Category: Notes


To change all the directories to 755 (drwxr-xr-x):

find . -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;

To change all the files to 644 (-rw-r–r–):

find . -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;

Grayscale via CSS


	-webkit-filter: grayscale(1);
	-webkit-filter: grayscale(100%);
	filter: gray;
	filter: grayscale(100%);
	filter: url(desaturate.svg#greyscale);

And the SVG File:

<svg version="1.1" xmlns="">
	<filter id="greyscale">
	<feColorMatrix type="matrix" values="0.3333 0.3333 0.3333 0 0
		0.3333 0.3333 0.3333 0 0
		0.3333 0.3333 0.3333 0 0
		0 0 0 1 0" />

Or, inline the SVG and do it all in one place:

img.desaturate {
	-webkit-filter: grayscale(100%);
	filter: grayscale(100%);
	filter: gray;
	filter: url("data:image/svg+xml;utf8,<svg version='1.1' xmlns='' height='0'><filter id='greyscale'><feColorMatrix type='matrix' values='0.3333 0.3333 0.3333 0 0 0.3333 0.3333 0.3333 0 0 0.3333 0.3333 0.3333 0 0 0 0 0 1 0' /></filter></svg>#greyscale");

Local ini on Storm/CentOS


<IfModule mod_suphp.c>
suPHP_ConfigPath /home/USERNAME/public_html
<Files php.ini>
order allow,deny 
deny from all 


in .htaccess

and ini must have chown for USERNAME

Fix greensock clash with layerslider


MSDLAB Toolkit

This is what I use for most of my WordPress Sites. The GitHub repository has most of the custom stuff that I use over and over. Generally speaking, I simply customize as needed per client. Not the “properest” way to do it, but faster and more cost effective for the client. Sometimes I do a major update when I find myself doing very similar customizations over and over.


Genesis Framework

Mad Science themes are built as child themes for the Genesis framework by StudioPress. Genesis themes work differently from other WordPress themes, because they rely strongly on hooks and actions. These two important keywords can take a bit of fiddling with to wrap your head around, but they are built into every part of WordPress, and once you understand them, they make it very simple to customize layout, activity, and even functionality of a WordPress site.

There are some nice reference sites for Genesis. I find myself going back to the visual hook guide frequently, as well as other areas of Genesis Tutorials.

You will need to install the Genesis theme on any site that you will be installing a genesis child theme.

MSDLAB Starter Theme

A Genesis starter theme with Twitter Bootstrap & Font Awesome support using LESS. On GitHub. Copy and rename to use.


Premium Plugins

Custom Plugins

The GitHub repository has a number of customized plugins. The one that is used on almost every site I do is MSD Site Settings. The others are mostly customizations of existing plugins. As I have time I am making them into “child plugins” so that they don’t need to be updated every time a source plugin is updated.

Plugin Directory Plugins

Can be found as favorites under my username, Foxydot. I don’t use all of these on every site, obviously, but these are ones I use often and trust.


The one tool I rely on quite a bit is WPAlchemy. There is a copy in the GitHub repository, at the WP_CONTENT_DIR level, because that’s where my plugins and themes call it from. You can place it anywhere you like, and there are probably old copies in my plugins too. Yes, you can do all of this the Tadlock Way (and the Tadlock Way is usually the right way), but I find WPAlchemy to be a small overhead price to pay for ease of use and function.

Hosting Recommendations

I keep a document of hosting recommendations to share with clients. This is one of those things that changes often, as companies come and go, get bought and sold, etc, so I’m simply going to link to the Google Doc that I share with clients.

Boilerplate TAR

Just a quick note on the command I use to make my boilerplate into a package.

tar -czf msd_wp_install_base.tar.gz -X exclude.txt msd_wp_install_base/

Large mySQL files in MAMP


/applications/MAMP/library/bin/mysql -u [USERNAME] -p [DATABASE_NAME] < [PATH_TO_SQL_FILE]


/applications/MAMP/library/bin/mysqldump -u [USERNAME] -p [DATA_BASENAME] > [PATH_TO_FILE]