When to Upgrade Your Drupal 7 Higher Ed Sites

Big news came out of the Drupal Europe conference last week. Drupal 9 will come out in 2020. Support for both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 will end in 2021. Drupal creator Dries Buytaert reaffirmed what has been a key part of the plan for years: the main difference between 9 and 8 will be upgrades of internal dependencies like Symfony and the removal of deprecated code.

A WooCommerce Developer’s Toolkit

Every time you start to work on a new WooCommerce project, one of the first things you should do is build the best possible toolkit setup for yourself. You should have tools to create a local instance, build plugins and themes, debug, troubleshoot and more. This post will dig into the toolkit for WooCommerce developers today, and I’ll share some of my favorite apps, plugins, and services for WooCommerce development.

Your Website can Make or Break Your Brand, So Don’t Skimp on It

Imagine you’re in a mall where dozens of stores are competing for your time and money. You’ve come to browse through an electronics store, but there are two to choose from. As you walk up to the first, you notice that two letters in the illuminated sign have gone out and a third is eerily flickering. The glass storefront is dirty and riddled with handprints, and two potted plants on either side of the door are drooping lifelessly. What do you do?

Drush 9.4.0 Release Available on Pantheon

Nearly twelve years after the initial stable release of Drush, Drush 9.4.0 has been released. It is now possible to try out Drush 9 on the Pantheon platform by following the steps shown below.

What is Agile Digital Marketing and Why Should I Invest?

The phrase "agile digital marketing" can sound misleading. When you hear it, you might picture a copywriter scrambling to create a webpage at the speed of light. The definition, however, refers to a more effective, faster process in managing workflows and prioritizing tasks.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: HigherEd Edition

*/ University websites must balance many competing priorities. The web presence needs to encourage undergrad enrollment, direct current students to needed resources, inform people visiting the physical campus, and much more. A small college web team can feel like they are torn in different directions when they know they need to increase conversions while often struggling just to keep on-premise hardware up and running.

Troubleshooting Common WooCommerce Issues

I’m Sarah from Prospress, where I’ve helped over 1,200 clients with their WooCommerce plugin related issues. I’m writing this post to talk to you about some of the most common questions we get in plugin support and how we find the answers to them. We get many questions about our plugins, but we also get general WooCommerce questions and issues that we see frequently.

WooCommerce Couch Coding Recap: Upgrading Customized Templates

Earlier this week I did a WooCommerce Couch Coding session with Daniel Espinoza of Grow Development. Daniel has been working on WooCommerce since the very beginning and has a lot of real-world experience with WooCommerce.  He was kind enough to walk me through working with template overrides. Specifically, we went over how to make sure your template overrides survive a WooCommerce upgrade that includes template changes.

Here's How to Assemble Your Agile Digital Marketing Dream Team

All too often, marketing organizations exhibit a lack of teamwork, an inability to collaborate, and an absence of trust because everyone is so focused on individual responsibilities rather than the goals of the organization. The marketing landscape changes quickly, and while it’s easy to feel like the best way to get something done is to do it yourself, this approach tends to create siloed groups that are working very hard toward different priorities.

Pantheon: Serious Infrastructure for Serious WooCommerce

WooCommerce is by far the most popular WordPress ecommerce solution as well as the largest ecommerce platform on the web. That’s a pretty heady accomplishment. Given our reputation as the place people trust to run serious WordPress, it’s no surprise that serious WooCommerce stores use Pantheon. 

Automate Phar Releases on GitHub with TravisCI

For PHP projects that produce an executable application, the Phar format is a very convenient way to bundle everything in the project together into a single easy-to-use binary file. This file can even be attached to GitHub releases, where they may be downloaded with a single click.

How Does Pantheon Help Marketers Become More Agile?

Agility is at the heart of what we do here at Pantheon. We don’t just make agile digital marketing a reality for our end users; it was also the cornerstone for our internal team when we set out to rebuild, test, and launch our own website.

