Today version 3.2.0 was completed and released to the general public. I know this feels like a rushed release due to version 3.1.0 getting released just 6 weeks ago, I can assure it was not. Last quarter was the most successful quarter on record in terms of the lowest number of bugs and highest number or positive feedback received in the history of Mat Lipe Dot Com. This opened up a much larger allocation of resources toward plugin enhancements this quarter, shooting this plugin into the front line.
There are many many behind the scenes improvements to extend-ability and code base. Too many to list. So lets focus on the things you will notice right away.
New Widgets UX
This version gave the whole widgets UX a solid once over and changed the structure quite a bit. What used to be a bunch of options mashed into one column has now been separated into two columns. The options have also been broken up into sections giving them some much needed separation. Now instead of mashing the two versions together, the PRO version replaces the basic version with it’s own settings when it’s activate. You still keep all original functionality, you simply don’t have the eyesores of having a split UX.
Here is what the widgets look like now:
Ability to display posts under categories
Over the past year I have received quite a few requests to allow displaying of post under their assigned categories. I have also been asked to make this work with custom post types and taxonomies. After writing a few filters to allow users to do this, it was decided it was time to build this into the plugin. Now it is just a matter of checking a box.
This new feature lets you optionally display any post type which can assign posts to whichever taxonomy you have selected the widget to display. You may also limit the number of posts per category to any number from 1-20. Or simply select –All– for displaying up to 100. These new levels of menu items honor parent and current classes and styles. They also work with the accordion feature.
I hope you really enjoy this new version! It has been a lot of fun working on this. I am really excited for the direction this plugin is going.