What is 500 internal server error and how to fix it

While browsing your blog or website sometimes people found 500 internal server error. This is indication of “website is down due to some server error”. But this server error caused due to some internal activities in the backend of the blog. This error is common in those websites or blogs which uses lots of WordPress Plugins. Using extra plugins starts too many internal processes inside server Previously I wrote an article on “5 reasons why WordPress plugins can cause major harm to your blog”. Now I am explaining how plugin cause 500 internal server error and how to fix it.


According to Checkupdown “

The Web server (running the Web Site) encountered an unexpected condition that prevented it from fulfilling the request by the client (e.g. your Web browser or our CheckUpDown robot) for access to the requested URL.

This is a ‘catch-all’ error generated by the Web server. Basically something has gone wrong, but the server can not be more specific about the error condition in its response to the client. In addition to the 500 error notified back to the client, the Web server should generate some kind of internal error log which gives more details of what went wrong. It is up to the operators of the Web server site to locate and analyse these logs.

How to fix this error

You can request to your hosting providers to fix this error. I am a Hostgator user and my hosting providers quickly remove this error while I requested to do so. If you are also a Hostgator user you should know about Cpanel. You can also fix this error manually from Cpanel.

Step1: Login into Cpanel. On the left sidebar you need to click on “View All Processes”.


Step 2: You can kill all the processes manually one by one.


Precaution: Don’t use lots of plugins. Use only those plugins which are really required for your blog. Using extra plugins starts too many internal processes inside server and when the process cross certain linits then it cause this kind of problem.

Have you faced this error on your blog or website. Share your experience in a comment section.

5 Responses

  1. thanks for the information….i will fix my cpanel now
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  2. i hate the internet, there are always some error on some page! and it takes such a long time to fix them, not with this information! thank you!!!

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