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Ever since the upgrade to OS X Yosemite, I've noticed some sites in Safari just would not load. This typically happened when I had to log into a site to access admin features. The same site would work find in Chrome however. This was really getting under my skin, but I did manage to find a solution and this is how to fix it.

Every now and then, I would get the following from Safari:
Safari can't open the page "https://xxxxxxx/" because the server unexpectedly dropped the connection. This sometimes occurs when the server is busy. Wait for a few minutes, and then try again.


Here's a screenshot:
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Now, I knew that the server was not busy and since I could access the same site in Chrome, it had to be something with Safari itself.

The solution is to remove the cached website data. Simple! After doing this, and restarting Safari, everything starts to work again.

Open the Safari Preferences, and select the Privacy tab, then click 'Remove All Website Data...'
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You will be asked to confirm this, click 'Remove Now' to proceed.
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This procedure will remove cookies and cached content for websites, which means you will get logged out of any sites you were logged into already. That's a small price to pay for a functioning browser in my opinion.

-i

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