In this video, I’ll teach you how to solve Error 403 (access is forbidden)that you see
when you try to surf any web page in 2019.
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403 errors are incredibly frustrating to deal with and in this video, I’ll talk about
what 403 errors are and the different solutions you can use to solve them on your own.
I’ll also talk about what these errors are, why they affect their site’s SEO and how
to fix it.
I want to talk a little about the HTTP protocol before we dive into the answer.
When you access a website, you’re usually making a request to a Web Server.
You make a request and the server responds.
You make this request using HTTP protocol - standards that everyone in the Internet
has agreed to.
Status codes let us know whether a request is a success or a failure.
In the case of Errors Like 403 Forbidden
The following messages are also client-side errors and so are related to the 403 Forbidden
error: 400 Bad Request | 401 Unauthorized | 404 Not
Found | 408 Request Timeout Several server-side HTTP status codes also
exist, like the popular 500 Internal Server Error, among others
Explicitly telling you that you’re not allowed to access this web page.
It’s not a credentials problem or login information.
“Sorry, you can’t come in.”
Security plugin that’s blocking your browser from having this request fulfilled.
May not work with your current Wordpress theme which you just updated.
Something poorly configured like your .htaccess file could be corrupted
Intentionally done by the server Please backup your website on your server
before making any changes just to be safe.
#1 - Check for URL errors Make sure you're specifying an actual web
page file name and extension, not just a directory.
Most websites are configured to disallow directory browsing so a 403 Forbidden message when trying
to display a folder instead of a specific page is normal and expected.
NOTE that this is, by far, the most common reason for a website to return the 403 Forbidden
Be sure you fully explore this possibility before investing time in the troubleshooting
#2 - Clear your browser's cache.
Issues with a cached version of the page you're viewing could be causing 403 Forbidden issues.
Clear your browser's cookies and cache, especially if you typically log in to this website
Note: While we're talking about cookies, be sure you have them enabled in your browser,
or at least for this website, if you do actually log in to access this page.
The 403 Forbidden error, in particular, indicates that cookies might be involved in obtaining
#3 - Check your file permissions Check if your wordpress files have the correct
permissions You’ve to use a FTP manager where you can
see the backend files of your website and each of these files will
have its own permissions settings with the numeric value to tell you - 0755
#4 htaccess file may be corrupted Make a
backup on your desktop and then delete this file in your FTP client
Go to settings of your Wordpress dashboard > find Permalinks and click “Save Changes”.
This will create a new htaccess file.
Try to access the web page again and see if it works.
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#5 Deactivate and activate your Wordpress plugins
Activate them one-by-one and see which plugin is the culprit.
This takes some time if you’ve plugins but may also be a good time to see which plugin
Note that in SEO, the more plugins you have, the slower your page loads and the less people
will wait for your website to load.
So deactivate your plugins all at one go, activate them one-by-one, access the page
after to see which plugin is
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Note that 403 errors are incredibly important for your website’s SEO score and quality
score because they tend to show up as crawl errors on Google Search Console.
This is essentially telling Google that your website has issues and is broken in some way.
When this happens, Google is likely to downgrade your website’s SEO score until this issue
has been solved.
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