Error 500 – Internal server error – Tilo Hensel

WordPress + 1&1 = not a good pair?

Another post from the (unofficial) “Problems and Solutions” series. I just did another WordPress installation at the hoster 1&1 for a friend and after I filled out the “wp-config.php” and then wanted to continue the installation, I got the following error message and couldn’t continue:

Error 500 – Internal server error

An internal error occurred!
Please try again at a later date.

the solution of the problem is the following:

Create a “.htaccess” file in the root directory of WordPress with the following content:

# Turn on PHP5 on 1und1
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php

The problem seems to be that 1&1 doesn’t handle the PHP files like PHP5 files. You can force this with this entry in the htaccesses.

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