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Remove gravity forms unlicensed message

Gravity forms is a great forms plugin for WordPress. I purchased a licence and it lapsed, but I still use it on my website. The problem is, because the licence is lapsed, I am seeing an ugly, annoying message saying that my copy is unlicensed. Just to clarify, I did buy a licence, and I am allowed to use the copy, I just don’t want to renew it for a new version.

To remove the nag, it’s a bit tricky, Gravity Forms have gone above and beyond to make it difficult for people to do to protect their bottom line and just annoy someone to eventually re-licence.

However, with that being said, just add this to your functions.php file.

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Styling WooCommerce Tabs

WooCommerce, an extension for WordPress makes it simple to sell online. What’s a bit painful though is overriding the styles if you’re creating your own theme.

Specifically the tabs, they are painful.

Here’s a small snipper to restyle the woocommerce tabs and take away that rounded look to them.

Manipulate the colours in this code as you see fit. Make sure you place the css after WooCommerce styling.

.woocommerce div.product .woocommerce-tabs ul.tabs li::before,
.woocommerce div.product .woocommerce-tabs ul.tabs li::after,
.woocommerce div.product .woocommerce-tabs ul.tabs::before {
.woocommerce div.product .woocommerce-tabs ul.tabs li{
.woocommerce div.product .woocommerce-tabs ul.tabs


.woocommerce div.product .woocommerce-tabs ul.tabs li{


a {

.woocommerce div.product .woocommerce-tabs ul.tabs {
.woocommerce div.product .woocommerce-tabs ul.tabs
border-bottom:1px solid #999

Install PDFTk on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic

pdftk is missing from the official repository right now. That’s an issue for many people.

I needed PDFTK to be installed on Ubuntu (18.04) due to the need to manipulate PDFs. Unfortunately, because I used Laravel Forge, they only allow Ubuntu, and apparently PDFtk is not longer working with Ubuntu 18.04. There is a workaround! Follow the below to get it working.

There’s a workaround here: How can I install pdftk in Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic?

Quick and easy workaround

In SSH on your Ubuntu 18.04 server, do the below:

sudo dpkg -i pdftk_2.02-4build1_amd64.deb libgcj17_6.4.0-8ubuntu1_amd64.deb libgcj-common_6.4-3ubuntu1_all.deb

Then type ‘pdftk’, it should come up.

Hope that helps!

Laravel DOM-PDF Error – No block-level parent found. Not good.

I received this error when using a system called FusionInvoice. This relates to DOM PDF which is a Laravel vendor to allow PDFs to be created.

Error said something along the lines of  ‘No block-level parent found. Not good.’.

To fix this error, I went to my file structure and edited /vendor/dompdf/dompdf/

Look for:


Replace with:


This should fix the issue

Change Australian mobile numbers to +61 in PHP

Recently, I was using Laravel to build an online ordering system for a restaurant. The website required users to sign up and type in an SMS verification code to activate their account. Using Twilio, we wanting the phone number to come up as the business name instead of a phone number. When signing up though, Twilio required the phone number to be in international format (Eg. +6140122222) instead of 0401222222. So, we faced the dilemma of either using javascript to replace it, or just do it in PHP so that the user will not know any different.

It was really quite easy,

$phone = '0422222222';
$formatted = substr_replace($phone,"+61",0,2);

The phone number will be displayed like +614222222 in the $formatted variable.

Obviously this will work for other countries as well, but might be easier in Australia as we only have one type of mobile number starting with ’04’.

Hope that helps!

WordPress SMTP without any plugins

WordPress is a very good CMS, BUT! I hate plugin bloat. I’ve seen so many websites use a huge amount of plugins to cover every little feature, which contributes to speed issues and can cause problems down the track.

There are heaps of SMTP Plugins for WordPress available so that you can use AMAZON SES , SendGrid, MailGun, etc. The easiest way to set up SMTP is to add this snippet to your functions.php file, this will ensure that WordPress uses SMTP instead of the standard PHP Mail.

Add this to your functions.php file and configure how you need to. Then save it.

add_action( 'phpmailer_init', 'setup_phpmailer_init' );
function setup_phpmailer_init( PHPMailer $phpmailer ) {
    $phpmailer->Host = 'HOSTNAME'; // eg.
    $phpmailer->Port = 587; // could be different
    $phpmailer->Username = 'ENTERUSERNAME'; // SMTP Username
    $phpmailer->Password = 'ENTERPASSWORD'; // SMTP Password
    $phpmailer->SMTPAuth = true; // Set to true if login is required
    $phpmailer->SMTPSecure = 'tls'; // enable if required, 'tls' is another possible value

Hope that helps!