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  1. I'm coming in late to this discussion sorry. A huge thank you to @Christophe for bringing this thread to my attention. I had a strong need for the Schedule Pages module but was hesitant to use it on my PW 3.x site as the documentation was unclear whether it is compatible for 3.x. But the comments above from @3fingers, @teppo, and @Zeka seemed encouraging about the safety of using Schedule Pages on a 3.x site. So finally I decided to install it on one of my 3.x sites and I can attest it worked perfectly! Be aware that my test case is a simple one: my site GoodKidsClothes.com doesn't have anything unusual about it from a development perspective - it's a blog that has been going for several years and has a decent amount of content, but there's nothing complex. It displays articles I've written. Extra details about my experience installing and testing Schedule Pages are shown below. Firstly I do want to point out that the manual solution of clicking the publish button on the page on the correct day is technically do-able, but is not ideal in many situations, and certainly not in the situation where I would use it. On those occasions, which fortunately are not frequent, this has entailed me getting up at 3am to press the "Publish" button (explanation below). So yes, it's do-able, but not ideal. Here is the real-life use-case I'm talking about: a brand I am promoting wants my article to come out as early as possible on day x. This means timezone has an effect. "As early as possible on day x" for a U.S. brand really means 3:01 a.m. US Eastern Time (= 12:01am US Pacific time) on day x. I cannot just publish the minute it turns to the next day here on Eastern Time because that is still the day before on Pacific Time. For brands that have time-sensitive news and deals, I am not allowed to leak it the day before, even if I'm in another time zone than the leak. A breach in trust like that is serious and would result in the brand severing any relationship with my site. So it's not just the day, but also the time, that is critical here. I can attest that Schedule Pages works fine on all counts. When I installed the SchedulePages module, it did come up with a warning: However, I carried on with the install and it all went fine and the module worked perfectly. A huge thank you to all of those who posted above, and especially the people I mentioned personally in my comment here, as it inspired me to try the SchedulePages module. You've all literally saved me from a 3am wakeup next week for a post that needs to be scheduled πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜΄πŸ˜Ž I'm sure all the other solutions people mentioned would have worked fine too, but I like to use modules to limit the amount of custom coding I need to add on my own. A couple of points to note about SchedulePages (besides what others have said): For first-time users, while the date picker is straightforward, the time entry part of it to schedule the post might be a little bit confusing. It certainly took me a few tries to work it out. The default time on the field says something like hh:24:11:ss , but basically you should just enter whatever 24-hour time you want like this: 14:34 (I didn't worry about adding seconds, and it just set seconds to zero). For others such as myself who have time-critical needs, SchedulePages seems to take it from timezone of the site (site/config.php ?), which is what you'd typically want, and not from the server time. I tested out the module using same-day and next-day scheduling. My server time is US Central Time, and my site is in US Eastern Time according to site/config.php. Based on setting my LazyCron to 5 min intervals and testing my schedule pages publication times, it looks like the time is being taken from my site time (US Eastern), which is exactly what I want, and not from my server time (US Central time).
