Finding a Mac’s network name

It’ll be in a form like XXX-XXXXXXX-XXX

Good:

About this Mac -> System Report ->Network -> Locations -> SMB: NetBIOSName

Then copy the name.

Better:

In terminal:

defaults read /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.smb.server NetBIOSName

Then copy the name.

Best:

In terminal:

defaults read /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.smb.server NetBIOSName | pbcopy

It’ll already be copied on your clipboard.

Then:

System Preferences -> Sharing. Paste the name where the model of the Mac is now.

From WPEngine: alternatives to the Broken Link Checker plugin

From WPEngine’s disallowed plugins page:

Broken Link Checker — Overwhelms even our robust caching layer with an inordinate amount of HTTP requests.

Broken Link Checker Alternatives

If you used the Broken Link Checker plugin and wish we hadn’t banned it, we recommend that you use one of the following tools to check your site for broken links:

It’s not a plugin, and won’t make the server unhappy: http://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/. An even better solution to using a website to scan for broken links would be an application that you install on your computer:

mmm, all better now!

Build a responsive website rather than a native app: excellent chart

See the TAMU Mobile Strategy Team’s chart at the bottom of the page.

There’s mostly only two reasons to consider a mobile app (unless you’re a huge company): needing your content available offline, and needing the devices’s camera/accelerometer.

To make icons for your mobile web app’s screen, use the Real Favicon Generator (from CSS Tricks).

Genesis breadcrumbs on subpages only

After checking “Pages” in Genesis -> Theme Settings -> Breadcrumbs. Will have the effect of only showing breadcrumbs on subpages, not top-level pages:

MAMP Pro strangenesses

MAMP Pro iconAll the cool kids are using Vagrant. Or maybe a LAMP stack on Virtualbox. Or something other than MAMP.

But my one machine still on MAMP wouldn’t load Apache today. The error in the log was:

EAI 8)nodename nor servname provided, or not known: mod_unique_id: unable to find IPv4 address of "<my-machine-name>"

Some googling led to two possible fixes.

The first was commenting out a line in httpd.conf. Didn’t work.

The second was just adding another line in the /etc/hosts file. For the machine above, just (I guess the name of my machine had been changed by the network administrators?):

127.0.0.1 <my-machine-name>

For Macs, run

sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

after changes to the hosts file to refresh.

Brackets open source code editor

bracketsAlways on the lookout for a free, open source, OSX/Win/Linux editor as good as you need. Looks like this (still in beta) is it: http://brackets.io/

Live preview, inline color editing/previews and as good a code completion tool as I’ve seen. It’s put out by Adobe, and they have a corresponding commercial version too.

The “This webpage has a redirect loop” error

For sites using the WordPress HTTPS plugin, recheck the Enable SSL checkbox if you get this error.

Short version: recheck the Enable SSL checkbox.

For those sites using the WordPress HTTPS plugin, the WP 3.7 update may have disabled the SSL setting:

enable SSL checkbox checked
You may need to re-check this box, and Update the page.

Hat tip: Matthew.

Gravity Forms and Tab Index

When you have a Gravity Form on the same page as a comment area, TABBING BREAKS

From Gravity Wiz, include this with every site that uses Gravity Forms and a Comment box on the same page (or any post/page with two or more forms):

WordPress registration through Gravity Forms

Place the following in your functions.php file to allow a site visitor to be registered by filling out a Gravity Form. This example not only registers them but automatically logs them into the site with their newly-generated credentials:

add_action('gform_after_submission', 'post_to_third_party', 10, 2);
function post_to_third_party($entry, $form) {
    if ($form['title'] != 'Registration') { return false; }
    $user_name = $entry[1];
    $user_email = $entry[2];
    $user_id = username_exists( $user_name );

    if ( !$user_id and email_exists($user_email) == false ) {
        $random_password = wp_generate_password( $length=12, $include_standard_special_chars=false );
        $user_id = wp_create_user( $user_name, $random_password, $user_email );
    } else {
        $random_password = __('User already exists. Password inherited.');
    }

    /** SEND A REGISTRATION EMAIL for subsequent logins */
    $to = $user_email;
    $subject = 'Virtual Open House :: New Signup';
    $message .= "";
    $message .= sprintf("Thanks for signing up.\n");
    $message .= sprintf("Your username is:\n");
    $message .= sprintf("\n%s\n\n",$user_name);
    $message .= sprintf("Your password is:\n");
    $message .= sprintf("\n%s\n\n",$random_password);
    $message .= sprintf("To login, please browse to: %s\n",get_bloginfo('url'));
    $message .= sprintf("Thank you\n");
    wp_mail( $to, $subject, $message);

    /** keep user logged in **/
    $creds = array();
    $creds['user_login'] = $user_name;
    $creds['user_password'] = $random_password;
    $creds['remember'] = true;
    $user = wp_signon( $creds, false );

  if ( is_wp_error($user) ) echo $user->get_error_message();
}

WordPress and Genesis — winning

This graphic below and the post it links to are by Brian Gardner of StudioPress, the company who creates the stellar Genesis framework which we use on most of the sites we make. See also this previous post.

And speaking of Genesis

The Bones Responsive/HTML5 Starter Child Theme for Genesis is now free (was $5). Check the excellent documentation in the functions.php file; great for getting up to speed on using the Genesis framework.

Thank You WordPress
Thank You WordPress graphic designed by Brian Gardner.