Rachel H Kay Blog

Using Pulse CMS On My Website

A few years ago I decided to add a blog to my website. I wanted a place where I could write about different topics and provide helpful information. But I wanted my blog to look as though it was a part of my website, not a page that was added later on. This meant that however this blog functioned, I needed to be able to template it so that it matched my websites styles and layout. I did a lot of research on Content Management Systems, and found a lot of interesting options, but in the end I settled on Pulse, which seemed to be the best option for my needs.

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The Need for PHP 7 Compatibility With WordPress

While PHP 7 has been out and about for a while now, it came into being around 2015, PHP 5.6 is still working great on WordPress websites. For a while the notion to make the big switch from PHP 5.6 to PHP 7 was more of a “you might want to consider upgrading to PHP 7”, to the now current “if you want to keep your site running smoothly with all those nifty little plugins, upgrade to PHP 7 soon”.

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WordPress Memory Exhausted, Increase Memory Limits?

Recently I received notification on a client’s website that the site was down. I like these notifications because I can’t keep an eye on every client’s site 24/7, I’m only human. But I was surprised to see that the site was serving a 500 internal server error. So I had to look into what could be causing the issue right away.

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Garden Recovery After Harvey

Harvey was a very devastating storm. I saw places around me that flooded, which have never flooded before. Even my own neighborhood had water in the streets. Kids were out with their floats swimming when we got a short break from the rain for a bit. Although I wouldn't recommend it. The bayou that surrounds my neighborhood went way, way over its banks, and into the streets.

The weirdest part about Harvey was that areas that have never flooded did, and areas that usually flood, well, some of them didn't. What made this storm such a disaster was due to those areas not being prepared for flooding. Of course no one knew those areas would flood. I watched the news in shock all those days during the storm. Freeways, neighborhoods, businesses, flooded out. Some of those businesses had been around for many years. So much disaster.

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Setting Up A Local Install of Your WordPress Site With MAMP

Setting up a local environment on your Mac can be a difficult task for those who have no idea what they are doing. While searching in Google can bring up a lot of posts that show you step by step how to set up your Mac for testing websites locally, it may be something you just don't want to bother with. The simplest solution? Using MAMP to setup the local environment instead. Oh, and one other thing, MAMP is free, so that should settle any worries right off the bat.

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About Me

Hi there. I'm Rachel Kay, a Web Developer, Illustrator, & Designer, whose hobby is to be creative and artistic, while freelancing as a Web Developer building creative, modern websites.

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