WordPress Tips and Tricks

WordPress 500 internal server error is one of the common WordPress errors you will encounter as a WordPress publisher. 

This error is usually caused by something getting corrupted in your WordPress files or by an issue on your hosting provider’s server.

This error can be frustrating especially for WordPress beginners because it doesn’t tell you what the problem is. You’ll need to have a bit of patience and perseverance along with the basic WordPress troubleshooting skills to find and fix WordPress 500 internal server error.

Before we start on how to fix the WordPress 500 internal server error, let’s start with something different.

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One of the best ways to make money as a WordPress developer is to create and sell WordPress themes. Unlike offering theme development services, selling your own WordPress theme lets you open a passive income stream that can last for many years to come.

There are two ways to sell WordPress theme and make a living by it - either through a freemium model or through a premium business model.

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WordPress Comments Plugins

...engage users on your site, with a good WordPress comments plugin

If you’ve ever blogged on WordPress, you’ll be familiar with the WordPress comments system. This is available by default but there are many alternative WordPress comments plugins which you can use on your blog.

In this post, we’ll make a head to head comparison between each WordPress comments plugin you can use on your blog and learn what the differences between them are. Of course that will allow you to decide which WordPress comments system would be appropriate for your blog?

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How to choose a Wordpress theme that fits your business

The official WordPress theme directory is so huge that you can find themes that fit any kind of business. In fact, not everyone wants to pay for a premium theme when a similar theme can be easily available from the theme directory. In the case that you need to further customize a theme you can either tweak it yourself or hire an expert in theme customization.

That being said, many of us fall in the trap of choosing a gorgeous looking theme rather than choosing a theme that fits for our business goals. In this post, we’ll give you a step by step guide to choose a theme that fits your business. 

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 According to an eye-tracking study, web users spend 80% of their time looking at information above the fold. So it is very important that when posting on Wordpress you place your most important content above the fold where your readers pay more attention.

That said, now you may be asking, what does it mean by the ‘most important content’ in this context. How can you determine it for your website?

The answer depends on the purpose and goals of your website. It can be a promo, advertisement or even announcement. Here are a few content ideas.

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Adding a WordPress Popup to your site is one of the best methods to grow your email list. Even if you’re not a fan of creating WordPress popups because of its intrusive nature, you can’t deny the fact that popup form works much better than any other methods when it comes to growing your email list.

Though popup form is widely used for list building, you can make use of a WordPress popup for various other purposes as well. Below are a few ideas…

Grow your follower base: Popup forms can also be used to grow your social media follower base. For example, one of the proven ways to increase your Facebook Fan page is using the WordPress Facebook Like Box popup.

By using the plugins like DC Facebook like Box Popup, you can increase your Facebook fans exponentially. You can download the plugin from here.

Advertisement: Popup ads are a very popular monetization method especially in the free gaming apps. If you rely primarily on display advertising you can make use of this on your WordPress site as well to generate extra revenue. Forbes Magazine is one of the best examples of using popup ads on their website.

Different WordPress popups- Which one is best for your needs?

There is a lot of evidence that shows that adding a WordPress popup to your site can have a huge positive impact your conversion rate. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that you should add popup windows everywhere on your website. In fact, adding untargeted popups can even negatively impact your conversion rate.

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WordPress post revision is one excellent feature of WordPress that allow you to take progressive backups of your post each time you save or publish it. Besides the manual saving each time you update, the autosave feature will also take a backup of your post. This means that even if you forgot to save or something happened and you could not save, your content will be saved automatically.

These are called WordPress post versions or revisions rather than backups. Each version stores the changes between posts.

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WordPress Blank page or White Screen of Death

If you are an avid WordPress user, chances are you have encountered WordPress blank page error at least once, which is commonly known as WordPress white screen of death in the WordPress community. 

WordPress white screen of death is one of the most common WordPress errors you’ll experience as a WordPress user. When this happens, it simply produces a WordPress blank page when you visit your website, which makes you wonder what causes the error.

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While this error could be annoying as it locks you out of your WordPress admin, the WordPress blank page is usually easy to fix even if you’re not an experienced WordPress programmer.

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WordPress is so extensible that it allows you to easily add new features and functionalities to your website without actually having to redesign your entire theme. Rather you can add the functionality by simply adding plugins. And if the functionality you would like to add is too small to create a plugin (which comprises just a few lines of code), you can use the functions.php file rather than creating a separate plugin.

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WordPress hosting - migrate to your own server

A few weeks ago we published a guide on how to successfully move your blog from blogger platform to self hosted WordPress. Today, we’ll guide you how to move your WordPress.com blog to your own WordPress hosting server.

