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Getting started

“WPML (WordPress Multilingual) makes it easy to build multilingual sites and run them. It’s powerful enough for corporate sites, yet simple for blogs.” – WPML

I have been running and setting up multilingual websites for more than 12 years. WordPress and related integrations have gladly come a long way to make our life’s a lot easier.

For basic content WPML is almost plug & play, but I do see more and more sites / customers struggling with more complex setups. WPML is one of the most popular multilingual plugins and is used on x00.000 of websites.

Just so you know, WPML is a commercial solution!

Settings for almost everything

The amount of settings has increased a lot over the years and offers possible solutions for almost any content / plugin setup.

But for more complex setups, I would suggest to hire a professional to look over the settings or study the plugin documentation carefully.

Especially with a lot of content, it can quickly increase problems and the need to revisit specific content over and over again.

How to translate

WPML lets you translate any text that comes from themes / theme frameworks (DIVI, Elemetor, Gutenberg …), plugins, menus, slugs, SEO and additionally supported integrations (Gravity Forms, ACF, WooCommerce …).

You can translate content internally for yourself, using translation management to translate with an internal team of translators or get help from external translators / translation services.

The latest version also offers AI translations, which allows you to get a decent start for most of your content.

In addition to the above, WPML String Translation allows you to translate texts that are not in posts, pages and taxonomy. This includes the site’s tagline, general texts in admin screens, widget titles and many other areas.

Is it worth its money

Well, I am a bit biased. I have not looked much at other solutions for the past 5 years, as it offers all I really need.

I have used it on projects from 2 to 15 languages and it scales nicely. At least with proper hosting attached!

Anything can be tweaked through the API, Hooks and custom integrations. I have build additional WPML tools for my customers, to streamline some of the repeating / boring tasks.

Their support is responsive and the forum already provides a huge amount of answers to most of the questions that might come up.

If you develop / maintain multiple customer websites with multilingual content, the investment is quickly
amortized. I do offer WPML to my maintenance package customers, maybe something to consider ;)

Its an essential solution in my WP toolbox.

WPML 4.5

WPML 4.5 is on its way and will include a “Translate Everything” feature, among other fixes and enhancements.

Translate Everything allows you to translate all of your site’s content automatically as you create it. You can then review the translations on the front-end before publishing.


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WPML / Documentation

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Archaeology Travel is an online travel guide for people who enjoy exploring the world’s pasts. Inspiration for where to go and what to see. Information and tips on how to get there and what tickets to buy. Making it possible for everyone to find or create their adventures in archaeology and history, from humanity’s earliest times to our more recent contemporary pasts.

Status
It has been a pleasure to work with founder Thomas Dowson so far. There is still some work ahead for both of us and looking forward to streamline the current and make room for new content.

  • Audit
  • DIVI Theme Framework
  • Complete Backend Cleanup
  • WPML – multilingual fixes & integration
  • Design tweaks & fixes
  • SEO tweaks & fixes
  • Responsive cleanup
  • DSGVO integration tweaks
  • Cookie Manager
  • New search engine
  • Litespeed Server / REDIS / Cloudflare optimisation
  • Monitoring & Maintenance

Archaeology Travel / About / Thomas Dowson

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Gemeinsamkeiten finden!

portalZINE NMN | Development meets Creativity |

Der erste Kontakt ist immer kritisch, um ein mögliches Projekt oder eine zukünftige Zusammenarbeit zu definieren. Ich habe über die Woche immer etwas Zeit, um mit potentiellen Kunden über mögliche Lösungen zu sprechen.

In einem lockeren ersten Gespräch, kann man gut abklären was beide Seiten brauchen.
Entweder stimmt die Chemie oder eben nicht :)

Das ist nicht umsetzbar?
Das wird sicher viel zu teuer?

Muß es überhaupt nicht sein!

Für jede Projektgröße gibt es Ansätze und Lösungen. Die meisten Projekte können in Phasen aufgeteilt werden, damit alles überschaubar und bezahlbar bleibt.

Meine Projekt werden immer persönlich zugeschnitten und so genau wie möglich vordefiniert.
Wer nicht fragt, zahlt am Ende überall mehr!

Wie kann ich helfen?
Wo kann ich helfen?

Ich betreue seit Jahren Private, Startups, den Mittelstand und auch größere Unternehmen.

Als Fullstack Entwickler, kann ich meinen Kunden einen kompletten Projekt-Überblick verschaffen und helfen den Aufwand einzuordnen. Ich habe zudem Design und Werbeerfahrung, als auch ein überdurchschnittliches kaufmännisches und rechtliches Grundwissen.

