All new heavy featured WordPress 4.4 released

”Don’t you mean feature heavy WordPress 4.4?”
No, actually I don’t. That is because I don’t think there are so many new features (i.e feature heavy) but the ones that came with 4.4 are pretty heavy 😉

Yeah, so WordPress 4.4 got released tonight (swedish time) and it come with som real nice features. The bigger ones are responsive images, embed everything and the long worked on WP-API is finally getting added to core. For now just the infrastructure has been added, but more is coming in upcoming releases. The embed everything means that you now easily can share posts on other WordPress sites with title, excerpt, featured image and can even get links for comments and sharing.

Enough from me, go read the official post on WordPress 4.4 “Clifford”.

OH! btw, this site here is already upgraded to 4.4!

PHP7 has arrived – Rejoice!

Now what does this all mean you ask?
Well if you haven’t heard or read much about PHP7 I can recommend these links to catch up.

PHP.net: Has the changelog and an migration guide.
SitePoint: Find out what’s new with PHP7
Laracasts: Up & running with PHP7

Google Star Wars easter egg

A long time ago at google far, far away…

So as you know, Google does some funny stuff every now and then. Yes I’m talking about the easter egg, often on google.com or YouTube and so on.

Well now it’s time again, so hurry up and:

  1. Go to google.com
  2. Search for ”A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”
  3. Press enter
  4. ENJOY!
Socialite providers

Providers for Laravel Socialite

A few weeks ago a write an article on how to get started with Laravels Socialite (swedish).
If you are using Socialite you might feel it is a bit light, with just Facebook, Github, Twitter and so on. Fortunately there are awesome people making these kinds of packages just so much better and more useful.

Without further ado, I give you Socialite Providers by DraperStudios. Socialite Providers give you 70+, as of writing,  additional providers for Socialite.

Adding Eloquent to Themosis (wordpress)

At my current job, @NetRelations, I was hired as a PHP/Wordpress developer (and front end dev). So naturally I do WordPress stuff, but working with WP can sometimes feel… Well *sigh*, because of the way the code in the popular, fantastic cms. That is why things like Themosis are so fantastic.

As a fan, user, supporter and Artisan of the great PHP-framewoerk Laravel , Themosis is like a warm, cozy blanket over WordPress! And we are purely talking code now, not the application it self. Themosis implements many features and ideas from Laravel, modern PHP and staying true to everything WordPress.
But this is not an intro to Themosis, this post is about getting more Laravel magic to your WordPress/Themosis setup.

Because yes, there are some things “missing” if you will. At least of your used to building sites and apps with Laravel. So lets get to it and implementing support for using Eloquent.

First we need to add Eloquent to our composer.json file in our root folder. So open your terminal and in your root run.

composer require illuminate/database

You should now see it in your composer file in the “require” object. Now comes the part which I’m not really sure what is the best way or best place to put it. That is loading of Eloquent and handing your database settings to it. I chose to put inside environments config files, so for my local installation I put the following code in side “config/environments/local.php”.

use Illuminate\Database\Capsule\Manager as Capsule;

$capsule = new Capsule;

$capsule->addConnection([
    'driver'    => 'mysql',
    'host'      => getenv('DB_HOST'),
    'database'  => getenv('DB_NAME'),
    'username'  => getenv('DB_USER'),
    'password'  => getenv('DB_PASSWORD'),
    'charset'   => 'utf8',
    'collation' => 'utf8_unicode_ci',
    'prefix'    => ''
]);

$capsule->setAsGlobal();
$capsule->bootEloquent();

What are the getenv() things in that code. Well if you use Themosis or open the file I mentioned, you will see that they are used for the WordPress database settings. So you can just reuse those code parts.
One little disclaimer here right up front. You cannot remove the WP db-settings, as far as I know because WordPress needs a its database connection.

We have Eloquent added, installed and booted – now what?

Now we can just create our models and make them extend Eloquent, like this.

<?php
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model as Eloquent;

class PostModel extends Eloquent{

	protected $table = 'wp_posts';
	protected $primaryKey = 'ID';

}

Then in your controller you could do something like

public function allPosts(){
  $allposts = PostModel::all();

  return $allposts;
}

Not the most beautiful code but you get the gist.

So yeah that was basically it for adding Eloquent to your Themosis based WordPress installation! :)
But wait, just one more thing 😉

This last tip is something I’m going to try to make time to make a pull request for and implemented into Themosis.
So what I wanted when I added Eloquent to my project was to use the relationship features of it. At first I didn’t really get them to work as Eloquent (or what not) couldn’t figure what model I was referencing. But after a few minutes I figured I’d try something that I had tried earlier for another reason but failed. You see to be able to use your controllers and models in Themosis you have to ad them to an config file which in turn loads them in your app. Easy enough but a bit cumbersome, *cough* when your used to autoloading a la PSR4 *cough*.

Said and done, opened my composer.json and added a PSR-4 section to the autoload object and pointed it to my “theme/app” folder, like so.

[json]
“autoload”: {
“psr-0”: {
“Thms”: “library”
},
“psr-4”: {
“MyTheme\\”: “htdocs/content/themes/my-theme/app”
}
},
[/json]

Now you just need to add a namespace declaration to your models, and use the complete path when adding a relation.

<?php namespace MyTheme\models
use Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Model as Eloquent;

class PostModel extends Eloquent{

	protected $table = 'wp_posts';
	protected $primaryKey = 'ID';

   public function tags() {
   /* Given that the related models name is TagModel */
      return $this->hasMany('MyTheme\Models\TagModel');
   }

}

As simple as that, don’t you think. And as a bonus, you don’t need to define your models in the “loading.config.php” file anymore as they are autoloaded. at least I don’t think you do, works for me so far.
Same should apply for your controllers, just don’t forget to put in the namespace declaration and “use” the files you, well use inside your class!

That is all for now. Comments, suggestions and improvements on the above is welcome.

Read more about EloquentThemosis

frontend frameworks compared

So you are planning a new, shiny website. You want to use a framework as help to get you started, but which one is right for you?

WP Coding Standards
Good resource if your doing wordpress themes, plugins or whatever.

Just wanted to share this site with some awesome photography, I got linked the other day –  http://indulgd.com/
Enjoy!