Plugins

I needed to display reviews from the Reviews page on a few select Pages and Products in a Shopify theme.

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Annual events (festivals, haunts, etc.) generally occur within the same month each year. Use this function to force update all of your calendar views so scheduled events are seen first without having to navigate through month / week views.

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Simple function to check is WooCommerce Product is virtual. Can be used in the Cart or on Product page.

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I used this on a custom page template showing only Past Events.

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Need to add varied styles to rows, but don’t want to program it in the backend? Or add ID numbers to rows in order to setup toggles?

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This comes in handy if the ecommerce store does not ship any physical materials (e.g., downloadable, e-tickets, online classes, membership, etc).

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I stumbled across this while creating a query of Custom Post data, where the content needed to be laid out in columns, and rows of equal height.

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If files within /woocommerce are being ignored, add support for Woocommerce as follows:

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Brute Protect settings within JetPack add security against malicious login attempts. Occasionally, these settings can lock the login page completely, even with your IP address added to the whitelist.

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Working on client websites with installed plugins, use the below information to update labels in the backend sidebar so the updating information is easier to find.

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Most of the examples for this that I have seen were for adding images to the column area, and did not explain how to fix column content brought in by custom post types.

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Use the following snippet to return the Featured (starred) Products from the WooCommerce Product listing.

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Slick Slider has pause and play functions available, but they are not easily enabled. 

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Great to use on product pages to reveal varied standardized text from the template when Products use shared terms like colours, or sizes.

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When using Variable Products in WooCommerce, the default “Choose an option” text is pretty boring. You can use a function to customize it to match your specific offered Products.

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Displaying an image from an ACF custom field is slightly different on an Archive / Single page, versus on a page, or in a regular loop.

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Slick Slider is a great plugin for creating custom carousels on websites. It has a built in navigation option for the carousel as well: asNavFor.

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Enable auto-scrolling to error messages in Gravity Forms by adding the following snipped to functions.

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The Post Object field in ACF grabs all Post Statuses in the WordPress backend, but does not provide filtering within the plugin’s interface to select only Published Post items.

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I work with Theme my Login and build member-based content areas within websites a lot. Often, the login forms that I use do not bring in the JetPack Protect prompt automatically, and users will have to submit the form two or three times in order to successfully login (once to see the humanity check, once to login, and possibly a third time depending on cache and browser settings).

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Similar to WPML, you can create if statements using WP Multilang

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Ever thought about customizing Time.ly’s All-in-One Event Calendar layouts on your website?

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Twig reminds me of liquid, but it’s more difficult to understand. It took me a while to find an example of how to do this, so I’m not losing it!

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It’s unfortunate that the Time Field in Gravity Forms does not have more custom options available.

Contrarily, the Date Field, allows for a calendar icon, and drop downs, but the Time Field doesn’t have a default placeholder option to populate the current time, or an alternate view to allow for drop downs showing 12 or 24 hour time.

So I had to turn to jQuery…

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I use this fairly often. I find working with plugins I already have installed is better than installing additional plugins to resolve the issue I’m trying to accomplish more reliable.

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A type of layout you might use to compare service types offered by your client may require you to toggle back and forth via a button.

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Turn your Gravity Form into a booking calculator!

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Use the below example to custom format the date displayed when querying Tribe events. 

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If you’re offering free downloadable items on your website, and don’t require site visitors to register for access to the items, you can use the following snippet to add a download link to your single-product template.

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Use ‘eventDisplay’ => ‘list’ in conjunction with the WordPress backend Settings for Tribe Events Calendar to prevent recurring events from showing up in custom loops.

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If your website has several News / Blog contributors, you can display a list of Authors by role and link back to their individual landing pages (author.php).

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Putting this here so that I don’t have to keep Googling and bookmarking them.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Typically, I use classes like .desktop, .tablet, and .mobile combined with media queries to switch between different-sized elements when building a website, in order to avoid loading the high resolution images on the handheld devices.

