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WordPress fix Intermittent 500 and 503 Errors

Discussion in 'Misc WordPress Requests' started by jrkamrath, Nov 22, 2017.

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    Intermittent 500 and 503 Errors, by jrkamrath

    Hey, I have a site that is intermittently getting 500 and 503 errors. The site works for hours at a time, and then gets 500/503 errors for 10 minutes to an hour. I know the typical answer is disable your theme/plugins, but between the time the site was working 100% and I started getting the 500/503 errors, I didn’t change or update my theme or any plugins. It’s also hard to test one plugin at a time, because the errors are so irregular. In the error logs, I’m getting a lot of “End of script output before headers:”, which I understand doesn’t give a lot of information about the actual problem. While I can handle HTML and CSS and a little bit of JS, I know zero PHP or anything Apache, so I’m hoping I can resolve this without checking all code on the site.

    My hosting provider gave me a typical line about it possibly being the specific server my site is on and that it can be upgraded for a small fee (and that anything beyond that advice cost money for “expert support”). I certainly recognize it could be the server, but I would like to make sure it’s not something more problematic. Anyone have advice?

    Intermittent 500 and 503 Errors

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