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Using WordPress as an 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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Validation of user input with a request in Laravel: authorization

Posted in PHP on May 19, 2016

Validation of user requests is an essential part of every web application. Part of the validation process is a check whether the user input has the correct format. Is the email address entered by the user really an email address? But there is more. We have to make sure that the user who is doing the request, is actually allowed to do this. With the authorization methods of Laravel, it’s easy to set this up.

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Easy cron jobs in Laravel

Posted in PHP on May 2, 2016

Setting up cron jobs is easy in Laravel, since it has a build-in task scheduler. One of the main advantages of this task scheduler is that you only have to set one cron job in your DirectAdmin/cpanel environment. Once this is done, everything will be handled by Laravel. In this blog we describe how to set a cron job in Laravel.

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