The 500 Internal Server Error: What it is, and How to Fix it

One of the most panic-inducing issues you might encounter on your WordPress website is the 500 internal server error. It can appear on any page of your website when there’s something wrong with your site’s file system or its server. Whatever the cause in your case, the outcome remains the same – your site will be offline, for all to see.

Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can troubleshoot your WordPress website, even before knowing exactly what caused the problem. Often, something as simple as deactivating themes and plugins or creating a new .htaccess file will do the trick.

How to Install WordPress Locally on Your Mac Computer

Coding in a “live” environment can be a perilous — if not ill-advised — endeavor, and working remotely on a WordPress installation is no different. Any misstep in a live environment could result in an alteration that damages your site and lands you in a terrible mess.

However, there’s no need to live on the edge. It’s possible to install WordPress locally on your Mac machine, thus providing you with a safe working environment. This method will shield you from the effects of coding mishaps and supply a host of benefits, such as the avoidance of downtime.

How to Install WordPress Locally on Your Windows PC

There are myriad reasons why you might choose to work on an “offline” WordPress website – i.e. one that exists on your computer only and isn’t accessible from the web. Perhaps you’re not ready for the world to see your site yet, you want to test changes to an existing site before going live with them, or you are simply looking to tinker with WordPress without having to purchase a hosting service.

Whatever the reason(s), the process of installing WordPress locally on a Windows PC can seem unduly complicated. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. With a completely free piece of software and this guide, you’ll be up and running with your own local WordPress installation in no time at all.

How to Install, Activate, and Update Your WordPress Plugins

WordPress is a flexible and feature-rich Content Management System (CMS). However, its core software is relatively limited. This is by design; after all, there is no point bloating WordPress core with features that not all site owners will need. Nonetheless, if you build out anything more than a super-basic WordPress website, you will soon find yourself in need of additional functionality.

The best (and easiest) way to fill in the gaps is with plugins. WordPress offers thousands of free plugins via the WordPress Plugin Directory, and many more premium options are available across the web. There is likely a plugin for any element of functionality you can conceive.

Joomla or WordPress: Which is the Right Content Management System For You?

Choosing the right content management System (CMS) for your business can be a truly daunting task. There are a number of elements you need to factor in before making a decision, including (but not limited to!) customization options, ease of use, and community. And once all is said and done, how can you be sure that you’ve made the right decision? Switching from one CMS to another (such as Joomla or WordPress) once your site is set up is no mean feat.

How to Use the WordPress .htaccess File to Optimize Your Website

WordPress is an open-source Content Management System (CMS), which (in part) means that you can make whatever changes you like to core files. In short, you’re in control of every aspect of your website. While that power can be intoxicating and you may be excited by the prospect, you might also reasonably be intimidated by making irreparable changes and damaging (or even ‘breaking’) your site.