  2. A huge thank you to @Gadgetto for this tutorial. This is my first time with multi-language, and Gadgetto provided the perfect tutorial for beginners such as myself to learn from. I worked my way through the tutorial and can attest it works beautifully and I could follow along without getting lost. I now have a wonderful language switcher on my site AND the html lang tag AND the href lang alternate tags, all thanks to Gadgetto's great tutorial above. The screenshots were really helpful too. His code really should be a must-read for those making their first multi-language site. Thanks again! πŸ˜€
  3. I too am grappling with this issue for an image gallery page that I'm trying to paginate. My template file contains code for groups of things in general (e.g. blogroll), laid out in a similar way to the desired gallery page. The blogroll is working just fine so I don't want to make a whole different file just for the image gallery, I just want to use different logic within the same template. I suppose I should clarify: my image-gallery template file is very short: just a php include of the blogroll template. Inside the blogroll template I have different logic for image gallery versus blogroll where applicable. I do have the page template set to allow pagination in the admin side. I like the code solutions presented previously in the thread that involve piggybacking onto the MarkupPagerNav module, since I'm using pagination for my blogroll anyway. πŸ€” My question is, I'm wondering if there is (or could one day be) a function in the ProcessWire API that as a one line command, converts images on a page to a (temporary) page array, each element of which contains one image? 😢The idea being that the resultant page array could be used directly for pagination purposes just like any other page array, which is handy for image gallery situations such as this. It seems like it's a common issue people are facing. For now and for my site's situation, even for the solutions that piggyback off MarkupPagerNav, it seems like a bunch of extra code to add to a template that is otherwise working fine (I mean for blogroll purposes it's working perfectly). I really like the idea of passing a page array directly to MarkupPagerNav (with limit in the selector, I mean) without keeping track of total, start, and slice. So for now I'll probably instead from the admin office make a bunch of child pages from that page, each containing one image, and get the desired page array from that so I can handle the pagination with the same type of code as I've used for my blogroll.
  4. This is an update about how it's been running blog sites using ProcessWire. I hope it's OK for me to post in this category even though I've already showcased my sites awhile back. I thought it would be helpful for people to get a feel for what it's like to use ProcessWire on an ongoing basis for blogging. Often people talk about the development of a site, but it's not quite as often that we hear about the ongoing running of a PW site and how the PW API influences that, which is what I'll cover here. As background, we at The GrayFly Group own and run the blogs goodkidsclothes.com and flipfall.com. The development of these PW sites has been covered in a showcase thread for GoodKidsClothes and another for FlipFall. Here are some of the unique experiences I've had running these two sites. "Running" covers everything from coding and making modifications to the templates, to writing our articles, to interacting with ad partners or with others seeking us out for something related to one of those sites. So this is a different experience from agencies who develop for others; we develop for ourselves. As background, the main traffic to the websites comes from organic search results. Income from sites is from affiliate marketing and advertisements. GoodKidsClothes PW experience: "to think it is to do it." For GoodKidsClothes.com, one of the things we noticed was that if we could think it, we could do it, thanks to the easy-to-use PW API. The need for a change Here is a concrete example of what I mean: we noticed that many people would enter the site on an older article (e.g. via a search result). However, we continually put out a lot of time-sensitive information, e.g. a style guide, a piece of news relating to a change in a children's clothing company, etc. I didn't want people to miss out on this, yet many were, because after reading their entry page, they'd leave. They had no idea (unless they clicked on the link to home page) that there was another article that could be of value to them. All too often, by the time people learned about that new article via search results, they'd be too late for the news to be relevant - in fact, it wouldn't even be the newest article anymore by that point. The solution So, using the PW API, we modified the article template so that if someone was reading any article that was not the most recent article, then at the end of what they're reading, they'd see a small section highlighting the most recent article. Here is a screenshot: As you can see above, our newest article is highlighted immediately below the article they're reading, unless of course they are already reading the newest article. In the case shown above, the newest article (recipe-related) did not happen to be time-sensitive, but in most cases that article would be time-sensitive, so that's why we made this change. To make the change we simply used the PW API to query what the latest article was and store its identity in a variable - those sorts of queries we set up in _init.php. Then we modified the article template such that if the current page was not the latest article, to include the featured box that you see above. Another need for a change You'll also notice links in boxes above and below where the featured article box is. These are ads (they blend OK right?!) These ads brought another problem to our attention: we'd put the ads blocks on all articles equally. However, in the case of the most recent article, often the most recent article would