Add Shortcode Functionality to a WordPress Plugin

Wordpress Shortcodes

The WordPress Shortcode API allows you to render template blocks by simply calling the shortcode in a post or page. Template blocks can be a part of a theme or a plugin, but may be included by entering a shortcode for the template when creating a post/page in wp-admin, allowing users to easily include content. more…



How to View Text that is Run Through the Symfony 2 Translator by Highlighting Translations

The Symfony 2 translator does a great job at translating text but there is not a great way to quickly see what text in a project is translated, especially when it could be translated by Symfony internally, in a model file, in a controller, in a twig template, etc. Given all of the different options, how could you quickly confirm text is running through the translator, and running through the translator only one time, so you don’t end up double translating text. more…



Override Symfony 2 Form Element Twig Template

It is possible to change the way a form element is rendered in a Symfony 2 project by overriding the Twig template. You can do this on a per-form basis by including the form element’s block right in your view, or you can make the change application-wide. more…


Create an Authentication Listener in Symfony 2

It is possible to subscribe to many events in Symfony 2, and login events are no different. You may want to have an authentication listener that increments a user’s failed login attempts so an account can be locked or you may want to set the last login date for a user on a successful login. more…




Change the Symfony 2 Validator Translation Domain and File Path

Change the translation path for the Symfony 2 validator

By default, the translation domain for the Symfony 2 validator is ‘validators’ and the translations are stored in the resources/translations/validators.<locale>.xliff files. In some applications it might be nice to use the same translation file as the rest of the site translations for validation messages, rather than using a separate validation translation file. Symfony makes this easy by setting a single parameter.

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Define a Symfony 2 Form as a Service

Register a form as a service in Symfony 2

If you use the Symfony 2 form builder and create your form types as classes then you may already know that you can define those form types as services and call them in your controller. That process is well documented in the The Book, and works very well. I have an alternative solution more…