Tips & Tutorials Archive - The Media Temple Blog

Life in Code Review (or what it takes to build a quality product) – Part 1

Throughout my career, I have been asked the same question: “What are you looking for when you review someone’s code?” A few things always immediately pop into my head, such as inconsistent code formatting or over commenting. But, truly, code review is a vast field, with many interesting (and sometimes nonsensical) moments that can keep anyone up at night.

Maintenance and Upkeep of Your WordPress Site

Launching your WordPress site is just the beginning of its life on the web. You’ve conceived and birthed your baby… but now you’re in charge of feeding and protecting it.

Owning a site is a responsibility. There’s a lot to consider, more than most people realize when they are just starting out. Neglecting your site means it could get hacked, suffer from broken links, or an unplanned update breaking your contact form.

How to Use Customer Feedback to Improve User Experience

What do we use to define the user experience of our products? Is your definition based on design principles that you have learned from books or websites? Or does it emerge from customer feedback to identify the flaws and possible solutions in your design choices? Without a doubt, tapping into customers’ feedback can be an invaluable part of your business.

Six Essential Cheat Sheets

The evolution of web development has been accompanied by a wealth of documentation. Yet, this virtual smorgasbord of fonts, developer languages, and methodologies (to name a few) can…

Six Stunning Style Guides

Web style guides emerged from the web’s evolution out of text-only webpages. In 1994, developers and early browser makers turned to the then-recently launched World Wide Web Consortium to enact standards for HTML specifications. With the creation of CSS in 1997, design and style on the web moved beyond its early limitations and into a very different (and seemingly limitless) world. But what works for 2015? Here are six stunning and essential style guides to help intone your next design.

Roadblocks or Mirages?

In the world of software development, we are constantly hitting (what we perceive as) roadblocks. This experience is universal across almost every team, department, and company. Fundamentally, a roadblock is something that stops progress or acts as a hinderance. In the case of my colleagues in software development, most roadblocks emerge from fork in the roads as an either/or situation. In these situations, the perception of a roadblock is critical, as switching viewpoints on the roadblock may be the ticket past it.

Seven UX Design Misconceptions That Simply Aren’t True

As more experts and enthusiasts flood the UX world each year with new ideas, processes, and proposed regulations, it has become more and more difficult to discern legitimate…

What Super Mario Taught Us About UX

Super Mario Bros. was the game that changed everything with a a payoff in terms of entertainment and, inadvertently, principles that are integral to modern UX planning, design and execution. Here’s what 10,000 hours with Mario can teach about UX design.

Refining and Reflecting on Your Personal List of Tools

Time is our most valuable and, unfortunately, most limited resource. Every single day, we fight and scrape to maximize our time in a way that’s beneficial for our…

Enhance Your Blog with This One Plugin

Many non-technical bloggers have a common struggle: A perception of being at a disadvantage in their blog property and the subsequent opportunities missed due to their technical shortcomings….

How-To: Site Migration

It finally happened: You need to migrate to a new host. But you’ve never done it before, and it needs to be done sooner rather than later. What…

Best Practices: Why and How to Create a Child Theme in WordPress

I’m the proud father of three adorable, brilliant, and yet also terrible and uncontrollable children. They’re great. Love them to death. They also hold the keys to how…

An Honest Blog Content Strategy

Developing content strategy for any blog can be a challenge, regardless whether it’s for a personal blog or a professional/corporate blog. The problem that I’ve continually seen is…

Customizing Jetpack

Jetpack remains a polarizing plugin amongst developers so it’s not often discussed on developer-oriented blogs. The plugin has a history filled with bloat, slowness, and conflicts with other…

3 Quick Yet Practical Tips for Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

I’ve been blogging for over 14 years and it would be pretty difficult to guess the number of themes and designs that I’ve cycled through over the years….

A Primer on Building Your WordPress Website with Best Practices

If you’re a sci-fi fan or a fan of 80’s movies in general, then you know that 2015 is a special year: We’re supposed to have hover boards…