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Common Error 500's? (19 posts)

  1. emdee90
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    I've completed installation of the software and I'm receiving an "500 Internal Server Error". I did a search of the MUWP forums and didn't see a lot.

    Does anyone have any idea where to start to look to see why I'm getting the error?

    Also, Apache is installed as a module in my cgi-bin directory for some strange reason by Hostway.com it might have something to do with it...

    Thanks!

  2. andrewbillits
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    if I remember correctly it's caused by htaccess. try using itdamagers htaccess instead of the one that comes with wpmu.

    you can get it here

    We lost about four months of forum posts so a lot of information is gone.

  3. emdee90
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    I did both and had no success.

    To add, I don't have virtual hosts enabled. My hosting provider will not enable me to do this.

  4. andrewbillits
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    alrighty then ;)

    see if this post helps:

    Topic #44

    There are about five reasons you can be getting the 500 error so hang in there. :)

  5. emdee90
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Well, I gave the link a look and I guess I should have probably said that I'm trying to run it on a linux server! :)

  6. andrewbillits
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Oops, sorry it's a bit late here and I guess I overlooked that.

    Hmm, the only other thing that I can think of is to maybe check the file permissions. Unfortunatly there really aren't many people around here that can help with the non-vhost setup because very few people use it. I personally haven't done a non-vhost install since maybe last august. In fact if the non-vhost setup is quite buggy and actually needs to be removed unless it's fixed. :(

  7. emdee90
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Any dedicated server companies that you'd suggest looking into that offer vhosts? I'm not very happy with Hostway.com for a variety of reasons.

  8. andrewbillits
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    wait, you're telling me that you have a dedicated server with hostway.com and they are unwilling to setup a wildcard dns entry? If that's the case then something is wrong. It takes literaly about 90 seconds to setup a wildcard dns entry.

  9. amanzi
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Do you have access to your Apache configuration files? I've experienced 500 errors that were fixed by using the following line under the directory section:

    AllowOverride All

    So you may have something that looks like this in the Apache config file:

    <Directory /var/www/yoursite/htdocs>
    Order Deny,Allow
    Allow from all
    AllowOverride All
    Options -Indexes FollowSymLinks
    </Directory>

    Sometimes the default is to have AllowOverride set to None.

  10. amanzi
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Another reason is that the rewrite module is not loaded in Apache. If it's not loaded, you can step through the installation wizard but then get the 500 errors while trying to access your blog.

    Check your /etc/apache2/mods-enabled directory and make sure the "rewrite.load" appears there. If not, run "a2enmod rewrite" and then "/etc/init.d/apache2 force-reload" to reload apache.

    By the way - this is how to do it on Debian, if you're not using Debian it's probably a bit different but the principals should be the same.

    Cheers - Stuart

  11. emdee90
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Thanks, I forwarded that to support at hostway to see if I even have the ability to do that.

    I'll let you know in a few hours.

  12. emdee90
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Almost 24 hours later and Hostway tech support still doesn't have an answer for me.

    Can anyone suggest a reasonable host on which to install WPMU? Thanks.

  13. andrewbillits
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    A lot of people use dreamhost.

  14. emdee90
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    I know it's off-topic but:

    Do you think WPMU will run on a standard web hosting account for a couple hundred blogs or is a dedicated highly recommended?

  15. andrewbillits
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    A shared hosting account will be just fine for a several hundred blogs. In fact I wouldn't go dedicated untill you have around 5,000 or so because you can bank on the fact that most users won't use all of their aloted space, etc. Mainly you just have to watch how much space and bandwidth you are using and decide when it's time.

  16. emdee90
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Thanks my friend. I'll look into it! Hostway's been a headache so perhaps it's time to move on to greener pastures.

  17. andrewbillits
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    Anytime. You migth also want to check out Real Hosts. It's a small hosting company but they are willing to create custom plans and the service is excellent. I've used them for a few years and whenever something goes wrong I just email the owner directly.

  18. maxius
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #

    The host I use, kwikhosting.com, allow vhosts and everything, and the people there are quite helpful too :)

  19. daki
    Member
    Posted 16 years ago #


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