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Joomla Custom Fields, Part One, with Marc Dechèvre

This was an amazing and inspiring session with Marc Dechèvre about Joomla Custom Fields.

As you will probably notice, there were some technical issues at the very beginning of the stream but those have been edited out. A consequence of that is the live chat will not appear in YouTube as the video is playing. I have pasted the full chat below for context here.

For your convenience, I have also collected together most of the urls share by different people in that chat here

 

Links and code shared by Marc in the video or others in chat (not necessarily in order):

Marc's core slides for this presentation
https://slides.woluweb.be/jd18nl/cf.reveal#/custom-fields-how-far-can-you-go

Marc's article in Joomla Magazine:
https://magazine.joomla.org/item/3326-how-far-can-we-go-with-joomla-and-custom-fields

Custom Fields - Use Them to Their Potential - Geraint Edwards
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E42luS2C_tA

JAB17 - Joomla 3.7 Custom Fields - Using Them to Their Full Potential
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_EhniR6FE4&list=PL0Lg2fzcJu1TqH4iC8sfZby_0F02Ib56p

Some Cool, Free Custom Plugins
https://extensions.joomla.org/extension/advanced-custom-fields/

Clear My Cache
https://clear-my-cache.com/

JLContents Field Editor
https://joomline.org/extensions/modules-for-joomla/jlcontentfieldsfilter.html

Override Examples From Green Dog
https://www.greendog.fr/experimentations

Override Examples From Daniel Dubois
https://www.web-eau.net/developpement/joomla-overrides

Marc's CSS code for making the Field Tabs a different colour:
#com-content-formTabs a[href*="field"] { background: #FA8236 !important; color: white !important; }
#com-content-formTabs .active>a[href*="field"] { background: orange !important; color: white !important; }

A Chrome Plugin for testing CSS styling:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/live-editor-for-css-less/ifhikkcafabcgolfjegfcgloomalapol

Tweat this to the creator and donator of Custom Fields
Thank You @laoneo for #Joomla #CustomFields !

Custom Fields Extensins in the JED
https://extensions.joomla.org/category/authoring-a-content/custom-fields/

Cinnk Magazine Custom Fields resource links:
https://cinnk.com/magazine/juillet-2017/960-custom-fields-bonus

 

This is the transcript of the chat on YouTube during this stream:

Alison Meeks
​Tap tap tap 😉

Woluweb
​I'm there ! Just waiting for Tim :D

Alison Meeks
​Hey hi Marc!

Vinny Hébert
​He's probably getting his cheese.

webiedesign
​11 people waiting - this is a record I think

Alison Meeks
​Fields for non-coders Hell yes!

Vinny Hébert
​Love me some custom fields.

Woluweb
​Does anyone have Tim's phone number to wake him up ? :D

Alison Meeks
​I have seen samples and think ok that can be done with styling. I'm hoping this turns the light on for me on this magic.

Vinny Hébert
​I haven't done a site lately that doesn't have custom fields.

Woluweb
​Tim's there ! We start in a moment

CreativeWhirl
​11 people waiting. Wowza Tim!

Alison Meeks
​I've never used them. Saw Elisa's presentation at JDay Florida but lost the thread at PHP.

Brian Rønnow
​Hi there

Alison Meeks
​Hey Brian

Vinny Hébert
​EasyLayouts makes it easy to use them @Alison Meeks

Basic Joomla Tutorials
​Hey everyone! Almost - after all, it's still morning here!

Vinny Hébert
​I just wish the repeatable fields had more functionality.

Brian Rønnow
​Hey Alison

Alison Meeks
​Cool! I don't use page builders so have never loaded EasyLayouts.

Alison Meeks
​Thanks Vinny

Vinny Hébert
​I didn't either before EasyLayouts. But it uses Joomla's Template Override system with a GUI

Alison Meeks
​Who makes EasyLayouts?

Alison Meeks
​Is it the guys over at Stack?

AbMano - marketing- og websupport
​Hurray!
Welcome to live chat! Remember to guard your privacy and abide by our community guidelines.

webiedesign
​the Jevents people Alison, if you have a gold membership at JEvents there is a coupon

CreativeWhirl
​Geraint Edwards I think.

Vinny Hébert
​Thank you Mary.

Vinny Hébert
​Lots of echo

CreativeWhirl
​yup, echo a prob

Vinny Hébert
​ECHO

Vinny Hébert
​ECHO

Vinny Hébert
​ECHO

John Moelholt
​I cant hear you Vinny due to all the echo

Alison Meeks
​lol

Vinny Hébert
​TIM LOOK AT THE CHAT

Basic Joomla Tutorials
​I see.

Vinny Hébert
​It hasn't stopped.

