Posts by: Lucy Beer, Author at The Media Temple Blog

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”.

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.

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…

The WordPress Warchest

If you spend enough time building sites for clients, or if you just own and maintain several of your own, you soon start to develop a little stash…

Baby Steps into Version Control with WordPress

Version control. You’ve probably heard of it and you may even be cringing with guilt at this very moment because you’ve read one too many articles that tell…

Customizing the WordPress Admin Experience for Clients

For those of us that are logging in and out of WordPress sites all day every day, the backend of WordPress couldn’t be easier. We know exactly which…

Run a Local Bleeding Edge WordPress Environment

If you’re an average WordPress user running WordPress to power your site, you’re probably going to want to stick to working with the latest stable version of WordPress….

Developing WordPress for the Future Pt. 2

Contributing blogger Lucy Beer continues the discussion from the first installment of Friendly WordPress Development, including API usage techniques.

Developing WordPress for the Future

Contributing blogger Lucy Beer describes how to design and build your WordPress site so that future developers won’t curse your name.