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Keep getting 500 error after enabling SSL

I spun off a new droplet & migrated the DNS. The website worked fine, went ahead and added SSL from Lets Encrypt following the steps here: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tools/nginx

Managed to successfully follow all the steps, but now my website keeps giving an HTTP 500 error ->

rewrite or internal redirection cycle while internally redirecting to "/index.nginx-debian.html", client: 49.207.200.121, server: www.epichiringcourse.com, request: "GET / HTTP/2.0", host: "www.epichiringcourse.com"

My conf file for the same:

server {
    listen                  443 ssl http2;
    listen                  [::]:443 ssl http2;
    server_name             www.epichiringcourse.com;
    set                     $base /var/www/epichiringcourse.com;
    root                    $base/public;

    # SSL
    ssl_certificate         /etc/letsencrypt/live/epichiringcourse.com/fullchain.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key     /etc/letsencrypt/live/epichiringcourse.com/privkey.pem;
    ssl_trusted_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/epichiringcourse.com/chain.pem;

    # security
    include                 nginxconfig.io/security.conf;

    # logging
    error_log               /var/log/nginx/epichiringcourse.com.error.log warn;

    # index.html fallback
    location / {
        try_files $uri $uri/ /index.nginx-debian.html;
    }

    # additional config
    include nginxconfig.io/general.conf;

    # handle .php
    location ~ \.php$ {
        include nginxconfig.io/php_fastcgi.conf;
    }
}

# non-www, subdomains redirect
server {
    listen                  443 ssl http2;
    listen                  [::]:443 ssl http2;
    server_name             .epichiringcourse.com;

    # SSL
    ssl_certificate         /etc/letsencrypt/live/epichiringcourse.com/fullchain.pem;
    ssl_certificate_key     /etc/letsencrypt/live/epichiringcourse.com/privkey.pem;
    ssl_trusted_certificate /etc/letsencrypt/live/epichiringcourse.com/chain.pem;
    return                  301 https://www.epichiringcourse.com$request_uri;
}

# HTTP redirect
server {
    listen      80;
    listen      [::]:80;
    server_name .epichiringcourse.com;
    include     nginxconfig.io/letsencrypt.conf;

    location / {
        return 301 https://www.epichiringcourse.com$request_uri;
    }
}

I have also confirmed that var/www/html/index.nginx-debian.html exists!

Not sure, what I am missing.

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Accepted Answer

Hi there @adnantlkn,

What I could suggest is checking your Nginx error log file for that domain name for some more information besides the generic 500 Nginx error.

To do that you can run the following command:

  1. sudo tail -100 /var/log/nginx/epichiringcourse.com.error.log

Feel free to share the log here as well so that I could try to advise you further.

Regards, Bobby