You go to a website and instead of seeing what you wanted, there's a white page with a short phrase about how you've encountered an error code. Well since they're never explained, and always in some mysterious numerical code, we thought we'd decipher them for you.

Sometimes these error codes affect your own website, so it's important to know what each one means so that you can repair the damage being done to your profit potential.

- Error: 404 File Not Found – You can try to refresh the page to see if the browser can load it, but if that doesn't work, it means the server is missing the correct file. If you need access to that particular page within a site, email the webmaster because they may not know the error is occurring.

- Error: 408 Request Timeout – This means the website you're trying to load contains a huge file. Sometimes it will help just to refresh the page, or come back later and try again. ?? Error: 500 Internal Error – If you've filled out a form on a website, such as an opt-in form, you may encounter this when you click on the submit button. The webmaster has to be notified that his script has an error in it.

- Error: Host Unavailable – This is a frustrating one because it means the server is down. You have to wait until the hosting company fixes the problem, which could be minutes or days.

- Error: Unable to Locate the Host – Similar to the above error, the server could be down temporarily. Or, it could be something on your end. Check to make sure you entered the web address correctly. If so, take a look to make sure your Internet connection is working properly. If you can access other sites, then your connection is okay. If not, contact your ISP.

Most of us don't take the time to notify webmasters when we encounter an error, but wouldn't you want someone to do that for you – especially if the order page was malfunctioning? Take a second to shoot them a quick email and hope someone will do the same for your site one day!