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How To Resolve An HTTP Error 403 - Forbidden

An HTTP error indicates a fundamental access problem, which may be difficult to resolve because the HTTP protocol allows the Web server to give this response without providing any reason at all. So the 403 error is equivalent to a blanket 'NO' by your Web server - with no further discussion allowed.

By far the most common reason for this error is that directory browsing is forbidden for the Web site. Most Web sites want you to navigate using the URLs in the Web pages for that site. They do not often allow you to browse the file directory structure of the site.

You first need to confirm if you have encountered a "No directory browsing" problem. You can see this if the URL ends in a slash '/' rather than the name of a specific Web page (e.g. .htm or .html). If this is your problem, then you have no option but to access individual Web pages for that Web site directly.

You can change the setting for files and folders through the control panel, you can change global permissions and password protect directories.

By default, our Linux Shared Web Hosting Servers do not show the list of files in any directory if one of the following files are not saved to the current working directory you are browsing with your web browser. Using any of the following files in your directory to show the contents of this file.

index.html.var index.htm index.html index.shtml index.xhtml index.wml index.perl index.plx index.ppl index.cgi index.jsp index.js index.php4 index.php3 index.php index.phtml default.htm default.html home.htm index.php5 Default.html Default.htm home.html

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