500 Internal Server Error due to suPHP permission requirements

suPHP requires specific permissions and ownership for scripts to run:

  • all folders within public_html – user:user 755
  • all files in public_html – user:user 644
  • public_html itself – user:nobody 750

(“user” refers to account name)

Without these permissions set you will see a lot of errors such as: “403 Forbidden”, “500 Internal Server Error” or other messages.

In example, CPanel error logs may show something like:
SoftException in Application.cpp:631: Directory “/home/[your-account]/public_html” is writeable by group

For more details about mass updating your file permissions, see:
https://forums.cpanel.net/threads/switching-to-suphp.160421/

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