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#11 2020-06-12 20:00:14

Bloke
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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

hairydog wrote #323742:

[plugin list]

Cursory thoughts:

  • ako_nav-1.0 Can probably be done natively.
  • cbs_category_list-0.9 Might be needed. Depends how it’s being used.
  • chh_if_data-0.10 Not needed. Can be done with trim and <txp:evaluate>.
  • com_connect-4.6.0-beta.3 Needed for contact form.
  • ebl-image-edit-1.0 If you’re editing uploaded images in Txp, this is needed but probably doesn’t work any more. Avoid if you can.
  • glx_hl_current-0.3 Probably not necessary as highlighting current article can be done natively
  • mem_glinklist-0.8.5 Likely still needed unless txp:linklist can group in the same way. No patched version available.
  • ob1_pagination-2.5 Can be done natively.
  • sde_newsletter-0.4 Can be rewritten using com_connect and a bolt-on module, but failing that is necessary and may need updating.
  • smd_calendar-0.56 Fine, should still run.
  • smd_featured-0.6.0 Should still run, just may need some visual love for 4.8.
  • smd_lib-0.37 Not needed as far as I can tell from this list.
  • upm_file-0.4.1 No equivalent native functionality. Easy to do with another tiny plugin or patch this one if it doesn’t work.
  • zem_contact_lang-4.0.3.6 Not needed if com_connect used.
  • zem_contact_reborn-4.0.3.21 Not needed if com_connect used.
  • zem_prblock-0.1 (modified) No experience with this. Paid-for Alex plugin. Anyone?

EDIT: Damn, I’m slow tonight :)

Last edited by Bloke (2020-06-12 20:00:47)


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#12 2020-06-12 20:07:59

jakob
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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

Bloke wrote #323750:

Cursory thoughts:

  • ako_nav-1.0 Can probably be done natively.
  • cbs_category_list-0.9 Might be needed. Depends how it’s being used.
  • chh_if_data-0.10 Not needed. Can be done with trim and <txp:evaluate>.
  • com_connect-4.6.0-beta.3 Needed for contact form.
  • ebl-image-edit-1.0 If you’re editing uploaded images in Txp, this is needed.
  • glx_hl_current-0.3 Probably not necessary as highlighting current article can be done natively
  • mem_glinklist-0.8.5 Likely still needed. No patched version available.
  • ob1_pagination-2.5 Can be done natively.
  • sde_newsletter-0.4 Can be rewritten using com_connect and a bolt-on module, but failing that is necessary and may need updating.
  • smd_calendar-0.56 Fine, should still run.
  • smd_featured-0.6.0 Should still run, just may need some visual love for 4.8.
  • smd_lib-0.37 Not needed as far as I can tell from this list.
  • upm_file-0.4.1 no equivalent native functionality. Easy to do with another tiny plugin or patch this one if it doesn’t work.
  • zem_contact_lang-4.0.3.6 Not needed if com_connect used.
  • zem_contact_reborn-4.0.3.21 Not needed if com_connect used.
  • zem_prblock-0.1 (modified) No experience with this. Paid-for Alex plugin. Anyone?

EDIT: Damn, I’m slow tonight :)

Hehe, usually you’re faster :-p

  • zem_prblock just adds rel="nofollow" and I think that’s already standard for comments, right?
  • mem_glinklist. I’ve done this with txp:linklist sometimes in combination with txp:category_list. It depends on the markup that’s required.
  • cbs_category_list. This is mostly replaceable with txp:category_list. Only the article count per category is not in the standard tag and it may not be a vital element. It’s doable via other means but adds database queries.

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#13 2020-06-12 21:21:16

hairydog
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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

I suspect that most of the extras like newsletter have never been used and never will be.

The users are not all that computer-literate and I think they’re baffled by the complexity of it all. They know how to add articles and that’s about it.

There was also an installation of Slimstats with an enormous database as well as some sort of discussion forum that had never really been used. Those definitely won’t be needed any more.

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#14 2020-06-12 21:25:49

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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

hairydog wrote #323757:

I suspect that most of the extras like newsletter have never been used and never will be.

Yes, that is sometimes the case – people often have larger goals than they end up using. That makes life easier for you now.


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#15 2020-06-13 14:46:49

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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

A huge “thank you” to Bloke, who very efficiently sorted the broken tangled mess out into at least a working tangled mess.

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#16 2020-06-13 15:46:26

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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

hairydog wrote #323770:

A huge “thank you” to Bloke, who very efficiently sorted the broken tangled mess out into at least a working tangled mess.

Honestly, that’s miles better than any LinkedIn testimonial.

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#17 2020-06-13 16:17:33

Bloke
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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

Thanks for the thanks :)

I’ve not seen a site arranged like this before. 27 sections, 1 page template with 12 nested if_section conditionals… and 100 forms, with lots of copy n’ paste going on! Refactoring it to make it more maintainable is going to be fun. But even with all those forms, the site was still fast. There’s been a noticable speed kick moving to PHP 7, though.

So far I’ve designed out chh_if_data, removed zem_prblock, tidied up all tags I could find that were unquoted in articles/forms, and switched the entire site over to com_connect, removing ZCR from all thirty-odd articles in which it was manually used.

Also patched all public plugins that were throwing errors due to unregistered tags or outdated PHP code. Might switch out ob1_pagination for txp:pages yet. Admin plugins… maybe another day.

Sometimes smd_where_used is simply beyond useful, even if I do say so myself ;)

There’s definitely scope for some shortcodes in the site for rendering contact forms and repetitive stuff in articles.


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#18 2020-06-13 16:41:04

colak
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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

Sometimes smd_where_used is simply beyond useful…

That is the txp understatement of the year!!! :)


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#19 2020-06-13 19:34:15

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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

When I looked at the way it was set up, I was amazed that it worked at all: way too complicated for me! I’m relieved that Textpattern isn’t meant to be that complex.

It’s working fairly well now, even though it’s on a low-powered server for a few days whilst I rebuild the good one.

It’ll be interesting to see how quick it is when untangled

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#20 2020-06-13 19:39:16

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Re: Help needed - hopefully paid help

hairydog wrote #323774:

It’ll be interesting to see how quick it is when untangled

Man, I think that about myself most weeks.

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