Meine Kunden wissen, dass ich kein Problem damit habe mein Wissen zu teilen und in allen Bereichen Hilfestellung geben kann.

Auch hier, mich einfach ansprechen und nach Gemeinsamkeiten suchen :)

Mehrsprachigkeit.
Do you speak english?
Parlez-vous français?

Bis vor ca. 5 Jahren, lag mein Schwerpunkt hauptsächlich bei internationalen Projekten. Ich habe mir aber in den letzten Jahren auch ein festes Standbein im deutschsprachigen Raum aufgebaut.

Ich habe Projekte mit bis zu 15 Sprachen umgesetzt. Bei mir selbst läuft Englisch manchmal besser als Deutsch, was sich auch in meinem Portfolio und meiner BIO widerspiegelt. Französisch kann ich schreiben, gut lesen und auch sprechen (auch wenn das etwas eingerostet ist!).

Wer eine mehrsprachige Seite aufbauen oder Teile übersetzen möchte ist bei mir richtig. Natürlich auch für WordPress über WPML.

Auch hier wieder, einfach mal Hallo / Moin sagen!

One Pager
Statische Webseite
Headless CMS
WordPress
Eigene Lösung?

Für mich ist alles umsetzbar und kann je nach Projekt gemeinsam erarbeitet werden. Keiner braucht mehr zu zahlen, als wirklich absolut notwendig ist. Nachhaltigkeit ist mittlerweile auch ein großes Thema und fließt bei meinen Projekten mit ein.

Ich habe über die Jahre auch viele eigene interne Lösung erarbeitet, um Sonderlösungen schnell umsetzen zu können.

Jedes Projektpuzzle kann gelöst werden!

SEO
Werbung
Social Media
Datenschutz
Cookie Management?

Ohne geht es nicht und kann bei der Entwicklung eines Projektes nicht unberücksichtigt bleiben. Ich habe hier viel Erfahrung und kann auch hier überall Gedanken und Lösungen mit einbringen.

Was sonst noch?

Es gibt sicherlich noch Einiges was hier aufgelistet werden könnte, aber lieber kläre ich das in einem persönlichen Gespräch.
Gerne per Telefon oder Live per Skype!

Einfach einen Termin anfragen!

Kontakt / Über mich

Würde mich freuen von Dir / Ihnen zu hören. Danke für das Interesse!

Gruß

portalZINE NMN | Development meets Creativity |

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A grid mystery

Somehow the Grids Layout Builder for Gutenberg ist not pushing styles to the footer within a Timber theme. At least not for me.

Somehow the wp_footer action within the Grids plugin is not being executed and no grid styles are added to the footer. I am not getting any errors, but will have to investigate some more in the near future ;)

Update: It is related to the get_footer action within Grids. get_footer is used to load the appropriate footer template file, which I am not using in my Timber theme ;) So the workaround below is perfect.

Quick patch

Here a quick workaround for the theme functions.php, that does the trick for now.

Grids for WordPress, what is that?

“A layout builder is a tool that helps you creating visual structures in your page, from a simple layout made by adjacent columns, to more complex compositions.

Grids is entirely based on the WordPress block editor, which means that you’ll be able to use it together with the myriad of content blocks that developers and designers from all around the World are creating.

With Grids, we’re bringing a visual structure to the content written with the WordPress Block Editor.”
Grids: Layout builder for WordPress / Documentation / CSS-Tricks Article / A Complete Guide to Grid

Grids Example

This is using the Grids Plugin and only took a couple of minutes! I am so glad IE 11 is soon completely unsupported ;) and we can start using CSS Grid freely. Well we can, as nobody should be using IE 11 anymore!!!

On mobile its just stacked rows :)

CSS GRID: SOLVING PUZZLES

COLUMN 1
I love to solve puzzles and find epic solutions :)

CSS Grid Layout excels at dividing a page into major regions or defining the relationship in terms of size, position, and layer, between parts of a control built from HTML primitives.

Like tables, grid layout enables an author to align elements into columns and rows. However, many more layouts are either possible or easier with CSS grid than they were with tables.

LOVE IT!

COLUMN 2
We all love magazine-style layouts and we are getting closer to getting that :) The magic is in the detail.

For example, a grid container’s child elements could position themselves so they actually overlap another layer, similar to CSS positioned elements.

FLEX OR GRID
The basic difference between CSS Grid Layout and CSS Flexbox Layout is that flexbox was designed for layout in one dimension – either a row or a column.

Grid was designed for two-dimensional layout – rows, and columns at the same time.

COLUMN 3
I only styled the Desktop size, as a little preview. Added Custom CSS to switch areas for tablet sizes.

