Child-Theme Challenge

How many of you have already started to take advantage of the child-theme feature within ClassiPress 3.0? I’ve started to see some forum threads on how to hack it a bit. All this is wonderful and the more I can get the community involved the better results for everyone.

So if you’ve started a child-theme, finished one, or just need someone to help you, please start the discussion below. I’m excited to see what the community has done thus far. Once everyone starts to get the hang of this, I’d like to hold a challenge. There’s nothing like good old fashion competition, right? This time it’s on a global scale and the winner will receive a prize (not yet disclosed). Who knows….we might soon be offering a theme aftermarket place where you can sell your stuff on our site.

So what are you waiting for and start those engines. For those who are still new and need some help, I recommend starting with these two articles.

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Admin Pages Translation Issue Resolved

Some customers who were translating ClassiPress into their own language were getting frustrated because of a bug. Essentially some of the admin pages weren’t translating even after the correct text was being added to the .po file.

For the life of me I couldn’t figure out why only one certain includes file wasn’t getting translated correctly. I must say this was a sneaky little bug which actually turns out to be an easy fix.

The problem was the WordPress function that handles the translation, load_theme_textdomain was loading after one of the admin pages was being included.

I’ve written up a fix for this in the forum which will also be included in 3.0.3 next month.

On another note, I’ve also created a .po file that excludes the admin pages. This gives you the option to only translate the customer-facing web site pages which is much faster to do. This was a request by one of our existing customers, Magnus (thanks) and it makes a lot of sense.

You can download this file from our ClassiPress Resources page. It’s the Version 3.0.2 download link.

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Version 3.0.2 is Now Available

The latest version of ClassiPress has just been released today. It is a general patch release that fixes 10+ bugs and includes 15 or so enhancements. It is recommended that you upgrade to this release so you can benefit from the changes. Existing customers can login to their account and download the latest version.

Below you will find a list of all fixes and changes in this release. For specific files affected, please see the changelog.txt file accompanied with the 3.0.2 download.

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3.0.2 Scheduled For This Week

A new version of ClassiPress is scheduled to be released this coming Friday. It is a general patch release that will address a handful of newly discovered bugs along with a couple of new enhancements. Not all fixes are listed below but rather just the higher priority issues.

Key Bug Fixes

  • Issue where translated CP prevents widget sidebars and footer from working
  • Admin page text is not included in the .pot translation file
  • HTML TinyMCE editor requires submit button to be pressed twice
  • Google maps get directions functionality gives a 404 error
  • Home page pagination incorrect by counting blog posts

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Version 3.0.1 is Now Available

Today I have released a general bug fix release which patches up 25+ bugs found in the original 3.0 product. It is highly recommended that you upgrade immediately to this release to benefit from the fixes. Existing customers should use their original e-junkie email download link to get it.

You will need to replace your existing /themes/classipress/ folder with this new version. Deactivate the theme first before doing this. Then reactivate 3.0.1 because there are some items that need to be updated in your database.

Below you will find a list of all fixes and changes in this release. For specific files affected, please see the changelog.txt file accompanied with the 3.0.1 download.

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New 3.0 Multi-Step Ad Form Demo

It’s a beautiful Friday here in San Francisco and I’m crazy for staying indoors and making this video now but I really wanted to reveal the new 3.0 multi-step ad form. So I just put together a screen cast to show you all how the new multi-step ad form submission works. In this demo you will see exactly how your customers will submit, review, and then pay for their ad via PayPal before it automatically appears live on your site.

For one of my ad categories called “Boats”, I created a custom form layout and then added my two custom fields.  I then reordered the fields and made them mandatory all within a matter of seconds. I also demonstrate how the new form validation works for both fields and image uploads.

In step two of the new ad submission form you’ll see a summary of the ad as well as a breakdown of how much it will cost. There is also a “terms of use” text box that you can easily modify to your needs. Once the ad has been submitted, you automatically get redirected to PayPal to make your payment. After payment has been made, you’ll be sent back to ClassiPress to see your new ad published.

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One-Click ClassiPress Theme Installation

Besides all the great new features included in ClassiPress 3.0, I also wanted to bring up the much improved installation process. Most Premium themes or plugins you install (including ClassiPress 2.9) require you to manually create pages, assign them to a custom template, name the permalink/url a certain way, publish them, find the page id, paste it into another field, and then save.

Not only is that process a real pain, but it takes time and allows the opportunity for mistakes. It also means those who don’t like to read instructions or cannot read English will have a lot less trouble getting their site setup. It also is a good thing for those who are new or aren’t very comfortable with WordPress in general.

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3.0 Beta Testers Needed – Inquire Within

Many of you have been asking how to be part of the 3.0 beta testing program. Well, today we’ve officially launched the first ClassiPress beta testing program and now is the time for you to become part of ClassiPress history.

Being a beta tester actually requires a lot of work on your part so before signing up, please make sure you are ready for the commitment. You will need to dedicate several hours of your time (over a two-week period) to help flush out any bugs before 3.0 is ready for a GA release.

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3.0 User Dashboard and Ad Editing Preview

For the last couple of days I’ve been working on the new user dashboard and ad editing pages. Now that I’ve just about wrapped those up, I wanted to give you a quick preview of what they look like. As you’ll see, the new user admin area is much more complete and includes a sidebar so your customers can easily navigate around. It also gives them more of a “membership” style feel since they essentially have an account on your site (site registration is now mandatory in 3.0).

You will also notice the addition of tag and image editing. It will show a thumbnail image for each of their ad images, a checkbox to delete an image, and additional image upload boxes. There is a new option in CP 3.0 where you set the number of images allowed per ad which controls how many upload boxes will show up.

3.0 is also setup to automatically block non-admin users from accessing your WordPress back-end (i.e. /wp-admin/ section). This means you no longer need to rely on plugins like “IWG Hide Dashboard” or “Role Manager”.

Anyhow, enough talking….I’ll let the video tell the rest of the story.

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