I find the class method a little tedious, and not as intuitive as I would like, so I’ve been looking for alternate ways to perform these transitions.

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I’ve run into a couple of issues where a website will break due to the site being SSL secured but the stylesheet refusing to load as SSL.

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Download a plugin to repair the visual editor loading text as white, and not displaying any buttons in Internet Explorer 11 here.

Sourced here.

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Sourced here, this handy snippet can help you update your theme templates to show multiple organizers.

You can take this further, and modify the code to display it this information in a loop, or within a themed version of the template.

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Tribe Events Calendar is a very user friendly plugin, and I highly recommend it for WordPress beginners.

Within the WordPress backend, Tribe’s settings and posts do not have an option to customize the Website URL, Organizer URL, and Venue URL to make them open in new windows.

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Use the follow snippet to remove the text, or update it with your own heading:

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Theme My Login and WPML

Plugins

September 06, 2017

Theme my login can enhance members’ functionality for multi-lingual websites if you use the following snippet to redirect the login form to the appropriate language.

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Sometimes, when working with designers, the content of a multilingual website will end up on a single landing page. In this event, using suppress_filters to get_posts associated with the active language will provide posts in both languages, and not provide the side-by-side translation effect desired.

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Enable background and text colour changes within your template using Advanced Custom fields.

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I work with Gravity Forms, and Gravity Forms User Registration a lot, so being able to redirect users to a custom template instead of a front end user profile (such as Theme My Login) would be preferred.

With Gravity Forms, I’m able to enable custom notifications based on the fields that are updated.

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<?php $tax_slug = get_query_var( 'taxonomy_category' ); ?>

Comes in handy if you’re working with custom post types, or external plugin archive pages.

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Tribe Events Calendar is a great plugin, that has a lot of very simple queries you can use to create calendar feeds within your templates.

If you have an event on your website, and a calendar that’s launching before weeks (or even months) before the event is taking place, you can use a function to setup a start date for your calendar. The Calendar’s default page views (month, day, list) will load starting from the date entered in the function.

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Gravity forms is great an excellent plugin, and has tons of addons that you can use to further enhance it’s functionality on your website.

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Use this foreach loop (inside of a query) to grab Product galleries from WooCommerce.

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If you’re working with WooCommerce add-ons (e.g., Bundles), use this function to cycle between different WooCommerce Product Types, in order to display queries and functions in specific templates (operates similar to an if statement).

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The All in One Event Calendar by Time.ly is extremely flexible if you need to place several widgets and event shortcodes on your website.

Using the Plugin to generate your own custom query and feeds of your Event information is not very intuitive, and finding valid information a long process.

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Coupon Creator Pro is a great plugin to highlight offers and deals available to your customers on your website. The coupons come with different themes available, allow for both image and text injection, and are responsive, as well as printable.

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Similar to my Subnavigation Function, this will display widgets and adjust column widths if widgets are active on the page.

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Template layouts (and client requests) will often require a list of categories to be laid out in a specific order to draw attention to different content.

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The default placeholder image in WooCommerce does not adjust according to image changes made within the Settings (e.g., changing the number of columns from 4 to 3 will result in a smaller placeholder image).

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The Advanced Custom Field plugin’s Taxonomy field type has been giving me a hard time for several hours now … This plugin is so versatile, that there is simply not enough documentation on the website, despite all of the amazing work done by Elliot Condon.

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Gravity Forms is a powerful plugin!

Using this function, display values in the select dropdown field dynamically, based on parameters you set in the foreach loop.

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This snippet will allow the Single product layout to display in the same layout as your installed theme.

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This is a great way to get trigger content loading on the page automatically. Visitors can then use filters enabled in the Search Filter to customize their search.

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BloodForge Smoke Effect Plugin is easy to setup and integrate in html and WordPress websites. Based on a particle smoke effect posted by Jonny Cornwell.

