Today I only changed site layout on Genesis News Pro theme from “content, primary sidebar” to “full content” on my Tech blog Your Next Search and I was surprised to get the famous Internal Server Error. I get little bit intense but even after getting this internal server error I was able to access my site on the browser. However, the site remains unusable to the Admin as he cannot access the WordPress dashboard.
Being affected with Internal Server Error you will get the message like below:
Internal Server Error
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
Please contact the server administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.
More information about this error may be available in the server error log.
Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Most of the time this happens due to a simple .htaccess problem and can be easily resolved. I don’t for what reason the .htaccess file get corrupted (maybe because of some usual or incomplete change).
Don’t worry, I am going to disclose how I got the solution.
You have to correct your .htaccess file and soon you can see your WordPress dashboard again.
Steps to Fix The WordPress Internal Server Error
I know you cannot access your WordPress dashboard otherwise you could have access the .htaccess through Yoast SEO plugin.
Now you need to use FTP.
- Download your current .htaccess file as a backup.
- Edit your .htaccess, delete all the information save it i.e. upload a blank .htaccess file.
- Now I am sure you will be able to access the WordPress dashboard. But you need to set up the permalink structure again.
- Again open your .htaccess file and try to paste the information from your old backed up .htaccess file.
This is the default File for any WordPress blog.
This will solve your problem.
I don’t guarantee this will solve Internal Server Error problem but most likely it solves the issues.
This is the first aid if you get WordPress Internal Server Error. If this doesn’t get your problem out of way then contact your host or look for an alternative solution.