usually have a time-sensitive offer or some other call to action e.g. signing up for our newsletter (well, not in the case of the recipe article above, but in most cases the latest article would have something we prefer the reader to do). We didn't then want our readers to get distracted by the ads and either leave the site, or click on an ad and click away from the site, instead of doing whatever the call to action is. The solution Again using the ProcessWire API, we modified the "article" template so that there was conditional logic on the ads: if the current page is not the latest article, include the ad code (otherwise no ads). This mean no ads were seen on the most recent article, allowing for less distractions to the reader on time-sensitive articles and more likelihood of them following through on the call to action. Conclusion for GoodKidsClothes We were able to make all these changes within minutes of thinking of them! In-house, without a ton of knowledge of programming, thanks to the awesome ProcessWire API. We actually made all those changes live, i.e. going in there and making changes to the code of the site as its running live. Yes, we had backups of the entire site and we always first save a copy of the template file under a different name (usually prefixing it with OLD_ ) before modifying the live version. This is how helpful ProcessWire is. We can make changes that benefit our site and make them in-house as we think of them. If this was done under some other CMS, we would be unable to make those changes without either a) hiring a developer or b) training up in whatever the other CMS is to make the changes in-house. Either way, it would take considerably more time to do anything. So, despite not having a formal programming background, we now have a very "nimble" site that we can adapt as needed to changes that we desire, within minutes of thinking of the change we need, with only needing to know a little PHP, html, and CSS, just the very basics, and looking up the PW API. FlipFall PW experience: "the answer is yes." In the case of FlipFall, there have been times when a potential ad partner asks a question like "can you put different ads on different categories?" or other things. Sometimes they are questions I ask myself of the website "Can we do A/B testing of different ads; i.e. show a certain ad block 50% of the time totally randomly and another ad block the other 50% of the time?" "How about ads from this company some of the time and a different company other times?" The answer is always "yes." Coming from other CMS's (that I used but did not program with) I used to brace myself a bit if I saw an email that asked "Can you....?" but now thanks to ProcessWire I don't have that bracing reaction any more. So long as I can think of a way to do it (and so far I always have, thanks to the PW API), I can say "Yes we can." More to the point, I can actually say "Yes, we can make those changes in-house within [whatever brief timeframe I think it will be]" instead of having to be vague about timeframes because of needing a developer. So I no longer worry about "Can you ...?" questions because the answer is yes. Overall conclusions ProcessWire is a superb CMS for those who own and run a site. The PW API makes it easy to make changes to the look and functionality of the site as needed. Such modifications wouldn't easily be possible on alternative CMS's that are heavily "theme-based".
  5. Thank you @Robin Sand @tpr for taking the time to respond. I tried Robin's solution and worked beautifully thanks. It's working well, I've enabled that option in one of my sites and I'm about to do it for all of them. Even though I had gone through the field options in the body field, I somehow missed the "Counter" option! 😳 [facepalm moment] I really appreciate this. I had no idea this feature was already in ProcessWire! So, no need to add it to wish list. Sorry! I will mark the thread as solved, and maybe a moderator would be kind enough to move it out of wishlist category... or is that something I can do myself? Anyway thank you both for solving the problem and hopefully anyone searching the forums will now see that this feature already exists.
  6. There are a couple of small features that I feel are needed in ProcessWire for the serious blogger. One of these is a word count in CK Editor. When writing the body of a blog post, it can be a little frustrating not to know the current word count. (If you're not sure what I mean, take a look at this online editor just as an example https://html5-editor.net/ - the ongoing word count is displayed at the bottom right.) That sort of feature is built into the core of many other blogging platforms. Writing the blog post directly in the editor is important, because if writing it in an Office program and copy-pasting it into the body field in Processwire, we can wind up with unwanted stuff in the html (like the font used, etc) - plus, it's not an elegant solution. Likewise, I find it frustrating doing what I currently do, which is writing in CK Editor and having to copy-paste into an Office program every so often, just to ascertain the word count. Why is word count so important to bloggers? When working with brands. When writing an article that's a sponsored post, usually the brand and the blogger have agreed upon a word count (e.g. 500+ words). That's quite a typical situation in the field, yet right now the CK Editor gives the author no info about the word count. For SEO purposes for their own articles. The blogger may have a certain word count they are aiming for in an article, even if they are not working with a brand. Short articles don't always do as well on Google search results, so the blogger might be looking to create a longer article. Writing without an ongoing displayed word count is rather hard on the process of writing. I can't describe it very well, but it really is hard. So, the ability to display the ongoing word count (to the author while writing) in the CK Editor is a feature I'd like to propose for the ProcessWire wish list.
