ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit: Install Git for Windows

TortoiseGitWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well. This post is part of a series on ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit which is a sub-series of the ClassicPress Development with GitHub series.

A key prerequisite for installing TortoiseGit is an already installed (command line) Git client which provides a git.exe. The recommended one if Git for Windows which is, the only one, used by the developers of TortoiseGit. The application can be downloaded from Git for Windows:

Download Git for Windows

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ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit: What is TortoiseGit?

TortoiseGitWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well. This post is part of a series on ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit which is a sub-series of the ClassicPress Development with GitHub series.

Project on GitHub can be managed through the web interface, but it can be very useful to have an application installed on the computer(s) on which you are developing. I’ve been a longtime user of TortoiseSVN for developing my WordPress Plugins, so when looking around for a Windows GIT client, it seemed natural to use TortoiseGit.

TortoiseGit is a Git revision control client, implemented as a Windows shell extension and, useful for me due to prior experience, based on TortoiseSVN; TortoiseGit is released under the GNU General Public License so is free for use.

TortoiseGit is written as a shell extension which gives you access to commands by right-clicking a file or folder. Over the next few posts, I will be taking a look at both the installation and use of TortoiseGit.

ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit
What is TortoiseGit?
Install Git for Windows
Install TortoiseGit for Windows
First run
Update
Clone Repository
Commit
Revert Last Commit

ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit: Series Index

TortoiseGitWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well.

While you can manage your uploads and everything from the GitHub website, I decided it would be somewhat easier to use a Windows application and having used TortoiseSVN, I opted for TortoiseGit. This post is the series index for a sub-series of posts on using TortoiseGit, which is a sub-series of the ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit series.

ClassicPress Development with TortoiseGit
What is TortoiseGit?
Install Git for Windows
Install TortoiseGit for Windows
First run
Update
Clone Repository
Commit
Revert Last Commit

This is a weekend series of posts with new posts going live over the next few weeks. If you’re reading this on azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant the index will update automatically.

ClassicPress Development with GitHub: Delete Repository

GitHubWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well. This post is part of a series on ClassicPress Development with GitHub.

Over the last few posts, I’ve shown how to create and use the GutHub website for managing repositories. I’ve found that every so often when working with GitHub, I need to delete a repository. This is fairly simple to do, but only delete ones which you are sure are no longer needed, as there is no undo delete function.

To delete a repository, load it on the GitHub website and click the Settings button:

Repository webpage

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ClassicPress Development with GitHub: Commit Files

GitHubWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well. This post is part of a series on ClassicPress Development with GitHub.

With a repository created, we can now upload the existing project files. Do this by visiting the repository page and click the Upload files button:

GitHub repository page

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ClassicPress Development with GitHub: Create Repository

GitHubWhen I started developing plugins for ClassicPress I decided that I needed to be using source control. As ClassicPress is intending to use GitHub for their plugin directory, it made sense for me to use it as well. This post is part of a series on ClassicPress Development with GitHub.

With us now signed up for GitHub, we can create our first repository. From your dashboard (which is https://github.com/ followed by your username), click the New repository button:

Create a new repository on GitHub

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azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: All plugins now auto-update

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

I have 35 plugins now published for ClassicPress which have required a manual update whenever I released a new version. Well, CodePotent has developed an Update Manager plugin which can be used to automatically update plugins.

This has been integrated into the latest version of all of my plugins; this means if you manually update to the latest version, all future updates will come down as an automatic update which is applied in the same way as the WordPress plugin updates.

It’s been pointed out to me that I should clarify that by “automatic update” I mean it is available as an update in the same way as a standard plugin updated from the WordPress Repository, and in future from the ClassicPress Directory, not that it will update without an admin logging into the dashboard and hitting the update button.

All future plugins I create will include this automatic update functionality as well, until such time as the ClassicPress Plugin Directory is launched.

Updated at 2128 on 31/01/2020 to clarify what I mean by auto-update.

azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: To Twitter

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 a brand new one written for ClassicPress; To Twitter.

Functionality

Allows posts to be automatically tweeted when they are published.

Mark the Post tweet on publish/update? checkbox to post tweet when the post is published (works for both immediately and scheduled posts.

Set hashtags in the hashtags box; these appear after the tweet.

Save a draft of the post to see auto-generated default tweet and amend if necessary; to regenerate default tweet, clear Tweet field and save draft; post URL is represented by a %s placeholder.

Integrates with my URL Shortener for URL in tweet.

This plugin is multisite compatible with each site having it’s own settings.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Markdown

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 a brand new one written for ClassicPress; Markdown.

Functionality

This plugin allows a [markdown]shortcode[/markdown] to be applied which will translate markdown into HTML markup for display.

Demo

Markdown is installed on my Development site with all of the plugin pages, including the one for this plugin are written in markdown.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.

azurecurve ClassicPress Plugins: Add Open Graph Tags

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 a brand new one written for ClassicPress; Add Open Graph Tags.

Functionality

Add Open Graph Tags to attach rich photos to social media posts to Facebook or LinkedIn, helping to drive traffic to your website.

Options allow:

  • Excerpt or first 200 characters of post added to card.
  • Thumbnail or first post image will be added to card.
  • Integrate with Floating Featured Images for card image.

This plugin is multisite compatible; each site will need settings to be configured in the admin dashboard.

Demo

If you select a post on this blog containing images, the first one will be sent to LinkedIn or Facebook when you share the post.

Download

The plugin can be downloaded via my Development site.