Well it was a bit of a scramble but we got there pretty quickly I think. We never get any warning when the WordPress team will pull the trigger on a new release and in these cases where we know that Simple:Press needs to be updated immediately afterwards it is easy to be caught off-guard or – in my case – asleep!
It may not show too much on the outside but under the hood WordPress has changed a lot and you will need to upgrade both. This is particularly true of the TinyMCE Editor plugin where the old one will simply stop functioning.
Along with the two new plugins announced last week – MyCred Extended Integration and Achievements Integration, many other Simple:Press plugins were made available last night and we do recommend that everyone takes a look at their WordPress update admin page and, if updating to WP 3.9.0, run the update for all of the Simple:Press releases as well.
As always there have been some theme changes. A few of these were necessary because of changes to the WordPress CSS and some are small display tweaks but might be worth working through if you run a custom Simple:Press theme. Apologies for there being so many this time around. You can find the details, as always, on the Codex Theme Changes 5.4.2 page.
Finally and again – as always – you can check the change log for 5.4.2 under the Simple:Press Toolbox > Change Log panel. Note that you can do this before you upgrade if desired.
So I am off now to have a well earned glass of red to toast the end of another development cycle and to welcome in the next.
Since March 10th, 2012, we have been asking for a small membership fee to access our support forums, codex and to download plugins and themes. The reason we implemented this membership model was revealed in a post on that date which you can read here.
Was the move successful? Well the good news is we are still here, still continuing to develop Simple:Press and still full of ideas of where we want to go next. And while we wont retire rich we do earn enough now to cover costs and to perhaps enjoy the odd glass of wine!
But every now and then – and don’t get me wrong because this is a good thing – we do get some criticism of our ‘business’ model with alternative strategies being suggested or even recommended. And the curious thing is – they are nearly always quite different from those suggested before. Seems no two people can agree on what is the best way to do this – proving the sentiment in the title of this post!
But one thing has stood out and that is the suggestion that we have at least one forum available for non-members to ask some general questions about Simple:Press that they would like answers to before they sign up for a membership. So, starting today, we are launching a ‘Non-Members Area’ forum for just this purpose. We can not offer support through this forum – for obvious reasons – but will try and answer anything else within reason.
If all goes to plan, some time over the next week WordPress 3.9 will hit the streets and that means that we will be releasing our own update – 5.4.2 – which will be needed by all of our users updating their WP. We will also – at that time, be releasing a few updated plugins that are also dependent upon WordPress 3.9.0. But in the middle of those will be a couple of new plugins which have had to be held back for these releases. And these are Simple:Press support for the popular WordPress MyCred and Achievements plugins.