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@Raymond - if that's what happens then it is working correctly :-). Blog does not automatically associate permissions and roles. That would be assuming too much. It is left to you to set up. To help you, it creates the role 'blog-author' and a permission 'blog'. The role 'blog-author' is used to find and list, uh, Blog Authors' posts. The permission 'blog' is used to grant view access to the Blog Dashboard.

So, as per normal PW access control setup, you will need to assign roles/permissions to your users at both the access and template level. You can still create additional permissions/roles to fine tune who can post, publish, edit, posts, etc. So, if you want your user to view the dashboard you can add the permission 'blog' to the role 'blog-author' (or any other role you create) and give your user that role. If you want them to access the Blog pages tree, you can do that at the template level. E.g. create a role 'blog-editor', and use that to control template-level permissions for Blog pages (view, edit, delete, etc). You can take advantage of PW's cascading permissions feature (i.e. children inherit parents').

Please note that if you do not want users to be able to delete Blog posts at the template level then you should also not give them access to the Blog Dashboard since they will be able to delete posts anyway. I have not had the need to add such an access control at the Blog Dashboard level beyond checking if they have 'view permission' ('blog') and for the 'Cleanup' utility, that they are supersusers.

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@Gazley. None whatsoever from the point of view of upgrading Blog. Upgrades don't overwrite anything outside /site/modules/ProcessBlog/. Nothing is reinstalled, your content, fields, etc are not affected. You could even rename your Blog pages and it will still work fine. Only two don't dos: don't change the IDs of the main Blog pages in the db and don't rename Blog fields and templates :-)

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Hi Kongondo,

Thanks for the heads-up! :) That's great to hear - now I can add my little standard "bits and pieces" and all will be well in my world :)

Getting along great with the Blog;  thanks once again for providing such an awesome module!

Cheers.

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I need to ask a question i need to reformat the content but i don't want to modify the core because when there's an update it would be overwritten and that's bad practice what are my options. I want to be in control of the template without having to hack it. 

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@Sephiroth, you are in control of the template (files)  :-). Could your question be a bit more specific? If you are referring to the optional demo content - those are just that; demos...

I might jump in here too and ask the same thing. Hopefully we're asking the same question.

Currently, my /blog/posts/ page lists all my posts in the structure as follows

  • Post Title
  • Posted by Author Name. Date and Time
  • Post summary with ellipses at approx 50 words

If we want to change this to add the contents of a field such as

  • Post Title
  • Post_Summary field
  • Posted by Author Name. Date and Time
  • Post summary with ellipses at approx 50 words

would we need to edit the file called MarkupBlog.module ?

And if so, how is that not overwritten when we perform an update to the Blog module?

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Thanks @Knight we are both asking the same question but it seems we might have to create a function in our init.php and paste the same code from MarkupBlog in order to change the structure from the code. I want to reformat the markup, because i have a template for the blog and i want it to follow that template structure. 

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Peter & Sephiroth,

It is trivial to add extra fields pulled from any PW page into the generated output without having to modify the blog module code.

When you call the renderPost() function (or any of the blog functions), you'll get the markup. Using something like QueryPath (http://querypath.org/), you can convert your blog markup into a DOM object that responds to jQuery-like CSS3 selectors and modify the markup, adding whatever you want into the DOM tree. When you are done, then simply call the html() method on the modified QueryPath object and echo the converted markup into your PW template.

I hope this helps.

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I'm definitely missing some key logic here. 

If I look at my current blog-post.php template, the entire contents of that template are

<?php 

/**
 * Post template
 * Demo template file populated with MarkupBlog output and additional custom code for a Blog Post
 *
 */

	//CALL THE MODULE - MarkupBlog
	$blog = $modules->get("MarkupBlog");
        
    //subnav
    $subNav = '';
    
    //subnav: get date info for creating link to archives page in subnav
    $date = $page->getUnformatted('blog_date'); 
    $year = date('Y', $date); 
    $month = date('n', $date); 

    //subnav: if there are categories and/or tags, then make a separate nav for them
    if(count($page->blog_categories)) $subNav .= $blog->renderNav(__('Related Categories'), $page->blog_categories); 
    if(count($page->blog_tags)) $subNav .= $blog->renderNav(__('Related Tags'), $page->blog_tags); 

