WordCamp San Diego, Recap with Video and Pics

What can you say about San Diego – it’s almost perfect. The weather is the same year round, it’s sunny every day and it’s surrounded by water, beaches and palm trees. If that’s not enough reason to make a trip down there, attending and sponsoring the very first WordCamp San Diego is good enough for us. So Dave Cowgill and I packed our bags and headed down.

WordCamp San Diego is bound to become one of the better WordCamps around. Dre Armeda and Chris Daley put on a great show. Throughout the weekend, it was obvious that these two and their staff of volunteers poured a ton of effort and loads of passion into making it fun and memorable.

The excitement started on Friday night with the speakers and sponsors dinner atop the Ramada Gaslamp in downtown San Diego and continued on through Saturday night, wrapped up by an after-party at Downtown Johnny Brown’s. There was good food, good drinks, informative speakers and even an appearance by Matt Mullenweg himself. Luckily Dave took some time to capture it all on video.

Again, a big thanks to all the organizers at WordCamp San Diego. If you have not attended a WordCamp yet, we highly recommend that you go to the next one near you – or hey, start one yourself. Next up: WordCamp San Francisco. If you plan on being there, drop us a line in the comments. We want to see how many AppThemes customers we can meet at WCSF. See you there.

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Vantage Update and Other News

With the release of ClassiPress 3.1 now behind us, we have dug back into Vantage to see where we are and what still needs to be done.

Dave, Pete and myself spent all of yesterday reviewing where things stand with Vantage and tried to gauge how long it will take to complete. At this time, though, we just do not have a reliable timetable for its release.

While I write that, it feels like I can hear a thousand groans reverberate across the land. We definitely know how much everyone wants to see Vantage in the marketplace. Trust me, we want to make it available to you just as much as you want it – really.

Why is It Taking So Long?

When I joined AppThemes back in March, development on Vantage had slowed to a crawl. There were just not enough resources to work on Vantage, complete ClassiPress 3.1, address support issues and take care of all the other issues that come with managing a business.

Dave and I sat down and spent a lot of time discussing and reshuffling our priorities. At that time, I strongly suggested that all resources be applied to finishing

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ClassiPress v3.1.1 is Now Available

ClassiPress 3.1.1 has just been released. This was a minor maintenance release to fix a couple of bugs that slipped through 3.1. All customers should upgrade. Fixed a total of 3 tickets. A breakdown of tickets can be found below.

Fixes

  • fixed issue on theme-comments template where $ was accidentally added to a function
  • fixed issue where spaces in refine search didn’t work correctly
  • fixed error in refine search when selecting a city caused an implode error

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SF Meetup Invaded by Page.ly

Each month we (along with Exygy and Automattic) organize the San Francisco WordPress Meetup which is a local gathering to discuss all things WordPress. It’s conveniently held just a few blocks away from our office at Pier 38 and topics typically vary from “What’s your favorite plugin”, “WordPress in the cloud”, “Speed geeking”, to name a few.

This past Meetup’s topic was, “What’s your favorite WordPress theme” and we had six different presenters showing off their stuff. As usual, we had a great time but what was really special was that some of our customers stopped by to chat. On top of that, our friends from Page.ly attended and they put together a video of the Meetup highlights which includes some footage from the AppThemes team.

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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).

ClassiPress 3.1 announcement

The most notable features in this release include:

Advanced Search

ClassiPress refine search page

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.

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ClassiPress 3.1 (Release Candidate 1)

The time to release ClassiPress 3.1 is here. After much coding and testing, we are publishing release candidate one and making it available to all customers. While we have completed extensive internal testing and had the help of many experienced ClassiPress users in the beta testing period, releasing the product to a wider audience is the ultimate criterion.

We are making sure that we are prepared to immediately tackle any problems that may come up in the next few days. Yumiko and her team are prepped to handle any extra activity in the forums and the developers are ready to attack any bugs.

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Latest News from AppThemes

We have a lot of news-worthy things going on here at AppThemes. We decided that we would put it all in one big news post. So here we go:

ClassiPress 3.1: We’re Almost There

Is it a miracle? You might think so. The release of CP3.1 is just a couple of days away. We had a very good round of testing and the developers are taking care of the last of any lingering issues. We expect that a full release candidate will be ready very soon.

We made an extra effort to review internally before releasing CP3.1 to beta testing, so we think we will have a very solid update. However, there always seems to be one or two things that are uncovered after a release as big as this. We are planning to follow up with a minor release in about four to five weeks.

Moving forward, we are going to make an effort to update ClassiPress once every six months. As soon as we complete this update, we will be making plans for the next release.

We would like to extend a big “Thank you!” to everyone that helped us test ClassiPress 3.1. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Clipper v1.1.1 is Now Available

Clipper logoThe latest version of Clipper is now available. This is bug fix release so all customers should upgrade. There was a total of 8 tickets completed. A breakdown of tickets can be found below.

Fixes:

  • issue where new coupons wouldn’t appear on store or category pages until a vote was casted
  • issue with the csv coupon importer script
  • issue where using function site_url instead of home_url which affected those who installed WP in a different directory
  • issue with printable coupons not showing coupon image on single coupon page
  • dashboard widgets no longer show move icon when hover on bar
  • dashboard so it’s now fluid width. also styled so it automatically matches new WP 3.2 design
  • removed some dash strings from the .po files that shouldn’t be translated

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