How To Fix 500 Internal Server Error In WordPress
Your .htaccess file is a configuration file for your web server. WordPress uses it to, among other things, set up your permalink structure.
Because it controls the configuration of your web server, even a tiny mistake in your .htaccess file can cause something like the internal server error message.
Thankfully, this problem is easy to fix – all you need to do is force WordPress to generate a new .htaccess file.
Step 1: Rename your existing .htaccess file.
To get started, you need to rename your existing .htaccess file. You can do this by either:
- Connecting to your site via FTP. You can use FileZillato do that.
- Using your cPanel’s built-in File Manager
I’m going to show you the process using File Manager because it’s the simplest for most users. But the core principles are the same no matter which method you use.
You can access File Manager right from the cPanel dashboard:
Once you open File Manager, look for the .htaccess file in the root of your site.
Right-click it, and choose Rename:
Rename it to something like “.htaccess_old”.
Now, all you need to do is create a new .htaccess file to replace it.
Step 2: Generate a new .htaccess file.
To force WordPress to generate a new .htaccess file, go to your WordPress dashboard.
Then, navigate to Settings → Permalinks.
You do not need to change any settings.
Just click the Save Changes button, and WordPress will automatically generate a new, clean .htaccess file.
And that’s it! Hopefully, your site is working again.