  • The grid properties are supported in all modern browsers.
  • An HTML element becomes a grid container when its display property is set to grid or inline-grid.
  • All direct children of the grid container automatically become grid items.
  • The spaces between each column/row are called gaps.

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!

STAR TREK IPSUM

Unidentified vessel travelling at sub warp speed, bearing 235.7. Fluctuations in energy readings from it, Captain. All transporters off. A strange set-up, but I’d say the graviton generator is depolarized.

The dark colourings of the scrapes are the leavings of natural rubber, a type of non-conductive sole used by researchers experimenting with electricity. The molecules must have been partly de-phased by the anyon beam.

VS

STAR WARS IPSUM

Lucas ipsum dolor sit amet c-3po solo bothan qui-gon darth solo darth dantooine dagobah mustafar. Fett solo yoda r2-d2 kit obi-wan hutt amidala kenobi. Jade leia gonk lobot ahsoka darth jade skywalker organa. Utapau mara owen darth darth yavin.

Lando baba wedge darth solo skywalker ben fett. Fisto wookiee bothan antilles antilles luke kenobi. Yavin naboo kenobi jinn calamari antilles. Organa jabba skywalker gamorrean ackbar. Windu skywalker kit skywalker. Dantooine dantooine moff leia dantooine wicket amidala.

Things missing!

This is almost a perfect Gutenberg plugin and a reduced / simplified integration of CSS grid. I really think that this plugin makes Gutenberg 1000times better.

There is so much repetition of Gutenberg blocks out there, while this really addresses something new and nails it :)

There are still things missing, that are critical and would make this even more useful for certain websites:

  1. Allow to name grid areas. Would allow faster manual css modifications.
  2. Allow grid templates per breakpoint. This would make it perfectly usable in a responsive world. This is by far the most important issue!
  3. Some additional styling options would be nice, but nothing major. (Allow to adjust the grid gap …)
  4. Export the inline styles to files, that would leverage caching far better.
  5. Custom CSS integration, which allows to centralize Custom CSS for areas and sections.


Enjoy coding …

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portalZINE TV was my / our youtube review channel till 2014 ( purely in German). We also shared our magazine via a live satellite broadcast every month. I continued doing a short podcast series (5 auf einen Streich) until 2019 and it has been waiting for something new since then.


I kept it in a waiting position, not really knowing what to do next. A complete revival is out of the question and not really enough fun to make it happen.

What I need is a fresh start with a mix of editorials, reviews, audio (possible restart of the podcast ) and maybe some video down the road.

While doing a complete cleanup of my attic, I really reignited some retro passion.

My old 5.1 hifi setup is back up, with a record and cassette player attached. Also dug up an old Sony Walkman, which I fixed and will be doing some more work on.

So the new setup of topics, will be centering around those things and things I have talked about on portalZINE TV in the past. I have no clear roadmap ahead, I just know that I am not ready yet to let portalZINE TV die ;)

The first step will be a complete cleanup and fresh design concept. After that, I will deal with my first editorial and see what else I need.

Time to roll up those sleeves and make some magic happen ;) But no pressure, this is a pure passion project. Free time is a rare commodity these days, so this needs to be fun all the way :)

Oh and the new setup will most likely be purely English, at least for the written content!

See you there … or not!

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Elekro Scherer – offers electric services & installations of all kinds

  • WordPress
  • Fresh new design ( GREENTONIC – Agentur Speyer )
  • Twig & Timber based custom theme / templates
  • Responsive Styling with SASS
  • DSGVO integration
  • Server Configuration & Optimisation
  • SSL Tweaks

Update 04/2021
Micro-Shop to help during the corona lockdown.
Listing of products available for sale in the electronic shop.
Product detail page, with the ability to contact for purchase (invoice based) and request direct delivery.


 
Elektro-Scherer.de

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The issue

WACOM is known for stopping support for their pen tablets after some years, especially for the cheaper consumer pen tablets.

The WACOM Bamboo (in my case the CTH-461) is a pretty popular pen tablet and the latest driver wont install natively under Windows 10. Really frustrating for hardware that is still in perfect shape.

The solution

  1. Download latest available driver from Wacom
  2. Do not install the software directly yet.
  3. Right click on the downloaded file and choose “Properties”
  4. Click Compatibility on the popup
  5. Activate “Run this program in compatibility mode for”, choose Windows 8.
  6. Now you can install the driver & software.
  7. Enjoy

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Watching from the sidelines

VR has not just arrived, but it finally arrived for me and the masses ;)

I have been watching VR evolving from the sidelines for the past few years. Its been a fun ride, from the first prototypes to what we have now.

