Stuck in WordPress Maintenance Mode? Here’s How to Get Out of It

Stuck in WordPress Maintenance Mode? Here’s How to Get Out of It

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WordPress maintenance mode is a feature WordPress core enables when you update to the latest version of WordPress or update plugins and themes. It displays a message across your site that lets users know you’re working on something so you can perform updates without forcing users to use a semi-broken site. The update screen within WordPress typically reads “Enabling maintenance mode…” and “Disabling maintenance mode…” in its update sequence, but there are times, however rare, when this goes awry. If you’re racking your brain (and Google) trying to figure out how to fix this issue, you’ll be delighted to know it’s a lot easier than you think. Let’s get started. How Updates and WordPress Maintenance Mode Works Updates play a vital role in the health of a system, and that…
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Top Free Sources of CC0 High-Res Photos for Your Website

Top Free Sources of CC0 High-Res Photos for Your Website

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A decade ago, it might have cost thousands of dollars to get a beautifully-designed website! But thanks to the proliferation of top website builder companies and website frameworks like Joomla and WordPress, it’s now easy, simple, and fast to get a great-looking website template. But the framework is just one part of the equation to a great-looking website. It’s unfortunate but true that cheap-looking stock images are very common, and can absolutely detract from an otherwise great website design. Even worse than just being tacky and dates, many of these stock images can cost their users cash which could be going to other website improvements. And the effect of high-quality graphics on web design and overall appearance cannot be overstated. In an time where it’s easy for anyone to have…
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Where Does WordPress Store Images on Your Site?

Where Does WordPress Store Images on Your Site?

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Are you wondering where does WordPress store images on your website? Many beginners users have asked us how does WordPress store images and what they can do to organize their media library more effectively. In this article, we will explain how WordPress stores images on your site. How Does WordPress Store Images? WordPress comes with a built-in system to manage your media uploads like images, videos, music, documents, etc. This system allows you to upload, manage, edit, and delete files from your WordPress media library. By default, WordPress stores all your images and media uploads in /wp-content/uploads/ folder on your server. All uploads are organized in a month and year based folders. For example, all your media files uploaded in in March 2016 will be stored in: /wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ You can…
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Snapchat is Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know About Snapchat’s Latest Update

Snapchat is Growing Up: Everything You Need to Know About Snapchat’s Latest Update

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Snapchat is growing up pretty quickly. What started out as a way to share photos that self-destruct in 10 seconds, has evolved into one of the most complete and engaging communication platforms on the market today. On March 29, Snapchat unveiled a major overhaul of its chat platform, enabling a whole bunch of new multimedia options for users. For the first time, users can now make audio and video calls through the app, as well as choose from over 200 stickers to send in messages and simultaneously switch between calls and messaging. Snapchat’s new-found versatility will help it compete with other popular private messaging apps like We Chat, Kik, Telegram and Facebook-owned properties, WhatsApp, and Messenger. In this post, I’d love to dig into the Chat 2.0 update: how to…
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How Github Became Our Best Marketing Tool

How Github Became Our Best Marketing Tool

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It all started with a ‘Hackweek.’ Hackweek is a creative week that all our team members get after they finish working on a project. During this week our developers spend time building projects that typically end up on Github. When we introduced Hackweeks about a year ago, we couldn’t even imagine what results this would bring. It turns out that giving away creative solutions for free can grow into a powerful marketing strategy. At least, this is how it worked out for our company. We published our first Hackweek project on Github in January 2015 – a library called Side Menu Animation for Android. As of today, it has earned 2,649 stars. [caption id="attachment_127534" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Our Side Menu animation for Android[/caption] After publishing the Side Menu Animation, we built more…
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The 3 ‘Non-Negotiables’ of Successful Product Design

The 3 ‘Non-Negotiables’ of Successful Product Design

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Every successful product has them… does yours? Below we boil down the practice of product design into its 3 essential components. Useful, functional, and enjoyable. 1. Is it Useful? If we had to choose one of these three traits to be the most important, it would be this one. First and foremost, a product must be useful. If a product isn’t useful, everything else is irrelevant because nobody will need it. [caption id="attachment_127537" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Photo credit: "Wait Here Until You Are Useful." Matt Brown.Creative Commons[/caption] Obviously, usability and enjoyability are important as well… just not as important. In fact, a University of Michigan study not only confirmed this, it also put a number to it. Usefulness is 1.5 times as important as usability. So now that we know what the…
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How to Fix the 500 Internal Server Error on Your WordPress Website

How to Fix the 500 Internal Server Error on Your WordPress Website

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The 500 internal server error runs on every page of your site when there’s a problem with the server or file system that’s powering your site. The cause most likely occurs in the root directory, where your WordPress files are, but it can also be caused by a problem on your host’s server. This is one of the most frustrating errors that can occur in WordPress. It never has a straightforward solution, requiring a lot of troubleshooting that can eat up your time and patience. But we’re going to try to help alleviate some of that stress by suggesting several solutions to this problem and walking you through each. Let’s get started. Backing Up Your Site These solutions require making a lot of changes in your site’s root directory. It’s…
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30 Wonderfully Creative Abstract iPhone Photos

30 Wonderfully Creative Abstract iPhone Photos

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our weekly iPhone photography contest. This week’s theme was “Abstract” and we had over 750 amazing images submitted. The quality of entries was absolutely superb, which made it very difficult to select just 30 winners. After much deliberation, here are the 30 winning abstract iPhone photos that show wonderful creativity. Hillary Morin Adrian Werner Antonio Camacho Basith Al Naasar Chris Baird Dan Kafalas Daniela Gualtieri Dariusz Sobiecki David Popkin Deena Berton Evelyne Sieber Gunnar Hägg Holly Schultz Inna Klim Joanna Proffitt Karen Morgan Karin Taylor Kelwy Oliveira Lolly Kakumani Manthan Patel Maria Cristina Gonzalez Mary Ann Tardif Mike Lodge Penni James Ramim Alam Remigijus Stirbys Rosie Karel Sherry Manners Vicki Russell Wei Wei Which one of these photos is your favorite? Please let everyone know in…
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How to Create a Contact Form in WordPress (Step by Step)

How to Create a Contact Form in WordPress (Step by Step)

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Are you looking to add a contact form on your WordPress site? Every website needs a contact form, so people can contact you about your products and services. In this WordPress tutorial, we will show you how to create a contact form in WordPress (step by step) without touching a single line of code. Why Do You Need a Contact form? You might be wondering why do I need a contact form? Can’t I just add my email address on my website, so people can email me? That’s a very common question from beginners because they are afraid that adding a contact form requires code knowledge. The truth is you don’t need to know any code. This step by step guide to adding a contact form is written for absolute…
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5 Social Commerce Trends To Watch Out For In 2016

5 Social Commerce Trends To Watch Out For In 2016

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“Buy Now.” That is the call-to-action on a Facebook ad for HP’s latest notebook. If you’re a busy consumer who is searching for a notebook, why spend time going in to a retail store, or even browsing the web, when you can research and purchase via social networks directly? Ever since Facebook, Pinterest, etc. allowed brands to sell products in new ways, social commerce has been thriving. Today, you’ll see that thousands of businesses, from the neighborhood retailer to the biggest enterprise, are engaged in social selling. Also, they’re paying attention to new social commerce trends. Did you know? In 2015, out of the total global eCommerce proceeds, more than $30 billion were generated from different social networks directly. (source) According to a survey, more than 59% of marketers think…
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