7 Talks about the Open Web and Ecommerce

Building an online store requires a lot of decision making. What kind of items you want to sell, how to handle shipping, how much to charge, and one of the biggest decisions is right up front—what platform do you choose? Helping a business owner make these decisions often falls in the lap of the professional web developer.

Speed up Your Site with PHP 7.2

Today we’re happy to announce PHP 7.2 is the default version for new WordPress and Drupal 8 sites! Speed up your existing site by applying the 1-click update from your Pantheon site dashboard. You can update with confidence using Pantheon’s Dev, Test, Live workflow, because PHP version is managed in version control and deployed along with the rest of your code. If for some reason you want to keep using a different version, you can override via pantheon.yml. Also see Upgrading PHP versions in the Pantheon documentation.

How Pantheon Tests WordPress Updates

In a previous blog, we described how Pantheon tested Drupal 8 updates using a CircleCI feature that allowed job steps to be stored directly in the CircleCI admin interface. This capability was very important to our use-case, as we cannot commit any extra files to the master branch of our repository, as is explained below.

Announcing WooCommerce Office Hours

I’m excited to announce that this month we are kicking off a new version of our Pantheon Office Hours program specifically for folks building WooCommerce sites on Pantheon. Woooooo! 

Webinar Recap: Building Your First WooCommerce Site

This week I had the opportunity to ride along with Patrick Rauland on Pantheon’s first WooCommerce webinar focused on best practices of building WooCommerce sites. We covered security, PCI compliance, optimization, and a QA checklist for developers. This post shares the highlights in case you missed it. If you want the full details, check out the recording.

