AppThemes

ClassiPress v3.1 is Now Available

I’m pleased to finally be able to announce the highly anticipated, long awaited, release of ClassiPress 3.1! This has been a release in the making for many months and is a culmination of countless hours of work from our entire team and our beta testers (thanks guys & gals).

The most notable features in this release include:

Advanced Search

Not all categories have the same type of ads, right? For example, ad listings for cars would be quite different than real estate listings. Not to worry. ClassiPress 3.1 now sports the most advanced WordPress search around. It allows you to create category-specific search modules so your visitors can easily refine their search results.

Each category search module includes a radius (by city or zip code) and price slider for pinpoint accuracy (due to geocoding each ad using the Google Maps API) along with any other category-specific fields you’d like to include.

Facebook Integration

Using the Facebook Open Graph API, we’ve built in a nifty Facebook sign-in option to really ‘wow’ your customers.

The regular WordPress registration options still are available so this just adds another convenient way for your visitors to instantly register and sign into your site. No plugins or headaches to deal with. It just works (minimal setup is required).

 

Membership Packs

In addition to the custom ad packages already included with ClassiPress, you can now setup conditional membership packs.

For example, you can create a 30-day unlimited membership pack where your customers can submit as many ads as they want within the given time period. It’s the “all you can eat” pricing model which many of you have been asking for.

 

Custom Ad Write Panel

Administrators now have much better visibility into each ad with the custom ad write panel. The panel neatly organizes all the custom meta fields allowing you to update/change values with ease.

In addition, you can see the uploaded images associated to the ad and also add/remove images without having to visit the media library.

AppThemes API

We’ve also introduced the AppThemes API which enables developers to customize functionality without having to modify the core theme code. There are now over 75 new action hooks throughout ClassiPress (and all our other themes) and we’re excited to see what our community comes up with! We will soon be releasing tutorials and more details on how to use these hooks.

Payment Plugin Support

In addition to the 75 new hooks, we’ve included five payment gateway-specific hooks that allow developers to build add-on payment plugins. We’ve already built a Google Checkout ClassiPress plugin (free) that you can install with your existing ClassiPress site.

Download it. Reverse engineer it. Fork it. It’s there for you to use. You will also be able to download the ClassiPress payment gateway plugin template to get started from scratch on other payment gateways. We’re still finishing it up so stay tuned for more details soon.

This opens up a huge opportunity for 3rd-parties looking to sell (or giveaway) ClassiPress plugins so what are you waiting for? Get crackin!

Besides all the new features and fixes, we’ve also made some optimization tweaks to speed up page loads. The list of goodness goes on so continue reading the rest of the fixes and changes all rolled up into 3.1 below.

Changes:

Fixes:

How Can I Get This Version?

Existing customers can login to their customer account and download the latest version.

How Do I Upgrade?

If you haven’t made any changes to the theme files then the easiest method is to just do a complete upgrade (download the full 3.1 version). Then follow the “Upgrade from 3.0.5.x to 3.1” guide. If you’ve made modifications to the core theme files, then it’s going to be a bit harder to upgrade. We still recommend doing a complete upgrade and then use the new API hooks instead of modifying the core theme code. This will make upgrades a cinch in the future.

Questions?

Anything related to support should be posted in the support forum where our dedicated support team can assist you.

What Files Have Changed?

As you are aware, we typically we offer a patch (a .zip of just the modified files) but it doesn’t make much sense this time because almost every file has been modified.

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