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PHPCodeSniffer + PHPCompatibility For Checking Codebase Before Migration

Published on by Paul Gilzow | Posts by This Author

As I mentioned yesterday, if you want to use PHPCodeSniffer+PHPCompatibility make sure you are using the 2.9 version of PHPCodeSniffer.  Failing to see the notice in the PHPCompatibility Requirements section about it being incompatible with PHPCS3.0 will lead to several hours of hair-pulling and cursing at your screen. The PHPCompatibility standard is currently not compatible […]

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Testing Your Codebase for the PHP7 Migration

Published on by Paul Gilzow | Posts by This Author

We are preparing to upgrade the Departmental Web Hosting Environment to PHP 7.0 within the next month.  Knowing that there are at least a few backwards incompatible changes between PHP 5.X and 7.0, the thought of combing through tens of thousands of lines of code is enough to cause a panic attack.  Thankfully, it doesn’t […]

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Setting up Multiple Independent Subdomains in a WordPress Network

Published on by Paul Gilzow | Posts by This Author

TL;DR – You’re going to need to map your domains to the COOKIE_DOMAIN constant. We run numerous WordPress networks on campus, almost all of which are set up with multiple independent subdomains (e.g. foo.missouri.edu, bar.missouri.edu, etc.).  Historically, a WordPress network only supported subdomains based off a root domain (e.g. root domain of mysite.com, child sites of […]

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Responsive Images: 3 different coffee cup sizes

Responsive Images

Published on by Joshua Hughes | Posts by This Author

The advent of responsive design and HiDPI (or “Retina”) devices has created a real challenge for web developers: We need a way to provide multiple images to accommodate a variety of window sizes and resolutions.

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Power up!

Published on by Joshua Nichols | Posts by This Author

How can you make easy changes to gain productivity and enjoyment in your job? This presentation will help inspire you with real-world ideas from others here in the Mizzou community.

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Diagram that (very abstractly) illustrates how Git works

Using Git to manage your site on VH

Published on by Paul Gilzow | Posts by This Author

Here in Web Communications, we’ve been playing with Git as a means to manage versions of our sites.  So far, that has been limited to using Git on the local machine, making a remote repository on a shared file space (doit-bfs1), pushing to it occasionally, and then manually transferring the files back over to VH. What we’ve REALLY been wanting to do though is use it to fully manage our sites, allow anyone to work on the site while keeping track of the versions AND publish out to VH, all automatically. We also didnt want to have to store the Git repository in the webroot.

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Typography for the Web

Typography for the Web

Published on by Joshua Nichols | Posts by This Author

A lot has changed with web typography. We are no longer forced to use a handful of “web safe” fonts or complicated image replacement tricks in order to set beautiful type. This presentation goes over how to learn about type, how properly markup type and how to style it.

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Managing Slide Shows

Published on by Joshua Nichols | Posts by This Author

In this presentation, we show how Web Communications uses Slideshow Pro Director to manage slideshows. This was presented at the Feb. Web Developers Group. Fun fact: The presentation is run by Slideshow Pro Director.

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Tree analogy for includes

PHP includes with Cascade Server

Published on by Joshua Hughes | Posts by This Author

The University of Missouri makes heavy use of Hannon Hill’s Cascade Server, a XSLT-based content management system. One of the downsides to Cascade is that it doesn’t build live pages on the fly. Changes to files and templates must be published out before they will be live on the server. Even a fairly minor edit, like changing contact information in the footer, may require your entire site to be republished.

Fortunately, there is a solution. We can move our boilerplate content to separate files, and instead configure Cascade to use PHP includes on the live site.

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