Fixing 500 Internal Server Error with WordPress and 1and1 hosting

I have several blogs hosted by 1and1.com. I have been adding some plugins and kept coming across 500 Internal Server Error. I went back and forth, activating plugins, deactivating plugins and deleting them off of the FTP server. I was also coming across the WordPress blank screen on my admin dashboard. It was getting very frustrating. Then I came across something about one of the plugins generating the 500 Internal Server Error when the hosting company was not using PHP5. So I did some research into 1and1.com with WordPress and found a solution.

Find your .HTACCESS file on your server. It is a hidden file so make sure your FTP client (I use filezilla) can view hidden files. Open up the file in your text editor and add the following line after the line # END WORDPRESS.

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

That’s it. Since I added this line I have not had an error 500 and all of my screens in WordPress have not been blank. Note: I did have one time when a plugin rewrote the .HTACCESS file. So keep a copy of the file handy. If you come across the error 500, just copy your backup of this file onto your FTP server.

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One Response to Fixing 500 Internal Server Error with WordPress and 1and1 hosting

  1. oakley boren 04/28/2011 at 4:06 am #

    OMG! you just answered the problem I’ve been having with them for the past 2 days! THANKS!

    And great. Now it seems they’ve taken mySQL down for maintenance. Where was a warning for THAT?!

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