When you ask some WordPress Developer, about their nightmare in developing a site, they all would answer you with one thing. 500 Internal Server Error, yes these are the worst a developer would face when he is developing a WordPress site. These errors do not even have the information about the problem occurred.
In this post let’s discuss some of the ways in which you can overcome these errors in WordPress.
Before finding the way to handle it, lets first see what is this error all about.
500 internal server errors are unclear and basically they do not carry any information on what is wrong from the website end. We can come to a mindset that something from the code side or some themes which were installed before the error would have been the reason, this is just an assumption.
Why worry more about this, when you have some good solution to overcome this issue.
Let’s see some of the 5 ways to overcome this issue with a solution.
Don’t worry if your website turns into a white screen with a server error, try debugging and that is highly recommended. It is not assumed that it will fix your errors but it will give you some information on what has gone wrong in your site.
You can do that by debugging on the wp-config.php file. You need to search for WP_DEBUG and set it to true. If you cannot set it there then you have to create one and make sure to set it as true. Anyhow you should have a line as shown below to start your debugging process.
define( “WP_DEBUG”, true );
Once you have saved the changes, try to reload the site and if you are lucky enough your site should work as before. If even still it has an error, the previous error would go and show you actually what went wrong and it shows the location of the problem causing it.
If the error is pointing to some of the plugin or themes which were installed before the error, try to disable the plugin or the theme.
Deactivate all the plugins and change the themes
When you have access to your website dashboard. Try to deactivate all your plugins and see what is the problem. Try to reload your website and check, if your website works, then there was an issue with the plugins installed. Now you can switch one by one to check which was causing you the issue on your website.
Instead of deactivating all the plugins at the same time you can also try to deactivate your plugins one by one and try to reload your website and check if the problem is resolved. If the problem is resolved, then the recently deactivated plugin was causing the issue. The same works for the themes as well.
The same you can check with your themes as well, switch the themes to default one. Try to reload your website and if it works, then there is an issue with the themes which were installed. Most of the problems occur because of the plugins and themes, this solution is highly recommended. By trying this solution 500 Internal Server Error can be fixed.
Try Increasing your memory
I have personal experience with this issue. Can come over this issue by increasing a memory limit, this may help you. It is assumed that this issue is more common in shared environments. To increase your memory limit open your wp-config.php file India WordPress root directory search for WP_MEMORY_LIMIT. If you find one, change the value from something to 64M. If you do not find one then paste the line which is given below.
try to reload your website and if your website is working as before having one thing in mind that this solution is just temporary. It may have occurred from a faulty bit of code somewhere on your website which may be from a third-party plugin. Check if your host has a monitoring available take a look at all your resources which are being used by various plugins to get a better idea of which plugin is wasting those megabytes.
Check with your Host
Not at all times, the server issue has to be from our side. Sometimes there are some uncommon issues that would lead to server issues in your WordPress website. After trying all the solutions, it is recommended to ask the host itself. Sometimes the issue can be a genuine server issue itself. The host can at least confirm you on what is wrong from their side and they can have a look at things like file permissions and other resources on your website.
If you don’t find a solution and it is a genuine host server issue then it is recommended to switch to a better host that their service is optimized to run your WordPress websites. Switching over from one host to another does not have to be very expensive each time. There are several hosts which can give you a WordPress experience as you want in a low budget. This server host is just okay to run your WordPress website without any server issues.
Reinstall your WordPress Website :
This solution would not be helpful in all cases but this can be used as your last solution. In some cases reinstalling your WordPress website can fix the issue.
Backup your site, and download a fresh version of WordPress from the main site. Extract the files from the ZIP file, and open the extracted folder. Open your site’s root directory in an FTP client, and upload the wp-admin and wp-includes from your fresh version of WordPress to your site’s directory, overwriting the older versions.
Even by doing this, you can also solve some of your permission problems in this way. If you Want to do this solution, it is better and recommended to follow some of the manuals for WordPress date instructions in your WordPress Codex. Also, guide to install WordPress.
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