WordPress 1and1 Server 500 Internal Server Errors and NexGen Gallery

If you host a WordPress Blog on 1and1 servers and you try to install the NexGen Gallery Plugin, you may encounter an Internal 500 Server Error.  To fix this, the best and easiest solution I have come across has been to change the information in the .htaccess file.  If you do not have one, they are easy to make using a simple text editor.  We are going to replace the old code in the .htaccess file with the code I have provided below. 

Do the following to fix the problem. 

1) Open a basic text editor program on your computer

2) FTP into your web server account and open your .htaccess file on your local computer.  When you open your original .htaccess file, it should resemble the code that I have included below under  the heading OLD .HTACCESS FILE CODE.

3) Copy the code that I have below under the heading NEW .HTACCESS FILE CODE.

4) Select all of the code in your original .htaccess file and replace all of it with the new code.

5) Resave this new file as .htaccess on your local computer and then FTP it back into yoru WordPress blog root directory.  If you did not have one there to begin with – then place this one in there.

6) Now go to the plugin and activate the NexGen gallery.   It will work now.

OLD .HTACCESS FILE CODE – from a typical install

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>

# END WordPress

NEW .HTACESS FILE CODE:

<files .htaccess>
order allow,deny
deny from all
</files>

ServerSignature Off

<files wp-config.php>
order allow,deny
deny from all
</files>

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>

# END WordPress

Options All -Indexes
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php

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3 comments

  1. nice share, good article, very usefull for me…thanks

  2. Avery says:

    It worked! Thanks so much. You just saved me hours of grief.

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