Suppose you are loading a website and it shows, this browser cannot display the page. Do you know why? Don’t panic, it can be a 500 internal server error. Basically, a 500 internal server is an HTML status code that is displayed because there is something wrong with the website’s server that the server cannot detect itself. It is quite irritating for the website owner because it does not specify the error. The HTML 3-digit codes represent the error. The 3-digit code starting with 5 (5 x x) represents that there is an error from the side of the server not from your internet connection or your device.

What are the ways in which you can see a 500 Internal server error?

According to, A 500 internal server error represents that there can be any error from the side of the server, not specified. Each website displays a different message if there’s a 500 Internal server error; Examples are given below.

  • HTTP 500 – internal server error
  • 500. This is an error
  • 500 internal server error
  • HTTP Error 500
  • Internal Server Error

What are the causes of a 500 internal server error?

Basically, an HTTP 500 error is shown to indicate that there has something gone wrong with this website’s server and the server is not sure about the actual problem. So, this error can only be repaired by the website’s owner or the one who is uploading files and doing programming. To sum up, it’s actually the problem of the server, and we, as a user can do nothing except taking some small steps which can work out if it’s a temporary issue.

How to Fix the 500 Internal Server Error?

If you are a website user and you cannot open the site due to this 500 internal server error, you must be knowing that it’s a server-side problem. Still, to be on the safe side, you can take some small steps to know whether it is from your side or not.

Firstly, what you can do is, clear your Browser’s cache. Sometimes, the cached version of your browser is not up to the mark. Hence, by clearing the cache of your browser and reloading the website or webpage again, you can get successful. The second main step is if it is continuously showing the error, you can refresh the page 2 to 3 times or copy the URL and past it reloading the page again. So, if there is any temporary issue it is resolved easily. Thirdly, it will be not so difficult for you to delete the cookies associated with that page, and loading the page again will help you out. So, instead of blaming the webserver for this error, you can try these small steps to ensure that the problem is not with your own side.

Fixing 500 Internal Server Error Problems on Your Own Site

When we hear the word Internal Server error, this means that there’s an issue with the software’s server due to uploading a wrong file or error on coding/ programming. It will only be solved if the website administrator reviews the logs and then they will be able to detect the main problem. However, we are below including the major cause why this 500 Internal Server error occurs and what should you do for your site.

The first thing that you should try is to backup your website. Before doing anything, just try to backup your site once.

Secondly, you should see whether there is correct permission on every file. Sometimes incorrect permission on a single file or folder can also cause this error and the whole site has to suffer because of it. Hence, it’s better to go through all the rules of permission and how should they be set on the server for each and every file because incorrect permission on a single file or folder can cause this 500 Internal Server error.

Thirdly, many times, the website shows this internal error because of the time out. It can happen at times that the server timed out or any external source attached to the site timed out. Hence, even when the system of the site is rebooting or the server is busy trying to do something, the site will not run and will show an Internal Server error. Hence, if you’re using a script, then try to increase the time out.

In addition to it, sometimes, it might happen that there’s an error in the programming of the .htaccess file. Therefore, make sure that the .htaccess file isn’t interfering with your site. To ensure that it isn’t causing any problem further try to change the name of this file or remove it and then refresh the site.

More Ways You Might See an HTTP 500 Internal error:

If any page or site that is showing this error is being run by Microsoft IIS, a more clear message is shown as this Software helps to specify what the main problem is. Below is a table showing the 500 Internal error list.

Error Codes:

  • .500.12: This error occurs when the site is at the moment restarting the server
  • .500.13: This error occurs when the server is doing something else.
  • .500.15: When requests for Global.asax are not permitted.
  • .500.19: This error occurs when the Configuration data is not correct.
  • .500.21: If the Module is not being recognized.
  • 500.22: This error occurs when an ASP.NET HTTP modules configuration does not apply in Managed Pipeline mode
  • .500.23: An error occurring when An ASP.NET HTTP Handlers configuration does not apply in Managed Pipeline mode.
  • .500.24:  An ASP.NET impersonation configuration does not apply in Managed Pipeline mode.
  • 500.50: A rewrite error occurred during RQ_BEGIN_REQUEST notification handling. A configuration or inbound rule execution error occurred.
  • 500.51: A rewrite error occurred during GL_PRE_BEGIN_REQUEST notification handling. A global configuration or global rule execution error occurred.
  • 500.52: A rewrite error occurred during RQ_SEND_RESPONSE notification handling. An outbound rule execution occurred.
  • 500.53: A rewrite error occurred during RQ_RELEASE_REQUEST_STATE notification handling. An outbound rule execution error occurred. The rule is configured to be executed before the output user cache gets updated.
  • 500.100: Internal ASP error.

So, these were small guidelines on HTTP 500 Internal error. Hope, you benefit from it!