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Thoughts on Django Template Setup

Some interesting ideas on an easier base template setup inside Django sites.

<html>
<head>

{% block js-head %} Tags that need to go up top  {% endblock js-head %}

</head>
<body>
{% block header %}  Header {% endblock header %}

{% block body %} Body goes here {% endblock body %}

{% block footer %}  Footer {% endblock footer %}

{% block js-foot %}  All other javascript goes here {% endblock js-foot %}
</body>
</html>

This setup allows for easier management of static assets like JS and CSS files. 

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Google Maps GeoCoder in Django

Some recent work called for a model that was able to show a location via the Google Maps API. The location needed to be entered in the admin and I felt the most user friendly way to go about this was using Google's geocoder (street address to lat/lng coordinates).

Here is how I went about it in my model:

from app.helpers import get_lat_lng

class Location(models.Model):
    address1 = models.CharField('address', max_length=255, blank=True)
    address2 = models.CharField ...

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Cooper's Adventures

Say hello to the Cooper's Cabins team's newest endevour. Cooper's Adventures. The site is under contruction and will be up in the near future.

Check it out: Cooper's Adventures

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Some Thoughts on SEO

Schema.org

This is something that will likely be a focal point of my future SEO strategies. Though a bit more work, it looks as though it could really pay off. Take a look at some of the docs linked above. The basic idea is to help search engines gain a better understanding of your websites content. Check out the code sample:

<div itemscope itemtype ="http://schema.org/Movie">
  <h1 itemprop="name">Avatar</h1>
  <div itemprop="director" itemscope itemtype="http://schema ...

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Sending SMTP Mail in Django

I have been using Django's email backend for quite some time.

django.core.mail.backends.smtp.EmailBackend

I use a third party SMTP server and it has always worked quite well. However, after a recent update to Django 1.9.5 my email backend broke. The fix was easy though. I needed to specificly declare in the email backend that I was connecting to my SMTP server via SSL. Here is my by email backend setup:

EMAIL_BACKEND = 'django.core.mail ...

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