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HTTP 503 Error

The HTTP status code 503 is the most frequently seen server-side error code in the HTTP status code canon. 503 stands for “Service Unavailable” and is the code returned when a user requests a web page from a server that is overloaded or down for maintenance. When visiting a link from a popular and heavily trafficked link aggregation site like Reddit or Stumble Upon, it’s not uncommon to find that the deluge of traffic from the larger site had temporarily knocked the smaller web server offline.

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