The http error 500 is the http status code that is thrown by the server when the server encounters an unexpected condition that restricts it from fulfilling the request of a client.
When the server cannot be specific about the error it throws 500 internal server error. 500 server error is an Http status code meaning that something is not right on the web site’s server but the server cannot pinpoint the exact problem.
The 500 internal server error is also an https status code like the other https codes. The difference is just that it represents that there is an error encountered at the server’s side and the error is general, not specific. The http status 500 has many faces. Not all the time the same message is displayed.
The most common ways you might see when an 500 error code occurs are:-
- 500 Internal Server Error
- HTTP 500 – Internal Server Error
- Temporary Error (500)
- Internal Server Error
- HTTP 500 Internal Error
- 500 Error
- HTTP Error 500
- 500. That’s an error
A 500 Http error mostly is displayed inside the internet browser just like the web pages are loaded. This error indicates that the error has occurred while trying to connect with the server and the requested page cannot be accessed.
But, it will not tell the exact reason why it is happening. It is a general message indicating something is wrong. ‘Something is wrong’ mostly means that there’s an error with the page or website, but this time surely the problem is not on your end.
What cause a error 500
The reason for this error is majorly not on your end but the server’s side. Whoever runs the website will have more proper knowledge about it. The common reasons as to why this 500 internal server error happens are:
- The permissions of the main files and folders are not set properly. Read(r), write(w), and execute(x) if these permissions are set differently then the error is most likely to come.
- When the script tries to access an external resource and it is not able to get its hands on within the stipulated time.
- The structure in the .htaccess file is wrong.
- Maybe the scripts are incorrect or the paths are not aligned correctly.
- A process exceeds memory and it cannot be executed properly. The hosting provider allows a certain memory limit within the package you book. If it exceeds the error will occur.
- A failed disk or non-functional software module.
How do I fix the 500 internal server error
This is a problem on the server’s side so there is not much that you can do. Whoever is hosting the website will have to fix it. Some ways can quickly get you to sense the problem. Sometimes the errors are temporary or minute that even you can fix yourself.
- Refresh or reload the web page. Sometimes the server error is temporary and reloading the page might overcome the issue.
- Clear your cache and browsing history. It is also a possibility that the webpage you are seeing is a cached version and clearing the cache will make it go away.
- You can check the error log button in cPanel to see what errors are coming. Sometimes the 500 errors are due to the syntax error in the .htaccess file and you may be able to resolve it on your own.
- Check if your recently installed or upgraded software failed to install or upgrade.
- Try deactivating the newly added plugins to make sure that plugins are not the reason for error 500.