Embedding Photo Search Results

For a long time, I wanted to structure some of my albums based on search results instead of a fixed content. This would enable something like a smart album structure that supports themes (e.g. bridges, mountains, people, etc) where images are shown that are already published in another album. A week ago, Chumby asked the […]

Customizing Page Footer

Did you ever wonder how I created a page footer such as? With Backlight, there is only a limited number of options available to customize the page footer. But if that is not sufficient, then there is an alternative way by using the phplugins function footer_top(). With just a few lines of code in your […]

Using Backlight 3 JSON API from PHP, take 2

This is an update to my original post. It improves on error handling and has some other cosmetic changes. One of the new features of Backlight 3 is a JSON API. It is a standard REST API interface and is very easy to use. The documentation shows all the endpoints and provides even a JavaScript […]

Common WordPress End-of-Post Content

I like to have a common element at the end of all my blog posts, but before the comments section. Sometimes this is to highlight upcoming shows, other times it is a special sales discount, a cool tagline, or like here on the lab blog, the Buy me a coffee block. There are many WordPress […]

Customizing Language Selector

Backlight supports multiple languages which can be selected by clicking on the globe button in the top pallet. Although my site is only in english, I prefer language labels instead of a globe icon when browsing sites. Here I’ll show you how you can add this to your site. Doesn’t this look prettier? Changing the […]

Using dark-themed Google Recaptcha V2

To me, it is very annoying to have the bright Google Recaptcha V2 check on a dark background. With Backlight 3, I could move to Recaptcha V3 which doesn’t need human interaction, but with Backlight 2, this option is not available. Unfortunately, Backlight’s Designer doesn’t provide an option to select between light and dark themed […]

Using Backlight 3 JSON API from PHP

One of the new features of Backlight 3 is a JSON API. It is a standard REST API interface and is very easy to use. The documentation shows all the endpoints and provides even a JavaScript and a jQuery library. How cool is that? If you want to use it with PHP, I have a […]

Page specific PHP code

Phplugins is very powerful as it can be used to customize your Backlight 2 based site to an extend not possible with the Backlight admin interface. Sometimes, it is not desired, that such a customization targets the entire site, but only a single page or a group of pages. In this short post, I show […]

Adding radio buttons and drop-down lists to forms

Since Backlight was introduced, once in a while users asked for more advanced form features such as radio buttons and drop-down lists. Backlight’s contact form editor is easy to use, but only supports text input. These forms are really just intended for simple contact forms. For more advanced forms, it is recommended to use WordPress […]

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