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ClassiPress 3.0.3 is Now Available

July 22, 2010 | David | Updates

The latest and greatest version of your favorite Classified Ads Theme has just been released. You can download it immediately from your customer account dashboard.

This patch included over 60 tickets ranging from bug fixes and a few minor enhancements. The most noteworthy change has to do with child themes. 3.0.3 takes full advantage of child theme capability including pluggable ClassiPress functions. No need to modify the core functions and risk losing your changes when it’s time to upgrade. You can override certain functions with your own modified version instead. Seth will be writing a tutorial on how to do this soon.

In addition, this sets the stage for an aftermarket of ClassiPress child themes built and contributed by our community. The door is now open for all you developers and we look forward to seeing your child-themes. An official AppThemes Marketplace will be announced later this year.

To see all the changes and which files were affected, take a look at the changelog.txt which is included in the 3.0.3 download. Make sure to read the 3.0.3 upgrade instructions if you are upgrading from 3.0.2. For a high-level of fixes, check out our previous blog post.

The only design change was on the single ad page. Many of you provided us with feedback on this so we listened and added a nice image container box and centered the main image. Here is the before design.

3.0.2 image box styling (or lack thereof)

And here is the new image container design included in 3.0.3. The “no image” placeholder image is also centered which looks much better than before.

3.0.3 image box styling

This release is Seth’s first official contribution to ClassiPress and AppThemes. He spent many long nights working to get it done so we should all thank him! Next on our roadmap is version 3.1 which will include several new features. Launch date is targeted for September or October.

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27 Responses to “ClassiPress 3.0.3 is Now Available

  1. Thanks David, and thanks Seth!

    I’ll start playing with it tomorrow, and maybe even launch a new project within a few days.

    Thanks for all your work :)

    • Avatar of megasale

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      I just received the email notification few minutes ago and straight away find the announcement here to see whats new on this update.

      As always, appthemes has deliver a great job. Love the new image container design and having an improvement in child themes support.

      keep the updates coming guys.

      Thanks.

  2. Avatar of brandonsuzukigmailcom

    Congrats on the release guys! The improved child themes support is a welcome development. Here’s to hoping we see a well done iPhone child theme asap as I am sure many customers are itching for one.

  3. Avatar of troyddozierstudiocom

    Very excited to see this one in action. Will be upgrading my test server soon.
    And congrats to Seth. Glad to see you included here. This looks to be a great app to begin with, and I’ve noticed a huge amount of enthusiasm and contribution by Seth on the support forums. So it’s great to see you officially part of the team.
    Also VERY excited to see the adoption of full child-theme support. The door has just been opened…

    TroyD

    • Avatar of scarstens

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      Glad to be a part of the project in an official capacity. Already have stuff in the works for child themes. It also allows custom developers to provide a better service, since they can create a child theme with your mods built-in, allowing you to easily integrate them into your site.

  4. Well done guys! Juice by u!

  5. my site http://www.24net.gr just updated.
    Everything seems working ok, the update progress is easy.

  6. My site was upgraded too. http://www.imojornal.com.
    Everything looks allright till now.

    Thanks

    • Carlos Takemura Jul 26, 2010 1:14 am

      Peter, I’ve just been looking through your site because I am interesting in using CP for a real-estate site and your site is a perfect example of why CP, in its current state, is not the ideal solution for such a site.

      There is no ability to filter by geographical location.

      Also, I just looked at the following listing:

      http://www.imojornal.com/moradia-tradicional-nova-com-decoracao-em-pedra/

      The property for sale is in Portugal, yet the Google map shows an address in Germany!

      I presume the address is that of the vendor, but when anyone is looking to buy property they are more concerned about where the actual property is located, not the location of the person selling the property unless the person selling the property currently lives in it, which in the above example is clearly not the case!

      CP still lacks correct information architecture, i.e. comprehensive locationing AND ability to filter results in a way that is the standard for such sites (particularly real estate orientated sites)

      This is a major bug, not a future feature request.

      • Avatar of David

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        His site looks pretty good to me.

        The reason Google maps isn’t showing the correct address is because there isn’t any address information in his custom address fields. Putting it in the main description isn’t going to work with Google maps.

        As discussed in previous posts, the advanced search feature (it’s not bug) will be added in the next major release.

