Sometimes when visiting a website a computer user might run into an error message that is not often seen, and not often talked about, which is the 502 error. The error messages usually states that there is a Bad Gateway, the Service is Temporarily Down, or that there is a HTTP Error 502 – Bad Gateway. Either way the 502 error is preventing you from visiting the page. Listed below are the causes of the errors, as well as the different things that can be done to fix them.
The cause of most of the 502 error messages are usually the same; this is because the 502 error message is basically saying the status of the Http of that website the cause of most of the 502 errors is an issue within a network of servers.
When you attempt to access a site there may be different parts of the page or information packages that are hosted on different servers, or are all located on one network made up of different servers, but when the website and browser is trying to get all the information to display it there is an issue with a server which creates a 502 error message.
As 502 errors are related to the data of the webpage being delivered by the servers there are not a lot of things that can be done to fix them from a home user’s point of view. This is because the issue is not with your browser but the website instead. The best thing to do when getting 502 error messages is to try the website again in a little bit, maybe 5-10 minutes. This is because, although there is an issue with the website at that moment, there is most likely being work done to fix the 502 error problem by the website owner.
If the error has been coming up for a long time you might even want to contact the owner of the website, if you know who they are, and advise them of the issue as it is possible they might not even know that there is an issue causing the 502 error message to be displayed.
Many times even if the webmaster, or owner of the website, knows the cause of the problem it might be out of their control to fix it as they could be hosting the website or data on hosting companies’ servers. If this is the case they will most likely be working with that company to fix whatever the issue is that is causing the 502 error messages.