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500 Internal Server Error After Magento Installation

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Internal Server Errors – don’t they just make your heart sink.  You’ve installed Magento step by step, and you think everything has been done perfectly, but unfortunately when you load the site you get a white screen whch gives the classic 500 error.  I had this when I attempted to install this on the multiple site installation for Bright Light Media, however the solution is simple.

It’s all down to permissions, as you need to make certain folders in your Magento installation writeable.  With your FTP, ensure you make set the following files/folders to either 755 or 777.

/app/
/app/etc
/magento/
/media/
/var/
/index.php

If you action the permission change on the above folders, this should successfully solve the Internal Server Error problem and your website should display OK.

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    This article was written by Sam Davis on November 29, 2008.
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