Tips & Tutorials Archive - The Media Temple Blog

Seven Integral WordPress Plugins

As WordPress grows with every core update, so do the wide variety of plugins that become essential to the world’s most popular CMS. Here are some of our…

The Many Uses of Rsync

Originally created in 1996, rsync (or “remote sync”) is a versatile file copying utility for unix based systems. For most admins, this is their bread and butter. Rsync…

Randomizing SVG Shapes

Say we wanted to continuously randomize the radius of a circle. We could kinda fake a random look with just CSS, but let’s go for full-on pseudo random…

Hacking WP-config

The wp-config.php file is an essential part of your WordPress site. It’s the bridge between the file system of your site and your database because… it contains your username and password. If that information is incorrect (or not present), you get the notorious white screen that displays: “Error establishing database connection”.

Map Rollovers

Let’s say you have a map of the world and you want to be able to highlight the country (or state, or county, etc.) as the cursor hovers…

Five Things You Can Do to Get Ready for the Big Game

At the time of this publication, the big game is exactly 18 days away. Depending on when you’re reading this, you might want to check Wolfram Alpha to see…

Six Sites for Inspiration in 2017

Now’s the time to start the New Year on the right foot! Here are six websites that may inspire you to take your latest design to the next level.

Exporting Images in Multiple Resolutions Simultaneously

It’s always nice to see design tooling evolve to accommodate modern needs. Let’s look at an example of that: image exporting. Designers and developers spend loads of time exporting images. The design work often happens in software designed for designing, and assets from that design are exported for use when building out that design elsewhere.

Reactive EC2 (ReC2) Management System – Performance for Savings

It’s now time to focus on the Reactive EC2 Management System, aka ReC2. It is a small, friendly Python project that monitors your EC2 Auto Scaling Group to make important adjustments that provide increased reliability and cost savings.

Why Your Custom CSS Doesn’t Work in WordPress and How to Fix It

Occasionally, you may find that, when you add custom CSS to your website, it just doesn’t seem to get applied correctly. There’s a lot of reasons why this…

An SVG That Isn’t All… SVG

When you think of SVG, what do you think of? Vector graphics, right? Maybe some stuff like this? That’s good. SVG absolutely excels at graphics like that. It’s…

Quick Website Optimizations for Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is just around the corner. Even a millisecond of downtime could lead to a missed opportunity if your website is mission critical. Here are three important…

The Ultimate Control with Plesk Onyx

Media Temple is proud to partner with Plesk on our VPS hosting solutions. Over the last month, we’ve watched (with glee) our VPS customers upgrade their servers to…

Carousels Don’t Have to be Complicated

Every time a carousel is mentioned in a blog post, it’s a requirement to mention that… say it with me now: You probably shouldn’t use a carousel.

Responsibly Updating your WordPress Website

This article is intended to help you understand a bit about what WordPress updates are, how they relate to Plugin and Theme updates, and, most importantly, how to update your WordPress sites without causing havoc.

SVG Charting Libraries

There is no shortage of options with charting libraries on the web. That’s good! Competition is good for consumers. It keeps the quality high. That’s certainly true here. The landscape of charting libraries is pretty impressive, ranging from the good-and-free to the excellent-and-paid.