500 Internal Server Error
500 errors can occur for a variety of reasons when a server suffers from a generic error that it cannot identify.
A 500 is in the 5xx class of status codes which are server error based.
500 errors should be used by a server when it encounters a generic error.
Yes, potentially. If your homepage, entire website, or a specific page that should be indexed responds with a 500 error - that really isn't good. If it stays like that for an extended period there is a high chance Google may de-index the resource.
If your site is suffering from a 500 error you should try to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Content last checked for accuracy and updated: 12th July 2020, by Colin McDermott