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  1. Hello, we've had some selectors no longer work after updating from ProcessWire 3.0.165 to 3.0.184. This particular selector will find the 3 most recent news items created within the last 6 months to display as a summary on the home page. This selector worked on 3.0.165: template=staff-news-item, created>=6 months ago, created<=now, sort=-created, limit=3, include=hidden But on 3.0.184 it returns 0 results. It doesn’t crash or log any warnings. It just doesn’t return anything. After changing to this, it now works again: template=staff-news-item, page.created>=-6 months, page.created<=now, sort=-created, limit=3, include=hidden This also works, with inconsistent use of page.created: template=staff-news-item, created>=-6 months, page.created<=now, sort=-created, limit=3, include=hidden Is anyone aware of selector changes in recent updates that would cause the selector to break?
  2. You could also use Matomo analytics (open source), which keeps track of site search keywords and searches with no results, as well as the most common pages visited as a result of a site search. I reckon it’s ok to log searches to a file in ProcessWire as well. I was previously logging searches with no results to the messages log with: wire('log')->message("No results for $searchTerms"); Or to log all results to a separate search log with: wire('log')->save('search', $searchTerms); Because the log files are saved in a consistent space-separated format they'd be possible to parse with a script (maybe reporting the results through a ProcessWire page), or import into a spreadsheet program. We use the paid Form Builder module to allow users to answer a 'was this page helpful' question at the bottom of any page, including search. Another way of recording the success of the search could be to put the results through an intermediate PHP script that logs the search position of the chosen search result, before redirecting users on to the actual result. So you could see if the first match is mostly chosen, or something further down the list.
  3. G’day, We’re about to put one of our ProcessWire sites into a Git-based source control system. The repository is private, but I still want to keep passwords out of it. I’ve been thinking about how to handle the database password in /site/config.php (I’ve read the documentation about securing the config.php file itself). I’ve thought of the following options: Just leave config.php as-is, with the database password in plain text. Make sure config.php is added to the .gitignore file. [But I’d actually like to have config.php file in source control given it’s vital to the operation of the system.] Create a PHP file outside of the web root, something like passwords.php, which contains a databasePassword() function. Include this file from config.php and reference the function. [I don’t like this because it creates a possibly obscure dependency outside the site directory.] Set the database password in an environment variable in the PHP-FPM configuration file (env[DB_PASSWD] = MyPassword). Then use PHP’s getenv() function in the config.php file. [Maybe not very secure, and then doesn’t work when the ProcessWire API is accessed from a stand-alone script.] Set the database password in an environment variable defined in the .bashrc file. Use the getenv() function in config.php. [Maybe not very secure.] Set mysql.default_pw in php.ini [Comments in this file say this would be a bad idea.] None of these options seems ideal. Does anyone have any suggestions? Cheers, Warwick
  4. I was trying to use the advanced text search (#=) operator in a selector, and I couldn’t work out why my search for the text: +cat dog wasn’t working properly (the plus sign was being ignored), while a search for: dog +cat works fine. Also, prefixing words with minus always worked fine. Phrase searching with double-quotes wasn’t working, but it was fine with parenthesis. After a while I realised this was due to the $sanitizer->selectorValue() function I was using on the query string before using it in the selector. The following things are true: $sanitizer->selectorValue('+cat dog') === 'cat dog'; // Discards the leading plus sign, search doesn't work as expected. $sanitizer->selectorValue('dog +cat') === '"dog +cat"'; // Keeps the plus sign and puts double-quotes around the string. $sanitizer->selectorValue('-cat dog') === '"-cat dog"'; // Keeps the minus sign and puts double-quotes around the string. $sanitizer->selectorValue('dog -cat') === 'dog -cat'; // Keeps the minus sign, no double-quotes. $sanitizer->selectorValue('"jet black cat"') === '"jet black cat"'; // Keeps double-quotes; phrase searching doesn't work. $sanitizer->selectorValue('jet "black cat"') === 'jet black cat'; // Discards double-quotes; phrase searching doesn't work. $sanitizer->selectorValue('jet (black cat)') === 'jet (black cat)'; // Phrase searching works. These effects seem confusing. Is it something that needs to be fixed in ProcessWire, or is there a different way I should be using to sanitise the query string? The documentation recommends surrounding the query text with double-quotes but this doesn’t help with these examples. We’re using ProcessWire 3.0.164.