  7. Thanks for your input and for taking the time to respond. I had no problems with a sub-directory in a WP site. I didn't have to do anything with WP's .htaccess rules first. This was the case for all our WP sites we transferred to ProcessWire, and also the case for a different WP site we had that had an OpenCart store attached to it in a subdirectory e.g. thesite.com/store. In case it is of relevance, all the installs I did (of Processwire, Wordpress, anything) were via Softaculous. Hmmm. Would the fact that flipfall.com/stagingfoldername had its own .htaccess file (i.e. the Processwire .htaccess) and its own index page have an effect, versus some random directory that didn't have those features? I don't know. I'm out of my depth there, I just know it worked! This was the case on the 2 different web hosts I used for our various sites we converted from WP to ProcessWire; there was nothing unusual about the hosting environment in each case. It's interesting that you ask though because I did have a Wordpress thing that would "bleed through" while I was working on the ProcessWire site in the staging subfolder. This was the Wordpress security plugin Wordfence. It refused to let me put in any iframes (I have a few iframe ads) in my ProcessWire body field. If I tried to save a page like that, I'd get a Wordfence logo with a 403 forbidden. It likewise refused to let me embed any videos etc. So I made a list of those things as they came up (it was literally just a few occurrences) and added those in at the end, after uninstalling Wordpress and moving the staging subfolder to the document root. I had only managed to find one of them beforehand (Schedule Pages) and had taken a look but it said it was compatible to version 2.x and since I'm using the latest version of PW (3. something) I figured it might not be compatible, and I didn't want to try it in case there would be some problems with non-compatible fields or something like that. I wasn't worried if it simply didn't work, but I was concerned in case a 2.7 module would have some unintended consequences to a 3.x site. I had another look at the modules and searched the forums, but couldn't seem to find the other module. I'm guessing the various search terms I tried didn't quite catch it. UPDATE November 19, 2020 I recently tested the Schedule Pages module on another of my sites and am pleased to report that it works perfectly on a 3.x site! Thank you for this solution, it's perfect.
  8. Here I'm introducing FlipFall Magazine, our multi-topic blog. It used to run on Wordpress but we recently switched it to ProcessWire. This was done the usual way we do it when converting our sites: install ProcessWire in a subfolder of the original Wordpress site under a hard-to-guess name, set up the new site there, then move content over manually, inspecting and updating each article as needed. After the ProcessWire site was ready, when we un-installed the Wordpress one and moved the ProcessWire site up one level to the document root, and... done. We used the W3CSS framework because it handles the responsive breakpoints so well (no extra work for us πŸ˜‰), and it tends to default to a clean modern look. We wanted full control over the back end of the site and do customized things without having to hire a developer. As FlipFall has grown, the ability to have in-house back-end control has become even more important. Case example: Ad partners - we now can quite easily, if we wish, place different ads on different topics on this blog at a moment's notice - no need to hire a developer. Changes like this can be implemented in-house right away. The fact that we can easily incorporate this sort of thing is really nice when we're talking with potential ad partners. Helpful features of ProcessWire during this experience: The ability to export and import fields in PW was key here. We had a few other article-style sites I had done in PW recently, so having the same types of templates was very helpful. We were able to export fields and templates from our existing sites and import into FlipFall as a starting base point. No need to re-invent the wheel here! Another helpful ability of PW was when we were dealing with the categories. We built the site without category templates (but with the category page field), then added the templates in later as needed - no disruption. In other words, a template-less page field worked perfectly for the categories until we needed the template, then we just created the template. Not every feature of the site needs to be thought out in absolute full beforehand, some can be added in later as needed. Very extensible and convenient. Internal links within blog posts worked well using the page select option in the link button on the editor. When moving out of staging folder and into document root, the links auto-updated, which was nice. Creating new articles is a breeze, because under PW our fields are now customized for our needs: we created all of the fields we need and none of the ones we don't. Again, this is unlike most blogging CMS's, where they try to guess what you want (and usually get it wrong). Even for people who are solely doing blogs/article sites, I feel that ProcessWire is a much better option than most blog-specific platforms, because of PW's flexibility. The only thing I miss about Wordpress is the ability to auto-schedule post publication, which for the serious blogger is important. For example, there were some occasions on some of our other blogs where we needed to schedule posts to auto-publish at 3:01am Eastern Time to allow a time-sensitive post to come out as early in time of day as possible on publication date (3:01 am US Eastern time ensures it's that same day 12:01 am on Pacific time). We were delighted to see that ProcessWire is much, much lighter on resources of the hosting environment than the same site on Wordpress - we could see this empirically on our web hosting stats before and after the switch.
