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The 'Service Unavailable Error 503' Problem For Blogger


I unfortunately came across a HTTP problem the other day while blogging. When trying to reach the homepage of my website (this website), I have come across an error message about 5% of the time I load my the page. The error sign states the 'Service [is] unavailable' and provides a error code of 503. Just like many bloggers who see a error number, I Googled the number to see other bloggers who can help me.

From the general view of the internet, the Error 503 is an error were the Blogger servers cannot complete the request of the webpage. This may be due to a malfunction in the system or a temporary over load of traffic.

This made me wonder whether this meant '.blogspot.com' domains or any Blogger website no matter what domain service they are using. Either way, it might be a consequence or not. However, Ask Will Online has had a severe increase in traffic as soon as this server error started occurring. However, its peanuts compared to what bigger Blogger websites get. Even so, here are a few ways you can reduce the Error 503 message from occurring to your visitors when they try to enter your site.
  • Reduce Content on Homepage - If your homepage has more information on it, the servers will be under more pressure from requests for the homepage increasing the chances that the servers become unavailable. Therefore, reduce the number of articles on the homepage.
  • Reduce Information Generally - This could be through using a simple Blogger template to reducing the widgets you have on a sidebar, every little helps.
  • Use Lower Resolution Images - You might not know it yet but the biggest request from most servers is for high-res images. 
These are not going to guarantee you the success of removing the Server error from your website. However, it will decrease the chances of the server error from happening. Some bloggers think that the Error 503 problem is global where you cannot stop it from happening. Even if this is true, it is still good to perform the above bullet points to your blog. The above as well as potentially stopping the error will also decrease the load time for your website consequently reducing your bounce rate.

About Will Green

A student in England studying Automotive Engineering with Motorsport, Will created Ask Will Online back in 2010 to help students revise and bloggers make money. You can follow AskWillOnline via @AskWillOnline.

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