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Error 500 when installing BP plugin — Please help the newb!

  • Jerry McNamara


    OK, I am a total newb at this switch-over from WP standalone to BP, but I sure hope this community can help me. is my hosting
    I successfully loaded WP 3.0
    I have successfully activated the multisite capability (I see the superadmin panel, and all options are available)
    I used FTP to place the extracted BP plugin into my wp-content/plugins folder
    When I log into my WP site as admin, and go to plugins, I see BP there and have the choice to click “network activate”
    BEFORE clicking that I ensured that .htaccess has the mod_rewrite enabled [see my pasted in .htaccess file below]
    I then logged out and logged back in to admin, and went to activate the plugin, but immediately get the following error message:
    “Error 500 – Internal server error”

    PLEASE HELP THE NEWB! Thanks! Jerry

    P.S. is it any clue that a “buddypress.tmp” file with filesize zero appears in my /wp-contents/plugins folder?

    .htaccess file contents
    # .htaccess file as suggested by wordpress for multisite & buddypress

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index.php$ – [L]

    # uploaded files
    RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?files/(.+) wp-includes/ms-files.php?file=$2 [L]

    # add a trailing slash to /wp-admin
    RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?wp-admin$ $1wp-admin/ [R=301,L]

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
    RewriteRule ^ – [L]
    RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(wp-(content|admin|includes).*) $2 [L]
    RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(.*.php)$ $2 [L]
    RewriteRule . index.php [L]

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