  9. +1 for Agree that multi-sort would be even better, but if not, then a simple page tree sort order flag ascending/descending preference setting would be so very helpful. For anyone who is making anything bigger than a simple few-pages site, this is so important. I have 2 sites that run ProcessWire which have 60+ pages each, and typically I'm much more likely to edit the most recently-written pages, not the oldest pages. Similar to Mikie, I don't want to install AOS just for this one purpose, nor do I want to install a module just for this. I like the UIKit admin theme, and I'd prefer it if the core could handle the sort order. As you can see in the case of one of my sites above, I have to click on "2" every time I want to edit any of the most recent pages. It's not a massive problem, but it can be a lot more frustrating than you may think for anyone who is regularly updating existing content. As a blog owner, this happens fairly often for me, and this is not my only blog. Also, 68 pages is not a large number of pages by any means, so sort order will affect anyone who is running anything more than just a small number of pages. I actually found this topic while searching the forum for a way to change the sort order of pages in the admin tree, but it looks like it's not possible, so I thought I would voice my support for this as a wishlist item. I love ProcessWire; the lack of sort order options is a miniscule price to pay for all the benefits that come with ProcessWire, so even without a sort order option I still enjoy ProcessWire. ADDED: I realized after writing this that (at least on UIKit theme) that in the admin panel I can select Pages>Recent instead of Pages>Tree, and I can get to the most recent pages that way. So, this is a decent workaround for my purposes thanks but I can see that other people might still prefer to have a pre-specified sort order for the tree, depending on their purposes.
  10. Wow! This is perfect! 😍 Thanks for the different options of solutions you offered @dragan. I will go with this one you suggested: I am about to switch over one of my other sites. Am thrilled that with altering 1 line in the .config file I will save some clicking, and to be honest it's not just the clicking; I forgot to do it on one template, and then it took me awhile to figure out what was the problem when the rendered page looked weird. So this will save me quite a bit of time. Thanks again!
  11. I know that we can disable the append of _main.php by clicking the box in the template file. However, is there a way to disable it by default, so that new templates created do not append _main.php? For those of us that never use _main.php, it's something that needs to be clicked every time a new template is created. Not a big deal, but is there a way to set it up in the settings to default to NOT appending? I tried different searches on the forum and haven't come up with anything yet. I understand more the default automatic prepend of _init.php because most people have variables to populate there before the rest of the page loads. Anyway, if there is no solution to my question, it's a minor thing, but thought I'd ask as I'm in the process of moving several of my sites to ProcessWire and this is a question that I think of often.
