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Takwimu Dashboard

WordPress-powered backend for Takwimu.AFRICA. Includes chart creation tools, snippets manager, Gutenberg blocks for WYSIWYG editorial interface, and elasticsearch integration. Main site accessible at


We use docker-based environment for development making use of wordpress and mysql docker images.
To get started, clone this repository and spin up docker-containers as shown below. Refer to docker-compose.yml file

git clone
cd Dashboard
docker-compose up

Once containers are up, visit http:localhost:8080 and follow instructions for further installation of wordpress.
Takwimu Dashboard uses a custom react javascript plugin called hurumap. HURUmap plugin allows you to define HURUmap charts, Flourish Charts, & Chart Sections and enable you to add charts to post/page content using gutenberg editor.
hurumap build file is enqueued to the admin screen during activation. So we have to build hurumap code before we can activate it on wordpress.

cd wp-content/plugins/hurumap
yarn build

You can now navigate to wordpress dashboard http:localhost:8080/wp-admin and log in.
Once you’re logged in,

  1. Activate hurumap theme under Appearance -> Themes from wordpress dashboard menu.
  2. Activate hurumap plugin under Plugins dashboard menu.
  3. Because the plugin URL structures are pretty, make sure your wordpress Permalink Settings is also set to a pretty-link option (wordpress default permalinks is ugly i.e
  4. Activate/Install other plugins you will need for your development (i.e custom posts, advance custom fields, ACF to REST API)
  5. All done! You can now add content, use and customize plugins.


Takwimu Dashboard uses elasticsearch to enhance wordpress search functionality along with the elasticpress plugin. For local development, we make use of the es server docker container. Once docker containers are up (i.e docker-compose up) you can visit http:localhost:9200

  1. Activate ElasticPress plugin on dashboard
  2. Go to the plugin settings and add your elasticsearch host url i.e http://es:9200 on Third-Party/Self-Hosted menu
  3. Save changes and follow instruction to index your content.
  4. Once content is sync, you’re ready to use search.

WP MultiLang

In the multilang plugin, modifications were made to allow multilanguage json in post_content. This supports charts/visual definitions (i.e. hurumap-visual posttype) to have multilanguage language. The change is in plugins/wpm-multilang/includes/wpm-translation-functions.php:

	 * Karim:
	 *  Allow multilanguage json
	 * original => if ( ! is_string( $string ) || $string === '' || is_serialized_string( $string ) || isJSON( $old_value ) )
	if ( ! is_string( $string ) || $string === '' || is_serialized_string( $string ) ) { 


	 * Karim:
	 *  Allow multilanguage json
	 * original => if ( is_serialized_string( $old_value ) || isJSON( $old_value ) ) 
	if ( is_serialized_string( $old_value ) ) {

Additionally, using get_post does not use the filters provided by wp-multilang. The filters allow getting the post in the language requested so instead we do:

get_posts(['numberposts' => 1, 'post_type' => $post->post_type, 'post__in' => [ < THE POST ID > ], 'suppress_filters' => 0])[0]

Deactivating & Uninstalling WP MultiLang

Deactivating the multilang plugin would result to your content being merged to one (i.e title becomes [:en]English title[:fr]French title[:sw]Swahili title). While deleting/unistalling will delete all languages except the site’s default language (if you check the box Delete translations when uninstalling plugin on the plugin’s general settings).
For local development you may see an error Could not fully remove the plugin wp-multilang/wp-multilang.php when deleting, this could be caused by the file & directory permission that limits PHP to write to the necessary folder/file. However, the uninstalling would have been completed.


Follow instructions at WP Engine Git documentation site to setup your git push access for our different environments:

  1. Development: takwimutech
  2. Production: takwimu


Auto deploy using command:

  • Development: yarn deploy:dev
  • Production: yarn deploy:prod

Manual deployment:

  • git checkout -b <branch name>
  • git subtree add --prefix package <wp remote> master --squash
  • yarn build
  • yarn pack:dashboard
  • git add package && git commit -m <commit message>
  • git subtree push --prefix package <wp remote> master
  • git checkout master
  • git branch -D <branch name>


WordPress-powered backend for Takwimu.AFRICA.
Copyright (C) 2019 africapractice, Code for Africa
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,