    //subnav: contains authors, archives and categories links
    $authorURL = $pages->get('template=blog-authors')->url;
    $archivesURL = $pages->get('template=blog-archives')->url;

    $subNavItems = array(
                            $authorURL . $page->createdUser->name . "/" => $page->createdUser->get('title|name'), 
                            $archivesURL . $year . "/" . $month . "/" => strftime('%B %Y', $date)
    );

    $subNav .= $blog->renderNav(__('See Also'), $subNavItems);

     //main content
    
    //render a single full post including title, comments, comment form + next/prev posts links, etc
    //$blog->postAuthor(): if available, add 'post author widget' at the end (or at the top if desired) of each post
   // $content = $blog->renderPosts($page) . $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) . $blog->renderNextPrevPosts($page);//without post author

    /*
        for this demo, renderComments() has to adapt to whether blog commenting feature was installed or not whilst remaining blog structure/style-agnostic
        in your own blog install, you would know if you enabled the feature so there would be no need for such a check
		in addition, our 'check' code is not code you would normally use in a template file. 
		we use such code here to be both foolproof that the commenting feature is installed and blog structure-agnostic 
    */
    #not foolproof; user could have post-installed custom commenting feature (e.g. Disqus) with a similar field blog_comments
	//$renderComments = $page->template->hasField('blog_comments') ? $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) : '';

    $blogConfigs = $modules->getModuleConfigData('ProcessBlog');

    $renderComments = $blogConfigs['commentsUse'] == 1 ? $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) : '';   

    $content = $blog->renderPosts($page) . $blog->postAuthor() . $renderComments . $blog->renderNextPrevPosts($page);//with post author widget 	
    
    //include the main/common markup
    require_once("blog-main.inc");

I can see towards the end that Kongondo has a content variable and is outouts

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I guess the black hole for me is - where is the html markup which wraps around these? it's not in blog-post.php and we're not supposed to touch blog.module.  ???

Perhaps I'm approaching this with my old MODX mindset and the Articles school of templating where each part of the blog (posts, comments, Tags) had their own mni template with html.

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Here is my blog-post template:

<?php

$spex->setLayout('two-column');

$blog = $modules->get('MarkupBlog');

$blogPost = $blog->renderPosts($page, false, [ 'post_large_headline_tag' => 'h1', 'post_comments' => 0 ]);

$dom = $modules->get('BlogMicrodata');

echo $spex->partial('blog_post', [ 'blog_post' => $dom->enrich($blogPost) ]);

$spex->slot('sidebar_content', $spex->partial('blog_categories') . $spex->partial('blog_tags'));

?>

<?php $spex->docReady() ?>

<?php $spex->docReady() ?>

I'm simply calling renderPost(), passing its output into my module (BlogMicrodata) via $dom->enrich($blogPost) (which decorates the blog markup with microdata) that in turn is passed into a partial, that in turn is echoed into a template called "two-column".

I've chosen to use the Spex module for my templating mechanism. Irrespective, it all resolves into a target DIV in a PHP file. All of the blog markup is returned from renderPosts(). All you need to do is echo that markup into your wrapper template.

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@ kongondo: I experience a problem truncating posts.

When I render renderPosts like you described on your blog. All posts truncate fine. When I use the included template posts will not truncate. I only altered blog-main.

blog-main

<?php
    $topNavItems = array();
    $templates = array('blog-archives');
    foreach ($templates as $t) {

        $p = $pages->get("template=$t");
        if($p->id)  $topNavItems[] = $p;
    }
    $topNav = $blog->renderNav('', $topNavItems, $page);
?>
<?php include("./head.inc"); ?> 

<div class="container blog-container">
	<div class="row">
		<div class="col-md-8">
			<div class="row">
				<div class="col-md-12">
					<h2>Blog</h2>
				</div>
			</div>
			<div class="row">
				<div class="col-md-12">
					<?php
					$noAuthor = $pages->get('template=blog-widget-basic, name=post-author, include=all')->is(Page::statusUnpublished) ? ' no-author' : '';
            		?>		
					<div><?php echo $content?></div>
				</div>
			</div>
		</div>
		