  5. I found the following to be a bit confusing, so I'm posting it to check if my understanding is correct… If we're looking for a page at a particular path that unfortunately has a comma in it (I'm aiming to get rid of all commas in URLs in future, but there's a legacy of existing ones to deal with): $path = '/news/2012/australia,france'; We had the code: $result = $pages->get($path); This was throwing an exception inside the ProcessWire core: Error: Exception: Unknown Selector operator: '[empty]' -- was your selector value properly escaped? (in /srv/www/antarctica/wire/core/Selectors.php line 420) The mention of 'escaped' made me think to use sanitizer on the path before using it in a selector. So I changed the code: $safePath = $sanitizer->selectorValue($path); $result = $pages->get($safePath); This was surrounding the path with double-quotes before passing it through. However I was still getting the same error (with some slightly different details). Then I realised that despite the error message mentioning 'selector', $pages->get() isn't actually treating the my $safePath variable as a selector string, but as a string that contains a page path, which is why it still crashes. Then I tried this: $safePath = $sanitizer->selectorValue($path); $result = $pages->get("path=$safePath"); This works! (i.e., it doesn't crash. We don't find any page – I don't think ProcessWire can have commas in paths anyway. So it's fine to return a NullPage, I just wanted it to not crash.) However, using 'path=' in a selector isn't documented, so I'm not sure if this is something you're supposed to do. The instructions suggest that you use either a selector or a page path, but not a page path within a selector. Does anyone have any advice about this? Is 'path=' supported in a selector? How does the $pages->get() or $pages->findOne() method know if it's being passed a selector string or a string that contains a page path?
  6. We've been doing basically the same thing but like this: $selector .= ", has_started=(start_date=''), has_started=(start_date<=today)"; $selector .= ", not_ended=(end_date=''), not_ended=(end_date>today)"; It seems to work ok. I don’t know of an easier way.
  7. We've found the same thing on PW 3.0.148 with any custom image fields, when the images are inside a repeater. After drag-and-dropping the images in, on the first save after that, any custom field text (e.g. caption, photographer) is simply lost. In a subsequent save, the text is saved fine. Every time a new image is dragged in, the page must be saved before adding text to the custom fields for that image. Otherwise text entered for the new image is lost (text previously entered for other images in the same repeater is fine). This seems to have been logged as a bug on 23 January: https://github.com/processwire/processwire-issues/issues/1070
  8. Thanks @Robin S – that's an excellent explanation. I didn't previously know about the difference between PageFinder and in-memory selectors. It'd probably be good if allowable date formats were explained on the selectors documentation page. (I'm not sure what the best process for suggesting documentation updates is.)
  9. The selectors documentation has the example, when working with a Datetime field of: featured_from<=today Does this mean we can use any format compatible with PHPs strtotime function? I tried: my_date>=5 weeks ago …and it seemed to work. What about when using Unix timestamps? The strtotime documentation suggests you'd need: my_date>=@1526265087 … but we just had: my_date>=1526265087 …and it seemed ok. Anyway, given this all seems to work we can just keep doing it, but I wanted to check that this is a 'supported' way to use dates in selectors, so I know we can rely on it.
  10. EDIT: I'm still curious whether this is possible, but given this template has very low usage on our site I've decided to change it to a Verified URL field instead of a Page Reference. Problem solved! Hi, I have a 'redirect' template which consists of basically just a Page Reference field (it was designed for our in-page 'visual' navigation and works perfectly there). However, in our left navigation I'd also like it to point to the URL of the referenced page rather than the URL of the page that has the redirect template applied. I tried 'xitem_tpl' => '<a href="{target_page->url}">{title}</a>', but it doesn't appear to accept the target_page->url syntax (it just points to the URL of the current page instead). Is there a way to achieve this? I'd prefer not to have to hide that template type from the left navigation if at all possible. Thanks! Margaret
  11. What's the best practice for using an external database – say, a MySQL database that lives on the same server as the ProcessWire database, but is separate from it? I had a look at $database in the API, but it looks as if it understandably just refers to the current ProcessWire database.