Brian Rønnow
​its still there

Vinny Hébert
​It's not from my computer.

CreativeWhirl
​it's actually getting worse (more iterations of echo)

Vinny Hébert
​It's because Tim used the wrong flag

CreativeWhirl
​haha Vinny

Alison Meeks
​lol

Vinny Hébert
​Take 3

Vinny Hébert
​But don't Belgium's hate being mistaken from people from France?

Alison Meeks
​Not touching that one

Vinny Hébert
​Usually those jokes are made at the expensive of us Americans. Kind of nice to see a Canadian getting heckled about knowing where countries are.

Alison Meeks
​I was going to say after what Quebec has done to the French language Tim has no worries.

Basic Joomla Tutorials
https://slides.woluweb.be

Vinny Hébert
https://magazine.joomla.org/item/3326...

Alison Meeks
​Nothing wrong with Skwerls

CreativeWhirl
​2 vids on Joomla channel's playlist: Custom Fields - Use Them to Their Potential - Geraint Edwards; JAB17 - Joomla 3.7 Custom Fields - Using Them to Their Full Potential

CreativeWhirl
​(I hadn't watched in full) on Custom Fields, in tandem with Easy Layouts, from Geraint Edwards): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E42lu...

CreativeWhirl
​JAB17 - Joomla 3.7 Custom Fields - Using Them to Their Full Potential; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_Ehn...

Vinny Hébert
​I want to use Regularlabs Article Field repeatable!

Vinny Hébert
​That's Article Field 😃

Vinny Hébert
​You would add in the article but you got to make sure that the formatting is not rendered or it it will breaking your link

Vinny Hébert
​@Basic Joomla Tutorials Tassos Marinos (engagebox) has a custom field for Youtube

Basic Joomla Tutorials
​Thanks Vinny.

Vinny Hébert
​I'm a bit ahead of Marc 😃

CreativeWhirl
​Vinny's mindreading again

Vinny Hébert
​I tell you. I've really been gung-ho about custom fields

CreativeWhirl
​(oh man, the lag between realtime & when I hear/see the vid is significant) [just realized that by also watching on my phone). 😞

Vinny Hébert
​I'm not having the same problem

Vinny Hébert
​Try refreshing

CreativeWhirl
​i think it might be related to slow connectivity

CreativeWhirl
​it corrected itself. Thx Vinny

Alison Meeks
​OK here

Rick Spaan
​Hi everyone

Vinny Hébert
​Hello Rick

Vinny Hébert
​Custom Fields have allowed some of my clients to add content to their website and keep the same formatting.

Alison Meeks
​nice

Rick Spaan
​Hey @Alison Meeks nice to see you here!

Alison Meeks
​Hi Rick 😃

Vinny Hébert
​Look. Still using FontAwesome 4

Rick Spaan
​Just to plug some cool free custom field plugins: https://extensions.joomla.org/extensi...

Vinny Hébert
​is the "value" just displaying the value without formatting.

Vinny Hébert
​Thank you

webiedesign
​the free plugins look nice, I also found that I had a pdf file upload field included with my JCE Pro subscription

Vinny Hébert
​RegularLabs Articles Anywhere

Vinny Hébert
​Pro Version allows for multiple articles

Rick Spaan
​With long lists Articles Anywhere can be memory intensive. Especially when nesting...

Vinny Hébert
​@Rick Spaan any call to lots of data can be.

Rick Spaan
​@Vinny Hébert very true

Alison Meeks
​I was sitting thinking a VOD site I did several years ago would have benefited from these

CreativeWhirl
​i can't believe the amount of mickey mouse editing I've done instead of knowing to use these extensions. Man oh man. The prezi is perfect timing, thank you Marc&Tim. (working on a book database.)

Vinny Hébert
​@CreativeWhirl Oh yes! Perfect for a book database. Also take a look at Artciles Field from RegularLabs that will help with you.

Vinny Hébert
​It's a great way to link articles together and then you can generate a list of articles linked to the main page. For example

Vinny Hébert
​You can have an author page and a book page. The book page links to the author page (so if you click on it it will go to the author). Then on the author page

CreativeWhirl
​I definitely will Vinny, been recording your comments. High time I signed up for Peter's extensions. (also doing a recipe/dietician/chef etc database so, again, very useful tools here)

Vinny Hébert
​It will generate a list of books.

Vinny Hébert
​on that author page automatically. And everytime you add a new book for that author, it will add to the list for you.

Alison Meeks
​But K2 etc takes content out of com_content

Vinny Hébert
​@Alison Meeks exactly. Once custom fields came out, it made K2, at least for me, pointless

Alison Meeks
​(it was before that for me 😉

CreativeWhirl
​I have (for past 6 years) been a heavy user of Tags and Contacts--could never achieve what I really wanted to do.

