azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Shortcodes in Comments

ClassicPress PluginsThis is part of the azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins which introduces the plugins I have available for ClassicPress.

The plugin I am going to cover in this post, is an existing one which has been brought up to coding standards; Shortcodes in Comments.


By default shortcodes cannot be used in comments, the Shortcodes in Comments adds this functionality; it allows a whitelist of the shrtcodes which can be used in comments and installs with the default set of shortcodes used by the BBCode plugin.


BBCode is installed on this site, so leaving a comment using a bbcode shortcode will work.


The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

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Create SmartConnect Journal – Standard Map: Connection Could Not be Validated Error

eOne SolutionsThis post is part of a series on creating a Journal – Standard integration using SmartConnect from eOne Solutions; I recently posted a series on Implementing SmartConnect.

When I was creating the Journal – Standard for a client recently, I encountered a problem when trying to add a Key Field in the Map Setup window:

Connection could not be validated error


Connection could not be validated

ERROR [IM002] [Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager] Data source name not found and no default driver specified

This integration polls for Excel spreadsheets in a certain folder; it took me a moment to realise that the server I was working on was a new one and did not have Microsoft Excel installed.

I asked the client of they could install it for me and, once they had done so, the error disappeared and I was able to add the key fields without further problems.