  12. Hi again @bernhard and @wbmnfktr, It should now be fixed. Well, I think there's still some kind of bug in the way Chrome for Android behaves, but I was able to completely turn off the 'touch' option for the modal menu instance of Fancybox. Swiping is not needed for the menu so that has fixed the issue, and it doesn't seem to have had any other adverse effects from what I can see so far. 🙂
  13. I'm just resurrecting this old thread to let you know that our SCARCOMNAP 2020 conference site built in PW is being discontinued. It is being replaced with a site hosted by the conference organiser, so no longer in ProcessWire. The URL will redirect, so I wouldn't want there to be any confusion for people who happen to visit it from here (or the Showcase while it's still listed there). I'm not sure how to remove a site from the Showcase... is this notification sufficient? Thanks!
  14. Thanks @wbmnfktr, I'll certainly have to have a play around with those options (I've left them all at their defaults). However, I would've thought the resulting behaviour should be the same across browsers. In this case, it's only a problem with the Android version of Chrome. In all other browsers that I've tested it behaves as it should, where the menu only closes if you tap the close button or outside the blue menu area.
  15. This is an odd one. It seems to only happen in the Android version of Chrome. If you keep your finger on the menu while scrolling it works, but as soon as you touch the blue background and scroll, the modal closes. In my testing, it doesn't happen in Firefox on the same type of phone, nor does it happen in Chrome or Safari on iOS. I'm not sure if this is a bug with Fancybox or a bug with Chrome for Android - either way I'm not sure how to go about fixing it or even where to report the bug. I'll keep Googling to see if I can find anyone else with the same issue.
  16. Hi @bernhard, I think I've now fixed the issue with the menu that you were experiencing with your phone. Would you mind taking another look? Thanks!
  17. G'day … I'm not sure if this is an actual problem, or just my lack of understanding about how this is supposed to work. We're using PW 3.0.131 with the ImageExtra 1.0.6 module. I'm using the API to automatically import lots of pages with images into PW from a different web CMS. I'm having trouble updating some of the custom image fields, which don't save unless a core image field is also updated. In code, where $p is a particular page and $img is a particular image on that page, this works: $p->of(false); $img->description = 'foo'; // Standard field $img->photographer = 'bar'; // Our custom field created with ImageExtra $p->save(); // Updates the record in the database. But this doesn't work: $p->of(false); $img->photographer = 'bar'; // Our custom field created with ImageExtra $p->save(); // Makes no difference to the record in the database. This also doesn't work: $p->of(false); $img->photographer = 'bar'; // Our custom field created with ImageExtra $p->save('photographer'); // Makes no difference to the record in the database. In all cases the $p->save method returns true to indicate success. Can anyone help me understand what's going on here? Thanks!
  18. Thanks again for your feedback, and for the phone details @bernhard. Browserstack doesn't include any WIKO phones, but I was able to recreate the issue on a Nexus 5. I'll see what I can do to fix it.
  19. Thanks for the feedback @bernhard. May I ask what type of phone and which browser that is? It was tested extensively across a range of devices and browsers using BrowserStack, but there are so many possible combinations these days it's easy to miss some. Your feedback on the navigation is also appreciated. The content presented across the site is very linear in nature as it is based on Douglas Mawson's book, hence the previous and next links. We'll take another look.
