It’s official! We’re about to launch the beta testing program for ClassiPress v3.1 and we need your help!
We have a limited number of spaces available, so a selection process will take place in order for us to gather the most suitable team of testers for this release.
Since it is important for us to ensure that the beta testers have the relevant amount of experience using ClassiPress, testing spots will be limited to existing AppThemes customers already using this theme.
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 3.1 is ready for a GA release.
The latest version of ClassiPress has just been released. This is a maintenance release driven by some minor compatibility issues with WordPress 3.1. All customers should upgrade to this version and update their WordPress to version 3.1 as well.
There was a total of 31 tickets fixed ranging from minor bugs (that were supposed to be part of ClassiPress 3.1 but moved up into this release) to issues created by the WordPress 3.1 update. A break down of tickets can be found below.
- fixed hierarchy breadcrumb issue where not all parent categories showed up
- fixed problem where empty search with a category selected resulted in incorrect results
- fixed all the classes that were labled ad-[classname] and changed the prefix to post-[classname] to avoid Ad Blocker Plus issues
- fixed single ad page contact form which no longer allows you to send messages by just filling out the captcha equation
- fixed custom email headers that caused gmail to send the email as an attachment
- fixed pagination arrows on the homepage that were not working correctly
- fixed warning that was displayed when turning on “Hide Empty Child Categories”
- fixed css spacing issue for multiple blog categories displayed
- fixed dashboard stats plotting graph in IE
- fixed colorbox so it is compatible with WordPress 3.1
- fixed tinyMCE so it is compatible with WordPress 3.1. Also fixed validation issues including the issue with chrome and tinyMCE
- fixed edit ad page to properly update new custom posts type tags
- fixed tinyMCE validation error message locations
- fixed styles for edit ad page where image meta data was not floating correctly in IE
- fixed radio button issue both with the edit ad page and with the “None” selected issue
- fixed clock and folder icons so the bottoms aren’t cutoff in IE
- added option to remove the “No Categories” text from the categories lists
- added jQuery validation to the comments fields on both single ads and blog posts
- added new cron job viewer tab under “System Info” admin page
If someone has ever submitted an ad on your site without any images attached, you’ll notice it uses the “No Image Available” placeholder image. For most people that’s fine but if you didn’t like the wording, color, or wanted to change it to a different language you needed to use image editing software.
Not anymore. Here’s a simple tutorial on how to easily change the default placeholder image without using any editing software.
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.
Some of you have been asking us how to make it easier to distinguish parent categories from sub-categories in your drop-down lists. It’s a great question and pretty easy to do.
Here’s what your drop-down lists should look like currently before the change we are about to make:
Here’s what your drop-down lists should look like after we make the change:
Over the last few months it’s appeared rather quiet here at ClassiPress HQ. In actuality, we’ve been quite busy behind the scenes working on a new update (v3.0.3) and a brand new company web site. We plan on launching the new site early next month (which we’ll announce in a separate post and email to all customers) and then the 3.0.3 update will be released soon thereafter. It’s a bug fix and feature enhancement release so nothing major.
Anyhow, the reason for this post was to provide a handy bit of mySQL code when migrating your ClassiPress site to another domain.
While going through the demo site migration process, we had to change a bunch of legacy meta_values which have the image urls hardcoded in them so the thumbnail and ad images weren’t showing up. Instead of manually having to go through hundreds of records, it made more sense to write a custom sql query to handle the same change in a matter of seconds.
It’s time for some spring cleaning and the customer showcase page needs an overhaul. Are you an existing customer currently using 3.0 and want to show off your work? Heavily modded or straight out of the box ClassiPress sites are both welcome.
If your site is selected for inclusion, you will be featured in our ClassiPress Customer Showcase which is one of our most popular pages. This will put you front and center and includes such benefits as a free link from an authoritative WordPress Premium Themes site (great for SEO), additional free traffic, and bragging rights. Interested?
To enter, please submit a comment below with a link to your site and a brief description. All entries will be reviewed and then selected by the end of May. Good luck and we’re looking forward to seeing a few of the thousands of ClassiPress sites being used all around the world today!
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.
By default, ClassiPress includes listing all categories so your site visitors are able to post a new ad and place it in a category even if it’s empty. Otherwise, they wouldn’t even know the category exists and it’s pointless to even have it. With that being said, a couple of you have asked me how to remove empty categories from the ClassiPress navigation which is actually quite easy.
ClassiPress uses the standard WordPress function wp_list_categories which allows you to pass certain parameters into it and alter the results. All of the parameters have certain default values if you don’t pass anything into the function it just uses the defaults.
I know you are all patiently awaiting for the release of v2.9 so I wanted to give you a quick update. First of all, this release is going to be the best ever for ClassiPress and will really take this theme to the next level. Many of the features you have been asking for will be included which I will talk about more later.
The main focus of this release has been to address a couple of things. Primarily to build in the most requested customer features submitted in our Feature Request forum and to better organize the underlying ClassiPress framework and code. When existing customers get the latest upgrade, you will notice how some files have been moved around and additional directories have been created. This is not an attempt to confuse you or make things difficult when upgrading but rather to organize ClassiPress more logically so additional growth and features will be easier to add.