Web Page Displaying and Errors

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Jo', Nov 1, 2009.

  1. Jo' macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2009
    Would anyone happen to know the reason why I get a "Forbidden to Access - 403 Error" in both Safari and Firefox (on my MacBook), but the same page will display properly in internet explorer (on my kid's pc)???
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    With that limited information, no. Where's this page at?
  3. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    403's usually result when index browsing is disabled and/or permissions deny reading the content directly.

    But if it works in one browser and not the next, it's likely one of these two scenarios: First, authentication is required but the webmaster of the site issues a 403 instead of 401 (not authorized) to fool people. Second, it's setup properly but the webmaster no longer hosts the site and don't provide a redirection to a new URL. In this case it is not unusual for the 403 error to be returned instead of a more helpful error, and the problem usually goes away in a week or two (DNS propagation globally) if true.

    Your child's Mac might be caching old page data, or successfylly authenticated prior to the site being moved, and on your computer you see the 403 as anyone else would who isn't logged in or visiting the first time.


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