        • Avatar of brandonsuzukigmailcom

          Will CP 3.10 support creating sites for multiple geographic regions (Country, state, city)? As it is now, CP is very limited in that there is no chained fields support and filtering for searches. I hope very much that this functionality comes to CP so I can start a site with purchase. Appreciate any feedback on the matter.

        • Carlos Takemura Jul 27, 2010 11:04 am

          @David, yes Peter’s site looks good, that’s not my point. But it doesn’t work.

          What is the point of Peter showing a map at all? You have to admit that anyone viewing Peter’s listing and seeing a map will have an expectation that the map shows where the property for sale is?

          If the Google map is displaying a location near Hamburg in Germany for a property listed in Portugal, then you I can see many well informed people leaving the site completely.

          For this reason his site doesn’t work and is of little value, or no value at all, for someone seriously looking to buy property in Portugal – unless they’re Americans in which case they probably think Portugal is in Germany, so it doesn’t matter ;-)

          • Avatar of David

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            Carlos, if you look closely, the reason the Google map isn’t displaying the correct location is because the ad owner didn’t input an address in the “address” fields.

            It’s been put into the description of the ad so Google maps has nothing to use to display a correct location.

  7. TheMannyman Jul 24, 2010 9:44 am

    How does this function work? cp_dropdown_categories_prices

    Why does it display category and price – why not just price or range or price?

    Just wondering!

  8. Avatar of albert

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    7/10 Joined

    Thanks for the update. :)

  9. Avatar of krauses

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    Changelog.txt was not included in my download of 3.0.3. Did anyone else have this problem?

    “To see all the changes and which files were affected, take a look at the changelog.txt”

    Regardless, thanks for the all hard work guys.

  10. Thanks for this update. Good news for 3.1 version.

  11. Avatar of scarstens

    The first premium child theme is now available. CP Modlite jCarousel V2 Demo: http://cpmodlite.smwphosting.com/

    It uses new 3.0.3 functionality to add an awesome new featured carousel area at the top. You must own a copy of ClassiPress before inquiring on how to purchase the premium mod, so get your copy today!

  12. This is fantastic news. I would start playing with this latest version.

  13. I’ve been checking this out for a while. Three things come to mind:
    1. Nearly all the showcase sites nearly time out before loading and they have hardly any ads in them — I might expect this if there were thousands of ads.

    2. Most importantly: None of the sites I’ve seen include as part of the permalink an “add number” or something to distinguish it. Here’s the potential problem:
    a. Customer A places ad: 88 Toyota For Sale
    b. Customer B places ad: 88 Toyota For Sale

    Permalink ends up w/ two different ads for same url

    yoursite.com/88-toyota-for-sale

    I operate a couple of class ad sites. Some people use the same headline which would end up as being the same permalink url.

    What’s the solution? Can you modify the permalink structure to list article id # and have it trail the headline of the url?

    3. All in one SEO: is it compatable? Can the plug in be used w/ CP or does it have it’s own equivalent of All in one?

    Thanks. Serious inquiry. Looking to upgrade some solutions I’m using without using iframed info into WP.

    • Can David or Seth provide a follow up for this potential customer’s good question?

    • I guess the answers were no.

      Is Classipress a fork off of another software?

      I was reading their change logs and noticed that much of the script seems to be the same as the
      Classipress. If it is, you may want to check them out and use the solutions there to add those features to Classipress.

      • Avatar of David

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        No actually it’s quite the opposite. That site you mentioned is an unauthorized fork of ClassiPress.

        We tried contacting him a while back but he never responded. We believe he’s a customer so whenever we push something out, he gets our update.

        Gesh, I just had a look at his site and he’s even copying our product naming (Professional Edition).

    • Avatar of David

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      Hi Dallas,

      1. The sites load fine for me. Not everyone has a need for tons of classified ads. That’s what makes ClassiPress so great. It can scale from small to large since it’s built on WordPress.

      2. Yes, you can have a different permalink structure that includes the post id or category name. In your example, there will never be a case with two duplicate permalinks. WordPress is smart enough to prevent that from happening. Try it yourself. The second post will include a -2 at the end of the url.

      3. Yes, the All in one SEO plugin works with CP. CP does have some built in SEO but we recommend using All in one to get the most benefits.

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