How to solve 500 Internal Server Error

The 500 Internal Server Error is an HTTP status code displayed when websites have a problem in their code. A website is not a single HTML file but it consists of a bunch of files, CSS files, JavaScript, PHP and other formats based on the website. For minimal errors, only some section of the website will disappear. The error is displayed in various ways as each website owner can customize the message.

500 Internal Server Error

Common Error messages used:

  • Internal Server Error
  • 500 Error
  • That’s an Error
  • 500 Internal Server Error
  • Temporary Error
  • HTTP Error 500

In some cases, the problem is on the server side. The problem may persist from user side also. So here are few ways to fix 500 Internal Server Error from user’s computer/laptop.

  • Reload the Web page
  • Delete Browser’s cookies, restart the browser and open the website link.
  • Clear Browser’s cache.

Clearing cache doesn’t remove saved passwords unless you do so. In your browser settings, you will be presented with checkboxes to check/uncheck clear cache, clear saved passwords, clear browsing history and so on. The above are few ways to cross check everything is fine from your side.

The below are some of the methods to solve 500 Internal Server Error from Administrator side.

  • PHP Timeout – Static websites don’t need connections to external sources. But for dynamic websites, some scripts will connect to external resources. During the connection, if they time out, 500 error can occur.
  • Error in .htaccess file – This file is the root of your website directory. Make sure that it is structured properly.
  • Error in Permissions – Incorrect permissions on CGI (Common Gateway Interface) and PHP (Personal Home Page) scripts may cause 500 Internal Server Error.

Most of the people these days use CMS (Content Management System) for their websites. Check for documentation or reach support if you get 500 error in CMS systems like WordPress and Joomla.

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