If you haven’t already noticed, yesterday ClassiPress v2.9.3 was released which is a general bug and security patch. There are no new features as we are saving those all for 3.0 which is due out towards the end of January (assuming everything goes as planned).
I felt it was important to fix several bugs in the 2.9 branch before taking ClassiPress to 3.0. When I first started working on 2.9.3 is was supposed to have only been a small release — mainly adding support for new PayPal currencies, fixing a mail function bug, and improving the discovery of the ad thumbnail image path. Well, I ended up spending many long days cleaning up and stabilizing the product which was much needed.
So should I upgrade or not?
That’s the question most of you existing customers will ask. To contradict myself from the previous blog post, “ClassiPress v2.9.3 Coming Soon“, I recommend all ClassiPress customers upgrade to v2.9.3 because of the fixes and small security issue. If you’ve done lots of customization and don’t want to redo them all after the upgrade, I recommend manually making the upgrade by looking at the changelog.txt included with the update.
The two most important changes to make would be upgrading your fancybox script to 1.2.6+ (which will fix the IE8 bug for displaying images), and the security fix to remove ad owners jumbled email address from hidden field.
The good news for those using ClassiPress in another language, you can upgrade and use your existing .po without a hitch. I was very careful when making all the fixes not to disturb the translation text so I don’t see any issues there.
In order to download the latest version, just use your original E-Junkie download link. It will always contain the latest version. If you lost or deleted your email (shame on you), then follow the instructions under the ClassiPress FAQ.
Should I hold out for 3.0 and forget this update?
Good question and the answer can vary. It really comes down to how much work you’ve already put into customizing your theme. If you haven’t done any mods, then the upgrade is an easy process. No changes required and you just overwrite your existing /themes/classipress directory. On the other hand, if you’ve modified the ClassiPress code a ton and plan on using 3.0, it might not be worth it.
Since 3.0 will be completely rewritten, you’ll have some work ahead of you and you won’t want to do it twice. Some customers might decide to just stay on v2.9+ so they don’t have to deal with the hassle. There will be some manual migration work and if you’ve got a fairly large site, it will be a bear to do.
So here’s the official list of all fixes and changes packed into 2.9.3.
- Changed mail function to wp_mail on “report ad” and “send message” features. Resolves intl character issue and problems sending email on some hosts.
- Added support to better detect where your ad thumbnail images are located. Fixes blank thumbnails on ads for some.
- Updated plugins to the latest versions.
- Added missing cp translation tag to the word “ago” and a couple mentions of “categories”.
- Ad image zoom support for IE8 which fixes IE8 “not implemented” JS error.
- Fixed backslash bug on form fields when ad is submitted without completing all required fields.
- Security fix to remove ad owners jumbled email address from hidden field on contact ad owner sidebar form.
- Fixed IE alignment issue on contact ad owner captcha field.
- Fixed IE 6&7 peekaboo css div bug on login and other pages. Basically those pages had content disappear unless you mouse over it.
- Fixed IE hover issue now showing hand icon on home page ads.
- Cleaned up several non-compliant tags to wc3 standards.
- Widened pagination links div so it no longer wraps.
- Removed unused set_time_limit function which sometimes generated “Warning: set_time_limit() has been disabled for security reasons”.
- Fixed home page date value wrapping when format is long like November 20, 2009.
- Added new function to check for http:// in new ad URL field submission. If it’s missing, automatically add it.
- Added PayPal support for five new currencies (Brazilian Real, Malaysian Ringgits, Philippine Pesos, Taiwan New Dollars, and Thai Baht).
- Moved favicon admin image to local image folder.
- Added a CP version meta tag.
- Sticky ads now work on category pages. This was fixed with the WordPress 2.9 release.
This will most likely be the final release for 2.9 unless there are some critical fixes that need to be done. Now it’s full steam ahead with development on 3.0. The holidays have (and will) make it difficult to spend a lot of time on 3.0 which is why I’m setting an end of January release date.