Contact Form 7: Set the Default Value for Select Fields Using the URL

Contact Form 7 and Default Select from URL Variable

Contact Form 7 is my favorite contact form plugin for WordPress. Not only is it well-documented on the developer’s web site,  but it offers a plethora of valuable features that have made it my go-to contact form. One of those features is Contact Form 7’s ability to use variables in the URL ($_GET variables) to set the default value for email form fields.

Contact Form 7’s documentation explains in detail how to set the default value of text fields to $_GET variables passed in the URL; however, as of this writing, it doesn’t tell you that you can also set the default value of a select field by passing the value of the field in the URL.

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Undefined Index: SCRIPT_NAME

Which PHP

A WordPress plugin on one of my client’s sites was filling up the error log with a PHP error “undefined index” for the server variable SCRIPT_NAME. The error persisted through a number of plugin updates. I found that I could work around it by editing the plugin’s code and substituting the server variable PHP_SELF instead of SCRIPT_NAME, but it was a hassle to modify the code for the plugin every time there was an update, and I wanted to find a permanent fix.

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Adblock Plus and the Paste Special Keyboard Shortcut

Adblock Plus

Ads on a lot of websites are out-of-control. My local newspaper’s web site is a good example. There are so many ads on the site that it takes an annoyingly long time to load, even on a 100+ megabits-per-second connection. Not only do the pages load slowly, but some of the ads’ behavior-expanding and contracting by themselves–moves the content on the page around so much that it’s difficult to read the text. I’ve had the ads cause Firefox to hang too, locking it up until the ads finish doing whatever they are trying to do. Then there are the sites with videos configured to auto-run…

I don’t see any way to remain sane without running some kind of ad blocker. I hate to do it, because I know many sites depend on the revenue generated by displaying ads to stay solvent, but without some kind of relief from all the ads, I’m not going to visit the sites anyway.

Adblock Plus comes to the rescue.

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This Is Somewhat Embarrassing, Isn’t It?

Title Variable

It was not only embarrassing; it was puzzling.

I was contacted by a client whose site was returning the dreaded WordPress “this is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it?” 404 not found error message whenever he tried to access some of his pages. The affected pages all included custom variables in the URL following pretty permalinks based on the post name.

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Automate the Diverse Solutions dsIDXPress IDX Listings Widget Slideshow

Diverse Solutions dsIDXPress Listings Widget

I posted about how to automate the Diverse Solutions dsIDXPress Property Slideshow Widget yesterday. As of this writing, the Property Slideshow widget is designed to limit the listings to a city, state, and/or zip code, but it doesn’t allow the listings to be limited to a particular office. My client wanted a slideshow that included only her office’s properties.

Enter the Diverse Solutions dsIDXPress IDX Listings widget. The Listings widget does allow the listings to be limited to those of an agent or an office, but the slideshow it comes with is not automated, either, so I wrote a little script to automate it. Read on for how to implement the automation yourself.

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