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Workaround for Needing to Clear all CSS/LESS cached data after each change?


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The issue of the Custom CSS/LESS Editor not saving reliably (unless click out of the Custom CSS/LESS editor and save, then keep fingers crossed) has really been getting me down.

 

So, I've changed my setup to edit the style.less file directly in my Child Theme via Sublime.

 

Long story short, I then encountered a similar-seeming problem nonetheless. After disabling my plugins (except for DMS Pro), and turning off all my browsers' cache / automatically clearing cache on each browser refresh, I still had the problem.

 

It turns out that the DMS Cache wasn't clearing, so I have to go to Resets/Clear All CSS-LESS cached data/Flush Caches each time after making a CSS/LESS change in order to see my changes. I don't know why this is the case, since I've updated the CSS/LESS directly via Sublime, and am not using DMS.

 

Is there a workaround for needing to clear the DMS cache each time. In particular, is there a way to turn off CSS/LESS caching in DMS? If so, is it do-able for a front-end guy who doesn't know PHP?

 

I'm using WP 3.8 and DMS 1.1.4.

 

Thanks,

Bruce

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Actually no, what you want is LESS developer mode.

It will recompile the css every time you edit the files.

Add to wp-config.php

define( 'PL_LESS_DEV', true );

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Thanks very much for the replies. I added

 

 define( 'PL_LESS_DEV', true );

 

and it did the job. Thanks -- brings my frustration level way down.

 

What is the best way to stay in the loop about these little nuggets that make life easier for those of us using PL to make completely custom sites? I searched the forum and other PL "community" sites for solutions to this issue, but didn't come up with any helpful threads.

PL 300?

 

Thanks again,

Bruce

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Hi Bruce, excellent glad that worked for you.

 

To be honest those little snippets come up every now and then depending on the problem the user is having, recently we've included a number of these snippets in the pro tools plugin to try and make life easier, but there's always going to be new ones coming up as someone else finds a different issue and a new solution comes to light etc. If the snippet is beneficial to everyone it will probably be added to the pro tools plugin going forward.

 

For the ones where it's down to specific circumstances, server restrictions etc, the best way at the moment if you can't find a solution is to drop a post and one of the mods will be able to find it for you or advise further. Things like that can be hard to find as sometimes the solution isn't necessarily whats reflected in the forum title.

 

The 300 is a great resource as well and as it's a community group a lot of the members will already have come across those questions so yes I'd advise considering to join the group as well.

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Thanks, James.

I've just put my name in for PL 300.

 

As always, really appreciate your help.

 

-Bruce

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You're welcome Bruce, that's great news. Someone from the 300 team will get back to you on your application shortly.

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