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  • I’m trying to install a new instance of wordpress in a brand new database on an hosting account which has never had WP before. Completely clean install of just core (no plugings, extra themes etc.) Proceeded to do the same thing as I’ve done about 15 times before on various servers before, but this time I got the following error message:

    Server error!

    The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request.

    Error message:
    Premature end of script headers: install.php

    If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.
    Error 500

    Anyone have experienced this before?
    I have checked username, password, servername and adress and they are all correct.

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  • Re-download WordPress onto your computer, then re-upload all of the files. Chances are that either in the download, or in the upload, a file was corrupted or missing something. If you re-upload these, it should fix that issue.

    If you still have problems after that, check with your host to make sure PHP is properly running on your server.

    Tried re-downloading and re-uploading, but the error persists. Have contacted our host provider to enquire about the php on the server. Could it be any other thing, since the error message points directly to install.php?

    It could be a PHP configuration problem on the server. If you have an access of your website error log files, you can get more information from it. In many control panel, you can access website error logs from the control panel.


    Moderator t-p


    Completely clean install of just core (no plugings, extra themes etc.)

    Since you are not using any plugins, and I am assuming you are using the default Twenty Tent theme (are you?), then it’s possible:

    – a .htaccess rule could be the source of the issue. To check, try accessing your server via FTP or SFTP (or whatever file management application your host provides) and rename the .htaccess file. If you can’t find a .htaccess file, make sure that you have set your FTP or SFTP client to view invisible files.

    If still unable to resolve the issue, contact your hosting provider if the database server is online / if they have any other problem at their end, or they made any changes to your account, or if there are any limitations/restrictions, etc . Also check with them if you need to upgrade the hosting account in order to install and run your verson of the WordPress.

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