Multi-Dimensional and Associative Arrays in Shopify Liquid

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I know. You’re here because you’re sure you’re missing something. You can’t figure out how to create multi-dimensional and associative arrays in Shopify. Sadly, you’re not missing something. In fact, while you can access multi-dimensional arrays just fine, you can’t assign values to them. Similarly you can access objects with named members that have values […]

Syntax Highlighting for Liquid

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I wanted to publish a blog post today about using Shopify menus to drive hierarchical breadcrumbs. Then I realized that, as near as I can tell, there is nobody who has a syntax highlighter for Liquid, the templating language that Shopify uses. So I created one. This is an pre-pre-alpha experimental plugin, but it’s working […]

Shopify Breadcrumbs based on Menu Structure

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Shopify breadcrumbs can be hard because there’s no way to organize them by default and Shopify has no way to establish a parent-child relationship between collections. But you can use your menu structure to create just such a relationship to build intelligent breadcrumbs. Here’s how!

Streak, Zapier and Automating Tasks for Our Vacation Rental

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We struggled for a long time to find a system for managing our vacation rental that did not involve pain and suffering. By combining Streak, Zapier and Google Apps, we finally found something that works for us much better than Quickbooks or other systems. It’s not for everyone, but it might be for you.

Why I Quit Using Facebook and Pocket

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In the last couple of days, I deleted the Pocket app from my phone and deactivated my Facebook account. Pocket was becoming a borderline addiction — I’ve always been an avid article reader and Pocket was a major enabler. It was really getting in the way of my New Year’s resolution to read fewer articles […]

RBT Threadwatch 3 (Nov – Dec)

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Most of this is old, but I got sidetracked and never posted. Still some good reads here. Google Fear: how much do people fear google? More than they fear the NSA! (on CNet) Links: 21 Link Building Strategies from Backlinko. On good tip: site:wikipedia.org [keyword] + “dead link” Links: 13 More Link Building Ideas from Robbie […]

RBT Threadwatch #2 (Sept-Oct, 2014)

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Apple Maps now letting businesses verify From my friend Marc Harris on the Facebook WIMP group (Web and Interactive Media Professionals)… You can now verify a local business directly on Apple Maps without having to go through a service like Yext or Localeze. You may wish to wait a few days, as their system is […]

RBT SEO Threadwatch #1

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In order to be able the share things I find around the web related to SEO with friends, family and colleagues… I might actually do a second, maybe even a third RBT SEO Threadwatch. Google is rolling out rich snippets in SERPs Soliciting 1-Star Reviews on Yelp Works for this SF Bistro (22 Sept 2014) […]

You Know You Have a Problem When… (MySpace edition)

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… your most viewed helpdesk question is “How do I delete my account.” I realized that I actually have a MySpace account, though I have probably only ever looked at it five times total and not for many years. So I thought maybe I would remove it and went to the help section. What’s the […]