Status

500 Internal Server Error

500 errors can occur for a variety of reasons when a server suffers from a generic error that it cannot identify.

What type of HTTP status is a 500?

A 500 is in the 5xx class of status codes which are server error based.

When should a 500 response be used?

500 errors should be used by a server when it encounters a generic error.

Does a 500 HTTP status affect SEO?

Yes, potentially. If your homepage, entire website, or a specific page that should be indexed responds with a 500 error – that really isn’t good. If it stays like that for an extended period there is a high chance Google may de-index the resource.

If your site is suffering from a 500 error you should try to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Content last checked for accuracy and updated: 12th July 2020, by Colin McDermott

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