Vinny Hébert
​I liked how K2 layed out articles. More control then Joomla's category layouts

Vinny Hébert
​But now I use Articles Anywhere which give me more control. (until I really learn template overrides).

Alison Meeks
​I heavily used tags for the VOD I built.

Vinny Hébert
​I too was useing tags a lot, but I find that end users don't use tags sometimes and that messes things up.

webiedesign
​I would use tags more if their was an easy layouts for tag layouts

Vinny Hébert
​Yeah. Me too Mary.

Basic Joomla Tutorials
​One of the first layout overrides I want to do is add "read more" to tags layout page.

Brian Rønnow
​Me too. tags is not my best friend

Vinny Hébert
​@Basic Joomla Tutorials the overlay on the images could be done with UiKit.

webiedesign
​I wrote an tag override once- I'll have to find it and share

Basic Joomla Tutorials
https://clear-my-cache.com

Brian Rønnow
​What was the name of the site with filters ?

Basic Joomla Tutorials
https://joomline.org

Vinny Hébert
​That sounds like Tim

Basic Joomla Tutorials
https://greendog.fr

Alison Meeks
​ok

Rick Spaan
​Some more overrides: https://www.web-eau.net/developpement...

Alison Meeks
​rights revoked 😉

Christophe Avonture
​Good evening everybody; bonsoir Marc.

Alison Meeks
​Hi Christophe

Brian Rønnow
​Hi Christophe

CreativeWhirl
​Nice to see new people in today's session. Valery here 😃

Alison Meeks
​so cool

CreativeWhirl
​agreed, very cool

Brian Rønnow
​Yes please Marc, that would be great

Alison Meeks
​tag the video time

Marc Dechèvre
​#com-content-formTabs a[href*="field"] { background: #FA8236 !important; color: white !important; }

Marc Dechèvre
​#com-content-formTabs .active>a[href*="field"] { background: orange !important; color: white !important; }

Rick Spaan
​CSS grid rocks!!!

Alison Meeks
​J4 front end was to be in it

John Moelholt
​@Alison Meeks - was, is it not going to be?

Alison Meeks
​I don't know John - I know there have been lots of "discussions" on so many things since I heard that.

John Moelholt
​ah ok

Alison Meeks
​I do hope it is still. I'm looking forward to learning and working in it.

John Moelholt
​i so hope also ... grid is impossible powerful, specially with different output devices

Alison Meeks
​that is what I have heard also

Rick Spaan
​If you want to test CSS styling there is a nice Chrome plugin for that (also LESS SASS) https://chrome.google.com/webstore/de...

Bardin Christian
​👍

Brian Rønnow
​Thanks Rick

Rick Spaan
​@Brian Rønnow SASS also works like a dream

Brian Rønnow
​okay i will test it more later

Marc Dechèvre
​Thank You @laoneo for #Joomla #CustomFields !

Alison Meeks
​wow

Brian Rønnow
​wow.. thats alot

Rick Spaan
​Thanks Marc! Really great!

Alison Meeks
​My brain is goo. Thank you so much Marc and Tim!

Marc Dechèvre
​My pleasure !

Bardin Christian
​great Marc !

Basic Joomla Tutorials
https://zoom.us/j/132101463

Brian Rønnow
​Think i have to replay this.. there was so much information

Alison Meeks
​Exactly Brian

Brian Rønnow
​I thought Custom fields was just simple adding of text and other small stoff

Rick Spaan
​Have to go! Great presentation Marc! Hope to see you soon!

CreativeWhirl
​Terrific presentation, thank you very much for doing this! (sadly don't think I can join next week's stream). I will be replaying this one more than once. Sooo much to learn.

Alison Meeks
​The interaction and functionality

Vinny Hébert
​That's how custom fields were like in k2

Alison Meeks
​It changes how I think about building sites that a client would edit vs myself.

Vinny Hébert
​@Alison Meeks it really has opened my eyes.

Alison Meeks
​Most of my sites I build for clients I also do the updates. This makes it so much easier for a site with client updating.

Vinny Hébert
​Exactly

Christophe Avonture
​Thanks Marc

Christophe Avonture
​Good bye everybody

Bardin Christian
​bye Joomla people

Vinny Hébert
​It really makes it easy for non-tech people to be able to add information to a website without having to know the code for the layout.

Alison Meeks
​Take care 😃

Brian Rønnow
​Looking forward to go deeper into the overrides with Costum Fields

AbMano - marketing- og websupport
​Good night from Denmark.

Brian Rønnow
​See you next week

Alison Meeks
​lol

Vinny Hébert
​Bye everyone

Brian Rønnow
​Bye

Basic Joomla Tutorials
​Thanks everyone!

 

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