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WordPress Autosave

WordPress Autosave is one of my favorite WordPress features that gives us peace of mind while editing a post or page on WordPress. 

If you’ve worked with some other CMS where there is no autosave, you might have experienced that horrible moment, when as soon as you press “Save”, your login times out and you lose everything.


WordPress autosave prevents that tragic story, which has happened time and time again to so many people.

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There are two ways to increase the revenue you generate from your website. Either by increasing your sales by increasing the traffic or by actually increasing the conversion rate - i.e. from the people who people who visit your site, increase the number who actually convert to customers. This is why you’ll need WordPress A/B testing.

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Embedded posts are a way to add your public Facebook posts including statuses, photos and videos into your webpage. If you are a publisher, embedding your own Facebook posts can help increase the exposure of your Facebook posts and its user engagement - and obviously increase Facebook likes to your fan page, which eventually can drive traffic back to your site … it’s a positive feedback loop :)

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WordPress Threaded Comments

Or how to handle back and forth comments using WordPress Threaded Comments

Comments are the lifeblood of user engagement on your blog. WordPress comments allow you to reply to other comments in a form of nested replies also known as WordPress threaded comments. 

They’ve also get plenty of SEO value, because they increase the keywords associated with your content.

If you undervalued the importance of handling back and forth comments using WordPress threaded comments you might want to reconsider it. Right now. Comments are very valuable.

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Create your own WordPress landing pages

or The ultimate guide to creating your own Landing Pages with WordPress

If you’ve ever sold a product or conducted a lead capturing campaign on your website, you might have known how important creating WordPress landing pages are for your website.

By having specfic WordPress landing pages created, you keep your visitors’ attention narrowly focused on call to actions placed in a page such as ‘buy now’ button or a lead generation form. It helps you entice your visitors to click on the call to action button by removing every distraction like external links or unnecessary info that might take your visitors attention away.

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Track Wordpress downloads

Needless to say, WordPress is no more just a blogging platform. According to datanyze.com,

“WordPress is the CMS of choice for almost 23% of ecommerce websites in the Alexa Top 1 million sites.”

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WordPress Performance


The Ultimate Guide to Analyze and fix Performance of Your WordPress Website

At DART Creations we’re always looking for ways of making our websites faster. Our website loads FAST. Really really fast! And we want your websites to perform fast too. That’s why today we’ve opted to publish an article which focuses on WordPress performance.

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Facebook is really smart in pulling in the right data from your posts when they are shared on Facebook. However, if you are an avid user of Facebook, you might have noticed that Facebook doesn’t always pull the right thumbnail image and description when a post is being shared. However if you don't include WordPress og tags (or open graph) tags you won't get the right information.

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Remove unwanted items from Wordpress dashboard

By default, WordPress comes with a lot of items on the dashboard that most people would never use. The problem with having a lot of options on the dashboard is that it not only makes the dashboard looks cluttered but also can negatively impact on your blogging productivity.

Besides this, if you are developing a Wordpress website for a client, leaving unnecessary options and choices will lead to confusion and higher risk of breaking your hard web design work.

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WordPress debugging

… Everything you need to know about enabling WordPress debugging.

Is this has this ever happened to you, you know why you need WordPress debugging.

You go to try out the latest and greatest WordPress plugin and as soon as you activate. Boom!

Your website - Dead!

You want to uninstall the plugin, but you can’t because the backend is dead too.

Or you’re a WordPress developer coding a new plugin, but you can’t figure out why it’s not working the way you want it to. That's why WordPress debugging is an essential feature for coders and web designers.


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It is always recommended to update your WordPress theme to the latest version because it ensures the security and lets you access all the latest features.

However, when you update a Wordpress theme, the problem is you may lose all the tweaks you made to it. And, that’s the reason why WordPress experts always suggest you to use a child theme and make any tweaks in it rather than tweaking a parent theme.

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Wordpress writing and editing shortcuts Cheatsheet

One of the best ways to improve your productivity as a blogger is to learn WordPress shortcuts that can speed up your writing and editing process while working from the WordPress dashboard. After all, we all are busy people with lots of different tasks to work on each day.

In this article, let’s take a look at various WordPress keyboard shortcuts that can save your precious time while working from the WordPress dashboard.


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One of the best ways to keep your WordPress website secure is to check for potentially malicious code often on your website. Whenever you find any vulnerability, you can take immediate corrective actions before allowing anyone to exploit it and allegedly enter into your WordPress admin panel.

