Local by Flywheel: Download

Local By FlywheelThis post is part of the series on Local by Flywheel.

Local by Flywheel can be downloaded from the homepage by clicking the Free Download button:

Free download of Local by Flywheel

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Local by Flywheel: What is Local by Flywheel?

Local By FlywheelThis post is part of the series on Local by Flywheel.

Local by Flywheel is a development tool for WordPress which provides a very easy way of creating a definable environment hosting a WordPress instance. As well as deploying an OS, it also deploys a web server, PHP and everything else required to develop or test a WordPress site, including WordPress itself.

Key features listed on the Local by Flywheel site are:

  • Speed and simplicity – Flywheel is fast and functional and those features make this the slickest local WordPress development application in the world.
  • One-click WordPress installation – Simple creation of a local WordPress site, so you don’t have to bother with setting it up yourself.
  • Simple demo URLs – Create shareable URLs to demo your local WordPress sites to clients, collaborators or friends.
  • Hassle-free local SSL support – Any site created via Local by Flywheel will automatically have a self-signed certificate created.
  • SSH + WP-CLI Access – Simple root SSH access to individual sites, so you can tinker around if your heart desires.
  • Flexible environment options – Hot-swap between NGINX or Apache 2.4, or switch between PHP versions. Everything will stay up and running.

The extensive set of features can be read here.

The Community edition of Local by Flywheel is free, but there are additional versions coming soon which provide more functionality; details are here.

In the next few posts, I’m going to cover the download, installation and use of Local by Flywheel.

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Local by Flywheel: Who Are Flywheel?

FlywheelThis post is part of the series on Local by Flywheel.

Before I start delving into Local by Flywheel itself, I thought it would be appropriate to do a post on who Flywheel themselves are. Flywheel are a managed WordPress hosting provider aimed at developers and agencies who create sites for others. The aim is to remove the hassle of hosting and allow you to focus on streamlining your processes and work for clients.

Full details on the services available from Flywheel are available from here.

The Flywheel site also has additional resources available in the form of ebooks aiming to help you create fast, secure sites on WordPress.

Local by Flywheel is one of the tools they’ve created to help develop new sites or features for sites. In the next post, I’ll take a more detailed look at what Local by Flywheel is and how it works.

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Local by Flywheel: Series Index

Local By FlywheelI’ve recently started taking a look at ClassicPress, a fork of WordPress 4.9.8 (the one without the Gutenberg block editor). In order to test the migration from WordPress to ClassicPress, I needed a website which had PHP 7 (and due to my web host being crap; arvixe to those interested) I needed another way.

I was looking for a free webhost when I stumbled across Local by Flywheel which described itself as:

The #1 local WordPress development tool

This sounded like it would be very useful for the testing requirement that I had. In this series of posts, I’m going to be taking a look at the installation and use of Local by Flywheel. This post is the series index and will automatically update as each post goes live.

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GitHub Announces New Unlimited Repos & Unitifed Enterprise Offering

GitHubI’ve recently been taking a look at ClassicPress and one of the subjects that came up was that it might, for the plugin directory, use GutHub instead of SVN like WordPress.

I create an account and started looking into creating repositories for my plugins. Hot all of my plugins are on that site however, as not all have been released to the public. Some of them are only going to be usable to me (for example plugins drive both the GP Table Reference and my distilleries website) and you were limited on GitHub to a certain number of private repositories.

However, GitHub yesterday announced the following:

  • GitHub Free now includes unlimited private repositories. For the first time, developers can use GitHub for their private projects with up to three collaborators per repository for free. Many developers want to use private repos to apply for a job, work on a side project, or try something out in private before releasing it publicly. Starting today, those scenarios, and many more, are possible on GitHub at no cost. Public repositories are still free (of course—no changes there) and include unlimited collaborators.
  • GitHub Enterprise is the new unified product for Enterprise Cloud (formerly GitHub Business Cloud) and Enterprise Server (formerly GitHub Enterprise). Organizations that want the flexibility to use GitHub in a cloud or self-hosted configuration can now access both at one per-seat price. And with GitHub Connect, these products can be securely linked, providing a hybrid option so developers can work seamlessly across both environments.

The second point isn’t relevant to me, but the first might be useful as it will allow me to store both my public and private plugins in the same place.

More details are available from the GitHub blog.

Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features: Skip Displaying New POs When Generating a PO

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features series in which I am going hands on with the new features introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 (which was released on the 2nd October). I reblogged the new features as Microsoft announced them along with some commentary of how I thought they would be received by both my clients and I. In this series, I will be hands on with them giving feedback of how well they work in reality.

This hands on new feature is, as far as I am aware, an unannounced one which I stumbled across when testing the partial purchase a purchase requisition new feature. When you click the Generate button on the Purchase Order Preview from Purchase Requisition Entry window, a prompt Skip displaying the new purchase orders? will be displayed:

Microsoft Dynamics GP - Skip displaying the new purchase orders?

This is a change of behaviour from the new functionality introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM; the purpose of this original new feature was to improve visibility of the created purchase orders.

This was, and remains, a laudable goal, but unfortunately the implementation was somewhat lacking. The new purchase orders were displayed by opening a navigation list, which could be ver slow to open (especially if the Reporting Services Reports had been deployed and the fact pane visible.

The 2018 R2 new feature, to hide Business Analyser for all users would go some way to mitigate this issue, by hiding the fact pane, but this new feature of prompting the user to decide if they want to see the navigation list will go the majority of the remaining way (a global option to disable would have gone all the way).

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features: Email POP PO Other Form

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features series in which I am going hands on with the new features introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 (which was released on the 2nd October). I reblogged the new features as Microsoft announced them along with some commentary of how I thought they would be received by both my clients and I. In this series, I will be hands on with them giving feedback of how well they work in reality.

The twenty-third new feature is Email POP PO Other Form. This feature makes the Purhcase Order Other Form available for email.

My hands on with the feature was somewhat abbreviated when I discovered that there was no default Word Template available. While technically allowing a PO to be emailed using the Other Form, the lack of a default Word Templates means that there is a large amount of effort involved to make it available.

To create a new Word Template, you need to use the Word Template Generator to create a Word Template from the Report Writer XML and then format the resulting template; this is a long, complex and difficult to process to do in order not to break the template so email, or even the Word Template itself, doesn’t get broken.

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Migrating to ClassicPress: What About The Plugins and Themes I Use?

ClassicPressThis post is part of a series on migrating to ClassicPress from WordPress.

As ClassicPress is based off WordPress 4.9.8, all current, non-Gutenberg, WordPress plugins and themes will be compatible with ClassicPress.

A growing number of plugins are stating that they are and will continue to be compatible with ClassicPress. There is a < forum post listing plugins confirmed as working with ClassicPress v1 on the ClassicPress forums; this is not to say that other plugins won’t work, but they haven’t been confirmed yet. This thread will be maintained for v2 of ClassicPress as well, which is when potentially breaking changes could be introduced.

If you think you might migrate to ClassicPress and want to confirm if the plugins you use will be supported with it, reach out to the authors of your favourite plugins and ask them to support ClassicPress. There is even a sample email message you can adapt and use.

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features: Purchase Requisition Partial Purchase

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features series in which I am going hands on with the new features introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 (which was released on the 2nd October). I reblogged the new features as Microsoft announced them along with some commentary of how I thought they would be received by both my clients and I. In this series, I will be hands on with them giving feedback of how well they work in reality.

The twenty-second new feature is Purchase Requisition Partial Purchase. You’ve always been able to increase the quatity to purchase, but you were not able to reduce the quantity. This new feature, allows a smaller quantity to purchase to be specified in order to partial purchase the requisition; the remaining quantity will be cancelled:

Microsoft Dynamics GP - The remaining quantity ordered will be cancelled.

The flexibility this offers should be a good thing, but I have concerns around users being able to change the purchasing quantity here if an approval workflow is being used. That said, I already had these concerns about users being able to increase the quantity post approval.

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features: Ship To Address Retained by Customer Combiner

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 New Features series in which I am going hands on with the new features introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 (which was released on the 2nd October). I reblogged the new features as Microsoft announced them along with some commentary of how I thought they would be received by both my clients and I. In this series, I will be hands on with them giving feedback of how well they work in reality.

The twenty-first new feature is Ship To Address Retained by Customer Combiner. This feature will retain the ship to address when customers are merged using the Customer Combiner tool:

Customer Combiner and Modifier

I’ve tested this feature and compared it to the functionality in 2018 RTM, and I can’t tell the difference. The Ship To address of the destination customer, does not change in either version and the ship to address from both the source and destination customers are both available after the combine.

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