DotAll 2018 Videos, Craft 3.1 news, plugins, tips and more Craft CMS treats
An eye-popping 20 videos from DotAll 2018 kick off this issue. Those alone are enough to fill your November, but that's just the kick off. We've got Craft 2 and 3 updates, peaks at Craft 3.1, plugins and more.
Thank you to this issue's sponsors.
- Freeform Payments makes is easier than ever to collect money from clients, customers or advertisers on your own little newsletter (as an example, I mean).
- Spoon takes Craft's powerful Matrix field and adds loads of visual customizations for your users while never messing with the actual data.
Let's hit the links!
Craft CMS on Vimeo ⭐️
Did you miss DotAll 2018? Or maybe you just want to relive it. The Craft team has posted every presentation on their Vimeo page. It's free and open to all. Bravo!
Craft 3.029 released
In 3.0.28, you can now create Structure sections with entry propagation disabled. Also, as of 3.0.29, URL fields now have “Placeholder Text” settings. Of course there's more than that. Check the changelog for the details.
Craft 2.7.3 released
Single sections’ entry types’ handles are now updated to match their section’s handle whenever the section is saved.
Environment Variables to be more powerful in Craft 3.1
Craft 3.1 development is humming along. It will allow "using environment variables in a ton of Control Panel settings—complete with autosuggestions". Want more? How about "template path autosuggestions" too.
The Mystery of Presenting at Tech Conferences Revealed
Ben Croker shared thoughts on making tech talks after his DotAll 2018 appearance.
Freeform Payments now available!
Easily start collecting payments with your Freeform forms in minutes! Accept donations or allow clients to pay invoices, subscribe to a service, pay for memberships and more! The Stripe credit card fields integrate seamlessly into your form and appear like the rest of your fields. When paired with Freeform's many other powerful features, the sky's the limit for what you can do!
Tools, tips, and fundamentals
Database backups in Craft 3 with MAMP
MAMP users have a place in the Craft docs just for them.
SEO tip regarding AJAX loading
Another Craft tip from Andrew.
Perfecting your technique
Processing Form Fields added to “Getting Started with Craft Plugin Development” course
Ben keeps adding to his course on plugin development at CraftQuest. The course is free when you sign up for a free account, so if you've got an idea for a plugin, this is a perfect to help you get it built. (Did I mention it’s free?)
In this 15 min audio clip on the Craft Campaign site, Philip Thygesen of Boomy shares his experience moving a jobs website from Wordpress and Mailchimp to Craft and Campaign.
Hardening Craft CMS Permissions
Andrew has updated this post for Craft 3.
Cache busting your assets
Cruftless Craft on how to automate the cache busting process within both Webpack and Gulp.
Advanced Element Queries in Craft
CraftQuest: Learn how to use Advanced Element Queries in Craft to customize a query and, perhaps, improve performance.
Vijay Sitaram of Wipertech Talks Craft Commerce and Customer Retention
Listen as Vijay gives some excellent advice on taking care of customers in the digital age, and find out why he made the decision to move the Wipertech site from Magento over to Craft Commerce.
devMode.fm // devMode Roundtable Discussion #1
The devMode crew talks about Craft CMS standing up to a massive soccer mom DDoS, Expression Engine going open source, and migrating projects from older CMSs to new ones.
Setting up Craft CMS 3 on Nanobox
"In this tutorial, we’re going to set you up on Nanobox (an epic SaaS solution for dev-ops) which makes handling CraftCMS oh so much easier."
Spoon - enhance your Matrix fields with groups, tabs and more!
Use Spoon to group Matrix blocks, hide blocks and / or fields, and organise your block layouts with tabs. Spoon lets you have different configurations for different contexts - you could have one Matrix field for all your block types, then choose which sections they appear in.
Spoon even works with Super Table so you can get super inception-y with a Matrix > Super Table > Matrix combo and tightly control the UI as much as you need.
Go on ... take the red pill ;)
Craft Print Labels
The Print Labels plugin lets you easily print shipping labels with a DYMO label printer with just one click.
Easy reordering of previous Craft Commerce user orders.
QARR Craft CMS Guest Reviews
QARR allows customers to share their opinion about a product or ask questions.
Craft Collapse CP Nav
Alex Aguilar has released this Craft 3 plugin to hide the AdminCP’s left pane navigation & free up more screen real estate.
HTML Cache for Craft 3
This plugin generates static HTML files from your dynamic Craft CMS project. After a HTML file is generated, your webserver will serve that file instead of processing heavier and slower PHP scripts.
Neo for Craft 3
A Matrix-like field type for Craft CMS 3 that uses existing fields.
It’s not Craft, but it’s interesting.
Everything You Know About Web Design Just Changed
Jen Simmons talk on web dev. Full of insight. As always.
It's never been easier to document your things. Docz uses Webpack 4 under the hood, optimized for lightning fast dev servers and build times, so you can focus on writing your docs.
Vue Virtual Scroller ⚡️
Blazing fast scrolling for any amount of data.
2018 Budget VPS Survey | Working Concept
My goal is to find the fastest VPS I can, as close to me as possible, at <=$20/month with at least 99% uptime.
Github is adding actions.
Powerful workflows to supercharge your repos. Workflows can be triggered by GitHub platform events (i.e. push, issue, release) and can run a sequence of serial or parallel actions in response.
Good article! The takeaway is that closures carry a backpack of values. That will make more sense after you read the post.