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Layers Update 2.0.4

Layers Update 2.0.4

Hotfix

  • Attachment pages which weren’t showing images.
  • Comments showing up for password protected posts.
  • Full screen slider JS was using the wrong selector.

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About Layers Docs

Find out what makes this site tick! Below, we’ve provided a look into the plugins, tools, and services we use and why, to help you jumpstart your project’s online support.  Scroll down or jump ahead:

Front End   Widgets   Back End   Stats

Made With Layers

Layers Docs uses Layers to build our guides and landing pages, and a custom child theme to add additional post meta support and custom post archives. Through custom functions, we hook into Layers to:

  • Re-order some archives by last modified
  • Display the last modified date 
  • Display time to read
  • Generate a table of contents jump menu in single views sidebar
  • Add single view post pagination
  • Add special meta like version to docs

Make Your Own Child Theme or Do It With Plugins

Front-End

Our services run deep and are backed by over ten years of experience.

Layers Pro

Layers Pro provides additional widgets and easy advanced customization of colors directly from the Customizer and adds additional features such as the social links in our footer.

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DevKit

Layers Docs makes extensive use of the DevKit plugin, which adds full CSS and JavaScript editors to the customizer. We use DevKit for rapid prototyping of new styling, fixing visual issues and running of styles we do not want permanently added to the child theme.

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CM Glossary Pro

Layers Docs provides an extensive library of functions, hooks and definitions found in Layers and WordPress, all managed by the CM Glossary plugin, which creates a separate post type and index for these terms. Each one can then be cross-referenced throughout the site to provide the little info tooltips you see here and there.

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Crayon Syntax Highlighter

You can’t offer code advice without ensuring the code looks good and is presented in a format that can be easily read and copied. There are a few syntax highlighters out there, but we find Crayon is the most reliable with the broadest customization. Best of all, it is completely free.

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Print-O-Matic

This free plugin adds the ability to print any post, page or page element with the click of a button while ensuring your theme’s styles are applied to the results. We use this to power PDF printing of our guides using your browser’s built-in print to PDF capabilities.

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Usernoise

Funnelling your visitors through a support process just to report a broken link or problem with your websites isn’t always efficient. Plugins like Usernoise provide a quick way to gather feedback that is site-specific and managed directly within WordPress, helping you keep your support channels free of non-product chatter.

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Widgets

Sidebar navigation is key to helping your users move around and find what they need quickly. We use a handful of widget plugins to provide added functionality such as jump menus and image links.

Ultimate Posts Widget

Designed for both the average user and developer, Ultimate Posts Widgets aims to provide flexibility and ease of use for displaying any kinds of posts within your widget areas. 

Image Widget

Possibly the most useful widget plugin – allows you to browse your Media Library to add any image to the sidebar, with alignment, link and custom css class options.

Related Posts

Contextual Related Posts is a powerful plugin for WordPress that allows you to display a list of related posts on your website and can be configured to also add post lists to single posts or RSS feeds (as seen on the forum)

Dynamic Widgets

This powerful plugin gives you complete control over the visibility of widgets based on any combination of conditions including category, post type, specific pages, etc and is actively supported by the author.

Back-End

Since Layers went live in 2014, we’ve been through different hosts, slayed many dragons and tried a LOT of plugins aimed at improving the WordPress admin experience. Here is what we’ve found works well:

Auth0

Auth0 is a single-sign-on (SSO) provider that enables you to login and participate on the Layers Community Forums using your social network accounts. This provides enhanced security, engagement and user experience. We use the free Auth0 plugin to handle connection to the Auth0 API and loading of its libraries.

Learn More     Plugin Details

Broken Link Checker

Monitoring the integrity of links on your site is important for server performance, SEO and reader happiness. This free plugin checks our posts, comments and other content for broken links and missing images, and notifies us if any are found.

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Insert Pages

This free plugin allows us to take individual articles created to promote searchability and navigation, and build single-page, printable guides from multiple posts. When the post is updated, it is automatically updated everywhere it is included. Neat!

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Page Links To

When working with a site built around search and SEO, it is really important page slugs never get changed. We use Page Links To to setup redirects for old pages, or URLs that may be linked from outside sources to help cust down on 404 responses. 

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Post Snippets

Another plugin for reducing content duplication, Post Snippets manages a library of content or HTML code that can be reused in posts and pages, giving you one place to keep it updated. We use this to pull in things like code snippets and Install steps.

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WP SlimStat

The leading stat plugin for WordPress, Slimstat provides us with real-time activity log, server latency, heatmaps, email reports, data export, geolocation, browser and platform detection to help us tailor the content and experience beyond what Google Analytics provides.

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W3 Total Cache

 W3 Total Cache improves the user experience of your site by increasing server performance, reducing the download times and providing transparent content delivery network (CDN) integration. This plugin is not for everyone, so be sure to check with your host first!.

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Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO(aka WordPress SEO) is the most complete SEO plugin that exists today for WordPress. It incorporates everything from a snippet editor and real time page analysis functionality that helps you optimize your pages content, images titles, meta descriptions and more to XML sitemaps, and loads of optimization options in between.

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Stats

Our Philosophy

Support is one of the most important aspects of a WordPress product. Find out more about our history of support and what drives us to push WordPress support further on the Layers Blog