My client was using Rackspace and they were on a shared plan which was pretty decent but it cost quite a bit with overages that were accruing, I finally convinced them to move to Rackspace Dedicated Servers, a dedicated virtual hosting service. We moved and the migration was seamless. I even had a direct contact at Rackspace that could help me out.
After being with their dedicated hosting solution running us about $300 a month, I was always a big fan of MediaTemple. They even had a WordPress hosting solution for only $20 a month! Awesome… I eventually convinced my client to move to this hosting solution… Errrrrccchhh! Big Mistake!
MediaTemples WordPress plan caps you at about 256mb/512mb ram. We were getting site down messages all the time. So, we needed to rethink the solution, MediaTemple was still a good solution, just not the wordpress solution, right?
Well, we then moved to their DV Level 4 servers which was ok for a little while. (Oh, btw, in order to migrate I had to pay MediaTemple about $100) I wish they would have migrated for fee, but it’s ok… But then about 3 months later their DV level 4 servers upgraded. Woohoo! Instead of the 4GB server it is now an 8GB server. So, I guess the upgrade will be automatic…
My server is going to get upgraded, right?… WRONG!
I had to pay another $100 to upgrade from a DV Level 4 server to the (new) DV Level 4 server. Another $100 and if that’s not enough our site has been down for the last 3 hours and still going… Which is my reason for writing this article. I have a feeling we may be moving back to Rackspace or another hosting solution.
So if you ever ask yourself, “should I go with MediaTemple or Rackspace.”
Let’s say you wanted to create your own Video Membership site. What would you use for that? Your first instinct might be to go with WordPress and this is definitely a viable solution; however, there are going to be a lot of disconnects and a lot of functionality that doesn’t work just right. Checkout this article about WordPress vs HelloVideo.
Now, thanks to HelloVideo you can easily create your own Video Membership website. The script is very easy to install and very easy to configure. With HelloVideo you have a powerful admin dashboard where you can add/edit/delete videos, posts, pages, and users. You can view statistics about your video site right when you login to your admin dashboard.
Once you gain access to the download section you will also have access to all the documentation a ton of quick start videos, and all your downloads. You will get free updates and free upgrades for a whole year.
So, if you’re in need of creating an awesome Video Membership Website, do your users a favor and get one of the best Video CMS’s available today.
One of the tools that I commonly used to stay up-to-date with the latest design and development news is UsePanda. UsePanda can be used as a chrome extension or as a webpage. The chrome extension is great. After activating the extension, every time you open up a new tab, you’re presented with the following screen:
Every morning you can get up and in front of your computer, with your coffee at your side, as you stay up-to-date by checking out all the links and design inspiration presented through UsePanda. Some may look at this as a distraction, but….. others would say it’s motivation.
The latest version of WordPress, version 4.0 is available. You can update to the latest version in your WordPress dashboard or you can download the latest version from http://wordpress.org/. Be sure to get the latest version and here’s what you can expect in 4.0:
New Media Library Grid View
The Media Library gets a new face-lift and provides an easy to sort and view grid.
New Plugin View & Experience
The plugin page is organized more efficiently and has a new view and experience.
More support for oEmbed
WordPress now natively supports a wide variety of embed services like Youtube, TEDtv, Vimeo, Flickr, Twitter, SlideShare, and much more. Simply add the URL or embed code and you can see the embed in the live preview and in your post.
Choose your language during installation
Throughout the WordPress installation you can choose which language you would like to start with, even before you get wordpress setup:
Here is the full list of new features included in this latest version:
New Media Library Grid Viewer
New Plugin View & Experience
More support for oEmbed
Choose your own Language During Installation
Improvements to the Content Editor
Improvements to TinyMCE Views
New Widget Customizer Panel
New Accessibility Features
Updated External Libraries
For more info about the latest features be sure to head over to WordPress blog and read up more about it
Retina devices require developers to create 2 types of images, an @2x resolution for retina displays and normal resolution for regular displays. Well, Apple may be adding a 3X resolution display to iOS 8. Marck Gunman reported that Apple was testing a 1704x960px resolution display for the iPhone 6, which would be achieved by tripling each pixel from the “base resolution”.
According to an iOS developer, James Thomson, a newly discovered bug in iOS 8 loads 3x images instead of 2x images. Is this an accident or is this intentional?
This means that in the future we may have to add another image size to our export list. We’ll have to export all of our asset images at normal resolution, 2x resolution, and 3x resolution. All I can say is I’m hoping this is just a fluke. The less work I have to do to make my images look nice on any device means more time to focus on other things.
It’s still to be determined whether we’ll have to export images at 3x resolution in the future, but if this is the case you’ll want to make sure to get started sooner than later. Be sure to checkout Apples next key note, scheduled for September 9th for the unveiling of iOS 8.
Finding the right image for your featured product or the fullscreen background of your website can make or break the viewers perception of your app. That’s why it’s important to find the best high quality images for your app or product website.
There are many places where you can find large high quality background images; however, some of those may not suit all your needs. Sometimes you really need a high quality image that portrays your message.
Well, if you are looking for the right image to give your website personality, you may want to checkout Pexels.com. At Pexels you can search for hashtags to find the perfect high quality image. You can also view the most Popular or the Newest additions.
Be sure to head over to Pexels.com and find the right image for your site
There has been a lot of buzz lately about the latest release of Laravel 4.3. Many new features will be introduced in this new version, and it is all being covered over at Laracasts. This is showing to be a larger release than was previously anticipated.
Here are a few of the key features that will be introduced in this latest version:
There seem to be many other cool features popping up, so since Taylor Otwell has proven good in the past I’ll trust him on the change to the file structure and to all the new features. “Taylor”, thanks for continuing your awesome development on one of the greatest frameworks available.
If you want to catch all the latest features in the latest release be sure to head over to Laracasts, where Jeffrey Way will be teaching us all what we can expect from this next exciting release.