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How to Fix the 500 Internal Server Error

500 Internal Server Error

How to Fix Internal Server Error?

”Internal Server Error” or we can say ”500 Internal Server Error” is a very confusing error. It appears usually when the server fails to identify the problem. So the user can not get any instruction of solving the problem in the error message. 

Here we are presenting every possible way of solving this type of error.


  • Checking for Corrupt .htaccess File

Checking the corrupted .htaccess file by renaming the main .htaccess file. The user then required to access his/her site by using the FTP or File Manager app in the user’s hosting account’s cPanel dashboard. 

Editing .htaccess file in WordPress

After connection the. htaccess file will be at the directory where the folders are located like wp-content, wp-includes and wp-admin.

After renaming the .htaccess file the user needs to check whether the problem has solved or not. If it has done then you need to save the changes you have made for fixing this error. So go to the Permalinks page (situated in Settings ) in the WordPress admin section where you may have the save button to preserve the new .htaccess file. This new file is enriched with rewrite rules. It will keep safe the post pages from 404 error.


If the way of Checking for Corrupt .htaccess File does not work then you need to follow the next method.


  • Enhancing the PHP Memory Limit 

Internal server error takes place when the user’s PHP memory runs out of its limit. 

If the user faces the internal server error only in time of login to the WordPress admin or in posting pictures in the user’s wp-admin then the problem can be solved by increasing the memory limit.

For increasing the memory limit the following ways can help

  1. A blank text file named php.ini is needed.
  2. Done the copy-paste code: memory=64MB.
  3. Need to save the file
  4. Lastly, the user needs to upload the file into wp-admin or folder using FTP.


After visiting many reviews some of them have calmed this procedure causes a few problems on the admin side.


Increasing the memory limit can sort out the internal server problem temporarily. but for a permanent result finding the exact reason for the exhaustion of memory limit is also important.


The cause could be improperly coded plugins. The theme function can also a vital reason for such error. For certain identification consulting with WordPress web hosting company is highly recommended. So they can check the server logs and spot the exact diagnostics.


When Increasing the PHP memory limit fails to fix the error then the user needs to go the next steps. 


  • Deactivate all Plugins 

If the error caused because of plugins then all the effort of trying the above solution will not work. It could any specific plugin or a mismatch combination of plugins.

There is hardly any other way to fix this error but to deactivate all the plugins.

After deactivation of all the plugins if the problem solved then certainly it was one of the plugins.

it is time finding out the problematic plugin by reactivating the plugins. For that, the user will enter the WordPress admin section where the option ’Plugins’ is situated. Now keep reactivating the plugins one by one until having the problematic one. After getting the plugin to deactivate it permanently and report to the author.

Deactivate all WordPress plugins

  • Re-uploading Core File

Download WordPress

If the plugins are not the reason for causing the error then re-upload the fresh wp-includes folder and wp-admin from WordPress install. If any of the files in the folders found corrupted it strategy will solve the problem without harming the information.

Adopting this strategy is very easy. All you need to go to website to press the download option. This will download a zip file. After extracting the zip file you will a WordPress folder. The FTP client will help you to make a connection to your WordPress website. Next, you need to visit the root folder having wp-admin, wp-content folders, and wp-includes. Now you need to go to the WordPress folder which is in the left column.

Upload fresh WordPress files

Overwrite files

Upload the selected wp-includes and wp-admin folder. The FTP client will help to transfer the folder to the server. Then the system will offer you the option ”would you like to overwrite the files”. To enhance the flexibility choose ’Overwrite’ and ’Always use this action’. The FTP client exchanges the newer WordPress files with older copies. This step will help if the WordPress files have problem issues.


  • Contract Hosting Support Team

if none of the methods work to fix the internal server error. Here comes the last option of asking your hosting provider. The support team will check the server logs and will detect the main reason for the error. 

The beginnings who want to troubleshoot the error they can give a visit to the WordPress troubleshooting guidelines.




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