		<div class="col-md-4 link6 hidden-xs" id="blog-col-sidebar">
			<p id="zoekblog">Zoek in:</p>
			<div id="top-nav"><?php echo $topNav;?></div>
		</div>
	</div>
</div>

<?php include("./foot.inc"); ?>  

blog-posts (did not changed this template, renderpost is set to true )

    //main content
    $content = '';
    $content .= "<h2>{$page->get('blog_headline|title')}</h2>";
    //render a limited number of summarised posts
    $content .= $blog->renderPosts("limit=5", true); 

 This is my output

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Hi @toothpaste,

To prove it out, why not try something like this

$posts = $pages->find('template=blog-post, limit=5');

and see whether you get the page posts you expect in the page array.

If you do, then try this:

$content .= $blog->renderPosts($posts, true);
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Found the problem. The Blog page is linked to blog.php. Changed

$content .= $blog->renderPosts("limit=$limit");

to

$content .= $blog->renderPosts("limit=$limit,true");

Sorry...., dumb of me. Got to learn more about the structure of the template demo files.

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Thanks @Knight we are both asking the same question but it seems we might have to create a function in our init.php and paste the same code from MarkupBlog in order to change the structure from the code. I want to reformat the markup, because i have a template for the blog and i want it to follow that template structure. 

Still curious exactly what your template structure looks like...

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I'm definitely missing some key logic here. 

If I look at my current blog-post.php template, the entire contents of that template are

<?php 
    
    //include the main/common markup
    require_once("blog-main.inc");

I can see towards the end that Kongondo has a content variable and is outouts

Page

Author

Comments

Next / Previous links

I guess the black hole for me is - where is the html markup which wraps around these? it's not in blog-post.php and we're not supposed to touch blog.module.  ???

Perhaps I'm approaching this with my old MODX mindset and the Articles school of templating where each part of the blog (posts, comments, Tags) had their own mni template with html.

The HTML comes from two places:

1. From the various render methods in MarkupBlog (e.g., have a look at renderPosts())

2. From blog-main.inc - we inject variables we have previously set in this file, e.g. $content

<div id="main" class="block<?php echo $noAuthor?>"><?php echo $content?></div> <!-- #main -->
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For now due to time will work with this, but might have to create a different module that allows control over the template. sadly no free time.

I've been looking at creating my own templates and test pages and adding some much more lo-fi / basic code.

As Kongondo says, the templates provided are just examples and you could output any markup you wish by making your own templates.

For example, if you wish to create your own blog-post.php template, you can make a template called blog-post-custom.php etc and manually call a few fields.

Here's the body of an extremley basic blog post template. It relies less on variables within other files and includes. 

<!-- Get the title in a H3 tag-->
   <h3><?php echo $page->title; ?></h3>

<!-- Get the body -->
   <?php echo $page->blog_body; ?>

<!-- Get the comments -->
   <?php echo $page->blog_comments->render(); ?>

<!-- Get the comment form -->
   <?php echo $page->blog_comments->renderForm(); ?>

               

Likely it bypasses much Kongondos genius but this would actually suffice for my requirements. 

I'm not sure how I would grab the number of comments this page has but I'll figure it out.

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I might jump in here too and ask the same thing. Hopefully we're asking the same question.

Currently, my /blog/posts/ page lists all my posts in the structure as follows

  • Post Title
  • Posted by Author Name. Date and Time
  • Post summary with ellipses at approx 50 words

If we want to change this to add the contents of a field such as

  • Post Title
  • Post_Summary field
  • Posted by Author Name. Date and Time
  • Post summary with ellipses at approx 50 words

would we need to edit the file called MarkupBlog.module ?

And if so, how is that not overwritten when we perform an update to the Blog module?

Not in this particular case, but there are times when a str_replace would suffice. In this case it would be a bit hacky :-)....

Btw, is a 'summary field' like this a common feature of Blogs?

Anyway, your question got me thinking, so thanks for asking :-)....Given your example, there's maybe 3 options to enable you to inject your custom fields inside Blog Markup (i.e. modify the markup server-side).

