500 Internal Server Error

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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.

How to fix a 500 error?

If you are getting a 500 error for your website or a particular resource there can be a variety of technical reasons.

500 errors are frequently caused by a problem with:

  • Server/hosting
  • .htaccess/redirects
  • Plugins
  • Theme
  • CMS

If you have recently changed something significant at a server, plugin, theme, or CMS level, that could be something to investigate.

If possible you can try restoring your site from a backup, or if using WordPress try deactivating all your plugins and reactivating them one at a time.

Caching plugins are also a common source of WordPress errors.

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