There’s nothing more worrisome and frustrating than browsing to your WordPress site and encountering a white screen with an error. Some common ones you might have experienced in the past include 502 bad gateway errors, the ever so popular white screen of death, or the frightening error establishing a database connection. For many blogs and ecommerce sites, these errors result in the loss of revenue from visitors instantly bouncing and customers unable to complete their purchases. Today we want to dive into the 504 gateway timeout error and some recommendations on how to fix it on your WordPress site. Read more below about what causes this error and what you can do to prevent it in the future. What is a 504 Gateway Timeout Error? Before diving into the error itself, it’s important to understand how they are generated. Whenever you launch your browser and visit a website it sends a request back to the web server it is hosted on. The web server then processes the request and sends back the requested resources along with what they call an HTTP header. This HTTP header contains one of many HTTP status codes to communicate whether everything is OK or if something has gone wrong.
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