Test Terminus Plugins with CircleCI 2.0

Come August 31st, CircleCI version 1.0 will be discontinued. That’s just around the corner, so it is important to plan on upgrading shortly. In this article, we will look at the CircleCI 2.0 test suite in the Terminus Plugin Example, and show how the CircleCI 2.0 configuration in this project can be used to test your own Terminus plugins. The topics covered here will also be of interest to other types of projects, although more effort will be required to customize the build steps.   If you followed the example of one original Terminus plugins to set up your tests, you can start off by deleting the following directories from disk and your .gitignore file (if applicable): ​bats bin libexec share circle.yml These things are now going to be stored in a different location. If your Terminus plugin does not have any tests yet, no problem! Just continue on to the next step. Copy the following things from the Terminus Plugin Example into your Terminus plugin project: Copy the .circleci directory. Copy the tests directory, if you do not already have one. From the example project’s composer.json file, copy the “scripts” section into the composer.json file in your project. Add the lines “tools” and “vendor” from the example project’s .gitignore file to your project’s .gitignore file. Note that in the Terminus Plugin Example project, the functional tests can be found in the directory tests/functional. If you have an existing set of tests in the tests directory with filenames ending in .bats, move them into tests/functional. Once you have done this work, you’ll be most of the way there. A little bit of customization might also be needed. We’ll go over each part one step at a time, and then break down what is inside each section. We will start by explaining the CircleCI 2.0 configuration that we will use for these tests. CircleCI 1.0 used a file called circle.yml in the root of the repository to store configuration settings. The preferred location for configuration in CircleCI 2.0 is now .circleci/config.yml, and its structure has changed. Open the version of this file that you copied into your project in the previous step. At the top of the file, it is traditional to define default configuration sections that will be used in multiple places in your CircleCI configuration. Most CircleCI 2.0 configuration files define a section called “defaults”; the defaults from the Terminus Plugin Example looks like this: defaults: &defaults   docker:     - image: quay.io/pantheon-public/terminus-plugin-test:1.x   working_directory: ~/work/terminus_plugin   environment:     BASH_ENV: ~/.bashrc     TZ: "/usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Los_Angeles"     TERM: dumb This is actually not a CircleCI-specific feature, but is actually a standard characteristic of yml files called structures. The most important setting here is the Docker image to use, defined in the “docker: image” attribute. For our tests, we will use an image provided by Pantheon that contains Terminus and a number of test tools pre-installed. Another big change in CircleCI 2.0 is that tests may be divided up into multiple jobs. To start off, we will define all of our test steps in a single job: version: 2 jobs:     test:         <<: *defaults         steps:             - checkout             - run:                 name: Set up environment                 command: ./.circleci/set-up-globals.sh             - run:                 name: Dependencies                 command: composer install             - run:                 name: Lint                 command: composer lint             - run:                 name: Unit                 command: composer unit             - run:                 name: Functional                 command: composer functional             - run:                 name: Style                 command: composer cs   We’ll break down the operations in each step later. If a single step in a job fails, then the steps that come after it will not run. This often is exactly what you want: it does not make sense to run the unit tests if the lint tests fail, and similarly, it is usually not necessary to run the functional tests if the unit tests are not passing (although this is more a matter of opinion). In other cases, though, you may want to see the results of some of the later tests even if you get failures in earlier test steps. For example, it is still interesting to see the results of the code style checks if the tests are failing, and visa-versa. We can achieve this by splitting our test steps into two separate jobs that run in parallel. We do this by inserting the configuration lines to define a new job in the jobs section right above the existing Style step. The result looks like this: Note that the new job uses <<: *defaults, just as the initial job did. This statement injects the default configuration that we defined above. It is possible to use a different docker container for every job, but here we will use the same one for both. code-style:         <<: *defaults         steps:             - checkout             - run:                 name: Set up environment                 command: ./.circleci/set-up-globals.sh             - run:                 name: Style                 command: composer cs Once we have more than one job, we need to define how our jobs relate to each other. We will create a workflows section that lists both jobs, but does not define any dependencies between them. This will allow the jobs to run in parallel. workflows:   version: 2   build_test:     jobs:       - test       - code-style Now, both the test and code-style jobs will run whenever we push a new commit to our project. Both of these jobs still run in a little less than 30 seconds each, but since they run in parallel, and start at about the same time (usually within a few seconds of each other), the overall build time is very similar. Another advantage of splitting up the tests like this is that now we can see the results of the test job and the code style job independently: Backing up a bit, we’ll examine how the actions in each job are defined. Checkout The “checkout” statement causes the code from the project being tested into the location defined by the working_directory defined in the defaults section. Most jobs will begin by checking out the project code. Set up Globals Script The set-up-globals.sh script defines any variables needed to allow our tests to run. The most important thing done by this script is to set up the $PATH environment variable. The way that CircleCI 2.0 supports environment variables is a little indirect. CircleCI 2.0 projects may write script commands into the file identified by the environment variable $BASH_ENV. This file is sourced by CircleCI 2.0 at the beginning of every run statement. Composer Scripts After the globals have been set up, our CircleCI configuration file runs a number of Composer scripts to run our actual tests. These are defined in the scripts section of the composer.json file that you copied over earlier. composer install: Installs all of our dependencies (if any) and generates the files used by the Composer autoloader. composer lint: Runs a syntax checker on all of our php files. composer unit: Runs the phpunit tests. composer functional: Runs the bats functional tests. composer cs: Runs a code style check on all of our php files. See the composer.json file for the definition of each of these commands; it should not be necessary to customize these scripts in most instances. Note that you may also run these commands locally if you’d like to see the results of your tests before shipping your code off to CircleCI. There’s even a master command, composer test, that will run all of the tests. Next we’ll review how to write more unit tests and more functional tests, and then we’ll be done. Unit Tests The best way to write testable code is to always write functions that take parameters and return results without creating any side effects. Let’s take the following section of code as an example. Below is a simplified implementation of the “hello” command:  public function sayHello()     {         $name = $this->getAuthenticatedUserName();         $this->log()->notice("Hello, {name}!", ['name' => $name]);     } This function takes no parameters and returns no values, and it writes a message to the logger, which is a side effect. In order to write a unit test for this method, we would need to mock the authenticated session object and the logger, and check to see whether our mocks were used as expected. While it is certainly possible to proceed like this, there is a better way to design our tests. Let’s factor out the main work being done by this method into a testable service class: public function sayHello($options = ['type' => 'hello'])     {         $name = $this->getAuthenticatedUserName();         $greeter = new Greeter($options['type']);         $this->log()->notice($greeter->render($name));     } The sayHello method has all of the same characteristic side effects as before; we therefore simply will not test this method in our unit tests, and will instead focus our efforts on testing the Greeter class. class Greeter {     public function __construct($greetingType)     {         $this->greetingType = $greetingType;     }     public function render($name = 'World')     {         $template = $this->getGreetingTemplate($this->greetingType);         return strtr($template, ['{name}' => $name]);     }     protected function getGreetingTemplate($greetingType)     {         …      } } We now have a simple service class that can be created via parameters, and it contains a public method that takes parameters and returns a result. We will not concern ourselves with the implementation of the getGreetingTemplate method; it is an internal (protected) function, so we will test it indirectly by ensuring that our coverage of the class’ public interface is adequate. Our test for the Greeting class looks like this:     /**      * @dataProvider greeterTestValues      */     public function testGreeter($expected, $c_param, $name)     {         $greeter = new Greeter($c_param);         $this->assertEquals($expected, $greeter->render($name));     }   This is a good test, because all that it does is exercise the public interface of our class under test, and assert that the result of the method, given the provided inputs, matches the expected outcome. Tests like this are easy to write and easy to understand. It is generally insufficient to test a public method with a single call; most code that requires tests will contain conditionals and other behaviors that will cause the actions of the function—and ergo its results—to vary depending on its inputs. This need is often satisfied by duplicating the same test code over and over again, using different parameters each time. If the tests are structured as shown in the example above, though, then a phpunit @dataProvider annotation can be used to run the same tests multiple time using values provided by another function. Our greeterTestValues method looks like this: public function greeterTestValues()     {         return [             ['Hello, World!', 'hello', 'World', ],             ['Good morning, Vietnam!', 'morning', 'Vietnam', ],             ['Good evening, Mr. Bond!', 'evening', 'Mr. Bond', ],         ];     }   In the case of this example, the testGreeter method will be called three time, once for each set of parameters returned by the data provider method. If you can use this pattern over and over again, with one test method and data provider for every public interface of your classes under test, then you will be winning at unit testing. What then of the methods with side effects that we skipped? These methods are best tested functionally, as shown below. Functional Tests We use Bats for writing our Terminus functional tests. Bats is ideal for our needs, as it allows us to write simple scripts to call our Terminus plugin using Terminus, and check the result. An example Bats test looks like this: @test "run hello command" {   run terminus hello   [[ $output == *"Hello, World!"* ]]   [ "$status" -eq 0 ] } The run statement causes Bats to run the following bash statement and populate the variables $output and $status with the results. We can then use ordinary bash comparison functions such as [[ ]] and [ ] to test the results against our expectations. The operator == *"string"* can be used to test if the command output contains the given string. Since Bats tests are essentially just bash scripts, they are easy to write. If you need a reference to a test fixture, such as a Pantheon site to test your Terminus extension with, you may define environment variables in the CircleCI administration interface.  In the example above, we add the environment variable TERMINUS_TOKEN, and set its value to the machine token for the user our tests will log in as. Once this has been set up, we can then use it in a functional test as shown below: @test "Attempt to log in with a Terminus machine token" {   run terminus auth:login --machine-token="$TERMINUS_TOKEN"   [[ $output == *"[notice] Logging in via machine token"* ]]   [ "$status" -eq 0 ] } Following these patterns, you should be able to quickly add your own functional and unit tests to confirm the behavior of your Terminus plugins. Need more help? See the documentation on migrating to CircleCI version 2.0. You may also like:  [BLOG] Highest / Lowest Testing with Multiple Symfony Versions [GUIDE] Pantheon Platform Integrations [VIDEO] Bringing Drupal Site Updates with Composer to the Masses

Applying AI to WordPress and Drupal

Earlier this year, we announced our successful migration of Pantheon to the Google Cloud Platform, providing immediate improvements for site performance and reliability, as well as operational benefits to our own engineering teams. However, that move was about a lot more than getting faster hardware and more cloud services APIs on an amazing global network: it was a strategic choice based on how we see our market evolving over the next five to ten years.

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