Fix 404 error on nginx

Sometimes you get unexpected 404 error from Nginx server. And I am going to tell you how I fixed the issue.

You can fix that easily by the following steps:

Step 1 (Debugging):

You first need to find out the reason. For that, you can the first login to your server via ssh and check the error log for Nginx server.

Open the following file: /var/log/nginx/error.log and check the latest errors.

In my case I was having the following error:

2020/02/28 08:19:02 [error] 17627#17627: *14299 upstream sent too big header while reading response header from upstream, client:, server:, request: "GET /wp-login.php?action=switch_to_user&user_id=2928&nr=1&_wpnonce=9085bda773& HTTP/1.1", upstream: "fastcgi://unix:/run/php/php7.1-fpm.sock:", host: "", referrer: ""

Step 2 (Solution):

After exploring on google I found this solution which worked for me. We need to add the following lines into the Nginx config file:

client_max_body_size 128m;
fastcgi_buffers 16 16k;
fastcgi_buffer_size 32k;

Now the following file could be responsible for your site:

Check if this file available /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/your_site.conf ( This was the responsible file in my case )





Open one of the files.

Step 3 (Apply Solution):

Now add those 3 lines into the config file like this

After adding this restart Nginx server by the following command:

sudo service nginx restart

That’s it!!!!