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What is the proper metadata to set on temporary 500 errors?

It is my experience that Google generally does nothing for a previously indexed page when it sees a 5xx error. It may drop it from the SERPs temporarily if the 5xx error exists for too long. The page ...
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Server was down for 4 hours. What will be the impact on SERPs?

There should be no impact on your search engine rankings for an outage that lasts less than 24 hours. Google understands that occasional outages are unavoidable. They don't de-index pages or un-rank ...
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What is the proper metadata to set on temporary 500 errors?

For SEO, the title and the meta tags of a 5xx page don't matter. Search engines bots see the HTTP status code and base their decisions only on that. They will ignore titles, meta descriptions, and ...
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500 Server Error: Cannot serve directory: No matching directory index

So I finally reached out and contacted GoDaddy support. After an hour, we determined there might be an error in my code. And after a little bit of digging and testing with some basic files, he was ...
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Google Search Console still reporting 5xx errors even when my server has been running flawlessly for 7 days

The screenshots indicate you are looking at the http and non www version of your site. The home page inspection report indicates that the home page for that site (http without www) is redirecting to ...
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How much SEO risk is there having a 500 error for a few milliseconds during deployment?

There is no SEO Risk from temporary errors on your site. Google is very forgiving of small amounts of down time. Down time lasting less than a day will generally not hurt your site from an SEO ...
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Google is reporting a 5xx server error for a page that changed URL

I'm guessing that your URL change is unrelated to the error. A 500x error usually means a server side processing error, like unable to render the page or there's bug in the server side code on the ...
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Server was down for 4 hours. What will be the impact on SERPs?

It depends on whether crawlers attempted to visit the site during that time. If not, then "no one noticed" that your site was down. Even if one crawler visited, others may not have. So ...
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What is the proper metadata to set on temporary 500 errors?

There are some good answers here. The bottom line is that a 500-series error tells the search engine "there's a temporary issue right now, come back later". The search engine will do just that - come ...
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Is 302 redirect before 500 a bad practice from SEO perspective?

It is always best to show errors at the original URL rather than redirecting. For SEO, Google knows how to deal with 500 errors. It will give the page some grace time (probably 24 hours) and if the ...
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Website not working due to htaccess

You need to check the web server's (Apache) error log for the details of this error. A "500 Internal Server Error" response is just a generic response that something serious occurred and the ...
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Google Search Console says 5xx error, but won't show page URLs

'5xx' are basically server errors. This means that Google can't read any of your pages. If it is sporadic, then your hosting company is not up to scratch. If it is happening permanently, then you ...
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IIS Error 500 triggered by web.config when adding ipSecurity entries

It would appear that the default maximum size for the web.config file is 250K. We have found an internal article that mentions that the reason for the 250KB limit is to reduce the chances of an ...
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How to load a custom error page on PHP syntax error

PHP syntax errors do not trigger a real 500 error No, it's certainly a "real 500 error", it's just that it's triggered by PHP and not Apache, which is why the Apache ErrorDocument does not get ...
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Discrepancy in reporting 500 internal errors between Google Webmaster Tools (Search Console) and Moz Pro

Internal server errors can have multiple causes: Code syntax errors that happen whenever you hit a particular page Problems parsing user data that only happen for a specific user Intermittent ...
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The presence of a .htaccess configuration causes a 500 error (even if it is blank)

I haven't scoped for AddHandler application/x-httpd-php56 .php but I stake the following on all of my websites: <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} !^443$ ...
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500 Server Error: Cannot serve directory: No matching directory index

It seems that in the public_html folder there is no index.html or index.php (or other). Are you sure after the upload there is at least a file name index.php? Can you check in ftp or file manager and ...
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Apache 2.4 - Disabled TLS 1.0, custom error page for clients?

you would need to handle this at a higher level(proxy / F5) - a 500 of apache is a failure of it's runtime. Alternatively, you could build(or find, i couldn't find) a middleware mod for apache which ...
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Would this .htaccess alone cause 404 and 500 errors?

I get a 500 error or a 404 or a "Forbidden you are not authorized" error. The code you posted should result in a 403 Forbidden for all visitors. The first <IfModule> block applies to Apache 2.2 ...
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