Option 1. Add an post_extra_fields => array()

I could add an 'array option' in renderPosts() 3rd argument, i.e. $options for specifying any extra fields (that return strings) that a user might want to inject in their markup (e.g. your post_summary field), i.e. a post_extra_fields => array()

$options = array(

                    'post_small_image' => 3,
                    'post_small_image_width' => 250,
                    'post_comments_label'=>'',
                    'post_extra_fields' => array('post_summary' => 1, 'post_teaser' => 4, 'post_other_field' => 3);
);

The numbers in the values inside 'post_extra_fields' (e.g. 1 in 'post_summary') refer to the position (see illustration below) where you want that extra field to appear within the Blog Post

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Option 2. Add other methods to output various parts of Blog Posts

In this option, those who wish to use renderPosts() can do so but those who want finer control can use these other methods, i.e.

renderPostTitle()

renderPosByline()

renderPostBody()

renderPostCategories()

renderPostTags()

.....but hold it right there. What is wrong with this picture? renderPostTitle()! Why create a method to do what ProcessWire already does ($page->title) and does well!? :D Option #2 (and probably the first one too) is dead in the water and I'll show you why in option #3 below.

Option 3. Use both native ProcessWire methods/properties and MarkupBlog methods as applicable

I will need to put this in the Blog Docs as well. What I should have been clear about in the Blog Docs is that you do not have to use renderPosts() to output the main content of your Blog Post (i.e., post title, post body, etc). You can, if it suits your needs, use native PW methods/properties, especially if you want full control over your Posts structure and Markup. Nothing stops you from combining these with MarkupBlog methods. For instance, you can use MarkupBlog to render your Blog's tags, categories, authors, archives, etc but use ProcessWire methods/properties to render your Blog Post including adding content from any other extra fields you have anywhere on your site. 

So instead of:

$content = $blog->renderPosts($page, '', $options) . $blog->postAuthor() . $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) . $blog->renderNextPrevPosts($page);//with post author

in your blog-post.php...you can have:

$content = $body . $blog->postAuthor() . $blog->renderComments($page->blog_comments) . $blog->renderNextPrevPosts($page);//with post author

..where $body is a variable holding your custom content (blog_body, post_summary, $page->title, etc). I will write a full example in a post below.

So, back to the original question. How do we inject extra content or have full control over our Blog Post Markup if we do not want to or cannot use str_replace, etc.? Use option #3. Unless convinced otherwise, this is the option I will be recommending (hence, for now at least, will not be adding option #1 to renderPosts()).

OK, let me finish writing the example option #3...

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Btw, is a 'summary field' like this a common feature of Blogs?

Think it depends on the designer/developer.

I like to have a summary on blog-posts at least as sometimes you wish to keep the title short but then have a longer summary.

Originally, I did that for SEO reasons too.

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........I'm not sure how I would grab the number of comments this page has but I'll figure it out.

:-)

$numComments = $page->blog_comments->count();

OK, let me finish writing the example option #3...

@Peter beat me to it...https://processwire.com/talk/topic/7403-module-blog/?p=83118

If anybody else wants more examples let me know...

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If anybody else wants more examples let me know...

Can you point me in the right direction for mirroring a list of pages by say, archive (month) or authors or categories.

For example, the Archives page might have:

December 2014

Post 1 Title

Post 2 Title

November 2013

Post 1 Title

Post 2 Title

For example, the Categories page might have:

Category A

Post 1 Title

Post 2 Title

Category B

Post 1 Title

Post 2 Title

In MarkupBlog Module, you're using this. is it less verbose if it's done with native PW methods?

	public function renderArchives(Array $years, Array $options = null) {

		$out = '';

		//default options for archives
		$defaultOptions = array(

							'archives_posts_text' =>$this->_('post,posts'),//come in the format 'singular,plural' for e.g. October 5 'posts'
							'archives_month_view_all_text' => $this->_('View All'),//'view all' that month's archives if limit set on amount to list
		);

		//merge user options with default archives options
		if($options != null && is_array($options)) $options = array_merge($defaultOptions, $options);
		else $options = $defaultOptions;

		list($singular, $plural) = explode(',', $options['archives_posts_text']);//come in the format 'singular,plural'	
		$post = '%d ' . $singular;
		$posts = '%d ' . $plural;

		foreach($years as $year=>$y) {
			
				$year 	=  $y['name'];
				$total 	=  $y['total']; 
				$months =  $y['months'];//this is an array
				$url 	=  $y['url']; 

