500 Internal Server Error for WordPress Site: the Most Common Problems

Many things could lead to this error, such as not enough memory_limit setting, plugin problems, etc. However, the most common problem has something to do with the corrupted .htaccess file.

If your WordPress uses the qTranslate-XT plugin for multiple languages on one site, check the .htaccess file and you will most likely see this:

This happens that your default language setting is English but you use the qTranslate-XT plugin for multiple language setting and ManageWP service to manage all your WordPress sites from one location. And the 500 error happens whenever you update themes or plugins from ManageWP panel.

The WordPress document root should be either RewriteBase / (meaning the public_html folder) or RewriteBase /whatever the folder you installed WordPress into. It should not be the language path setting as the qTranslate-XT plugin settings handle how to redirect for different languages, but by .htaccess.

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