Have a wordpress site on godaddy hosting. Getting intermittent 500 internal service errors. Tried editing permissions and .htaccess but the problem still abounds. Anyone else have similar issues that you've solved?
It's very hard to diagnose an intermittent 500 error. If you always get a 500 that would be different.
You might be getting the error when the internal communications between the web server and the MySQL database server have a high level of latency, especially if you have added lots of plugins. You might try disabling each plugin and allowing it to run for a reasonable enough time to determine if it were the culprit.
OTOH, you might follow @John P Bloch's advice and just switch hosts. Ironically today there was the following message posted to a long running thread on the LinkedIn WordPress group about web hosts where most people are giving GoDaddy a very big thumbs down. Here is that post:
And this from someone else on the thread:
So, maybe a hosting switch is in order?
The first thing you need to do when you get 500 errors is taking a look into the error log of your webserver. Mostly it's name is Apache. In the error log you find more information why you got a 500 error.
With some hosters you do not have access to the error log personally. You need to contact technical support and ask for the error log then. So, write down date and time when you experienced the error (and the URL).