  20. Hi all, I thought that you'd be interested to know we've now launched our third ProcessWire site, called Home of the Blizzard - The Australasian Antarctic Expedition. It's about Douglas Mawson's famous expedition of 1911-1914. As a part of the move to ProcessWire from our previous CMS it has undergone a redesign as well. It has been done completely in-house. https://mawsonshuts.antarctica.gov.au/ It uses Fancybox for the image galleries and modal menu, Plyr for video, and Modernizr (primarily to check for CSS Grid compatibility). It was actually the first PW site we started working on, but then the SCAR COMNAP and Antarctic Jobs sites became priorities so it got pushed back. It's great to have it live at last. The next PW site we launch should be our main site (http://www.antarctica.gov.au)! That's still a work in progress. 🙂
  21. Thanks @teppo for featuring our site in PW Weekly! 🙂 Now I'm back at work and am not rushing to finish a website, I thought I'd add a little extra information about the setup of the Jobs site. For this particular site a great deal of the content already existed on our main site. It was decided that it was time the jobs had a dedicated site, so some design concepts were done by our multimedia and marketing team, and then we set about building the site in PW! A fair bit of the content is just made up of standard web pages with a body, some images and some document uploads - but the key thing that makes this site a bit different is that the Antarctic jobs listing is seasonal. We have a big recruitment campaign at the end of each year (as we are at the time of writing), ready for the next Antarctic expedition season. The jobs are visible on the site all year round, but only open for application during the recruitment campaign. On the surface this might seem like a simple 'on/off' scenario for all jobs, and therefore controllable with one checkbox and and if/else statement... but then there are exceptions. Not all jobs are necessarily open during the recruitment campaign (as you can see on the jobs listing currently, some say 'Apply now' and some say 'Not open': Jobs in Antarctica), and some display slightly different messages about the way you can register interest while they are closed (these exceptions are handled within functions). We implemented a 'recruitment settings' template/page. On here there is a checkbox for stating whether the overall recruitment campaign is open or closed. (This recruitment settings page is also a place where global job information is stored, such as the 'How to apply' section, and the General information for applications PDF that you can see on this page: job example. This means they only have to be edited in one place.) Then on each job there is a checkbox for whether or not the job is independent of the campaign. The default value is no, but if yes is selected the job can then be marked as open or closed individually. This means editors only have to worry about marking the exceptions. This job status functionality was in place on our old job pages on our main site, but in that CMS (Squiz Matrix) the setup was quite complex and it was something we really had to do on behalf of our recruitment staff. It has been nice to be able to give them a customised and more straightforward experience.
  22. We were fortunately able to make the case for using something different, in order to meet our needs (the favoured CMS here is Drupal). It'd be great if we started a new trend!
  23. A couple of months ago we launched our very first PW site, which was just a very small site concerning a conference taking place in 2020. Last week we launched our second site, and it was a much bigger project - https://jobs.antarctica.gov.au/. Our jobs (both in Antarctica and within Australia) were previously a part of our main site at http://www.antarctica.gov.au (which is yet to be redesigned and moved into PW), so we were tasked with creating a brand new site in time for the recruitment season opening in early December. While the timeframe was tight (we only had about a month to build it), it was great to be able to work within PW, and then to introduce our editors to it. They love it in comparison to our old CMS (as do we!).
  24. I've had a dig around in the Wire directory... I've made some changes that have fixed the issue, but obviously that's not ideal as a long-term fix. Anyway, it seems to all relate back to the httpURL method. In ProcessPageEdit.module I've changed this line: $url = $this->page->url(); // was previously $url = $this->page->httpUrl(); This fixes the View > Panel and View > Modal popup options from the Edit screen. In ProcessPageListActions.php I've changed one line in this section: if($page->viewable()) $actions['view'] = array( 'cn' => 'View', 'name' => $this->actionLabels['view'], 'url' => $page->url // was previously 'url' => $page->httpUrl ); This fixes the long-click View button in the page tree. I've also made a change within the ProDrafts module file, once again telling it to use $page->url instead of $page->httpUrl, but I won't go into detail about that here in the general forum. That has fixed the View both option in any case. So this is great as a temporary fix, but I have no idea whether there could be any wider implications... Any thoughts @ryan? I'd hate to break something else. I'm also stumped as to why the httpUrl method is opting to output http instead of https in just these instances.
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