belong to the extension, but that is created and managed by other extensions.
The best course of action in this scenario is to open the database and manually comb through tables and records that might have been modified by the extension. Or, you can do a quick research and find people who have experienced the same issue to see how they handled the problem.
If you're certain that the issue is not on the client-side of things, the first thing you want to do is to check the configuration files for your web server software for unintentional redirect instructions.
Your application is either running on Apache or nginx web servers. If you're using Apache, you need to check both the apache server configuration file and the .htaccess file. If you're using nginx, you need to check the nginx.conf file.
After you locate the files, do a search for 410 errors and see if anything appears. If it does, you need to modify it. You either want to remove it entirely if you don't need the status code or apply it to a specific page.
The application logs contain the history of your website, including which pages were requested, which servers it connected to, and more.
Opening the application logs can point you to the right direction of where the error might be originating from.
The location of your application logs depends on the type of server you're using. Once you find them, run a search for 410 errors. Hopefully, you'll determine what's the root cause of the problem.
To make things easier for you, we've written this comprehensive HTTP status code cheat sheet to help you understand the various types of status codes and what they mean.
It's also important to note that, even if you fix the 410 error, the fact that you have detected one and took you a while to fix it, is an indication that you need a safer CMS for your website.
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