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The dreaded 508 Resource limit is reached and 500 internal error from your wordpress blog

By February 20, 2016makeweb

You have done all the handwork and set up your wordpress blog, you even managed to make it popular and get a steady stream of traffic and then this happens. An internal or server error shows up and  f***s it all up.

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Here are some of the standard culprits

Check out our knowledgebase of errors below

  • 508 Resource Limit Is Reached

  • 403 Forbidden Error

  • 500 Internal Server Error

  • wordpress error establishing a database connection

  • "Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Please check back in a minute."

Apparently these errors  can not only happen with  a standard wordpess install on a self hosted server with hosting companies like godaddy, bluehost , hostgator   but also on localhost, xampp install and due to debug errors.

Some tips on How to fix these errors

403 Forbidden Errors

The 403 error is easy to fix , it happens because of this

For security reasons, our servers will not allow browser access to a directory which does not contain an index file (i.e. index.php, index.html, etc…)

Just input an index page in this directory  and this will  get fixed , the page needs to be named  eitehr index.html or  index.php

508 resources limit have been used up

The error message you get

“508 Resource Limit Is Reached”

The 508 is a message from your hosting company that you have used up too much of your resources, it could be bandwidth or space but more likely bandwidth. This can be caused by dodgy plugins using bandwidth wrongly or if your site is really popular (quite unlikely) or then just other people on you shared server using too much bandwidth and you getting blamed. These can also include CPU usage, RAM usage and/or the number of concurrent processes running under your hosting account.

This can also be caused by Website traffic spikes – If your site experiences high peaks in inbound or outbound traffic it can exceed allocated resources. If this is a regular occurrence we would recommend considering an upgrade to a Virtual Dedicated Server, where no such limits are in place

You will need to contact your hosting company to know what exactly it is.

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500 Internal Server Error – This can be a dangerous one

The error message you get

“The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.”

I have had this error on my websites a couple of times and it’s dangerous because your site id down and it can take time to fix. It can mainly happen due to a misconfiguration in your server, you updated a poorly coded WordPress theme or a wordpress plugin or even a wordpress or related update.

Sometimes this also happens when your hosting company updates their stuff on the server

WordPress error establishing a database connection

If you get a page featuring the message "Error Establishing Database Connection," this means that there is a problem with the connection to your database and there could be a number of reasons for this. The following are possible reasons and solutions. From wordpress.org

So basically what this means is that the connection is not being established with your database , This happened once to me when I changes a couple of passwords and for some reason the database password did not get updated so it wasn’t connecting to the database . Scan your site with Sucuri SiteCheck to ensure that it hasn’t been compromised or hacked

This could also happen if your wpconfig file has got messed up or than your site has been hacked and password ben changed.

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When you can’t connect to your webmail or cPanel

Error message

“Cannot connect to webmail or cPanel”

If you can’t access webmail or cPanel of your hosting account but you’re still able to access your domain’s website, it could be your internal network’s firewall is blocking port 2095 for webmail and port 2082 for cPanel.

Try this solution



Note: replace "domainname.com.au" with your actual domain name

Website is Unavailable due to scheduled maintenance

You get this error message

"Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Please check back in a minute."

This happens often when your website has just been upgraded or your wordpress theme has just been upgraded or a plugin upgraded etc. and lasts just a couple of seconds normally , which means the server is just a bit slow and still doping the upgrade that you just clicked for or which is being done by the hosting company.

Your site going down and  errors popping up  could be a major pain in the ***. Hope i could help you in some way with this limited  information, if you have any  tips or new information  that  could  help others please contribute in  comments or  by emailing me  through contact page. much appreciated!

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