Can be used to apply a smoke / fog effect to a div as a background, or using canvas. Includes support for modern browsers (will slow down page loading).

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Useful snippet to gather additional information about site visitors for forms that do not capture a lot of data.

Will honour user settings if IP address is set to private or reserved.

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Discovered this handy cheat-function over here and it was just what I have been looking for to help me add further customization to all the Custom Post Types that are created by Plugins upon installation.

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Add one of these snippets to functions.php if you’d like to customize your WooCommerce product content.

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This really comes in handy when you’re using specific language on your website for Usernames or need to add in additional fields at signup.

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Many thanks to Rilwis and Charlie Rosenbury for the better-include.php shown below, and sourced here.  I will no doubt, use this several times in the future!

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You can retrieve the WordPress default image sizes (as well as set custom image sizes) using Advanced Custom Fields using the following:

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Here is an embed of the Github code found here:

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A recent WooCommerce update broke the shop layout, but wasn’t throwing any errors. Product thumbnails, Prices and Add to Cart buttons all vanished, but were still available on the individual product pages.

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Add this to functions.php to declare Woocommerce Support in a third party theme:

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Working with an older Yahoo! server, I recently ran into the following error when updating WordPress and installed themes / plugins.

Download failed. error:0D0890A1:asn1 encoding routines:func(137):reason(161)

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Recently came across this request at work, and it seemed impossible to implement without a series of workarounds.

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Custom Post Types help keep your WordPress backend organized, but figuring out how to get support for plugins can be tricky.

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Customizing Woocommerce email templates can be tricky if you’re unable to preview the changes that you make, and Woocommerce addons can get pricy.

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Add this to functions.php; update the placeholder “Your Text Here” with your new badge text

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If the BuddyPress plugin Activity Stream is not showing all updates / content that is being published, check if the site is set to Discourage Search Engines under Settings > Reading in the WordPress backend.

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To over-ride WooCommerce templates with your theme default template, copy page.php and rename it to woocommerce.php

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This plugin allows you to sort posts via drag and drop (even custom posts and categories!).

Simply use orderby => menu_order in your loop.

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Copy the template files into your theme folder from the plugin file.

These can be edited individually to match whatever layout you desire.

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These handy two lines of code can prevent the Plugins submenu from being accessed within WordPress. All users (including Administrators) will no longer have permission to add, edit, or see the update notifications for installed Plugins.

Comes in handy for sites run by Clients that have a lot of plugin customization.

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Download the plugin files from github. Follow directions provided by the plugin author.

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Woocommerce Tax Setup

Plugins

February 26, 2015

When enabling multiple tax amounts in Woocommerce, ensure that you change the priority of each Tax Amount entered, in order to make sure the taxes will render separately at checkout!Screen shot 2015-02-26 at 12.09.49 PM

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Sometimes you don’t want your clients to know that updates are needed. When Woocommerce is paired with powerhouse plugins like WPML, older versions can be difficult to update, and you should tread lightly: with backups.

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SMTP & WP Mandrill

WordPress

October 24, 2014

Read this article about enabling Mandrill on  your site with

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If you’ve ever encountered this error while using NextScripts SNAP, you know that’s it’s not very simple to resolve:

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When using Slick on Android, you may find that the vertical scrolling, or site progression, becomes inaccessible if you have a full-width slider.

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Customize the output to match your theme.

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Multiple Post Thumbnails

Plugins

September 04, 2014

Often, the WordPress Plugin Multiple Post Thumbnails is used within the page.php and single.php templates, and few conflicts arise. If you’re calling your thumbnails within header.php, footer.php or functions.php, the following code will help sort out issues with images not displaying via the simpler methods.

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Add suppress_filters => 0 to your get_posts(); argument and everything will be just fine!!!

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Use this function at add a class to the <body> for the active language:

function wpml_lang_body_class($classes) { 
     $classes[] = ICL_LANGUAGE_CODE; return $classes; 
} 
add_filter('body_class','wpml_lang_body_class');
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