I’m using WordPress custom post types in a project right now, which requires a number of new content sections that are similar to the_post(). In the WP back end, the new content panels are created using add_meta_box() with the TinyMCE WYSIWYG editor so that HTML can easily be added to the content. However, since I have to retrieve the meta box content using get_post_meta(), none of the usual content filters are applied, so we just get the text and any hand-entered HTML, but no automatic paragraph and line break tags or shortcodes. In this case, we need to run the following code on those pieces of content:
Often when I post code related bits here, it’s for future reference for myself. I know I’m going to need this again, so I know to look for it here.
For the multitude of people who have asked in the forums “How do I set a minimum order amount in Shopp?” My new plugin is the answer. Interested? Check out the plugin page here, or get it from the WordPress plugin directory.
It’s pretty straightforward and simple (at this point) with only two configuration options. I’ve got a list of improvements that I’d like to make in the future, but I’ll be working on them as I have time.
The question was asked in the Shopp Community Forums about how to change the Credit Card expiration date fields from input boxes to drop down menus. The default Shopp template has them set as text boxes, which works fine, but we can improve on this and make it easier to use.
If you’re using Shopp’s theme templates, you’ll want to edit checkout.php. Look for the following code near the bottom of the file:
Now you should have a couple of nice drop down select menus, which are a little more user friendly because they eliminate the chance of a user putting in the wrong information. The new code will also display the current year and the next 10 years, which means you won’t need to change the menu code every year.
Google Web Fonts is a pretty awesome service, considering it’s a free alternative to the larger font collections of TypeKit (also an awesome service).
Embedded web fonts are great, but the Hawaii web design has a dilemma. A lot of place names use Hawaiian diacritics (āēīōūĀĒŌŪĪ) and any time you use the language on a web site there’s a good chance you’ll use a few of these characters. The problem is that not a lot of fonts include these glyphs in their character sets, so we’re limited to the ones that do. This is further complicated by fonts that don’t also include styles for italic, bold, or bold italic.
Google Web Fonts currently has a total of 22 fonts out of 229 that have the Hawaiian diacritics, which is roughly 10%. Of these, only 10 fonts include all font styles.
I flubbed my DNS records on Friday, thinking that I was getting ready to move my work site from Dreamhost to MediaTemple (since I’ve been having email delivery problems on Dreamhost; too many spammers on their shared servers). So I switched my name servers on Friday afternoon without the proper MX records… Long story short; I haven’t received any email since Friday afternoon.
Normally I don’t screw this process up (since I’ve done it probably 50 times in the past 2 years), but I was rushing when I did it Friday afternoon. I had myself convinced on Monday morning that it was just a slow weekend, and no one had anything to send me. Then I remembered that I tried to send email to myself Friday night, and puzzled over why it never got thru. Mystery solved.
It’s been frustrating waiting for the old DNS records to expire on the Media Temple server so I can enable mail services. I’m used to communicating primarily thru email, and being unable to do that all day has been driving me nuts!
So this is something that I should have memorized by now, but always find myself searching Google whenever I need it. MediaTemple’s Grid Servers have a built in 2mb limit on file uploads, which is small when you’re trying to upload photos from new multi-megapixel cameras, or even just large PDFs. The solution is to drop the following code into the .htaccess file in the root directory: