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Using WordPress as API for Laravel (2) – Connecting Laravel to WordPress

Posted in PHP on May 8, 2019

This is the second post on using the WordPress as API for a Laravel application. We describe how to setup the authentication, so that Laravel can retrieve the posts and pages created in WordPress. We use this setup in a project that was originally created in WordPress. It already had a lot of content, and also for new posts WordPress was the prefered choice, because of its great features to manage posts, revisions, comments and images. At the same time, Laravel is our prefered choice to build the custom features of the project, because of its great flexibility.

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Running queues for multiple applications on the same server with Laravel Horizon

Posted in Development on April 3, 2019

Queues are an essential part of modern web applications. By handling long running processes as background tasks, apps become much faster and your users get a better experience. Examples are sending emails, processing file uploads and generating documents. With Laravel Horizon it’s easy to manage queues. Setting up horizon is easy. However, I ran into some issues when I tried to run Horizon for multiple apps on the same server. In this post I’ll describe how to fix them.

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Using WordPress as API for Laravel (1) – WordPress setup

Posted in PHP on February 28, 2019

Nowadays, we mainly build custom websites, webshops and web apps using Laravel. Many of those websites have info pages or blog posts where the administrators want to be in charge of the content. How do we achieve this? We tried different wysiwyg editors, but it turned out that the functionality was too limited. Then we started thinking about WordPress, our framework of choice in the past. It has a great admin panel for maintaining content pages or a blog.

In this post we discuss how to use WordPress as a headless CMS and combine it with the flexibility of Laravel to build custom websites and web apps.

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Building a basic admin panel using Laravel (3) – Authorization

Posted in PHP on July 19, 2018

This is the last part of a blog series on building a basic admin panel. Although there are many admin packages available, including Laravel’s own Spark package, we experienced that it’s also very easy to an admin panel yourself. We defined three major topics that are found in all admin panels that we have build. We started with the authentication of users (part 1) and continued with basic CRUD operation (part 2). In this third part the focus is on authorization: in an admin panel there are often users with different roles. Each user role may have access to different parts of the admin panel and is allowed to perform specific actions.

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Building a basic admin panel using Laravel (2) – CRUD

Posted in PHP on July 19, 2018

Admin panels are an essential part of many web apps and online platforms. Although there are many admin packages available, including Laravel’s own Spark package, we experienced that it’s also very easy to create an admin panel from scratch. The main advantages: you know every detail of the admin panel and once the project is growing and more functionality is required, it can be easily extended. In the second part of the series on building your own basic admin panel we focus on CRUD operations.

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Building a basic admin panel using Laravel (1) – Authentication

Posted in PHP on July 19, 2018

Many web apps and online platforms need some kind of administration panel to manage the their public parts. Only a limited number of users with a specific role or privileges have access to this admin panel. Examples include a webshop, hour registration tool, cooking website or a blog.

To build such an admin panel you have several options. We have build a lot of administration panels and the PHP framework Laravel came out as our favorite. For Laravel, several admin packages are already available, including the offical Spark package. However, we experienced that Laravel itself already has so much features to quickly build a basic admin panel yourself that a package isn’t always needed. In this blog series, we like to share our approach.

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Local Laravel development and SSL on Homestead

Posted in PHP on April 27, 2018

Just a quick write down of the steps we took to add a SSL certificate to our local Laravel projects that run using Homestead. Google changed their automatic redirects for the .dev extension in URLs shaking up the developer world. But using new browser APIs such as MediaDevices (for accessing device camera and microphone) also requires your website to run under the https protocol. Time to add a SSL certificate for your local projects and enable an automatic redirect.

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Customizing emails in Laravel

Posted in PHP on November 27, 2017

How do you customize the default password reset email in Laravel? In this blog, we describe the process of creating mailables, apply them to your own emails and finally customizing the ‘password reset emails’ that are included in the authentication scaffolding of Laravel.

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Eloquent relations in Laravel

Posted in PHP on July 25, 2016

One of the powerfull features of Laravel are the eloquent relations. They make it easy to retrieve and store relevant information from a database without writing complex queries. In order to use the eloquent relations, one has to correctlty set up the database and define relations in the corresponding models. This blog post explains how to achieve this.

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Accessors and mutators in Laravel

Posted in PHP on May 30, 2016

A common issue when building a webapplication is the case where you want to display variables in a different format than they are stored in your database. For example, dates are by default stored as yyyy-mm-dd, but in the Netherlands dates are written as dd-mm-yyyy. Or maybe you stored the names of your users in lowercase, but you would like to show them with a capital. For those kind of situations, the accessors and mutators of Laravel are of great use.

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