Enable qTranslate for WordPress 4

Seems like qTranslate is not really updated anymore or at least it is updated very slowly. So when I updated WordPress to new version I got this message and qTranslate editor in admin was disabled.

The qTranslate Editor has disabled itself because it hasn’t been tested with your WordPress version yet. This is done to prevent WordPress from malfunctioning. You can reenable it by clicking here (may cause data loss! Use at own risk!). To remove this message permanently, please update qTranslate to the corresponding version.

I guess the easiest way is to just click on the link and it will probably enable itself. I googled it and it seems some people might have problems with that. So the solution that worked for most people is this:

First, open wp-content/plugins/qtranslate/qtranslate.php file and change line 90 from

define('QT_SUPPORTED_WP_VERSION', '3.7.1');

to

define('QT_SUPPORTED_WP_VERSION', '4.0');

just save it and that’s it.

Of course if WordPress is updated to new version qTranslate will disable itself again. What you can do is enable it for all version by dynamically inserting current WordPress version, like this

define('QT_SUPPORTED_WP_VERSION', get_bloginfo('version'));

qTranslate will now work for all (future) versions of WordPress.

Hint: You can find out your WordPress version on the bottom right in the admin or by opening a file /wp-includes/version.php and checking the $wp_version variable on the top.

Note: Do this on your own risk. It seems to work for most people but beware you might loose your data if something goes wrong. The safest way is to wait for author of qTranslate to update it but it seems this is not happening.

Laravel 4 with Twitter Bootstrap

One of the first thing many, including me, want to do after installing Laravel 4 is to add Twitter Bootstrap. If you go searching for this on Google you will get all kids of results that may confuse beginner. “Use Bower”, “Install it as a external package then use Basset” and several more. I think some are a little too complicated for a beginner and it doesn’t need to be. I know adding a line to composer.json is easy but this will usually (depending on whcih package you chose) download gazillion of files to your vendor folder.

Here is what to do for a simple website – you don’t need to treat it as a external package that needs to be added via composer, bower or be used with help of Basset etc. Sure, it’s easier to update it via composer but it is not that difficult to update it manually too – if you indeed need an update.

So here are few easy ways:

Use Bootstrap CDN links

Simply include 3 links, which will fetch your twitter bootstrap files from MaxCDN site. This is the easiest and fastest way. Let’s assume that you have a master blade template called default.blade.php. Place this code inside your HTML head section (anywhere):

<head>

<!-- Latest compiled and minified CSS -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.3/css/bootstrap.min.css">

<!-- Optional theme -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="//netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.3/css/bootstrap-theme.min.css">

<!-- Latest compiled and minified JavaScript -->
<script src="//netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.3/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>

</head>

That’s it, you should now be able to use Twitter Bootstrap goodness.

Download Bootstrap and put it in your public folder

I like to host my own files and not depend on third party so I usually do this. Here we don’t treat Twitter Bootstrap as a Laravel package.We will bypass Composer so we manually put Twitter Bootstrap files into our public assets folder.

Go to getbootstrap.com, download Twitter Bootstrap ZIP file and extract the content of ZIP file (pull entire dist folder) to your /public/ folder. I usually rename dist folder to tb.

You will then end up with css,fonts and js folders inside /public/tb/ folder.

Now we follow the same procedure like before except that we will link to local files we just downloaded. I will use Laravel’s HTML helper to create links. {{ and }} is a Laravel Blade syntax.

<head>

{{ HTML::style('tb/css/bootstrap.css') }}
{{ HTML::style('tb/css/bootstrap-theme.min.css') }}
{{ HTML::script('tb/js/bootstrap.min.js') }}

</head>

As you can guess the first two lines will create CSS style links and the third one will create script link. If you view the source of generated page you will see that Laravel’s HTML helper created something like this (of course http://yoursite.dev will be replaced by your site) :

<head>

<link media="all" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="http://yoursite.dev/tb/css/bootstrap.css">
<link media="all" type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="http://yoursite.dev/tb/css/bootstrap-theme.min.css">
<script src="http://yoursite.dev/tb/js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>

</head>

There are other ways (Bower, Composer, Basset…), which I might show in another post (or maybe I’ll update this post later) but these two are the easiest, especially for those just starting with Laravel 4.

Enjoy your Twitter Bootstrap powered Laravel 4 website 🙂

Commands out of sync; you can’t run this command now

Sometimes the solutions to what seems to be complex problems are easy and often something completely unrelated.

I woke up to one of my websites not working although I did not touch the code for weeks. First thing that I got was Firefox telling me this :

The page isn’t redirecting properly

Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete

After ruling out .htaccess and other problems I came to conclusion that it has something to do with a database querying.

So I went to phpmyadmin and tried to manually run the query. To my surprise I got another problem:

Commands out of sync; you can’t run this command now

Great, so suddenly the nested MySQL command I have been using for years stopped working. If you Google for this you will get tons of sites telling you that MySQL has problem with stored procedures (I’m not even using them), that we need to switch to mysqli or PDO extensions, that we are calling client functions in the wrong order etc. However this did not explain why did my code suddenly stop working despite me not touching anything. Maybe database got too large?

To troubleshoot this I wanted to make a copy of a specific table in question and lo and behold – when I copied it via phpmyadmin I got error saying something like “This table is corrupt so it cant be copied”. I checked the table and there it was – a corrupt table! I ran a repair table command, refreshed a site and voila, it worked!

So as you can see the solution was something completely unrelated to error messages and what most websites suggested it was. That does not mean that most people with this errors have the same problem like I did. But it is a reminder that sometimes we should try a simple solutions like checking if database or table became corrupt before spending few hours into troubleshooting something that is working fine anyway 🙂

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‘git’ is not recognized as an internal or external command

If you installed Git from windows.github.com you might get this error while running ‘git’ from windows command prompt(cmd):

‘git’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

What you need to do is add Git path to Windows Environment Variables.

First, search for git.exe with windows search. You will find it in directory similar to this one:

C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\GitHub\PortableGit_76ds5d7f65adsf76as5f7as6f5asdf\bin

Add this to Windows Environment Variables :

  • right mouse-click “My Computer” and select “Properties”
  • if on Windows 7 then click on “Advanced system settings”,
  • open “Advanced” tab and click “Environment Variables”,
  • highlight/click on the “Path” variable under “System variables” and click “Edit”,
  • add your specific path to front of “Variable value” field or at the end, separated by a semicolon from the existing entry. Do not add a space between ; and last entry.Also, do not add ; after the last entry

Let say, just for example, that the Git.exe is in C:\Users\something\somefolder\bin folder. So when you edit your path variable it should look like this (thanks to my super Photoshop skills you can see that we are on Advanced tab, that we are editing Path variable and that I excel at making watermarks):

edit system variable git

Click Ok few times and try running Git again.

Warning: file_get_contents(): Unable to find the wrapper “https” – did you forget to enable it when you configured PHP?

I was installing Composer via CLI terminal for a new Laravel project and got this error:

Warning: file_get_contents(): Unable to find the wrapper “https” – did you forget to enable it when you configured PHP? in Command line code on line 1

The solution is easy: Open php.ini file (mine is located in xammp/php/php.ini ) and add (or uncomment) extension=php_openssl.dll in the list of Dynamic Extensions. Restart Apache and it should work.