Why Am I Still Seeing My Web Host's Default Page

or a File Not Found Error Page After Publishing My Website?

Why Am I Still Seeing My Web Host's Default Page or a File Not Found Error Page After I've Published My Website?

by Christopher Heng, thesitewizard.com

I occasionally have webmasters writing to tell me that they have published their web page using either their web editor or an FTP program, only to find that when they visit their website, they still see their web host's default web page or perhaps even a 404 File Not Found error page. This article discusses the causes of the problem and suggests some ways to fix it.

The Symptoms In Detail

This article may apply to you if after publishing (or uploading) your web page, you still see one of the following on your website:

Note: this article is not for those who haven't published/uploaded any web page yet. If you're reading this article because you're curious about creating a website, please see How to Make/Create Your Own Website: The Beginner's A-Z Guide instead.

Common Causes of the Problem

There are a number of possible causes for not being able to see your newly uploaded web page in your browser. Below is a checklist of the common ones. Please don't assume that an item does not apply to you because it looks obvious. Check everything.


Take heart. The problem of not seeing your web page in your web browser after you publish your website is usually a "newbie" problem, that is to say, it occurs because you're new to publishing your own site at that particular web host. Once you've encountered it and solved it, chances are that you won't encounter it again (unless you're careless). And even if you do, you will be able to solve it easily the next time.

Copyright © 2009 by Christopher Heng. All rights reserved.
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