There is no wonder that hackers target WordPress websites hugely because it is the most popular CMS in the market. Out of the box, there are several ways to make your WordPress installation more secure. However, the harsh reality is only a fraction of sites actually follow them. This makes WordPress one of the easiest targets for hackers.

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A few days ago we published a couple of WordPress productivity tricks that can help you save your time while using WordPress dashboard. In case if you missed it, you can check them out here:

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Add Infinite scrolling to your WP Theme

If you’ve ever visited a social networking site like Facebook, Twitter or Google+, you might have already seen the infinite scrolling feature. It is one of the powerful strategies to keep users hooked on a website by providing fresh content as the near the “end” of what they have seen right now - hence infinite scrolling. This option is available to implement on any Wordpress site - your don't need such things as a Wordpress page scroll plugin or other plugin to implement this.

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Minimize WordPress plugins

We've always had a strong opinion about WordPress plugins - the success of the CMS comes also thanks to the huge variety and availability of different WordPress extensions. Even for Joomla - the success of any site is whether it is able to do more than just it's core function.

WordPress plugins are a huge part of the success that WordPress enjoys.

They can also be a curse. By their very definition, and additional functionality, will come at additional "work" which the server has to do. They WILL make thus make your site slower than a native WordPress installation. You have to minimize WordPress plugins to the barest minimum to make your site faster.

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How to access files like an FTP client

When working on a client site, sometimes you will have to upload files to the WordPress theme directory. Since the WordPress dashboard doesn’t allow you to upload files to the theme directory, you will need to have FTP access to the site. 

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Blogger.com is one of the most popular blogging platforms that gained quick traction amongst those wanting to start blogging for the first time. As it costs literally nothing to start a blog, Blogger.com made an easy entry to blogging for everyone. A few years ago especially, it was all the rage, everything was blogging all over Blogger. It was eventually acquired by Google.

We remember the time when we also used to run a blog on Blogger, we won’t share the URL though, we’re somewhat embarrassed of those days :)

If you look at http://trends.builtwith.com/cms you’ll see that it’s still VERY popular, though not quite as popular as Wordpress.

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One of the best things we learned whilst researching for our article on how to make Joomla website load fast (1.29 seconds to be exact), we discovered a great gem of a tool. 

jch optimize - make your Joomla load fasterAs many people do when striving to make a website load faster, they refer to the Google PageSpeed recommendations site, and rightly so, because if Google makes a statement, usually it's worth listening to. However, sometimes it is quite messy to do all the optimizations, and you might not have the skills to actually do these changes.

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Wordpress backup using core vs backup plugin

As a WordPress user, it is very important for you to keep your WordPress files and database secure and backed up in case data loss happens. Whether this happens, through accident, malicious activity, or otherwise,  taking regular backups of your files and databases can be a lifesaver. Even in the worst case scenario of getting the database erased or corrupted, backups can help you quickly restore things back to normal.

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101 Wordpress Tricks

We all want to get the most out of every website we run - and WordPress is no exception. When we first started this site, there were many things we couldn't figure out and we had to go it alone.

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Compress WordPress images automatically

...because images are your heaviest resource, you should automatically compress WordPress images to give you site a speed boost.

In our quest to make WordPress faster - there was  one thing which would always skip. No matter how much we strived to make WordPress fast, we always neglected this one.

Image Recycle LogoWe never optimized our WordPress images for the web.

Why? It involved too much effort. It distracted our publishing pattern. We hated doing it.

Our images were pretty - but they were huge. And they were slowing down our website - even GTMetrix will tell you.

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We’re past all that now. Our WordPress images are optimized. They are small and fast. The quality of the images is still great.

Most of all - we don’t have to do anything. It fits into our pattern.

So how did we do this?

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After we published a guide on how to remove unwanted dashboard items from your admin panel, we’ll be showing you another productivity hack that can help you improve the user experience with WordPress. Using this hack, you can personalize the order of your WordPress dashboard menu items in such a way that the most used menu comes at the top.

Take a Wordpress backup before you proceed. 

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The latest default WordPress theme is Twenty Fifteen with a fixed sidebar to the left that turns into a header in mobile view, a minimal footer area, great typography and nice featured image area.

The theme is awesome, however we can understand that users still want to customize it and make it their own. Since, this theme only offers one sidebar (which is called widget-ready area in WordPress) we will show you how to add a widget to the footer. Adding a widget area to the Twenty Fifteen footer is not different from adding a widget area in most WordPress themes.

