How to fix HTTP 500 Internal Server Error?

HTTP 500 Internal Server Error is a general HTTP Status Code.

HTTP status code is the conversation between web browser and the website’s server. The user will not see this code unless if there’s an issue. It appears when the browser can’t reach the requested page. There are various reasons for this issue which displays HTTP status codes such as 400, 401, 403, 500, etc.

500 Internal Server Error is the most commonly encountered HTTP Status Code which displays due to the server can’t generate the requested resource.

Below are some of the most common ways you might see this error:

  • 500 Internal Server Error
  • HTTP 500
  • Internal Server Error
  • HTTP 500 – Internal Server Error
  • 500 Error
  • HTTP Error 500
  • 500 – Internal Server Error
  • 500 Internal Server Error. Sorry something went wrong
  • That’s an error. There was an error. Please try again later. That’s all we know
  • The website cannot display the page – HTTP 500
  • Is currently unable to handle this request. HTTP ERROR 500

500 Internal Server Error

How to fix Internal Server Error

The server doesn’t know exactly what was the problem is. Sort the issues by checking with some of the following methods:

Refresh the web page: At first, reload the website by click on the refresh button, re-enter the URL in the address bar or press Ctrl + F5.

Clear Browser cache: There may be an issue with the cached version of page. So clear the browser cache and cookies. If possible, check from a different device from a different internet connection to avoid the cache completely.

Check .htaccess file: Due to some backend process, there may be some unwanted codes generated in the .htaccess file which causes HTTP 500.  Login to WordPress dashboard -> General -> Permalink -> Save Changes. Default code will be generated. This may solve this issue.

PHP Memory Limit: If the above methods didn’t solve this, increase the PHP memory limit, and check again.

Check Plugins & Theme: There will be some issues with plugins and themes. Disable the plugins, if the website loads fine there are some issues with plugins. Switch them one by one to find out which causes the error.

Reinstall WordPress: If nothing sorted the issue, finally re-install the WordPress or update the WordPress. This might fix this issue.

These are the possible cause and solutions the fix the 500 Internal Server Error.

Refer below to fix the following errors,

401 Unauthorized Error

403 Forbidden error

400 Bad Request

404 Not Found

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