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12 Web Design Tips to Help You Achieve Success in 2016

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There’s a lot more to being a great web designer than simply having the necessary technical skills. Another key element to success is keeping up to date with the latest web design tips and trends from the world of online publishing and beyond.
Keeping your finger on the pulse gives you the option of becoming an early adopter of emerging design trends and styles. This, in turn, can help you to deliver projects, whether your own or for your clients, that really pack a punch.  Having a solid arsenal of web design tips to turn to when it’s time to get down to work can also help to speed up your workflow.
Even if you’re a bit of a maverick who prefers to walk your own path rather than following the herd, keeping abreast of the latest web design tips and trends has it advantages. For one, it’ll make it easier to understand the needs and wants of your clients when discussing their vision for a project and they want to emulate something they’ve seen elsewhere.
And if you real…

17 Best Corporate WordPress Themes for Businesses

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Starting a new business venture is no easy feat – especially if you don’t have a solid website already set up to capture leads, guide new customers to your doorstep or sell products and services directly.
There are a lot of multipurpose and business themes available online for WordPress users and many of them deserve your attention. In this roundup we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of 17 of the best corporate themes for businesses available today.
Some of the following themes are suited to specific business niches while others can pretty much cover all bases. We’ve highlighted the primary use case for each theme alongside its name, so that you can quickly spot which themes will be of interest to you.
Let’s get cracking!
1. Divi (Multipurpose)
Divi is our own multipurpose theme. It features over 20 premade layouts based on diverse business (or personal) sites and comes with full support for WooCommerce integration.
If by any chance you don’t find what you’re lo…

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 highly recommended you backup your site prior to trying any of these solutions in case something goes wrong.
Using an FTP Client If you already have experience using an FTP client, skip this section. I’m going to go over how to set up an FTP cli…

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 goes beyond your WordPress site. Your operating system requires them. The applications you use on your desktop and mobile phone require them. Even your game consoles require them, but why are they so import…

Converting HTML Sites to WordPress Sites

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In the beginning (of the web) all websites were made with nothing but text and static HTML. Now though, over 20 years later, the web is a much different place. Websites are much more complex. They provide richer and more enjoyable experiences for site creators and visitors alike.
Check it out, the world’s first website! See it live here. This is in large part thanks to open source projects like WordPress. Which, over the last ten years or so, has succeeded in its core mission to democratize online publishing (and a lot more in the process) so that anyone with a WordPress install and the right theme/plugins can have a modern website with advanced design and functionality. No coding–not even HTML!–required.
This is Divi by yours truly, Elegant Themes. This is one of the most advanced WordPress themes on the market today. And it requires zero coding ability to use! This is why to avid WordPress users like myself, it’s almost hard to believe that in 2015 someone might still …