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One of the most easy ways to make your WordPress website faster - which involves no effort at all from your side, is to leverage browser caching in WordPress. This is one of the high priority tasks recommended by Google to make your website load faster. It is also recommended by sites such as GTMetrix to make your site faster. 

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Woocommerce is the most popular ecommerce plugin in the WordPress ecosystem. However, it has a bit of a nagging usability issue. By default, Woocommerce doesn’t show if a user is logged in or not to your ecommerce site.

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Creating a WordPress theme to accommodate your design is much easier when you use Custom Page Templates. WordPress uses posts and pages to publish content, but every page doesn’t have to be built in the same format. You can create specific layouts and content for different pages to create visually compelling sites that are still editable via WordPress’ powerful CMS tools.


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WordPress GZip Compression

One of the things you must do to make your WordPress website faster to is to enable WordPress Gzip compression. Essentially what this does is, is asks the server to compress all the files before sending them to the user. Since the files are smaller, they take much less time to get delivered to the user, resulting in an overall faster experience for your user. This is quite a high recommendation on Google PageSpeed Insights and is suggested on website optimization sites such as GTMetrix.

Let's take you through the whole process of checking whether WordPress GZip compression is enabled on your site. We'll then show you 3 ways of enabling or disabling it as necessary. 

1. Enable WordPress Gzip compression via .htaccess files

2. Enabling compression via a WordPress Gzip compression plugin

3. Enabling compression across your websites using your hosting CPanel.

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Show only Wordpress posts of logged in user

How to disable showing of posts and media of other WordPress users

If you’ve ever worked on a WordPress community site supported by a lot of publishers, you might have noticed that even though you can’t edit others post, you can still view the titles of every post inside the WordPress admin. It is because by default, WordPress allows authors to see the titles of every published post, drafts, and media.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to disable showing posts and media of other users.


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If you're like us, chances are, every so often you will forgot a WordPress Administrator password and you'll need to reset it. Luckily, WordPress has quite a number of ways in which you can change an Administrator (or any other user) password, of course as long as you still have access to the website via your hosting account.

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10 Free CDN WordPress Services

The loading time of your page has a vital role in your website’s user experience. And it can be one of the major contributing factors to page abandonment by your visitors. That's why so many people use free CDNs to boost their WordPress speed.

According to a survey, 40% abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load. Even worse, 79% of web shoppers say that they won’t return to a website to buy again if they found any trouble with the performance of the website.

Undoubtedly, boosting your website speed is critical to the success of your online business. This is where a free CDN for WordPress can make a huge difference.

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While troubleshooting with WordPress, sometimes it can be confusing for the developers to determine the exact template files being used to render a particular page in WordPress. In this post, we’ll show you a code snippet that comes in handy for developers while troubleshooting multipart templates.

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Google-Analytics-LogoWhat's the one thing you always do when you create a website? Add Google Analytics of course. The very reason for creating a Wordpress website in the first place is so that it generates web traffic so you should make sure that the site's traffic is being tracked by Google Analytics! If you've been around the web for a while, do you remember those Hit Counters which looked a little bit like this?

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WordPress developers for hire

...TOP TIPs for finding the greatest WordPress developers for hire

As a WordPress blogger, you might have a habit of doing everything by yourself; whether it is writing the blog posts, tweaking your theme or creating a landing page. It is totally justifiable as there are a lot of tutorials out there, which would help you to do those things by yourself. However, you can offload work if you find WordPress developers for hire.

When you’re not absolutely sure about what you’re doing, or if you are getting very busy with your own work, a risk free method is always to hire a WordPress developer who knows WordPress inside-out.

The beauty of working on WordPress platform is that whenever you need a helping hand from a hired WordPress developer, it is quite easy to find and hire them based on your budget and your job specifications without any hassle. There are literally thousands of expert WordPress developers for hire.

In this post, we’ll explain how to find a WordPress experts and the necessary steps you should take to hire them for your next WordPress development project. 

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Show Hidden Wordpress Settings

Today, we’ll introduce a little piece of code that does something pretty cool and comes in handy while troubleshooting WordPress. The below code snippet will add an additional option to your settings menu called "all settings" that can show you a complete alphabetical list of all the hidden settings you have within your wp_options table.

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This WordPress tip is about hiding the WordPress version header. Imagine yourself as a hacker who wants to break into your site. A hacker's life is made really really easy if they know what version of WordPress you are using. This is because if they know what version you are using, they can specifically try to attack your site with vulnerabilities which exist in this version. {googleads right}If they don't know the version, it would be a hit and miss attack. On the other hand, if they do know the version, they can zone in into a specific attack which is more likely to be successful.

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