It can be so annoying when a webpage you are trying to visit doesn’t load. There are many things that can be blamed for the problem and there is a list of steps you should take if you want to find out what could be causing the problem.
This article describes several different ways you can create a webpage that won’t load in Safari. Depending on your browser, the troubleshooting steps can be similar, but they can also vary.
If you’re having trouble connecting to a website, try these steps to find out what is happening and if it can be easily fixed.
Is the url correct?
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If you try to go to a website and enter the URL completely incorrectly, your web browser may not be able to load the website. For example, make sure you use 3 Ws in the url where relevant and also use https: // where relevant as some websites just use the basic http: // instead. Also, make sure the meat and potatoes in the URL are correct as well, as a wrong URL may direct you to the wrong website or no website at all.
Reload the page
Sometimes hiccups occur while charging. If the page doesn’t load the first time, try refreshing it one, two, or maybe three more times. Website hosting servers aren’t always as stable as you’d like and can sometimes show up after the second or third attempt.
Try loading another website
Check if you can load a different website than the one you’re having trouble loading. If the second website loads, it could mean the first website is experiencing maintenance, heavy traffic, or some other accident. This would mean the problem is with the website and there is nothing you can do to fix the problem other than wait a little longer before trying again.
Try a different web browser
It is also possible that the web browser you are using is not compatible with the website you are using. In some cases, some web browsers render HTML or CSS differently than others, and this can break websites in some browsers. Try a different web browser like Chrome or Firefox and see if the page loads correctly this time.
Check if you are connected to Wi-Fi
You should always check whether your internet connection is working or not as a website will never load if your computer cannot establish a communication line. You can check the Wi-Fi icon on your Mac to see if you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Of course, if you don’t, you’ll need to connect before the page loads.
Sometimes if you are too far from the network you were on, your computer will no longer connect. This is often the case on school campuses where you frequently walk or move from room to room.
Check the ethernet cable
On Macs with a wired Ethernet connection, make sure the cable is plugged in and hasn’t popped. Try a different Ethernet cable (if you have one) to see if your current cable is defective.
Renew your DHCP lease
Sometimes your IP address can get confused and conflict with another device on your network. In this case you will not be able to load any web pages. We have a detailed tutorial on how to fix this problem.
Restart your WiFi
If you are connected to a network and still cannot load a page, switch your WiFi off and on again using the WiFi settings in the menu bar.
Make sure you have an internet connection
By clicking the button Open network settings … In the Wi-Fi menu, you can see if your computer has an IP address on the network it is on and whether or not it has properly connected to the internet.
If you see a yellow or red dot instead of a green dot, there is a problem that needs to be fixed before you can access the internet. This can be done with the network itself or with your computer. If the dot next to Wi-Fi isn’t green, try the following steps.
Restart the computer
A software component on your computer might fail. Therefore, you can try restarting your computer if none of the above steps worked. After the restart, try again to connect.
Restart the wireless router
If possible, restart your wireless router or modem. This should resolve any internet source related problem.
Erase all website data
If you have corrupted the website data stored in your browser, Safari may attempt to load information that keeps falling into a crash loop. You can remove all current website data at Safari → Settings → Privacy → Manage website data … from the menu bar. This will delete all saved website data and you can reload new data.
Disable ad blockers
I’ve seen many cases where a website refuses to load until the ad blockers are turned off. Disable ad blockers or other browser plug-ins that may prevent the website from loading, and then reload it.
Deactivate security software
Some programs and firewalls are known to block access to certain websites because they think they are malicious. In some cases it does, in other cases false positives will cause the software to block access to these websites even if you don’t want to. If you trust the website you want to visit, you can try disabling the security software and reloading the page.
Disable the VPN software
Some, like security software, block access to some websites. If a VPN is running, disable the VPN and try again.
Change the DNS server settings
If you haven’t changed your DNS server settings to a better one, we have a server …
Google’s DNS server is always fast and has almost no downtime. So switching to it can fix your problem or the website will download faster on your computer.
It still does not work?
After all of the above, and after waiting a bit to rule out that it was a website-based problem, check with your website administrator to see if any underlying issues can be fixed.
If you’ve ever had a problem with a webpage not loading in Safari, what did you do to fix it? Share the comments below.
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