The biggest problem in the past, has been image quality and the huge upfront investment for me. With the latest generation all of this has completely changed.

As a developer …

I am constantly keeping up with new technologies and have been diving into WebVR for some time now.

Its so easy to export your own simple Unity VR project into WebVR and integrate it into your own web projects.

Unreal Engine also provides options to work on VR projects. Or build upon the WebXR API.

Microsoft also has a foot in the door, with MRTK (Allows to integrate teleporting easily / Releases).

Oculus Quest 2

With the announcement of the Oculus Quest 2 last year, I finally decided to dive in myself. Standalone VR allows me to concentrate on WebVR and experiment, while still having the option to expand into the linked PC-universe in the future as well.

PC Link / PC Rig / PC VR

I have no plans to invest into a beefy gaming rig yet, but have been trying out cloud solutions using Shadow and Paperspace Gaming / Paperspace $10 Coupon (KS4Q2TA).

Update: Latency is the biggest problem with these solutions and it can be a hit & miss! My Paperspace experience was close to perfect for pure desktop experiences, for VR sadly not :) Can not testdrive Shadow right now, as the waitinglist is already showing September 2021 LOL CRAZY! Local latency can be greatly optimized by using Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi Direct.

With the current GPU prices, building a machine makes hardly any sense. I would love to build a small form-factor PC with a Shuttle XPC for example ;) Maybe later this year ….

I invested in VR-Comfort for now ;) I transformed the Oculus Quest 2 into a FrankenQuest with the DAS-Mod (HTC VR VIVE Deluxe Audio Strap). Loving the new look, audio and perfect weight balance :) Perfect for longer sessions.

Building a VR READY PC in 2021

I am officially infected. I decided to upgrade an old computer to minimum VR specs, to at least tryout PC-VR :)
The final build is ghetto and really a tight fit, but it works perfectly :)

For 2021 and the current shortages, this is a big win! The whole upgrade was about 400 EUR, with 250 EUR for the new GPU.

Here are my current PC-VR specs:

AreaBeforeAfter / Comment
PCFujitsu P900 – i3Nice clean case. Mainboard D2990 (ultra small μATX). Really tiny! This would normally not be my dream mainboard, but I am using what I have :) Trying to keep costs low.
Power SupplyStockEVGA 600 W1. Better cooling and needed power for the GPU.
CPUi3 – 2120i7 2600K . Big change in overall performance.
CPU Cooler & FanStockBe Quiet Pure Rock Slim BK030. (Had to do some mods to install it)
RAM8GBEnough for now.
GPUNVIDIA 1030 GTX – Low profileNVIDIA 1060 6gb Inno3D. That card takes up all slots, had to add a riser card to play with some USB 3.0 cards :)
USB3USB2Inateck PCIe USB 3.0  – KTU3FR-4P , again connected via a riser card!
Make sure that the card gets proper power (green light on the card itself), that is why another Inateck card failed to connect or had random disconnects ;)
That card charges and connects perfectly with the Oculus Quest 2. I was almost giving up and glad I found a working solution ;)
USB LINKUsing a 3m long cable from KIWI Design, works without any problems and has secure fit on the Oculus Quest 2
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 – Asus BT-400

All that is required, has been added and now the PC VR universe is open for exploration :) As hardware is getting more expensive every week, I updated a second machine with comparable specs and have 2 machines that can run VR with entry /decent specs :)

Interesting Platforms

There are many new platforms providing access to new tools and often an easy access to a broader community. Some of them with nice build tools in VR.

Open Source

OpenXR is an open, royalty-free standard for access to virtual reality and augmented reality platforms and devices. It is developed by a working group managed by the Khronos Group consortium.”

You will find a bunch of efforts on the way, to build the next open multi-platform VR solution.

Building experiences in VR

Building with Unity is always an option, but not the best solution for those that are just getting started or for those that just want a simple starting point to experiment ;)

  • Zoe – Immersive 3D Creation Platform
    Create content directly in VR or using Unity :) Zoe is a perfect tool for Educators & Institutions.
  • A-Frame. A web framework for building 3D/AR/VR experiences. Make 3D worlds with HTML and Entity-Component For Quest, Rift, WMR, SteamVR, mobile, desktop
  • OpenSpace 3D – OpenSpace3D is a free and open-source platform, designed to create virtual and augmented-reality applications or games. If you are a 3D artist, a designer, a lab researcher, or just someone with a lot of passion and curiosity, you don’t need software development skills to use our platform.
  • Amazon Sumerian is a set of tools for creating high-quality virtual reality (VR) experiences on the web. With Sumerian, you can construct an interactive 3D scene without any programming experience, test it in the browser, and publish it as a website that is immediately available to users.
  • Mozilla Spoke – Create 3D social scenes for Hubs
  • Wonderland Engine is a development platform for web-based graphics applications. It comes with an accessible 3D editor application – the Wonderland Editor – and an efficient WebAssembly based runtime that runs in the browser.

