HTTP Server 500 error after enabling Options +FollowSymLinks in .htaccess file

You are trying to get search friendly URLs working. You have been instructed by Google or the technical support department to use the following directives in your .htaccess file:

Options -MultiViews FollowSymLinks

However, every time you use it, you get a HTTP Server 500 error and the page does not load.

Instead, try this:

Options -MultiViews +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch

This is the particular case on a Virtualmin server running WHMCS where you want to enable “Full Friendly Rewrite” but it just isn’t working.

References:

  • Storm van der Merwe
  • WHMCS Technical Support
  • https://www.virtualmin.com/node/37627

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