				$out .= "<div class='archive'>
						<h3><a href='$url'>$year</a></h3>
						<span class='num-posts'>" . sprintf(_n($post, $posts, $total), $total) . "</span>";
						

				$out .= "<ul class='posts-group'>";

				foreach($months as $monthNum => $month){

							$out .= "<li><a href='" . $month['url'] . "'>" . $month['name'] . "</a>";
							$out .=  "<span class='num-posts'>" . sprintf(_n($post, $posts, $month['total']), $month['total']) . "</span>";

							if(count($month['posts'])) {//posts will be empty if $blog->archives() call specified 0 for limit;

									$out .= "<ul>";

									foreach($month['posts'] as $item){
											
											$out .= "<li><a href='$item->url'>$item->title</a></li>";
									}

									if($month['total'] > count($month['posts'])){
											
											$out .= "<li><a class='more' href='" . $month['url'] . "'>" . $options['archives_month_view_all_text'] . "</a></li>";
									}

									$out .=  "</ul>";

							}

							$out .=  "</li>";

				}//end foreach $months as $monthNum

				$out .= "</ul></div>";

		}//end foreach $years as $year

		return $out; 
	}
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@kongondo: I'am running your blog and like it a lot. At this point I would like to add the option so people can give a comment. But I installed the blog without the comment feature.

Is it possible enable comments without starting over and install a fresh blog?

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      No "translate page" - Translating multiple fields can be done by clicking multiple translation links on multiple fields at once but engineering a "one click page translate" is not feasible from a user experience standpoint. The time it takes to translate one field can be a second or two, but cumulatively that may take much longer (CKEditor fields are slower than plain text fields). There may be a workaround in the future but it isn't currently on the roadmap. No "translate site" - Same thing goes for translating an entire website at once. It would be great, but it would be a very intense process and take a very (very) long time. There may be a workaround in the future but it isn't on the roadmap. No current support for Inline CKEditor fields - Handling for CKEditor on-demand hasn't been implemented yet, this is planned for a future release though and can be done. I just forgot about it because I've never really used that feature personally.. Alpha release - This module is in alpha. Releases should be stable and usable, but there may be edge case issues. Test the module thoroughly and please report any bugs via a Github issue on the repository or respond here. Please note that the browser plugin for Grammarly conflicts with Fluency (as it does with many web applications). To address this issue it is recommended that you disable Grammarly when using Fluency, or open the admin to edit pages in a private window where Grammarly may not be loaded. This is an issue that may not have a resolution as creating a workaround may not be possible. If you have insight as to how this may be solved please visit the Github page and file a bugfix ticket.
      Requirements:
      ProcessWire  3.0+ UIKit Admin Theme That's Fluency in a nutshell. A core effort in this module is to create it so that there is nothing DeepL related hard-coded in that would require updating it when DeepL offers new languages. I would like this to be a future-friendly module that doesn't require developer work to keep it up-to-date.
      The Module Is Free
      This is my first real module and I want to give it back to the community as thanks. This is the best CMS I've worked with (thank you Ryan & contributors) and a great community (thank you dear reader).
      DeepL Developer Accounts
      In addition to paid Pro Developer accounts, DeepL now offers no-cost free accounts. Now all ProcessWire developers and users can use Fluency at no cost.
      Learn more about free and paid accounts by visiting the DeepL website. Sign up for a Developer account, get an API key, and start using Fluency today.
      Download & Feedback
      Download the latest version here
      https://github.com/SkyLundy/Fluency-Translation/archive/main.zip
      Github repository:
      https://github.com/SkyLundy/Fluency-Translation
      File issues and feature requests here (your feedback and testing is greatly appreciated):
      https://github.com/SkyLundy/Fluency-Translation/issues
       
      Thank you! ¡Gracias! Ich danke Ihnen! Merci! Obrigado! Grazie! Dank u wel! Dziękuję! Спасибо! ありがとうございます! 谢谢你!

