Category: Web development

Displaying admin notice when update for specific plugin is available

I use the German Market plugin for generating invoices and use a custom font which is not integrated into the plugin by default, so I have to re-upload it after updating the plugin. So I do not forget this, I implemented an admin notice which is displayed if a German Market update is available. That is not very difficult, and this is the complete code:

 * Display admin notice so I remember uploading the Clavo font after updating German Market
function fbn_german_market_typography_notice() {
    $update_plugins_transient = get_site_transient( 'update_plugins' );
    if ( $update_plugins_transient->response['woocommerce-german-market/WooCommerce-German-Market.php'] ) {
        add_action( 'all_admin_notices', function () { ?>
            <div class="notice notice-warning">
                <p><strong>Nach dem »German Market«-Update den Clavo-Font für Rechnungen wieder hochladen!</strong></p>
        <?php } );

add_action( 'admin_init', 'fbn_german_market_typography_notice' );

I hook fbn_german_market_typography_notice() to admin_init. First, the function saves the value of the update_plugins transient, which stores information about available plugin updates. If $update_plugins_transient->response['woocommerce-german-market/WooCommerce-German-Market.php'] is not empty, an update is available.

In this case, the admin notice is displayed (I use all_admin_notices, so the notice is not only showed in the network admin), which hopefully will remind me to upload the font for the invoices … 🙂

Of course, the array key is different for every plugin. You can take a look at the value of the transient via var_dump( $update_plugins_transient ); to find the correct key.

PS: More on admin notices in the post »Admin Notices in Plugin UIs« by Caspar Hübinger.

PDF preview images in WordPress 4.7 on Uberspace

Since version 4.7 it is possible to let WordPress generate preview images for uploaded PDF documents. Therefore, your server has to meet the following requirements:

  • Imagick.
  • ImageMagick.
  • Ghostscript.

You have to install Imagick — ImageMagick and Ghostscript are installed by default. To retrofit Imagick, you just need to run the following command on the shell and can enjoy PDF preview images for new uploads:

uberspace-install-pecl imagick