VR Office

Another evolving area is the office space. Some of the platforms above already dive into that area, like XRDesktop. But Oculus / Facebook itself is working on its Infinite Office integration.

Other solutions help to mirror your PC within VR and open new ways for collaboration:

The biggest problem is the mirroring of the keyboard. As soon as that is solved, this might become usable. Immerse VR provides an option to overlay a virtual representation of your keyboard, by mapping your real-life keyboard in VR.

Communities

Always important to stay informed. Here some communities are frequently visit:

Tools

  • Oculus TrayTool – It’s a free application that helps you get the most out of your Oculus Rift & Oculus Quest, when connected via Link.

Here to stay

VR is here to stay, I would have never though it would take off 2020 / 2021. But we all face new challenges and technology is evolving to make space for new possibilities.

Not all gaming

While gaming / fitness / social are the entry point for VR currently, this whole market will expand quickly in 2021.

Really looking forward to new possibilities and another facet of my developer life.

Looking forward meeting some of you in the VR-Multiverse :)

Enjoy coding ….

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Frohe Ostern aus dem Norden. Da an Urlaub dieses Jahr nicht wirklich zu denken ist, ist Kreatives gefragt! 
Wie wäre es mit dem Eiertrullern (geht auch im Garten oder in der Sandkiste )
Auf den Ostfriesischen Inseln – speziell auf Norderney – spielen Einheimische und Touristen das Eiertrullern traditionell in den Dünen. Die Mitwirkenden stellen sich dabei auf die Sandseite und lassen die Eier auf planierten Rampen, einer “Lünskebahn”, hinunterkullern, ohne sie dabei zu werfen. 

Sieger ist derjenige, dessen Ei am weitesten kommt und dabei unbeschädigt bleibt. Als Gewinn erhält er das Ei des Gegners. Aus Naturschutzgründen findet das Eiertrullern heutzutage nur noch auf künstlich aufgeschütteten Sanddünen am Strand statt.

English – “Happy Easter from the north. Since vacation this year is not really an option, some creativity is required!

How about the –Eiertrullern– (also works in the garden or in the sandpit)
On the East Frisian Islands – especially on Norderney – locals and tourists traditionally play the –Eiertrullern– in the dunes. The participants stand on the sand side and let the eggs roll down on leveled ramps, a “Lünskebahn”, without throwing them.

The winner is the one whose egg gets the furthest and remains undamaged. As a win he receives the opponent’s egg. For nature conservation reasons, egg trolling now only takes place on artificially raised sand dunes on the beach.”

Ein paar schöne erholsame Tage im Kreis der Familie.
Moin aus Löningen
Alex 

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28. März 2021

VIKTUALIA | HOFEINKAUF

Viktualia liefert an Abholstationen im Raum Heidelberg.
Viktualia bündelt für dich das Angebot kleiner und kleinster Höfe aus der Region. Das Ergebnis: Die ganze Vielfalt dessen, was ausgewählte Erzeuger zu bieten haben. Einfach im Onlineshop Brot, Eier, Fleisch, Käse, Joghurt, Gemüse und vieles mehr bestellen und die Einkäufe entspannt auf dem Heimweg an einer Abholstation mitnehmen.”


Viktualia delivers to pick-up stations in the Heidelberg area.
Viktualia bundles the range of small and very small farms from the region for you. The result: the full diversity of what selected producers have to offer. Simply order bread, eggs, meat, cheese, yoghurt, vegetables and much more in the online shop and take your shopping with you to a pick-up station on the way home. “



01.11.2020: This project has been with me for the past months. We just finished our beta testdrive with a close testing group a few weeks ago. The shop will be completely open on the 25.11., with the first delivery going out on the 2.12. It was pleasure working on this project and I am looking forward to its lift-off.


25.11.2020: Viktualia is open for business! (Viktualia ist am Start!)


28.3.2021: Now also delivers directly to your doorstep, if your address is within the delivery area. A perfect fit for those that can not go out and still want access to fresh products. We also added a quick category menu within the shop, to access certain areas more easily.


This was a combined effort with GREENTONIC, Heike Frank.

Viktualia Hofeinkauf / Pelin Yildiz

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