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Why am I getting error 500 - Internal Server Error
Posted by Chris W. on 05 July 2008 03:44 PM
Things to check for

If you are installed on a suphp server:
  • Make sure you do not have any files chmoded to 777.
     You can use your FTP client and scan for files with the attributes of -rwxrwxrwx
      777 directories will be listed as drwxrwxrwx
If you notice the attributes mentioned above, you'll need to chmod those to 755.

Note: Irregardless of any install directions, 755 must be used instead of 777.

  • check all .htaccess files for php flags.
    Do you have php variables in your .httaccess? If so, move them to a php.ini file inside the directory of the script location.

If you do not have SuPHP installed on your server:
  • rename all .htaccess files to something else (example: .htaccessbackup). The most common issue on non-suphp server is misconfigured rewrite rules. Renaming the .htaccess file will help diagnose if this is the problem.
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