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How to avoid the “Internal Server Error 500”

Each day, while browsing web pages, a visitor is bound to receive at least one error page. These error pages are displayed when the HTTP request sent to the server by the visitor’s browser cannot be completed successfully. I’m sure you are all familiar with the “404” error, which means that the page the visitor is looking for is no longer there, or the “403” error, encountered when trying to visit a web page, which requires special authorization. However, these errors are easily avoidable and can signify what the problem is right away – a missing web page, a lack of authorization, etc.

However, if you are browsing your own website and you get an “Internal Server Error 500”, this means that something has gone wrong with the web page you are viewing. However, the worst part about this error message is that it’s a “catch-all” error – it’s returned by the web server when there is a problem with the execution of the page, but the server cannot be more specific about the nature of the problem.

This makes future debugging hard – you have to review the code for this page line for line in order to eliminate any possible errors. However, this is hard and very time-consuming. This is why, I have given some of our senior support staff members an assignment to gather the most common reasons for this dreaded error message and present possible solutions for them. After several weeks of hard work, they are ready with their article on how to fix “Internal Server Error 500”.

This article is available in the Web Hosting Articles section on our website. There you will also find other important articles, guides and how-to’s, inspired by the most common problems experienced by our customers.

Originally published Monday, June 21st, 2010 at 6:56 am, updated January 15, 2016 and is filed under The Free Reseller Program.

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