  12. The final verdict is in! Thanks to everyone, I have moved the site to the new domain (actually it's duplicated but that's OK since I can erase the old one). When I started to act on the recommendations, I sort of accidentally discovered a 4th option (explained below) which worked. But I wish I'd done it the way suggested by @Robin S, @Autofahrn and @jens.martsch (updating $config->httpHosts in site/config.php). I'm sure that would have been even faster. So anyone else who comes across this thread looking to do the same sort of thing (moving site to new domain on same host), you might like to try that solution of $config->httpHosts in site/config . What I wound up doing However, I had not yet read those 2 latest responses at the time, so I was thinking about all the different methods and was looking to try the Duplicator module. Desiring to be a responsible site owner, I went to create a Softaculous backup of my site before trying the Duplicator module. This way I can restore my original site in 1 click if I do anything wrong. To my happy surprise, in the backup menu in Softaculous, one of the other options besides back up was "Clone site". Well, being curious, I thought "Let's try that, and if it doesn't work out, I can use one of the other methods people suggested". So, I tried Clone Site, and it worked perfectly! I just had to do point and click and tell it which of my domains to put the cloned copy of the site in, and boom, there it is at the new domain! After doing that, I then read the newest responses to my thread and realized that it would have been even faster to use the solution of Robin S, Autofarn and jens.martsch, but anyhow, the Softaculous method works too in case anyone has it available to them and was wondering about it. And after the site is in the new domain... A big thank-you to pwired for the advice given This turned out to be really helpful - I tried the search function in phpMyAdmin and found a few mentions of my old domain name still in there. It was clear from the results which pages I needed to edit in the processwire editor. So it may be a useful step for others too who are looking to do a similar type of domain move. Thank you again to everyone who responded in this thread. All of the suggestions were very useful. I really appreciate the sense of community here.
  13. Wow! I'm blown away by receiving so much help here, and it's very much appreciated and needed! Thank you. I will be reading all the answers again carefully, but I thought I'd also post here answers to 2 questions that came up. Great point. This is a small site, more than a landing page but less than my other sites. It's maybe 15 - 20 pages on the front-facing side (that is, excluding admin pages etc etc). I plan to add more to it later, but for now it's fairly small. It's a simple site in terms of not needing other software packages etc - it's just straight processwire. Actually no, I'd be on the same server. Sorry, I should have mentioned that, I didn't realize that would make a difference. This is my first time migrating ANY site to a new domain. I do have several other sites running on that same host though, in case that affects anything.
  14. In this case, I have a live Processwire site which I'd like to migrate to another domain name. I have come up with 3 possible approaches, and would like to please know which you think is best suited to my situation. Here are 3 factors to take into account: I have phpMyAdmin on both the old and the new domains, in case this helps. On the new domain I want to use Softaculous to do the initial Processwire install. This is for reasons other than ease of install (although it certainly makes for a fast install). I am not at all confident with SQL and would rather avoid it if at all possible. Option 1: Manual. Export field contents (e.g. title, body, etc) from current domain database into CSV format using phpMyAdmin. Install PW in new domain with Softaculous. Then in new domain, copy over the template files, and from PW admin screen of old domain export the fields and templates, save these details for import in the new domain. Copy over image files into assets folder of new domain. Create new pages manually and fill in field contents in new domain in admin office by copy-and-pasting from my CSV files. πŸ™„ This is likely to work really well, but seems time-consuming. Anything that can give the same result but uses less time would be a big improvement. Option 2: Duplicator Use the Duplicator module ( https://modules.processwire.com/modules/duplicator/) - but I'm not sure if it's designed for use when moving to a different domain name (as opposed to just migrating same domain to a different host). Option 3: Site Profile Exporter Use Site Profile Exporter ( https://modules.processwire.com/modules/process-export-profile/) - but it's designed for use as a version of the site that you can share with others with no confidential data, while I need a regular full site. Hmmm.... Does anyone have any ideas which of the above options is best? Or is there a better approach that I have not considered?
  15. Oh thank you! 😳 Can't believe I missed it.... I actually looked at the pages table but silly me was looking for "URL" as column label so I didn't even think to look at "Name". Oops. Yes, it's there, thank you so much! I exported the pages table as CSV and all is good now! Marking as solved. Thanks! 😍
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