    • By tcnet
      PageViewStatistic for ProcessWire is a module to log page visits of the CMS. The records including some basic information like IP-address, browser, operating system, requested page and originate page. Please note that this module doesn't claim to be the best or most accurate.
      Advantages
      One of the biggest advantage is that this module doesn't require any external service like Google Analytics or similar. You don't have to modify your templates either. There is also no Javascript or image required.
      Disadvantages
      There is only one disadvantage. This module doesn't record visits if the browser loads the page from its browser cache. To prevent the browser from loading the page from its cache, add the following meta tags to the header of your page:
      <meta http-equiv="Cache-Control" content="no-cache, no-store, must-revalidate" /> <meta http-equiv="Pragma" content="no-cache" /> <meta http-equiv="Expires" content="0" /> How to use
      The records can be accessed via the Setup-menu of the CMS backend. The first dropdown control changes the view mode.

      Detailed records
      View mode "Detailed records" shows all visits of the selected day individually with IP-address, browser, operating system, requested page and originate page. Click the update button to see new added records.

      Cached visitor records
      View modes other than "Detailed records" are cached visitor counts which will be collected on a daily basis from the detailed records. This procedure ensures a faster display even with a large number of data records. Another advantage is that the detailed records can be deleted while the cache remains. The cache can be updated manually or automatically in a specified time period. Multiple visits from the same IP address on the same day are counted as a single visitor.

      Upgrade from older versions
      Cached visitor counts is new in version 1.0.8. If you just upgraded from an older version you might expire a delay or even an error 500 if you display cached visitor counts. The reason for this is that the cache has to be created from the records. This can take longer if your database contains many records. Sometimes it might hit the maximally execution time. Don't worry about that and keep reloading the page until the cache is completely created.
      Special Feature
      PageViewStatistic for ProcessWire can record the time a visitor viewed the page. This feature is deactivated by default. To activate open the module configuration page and activate "Record view time". If activated you will find a new column "S." in the records which means the time of view in seconds. With every page request, a Javascript code is inserted directly after the <body> tag. Every time the visitor switches to another tab or closes the tab, this script reports the number of seconds the tab was visible. The initial page request is recorded only as a hyphen (-).

      New in version 1.1.0
      A new feature comes with version 1.1.0 which offers to record user names of loggedin visitors. Just activate "Record user names" and "Record loggedin user" in the module settings.
      Settings
      You can access the module settings by clicking the Configuration button at the bottom of the records page. The settings page is also available in the menu: Modules->Configure->ProcessPageViewStat.
      IP2Location
      This module uses the IP2Location database from: http://www.ip2location.com. This database is required to obtain the country from the IP address. IP2Location updates this database at the begin of every month. The settings of ProcessPageViewStat offers the ability to automatically download the database monthly. Please note, that automatically download will not work if your webspace doesn't allow allow_url_fopen.
      Dragscroll
      This module uses DragScroll. A JavaScript available from: http://github.com/asvd/dragscroll. Dragscroll adds the ability in view mode "Day" to drag the records horizontally with the mouse pointer.
      parseUserAgentStringClass
      This module uses the PHP class parseUserAgentStringClass available from: http://www.toms-world.org/blog/parseuseragentstring/. This class is required to filter out the browser type and operating system from the server request.
    • By clsource
      Inertia Adapter ProcessWire Module
      Hello! Long time no see.
      I created this module so you can use Inertia.js (https://inertiajs.com/) with ProcessWire.
      Description
      Inertia allows you to create fully client-side rendered, single-page apps, without much of the complexity that comes with modern SPAs. It does this by leveraging existing server-side frameworks.
      Inertia isn’t a framework, nor is it a replacement to your existing server-side or client-side frameworks. Rather, it’s designed to work with them. Think of Inertia as glue that connects the two. Inertia comes with three official client-side adapters (React, Vue, and Svelte).
      This is an adapter for ProcessWire. Inertia replaces PHP views altogether by returning JavaScript components from controller actions. Those components can be built with your frontend framework of choice.
      Links
      - https://github.com/joyofpw/inertia
      - https://github.com/joyofpw/inertia-svelte-mix-pw
      - https://inertiajs.com/
      Screenshots


       
    • By sms77io
      Hi all,
      we made a small module for sending SMS via Sms77.io. It supports sending to one and multiple users.
      You can download it from GitHub and follow the instructions on how to install it - it is quite easy. An API key is required for sending, get yours for free @ Sms77 and receive 0,50 €.
      Hope this helps somebody and we are open for improvement suggestions!
       
      Best regards
      André
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