Liquid Programming Annoyances (and Workarounds)

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Cannot combine contains and other logical tests Annoyance: This doesn’t work: Solution: You have to nest your conditionals — first check the contains, then make your other checks Type Casting Liquid is loosely typed, which usually makes things simple, if sometimes unpredictable. Annoyance: you don’t need to declare a variable as a string or integer, […]

Shopify Breadcrumbs Based on Menu Structure (Improved Version)

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A couple of years ago, I wrote about how to create breadcrumbs for products that would mirror the main menu of a Shopify site. In reality, that was a quick and dirty method that I had to quickly update a month later, but never got around to writing up the better version. As I noted […]

Changing WordPress Permalinks from Date-Based to Postname Only

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Are you tired of having dates in WordPress permalinks? I’ve been working on two sites lately where events tend to come back around every year. But if the URL has a date in it, that’s confusing to the visitor and will hurt click-through in Google. In both cases, we wanted to switch to a simple […]

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.

Netbeans and Drupal 8 — Setup and Review

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Drupal 8 is going to bring some huge changes. Fortunately, Netbeans is ready with support for Symfony, Twig and composer built in and available addons for SASS, Drupal development and, of course, a full-featured IDE.

Mega Menus: SEO Concerns and Usability Pros and Cons (Intro)

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This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Mega Menus Usability and SEO

After a much-mentioned article by Jakob Nielsen, “mega menus” became all the rage, but there are some serious issues to consider before diving in. The can create serious usability issues and negatively impact your site information architecture and, ultimately how you are found, ranked and categorized by the search engines.