A lot of people get worried when they see a “500 Internal Server Error” message. This can look different in Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari or any other browser you are using on your computer. Should you worry about these error messages? Yes, the reason being is because it’s a problem with the server in which your website is hosted on. Believe it or not, a lot of hosts are notorious for displaying these error messages. GoDaddy.com has been known to have these error messages from time to time. This means that you’re not having any issues on your end. Your router is connected, and the browser is up to date, but it’s just an error on your web hosting servers end.
Really, you don’t have a lot of options when you see this message; but here are some quick fixes.
- Check your .htaccess file. You can always create a backup (for example .htaccess-old). Simply remove your .htaccess file and see if that does the trick. I tend to back these files up frequently.
- If you are using WordPress, you can always disable the plugins and see if that fixes the issue. Sometimes plugins cause internal conflict errors. (note this is only for WordPress users).
- You can either clear your cookies cache and refresh your website and see if that solves the issue.
- Also, you can clear your browser’s cookies which commonly resolves these tedious error messages.
- Or if you have tried clearing your browser cache, cookies, disabling plugins, and .htaccess file you can always pick up the phone and call your web hosting provider. What has worked for me in the past is just ask them to reset your server, because you need to get these 500 errors resolved.
If you don’t feel like calling your provider or clearing your browser cache or cookies, you can always wait 15-30 minutes and see if the issue goes away. A lot of times server technicians are either running maintenance on their servers or don’t have them configured correctly. Now, if the problem persist and you see these error messages 2-3 times a week you might want to consider migrating to another web hosting company. You can check your Google Webmaster Tools (GMT) to monitor these dreaded 500 internal errors. However, if you’re interested in learning about some other error messages, I would also recommend you read this post. Sometimes the best alternative is just to migrate away because you really shouldn’t have to deal with these issues every time you sit down to work on your website.
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