Do you see 500 internal server error in WordPress? The internal server error is one of the most common WordPress errors. Since the error does not give any other information, many beginners find it quite frustrating. In this article, we will show you how to easily fix an internal server error in WordPress. The internal server 500 error runs on every page of your site if there is a problem with the server or file system that powers your site. The most likely cause is in the root directory where your WordPress files are located, but this may also be due to a problem on your host’s server.
Causes of 500 Internal Server Error in WordPress
The WordPress 500 internal server error in WordPress can be caused by a number of issues such as:
- Corrupted .htaccess file
- PHP memory limit issues
- Problematic plugin(s)
- Corrupted WordPress core files
Solutions to fix WordPress error 500
1. Checking for Corrupt .htaccess File
The first thing you need to do to resolve the internal server error in WordPress is to look for the corrupted .htaccess file.
You can do this by renaming your main .htaccess file to something like .htaccess_old. To rename the .htaccess file, you must connect to your site using the FTP application or file manager in the cPanel dashboard of your hosting account.
Once you are logged in, the .htaccess file will be located in the same directory where you will see folders such as wp-content, wp-admin and wp-includes.
Once you’ve renamed the .htaccess file, try visiting your site to see if this resolves the problem. If so, give yourself a pat on the back because you have corrected the internal server error.
2. Increasing the PHP Memory Limit
Sometimes an internal server error can occur if you use your PHP memory limit. Use our tutorial to increase the PHP memory limit in WordPress to solve this problem. If you see an internal server error only when you try to connect to your WordPress administrator or upload an image to your wp-admin, increase the memory limit by doing the following:
- Create a blank text file called php.ini
- Paste this code here: memory = 64 MB
- Record the file
- Download it to your / wp-admin / folder using FTP
3. Deactivate all Plugins
If none of the above solutions suits you, this error is probably due to a specific plugin. It is also possible that this is a combination of plugins that do not play well with each other.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to find out. You must disable all WordPress plugins at once.