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Solved: How Do I Fix WordPress “500 Internal Server Error”?

WordPress display 500 Internal Server Error and you can’t access any pages including WordPress Admin Dashboard login page. Below is the detailed message you will see if you have an Internal Server Error.

Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

Please contact the server administrator, [email protected] and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

[Solved] How to Fix WordPress "500 Internal Server Error"

500 Internal Server Error show mostly caused by corrupted .htaccess file, file the .htaccess file and you should be able to access WordPress site again.

Step 1: Backup the current .htaccess file.

Step 2: Delete all the content inside the .htaccess file and save it as a blank .htaccess file.

Step 3: The WordPress site should be able to access it again.

Step 4: Log in to the WordPress Admin Dashboard to set the permalink structure again.

Step 5: Open the new working .htaccess file in an editor.

Step 6: Copy all the non-WordPress-related .htaccecss information from old backed up .htaccess file eg. any search engine .htaccess information and IP blocks, etc.

Step 7: If you find that adding all the code from the previous .htaccess file is causing the same 500 Internal Server Error again then remove it and enter the information back to the working .htaccess file line by line to see what is causing the problem.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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