Types, Views, CRED and Access (which make up Toolset) have been upgraded.
With the new features being released, this is the perfect time to purchase these plugins. I remind you that we have some fantastic discounts on Toolset and its components over on our Deals page.
Here is the full release announcement:
Post ID filter for comparisons
The major new feature on Views 1.2.3 is the filter by post ID. This allows you to search by posts given their ID. You might be wondering why anyone would need something like that and what you can build with it. Good question!
Filter by post ID makes it easy to add comparison functionality to your sites. It’s great for product comparisons on e-commerce sites, listing comparison on classified sites and anything that lets you visitors choose items and compare between them.
The idea behind a comparison feature is:
- Create a parametric search that filters results according to the post ID value
- List the items to compare with a checkbox next to each item
- The checkbox will use the post ID as ‘value’
- The ‘compare’ function will go to the parametric search page, with the post IDs selected from the checkboxes
And that’s it. Visitors select the products to compare using the checkboxes, the IDs are passed to the View’s filter in the URL and the View returns only the selected products. We’re completing a comprehensive guide on e-commerce sites with Toolset and will include a complete tutorial for product comparisons there.
View filter by Post search
The Post search filter lets you add a text search form directly onto your views page or include it as part of a front-end Parametric search. We’ve enhanced this filter by allowing you to search just the post title, or, both the post title and the post body.
Several enhancements to parametric search
The parametric search might be one of the most powerful features in Views and this release gave it a big push forward in functionality and stability.
- Parametric search can now be fully localized using WPML.
- We’ve added a new option to hide the parametric search form on your view results page, whilst still enable the paging functions. .
- You can now set the default date to a range of function values (such as NONE to clear default date filters in parametric search.
- The date picker now allows selection of month and year.
- You can now include commas as values in your values and display_values parameters for parametric search.
- You can display the post count for taxonomy terms in your search form.
- You can set the order in which your taxonomy terms are displayed in your search form.
No release is complete without crushing some bugs. Here are the bugs fixed in Views 1.2.3:
- General improvements in parametric search. Several fixes on taxonomy and custom field parametric search.
- Pagination improvements on sites showing two or more Views per page.
- Sliders improvements. Less memory. Better transitions for slides with different dimensions.
- Fixed : Escaped characters in date formats are now handled correctly
- Fixed : Several bugs in Archive Views.
- Fixed : not able to add Fields in Arabic
- Fixed : wpv-if condition error if field not present on all posts.
- Fixed : pagination height is incorrect
The updates for Types in this release are relatively small (yeah!). Here is the list:
- Fixed embedded code popup. Types fields now load correctly in the WordPress admin, when you use the Embedded Types mode.
- Added custom post types and taxonomies to reserved names. With this, it’s easie to pick names for your custom post types and taxonomy. Types will make sure that your names don’t conflict with built-in WordPress terminology and cause mysterious errors.
- Fixed child titles blank space in child form. Types used to add a blank space to the titles of new child items. It doesn’t do that anymore.
This CRED update is pretty big, bringing in a host of fixes and improvements. We learned about many of these needed fixes as we worked on our classifieds reference site, due for release very soon.
Including post and form fields in notification emails
Now you can customize notifications, by including post fields in them. Click on the T icon to add Types fields or the C icon to add CRED form fields. When you use CRED Commerce, you’ll also find the WooCommerce name and email fields there.
Import and export to CRED commerce
We are building more and more applications with CRED Commerce, allowing to charge payment when submitting content. To allow easy migration of these sites from development to production, CRED Commerce is now included in the Module Managerexport and import. This means that if you create modules with CRED forms that include payment, your settings will be preserved when moving sites.
CRED bug fixes
- Correct loading CRED assets on Windows servers with case-sensitive paths
- POST_ADMIN_LINK doesn’t appear in notification emails
- Validation not happening when notification metabox is closed
- Issue with adding values to taxonomy field
- Notifications subject escape characters appearing in sent email
- Generic fields not parsed correctly on cred admin screens
- Notifications settings not saved if ‘when the purchase status changes to’ option is selected
- The media button is not coming up even if enabled
- Multiselect generic field does not allow “” (multiple elements) in the field name
- parents dropdown in form not localised
- From name not applying when sending notifications
Access 1.1.6 changes
Added import and export functionality
Now, you can easily transfer Access settings between your different sites. We’re also using it in our reference sites on discover-wp.com.
Allowing Access to work independently of other Toolset plugins
Access now creates its own menu and can run with Types or without it. Of course, we think that you will enjoy the best experience when using Toolset plugins together, but you have the freedom to choose what functionality you like to take from Toolset and what from other plugins or your theme.
Fixed compatibility problems with embedded Types
If you use Types in Embedded mode, you can control privileges with Access. Yes, we’re also planning to create an embedded version of Access, but it’s not ready yet. So, for now, you can use the Embedded Types and Views and the ‘plugin’ version of Access together.
Other smaller Access features
- Added WPML localisation for custom roles
- Fixed a bug that caused incorrect access settings when no role was selected
- Fixed a bug causing incorrect access management of specific users
- Significant speed improvements by loading fewer files, using memory caching and minifying resources.
- Check for conflicts between Access and WordPress capabilities and show a warning
Download and Enjoy
As always, you are encouraged to run the recent versions of Toolset plugins. To get automatic updates, you should use ourInstaller plugin. Remember that WordPress caches plugin updates for 12 hours, so if you’re not seeing this update available right now, you should definitely see it tomorrow.
You can always upgrade manually by downloading the new versions from your wp-types.com account.
Toolset Bootstrap theme
We’re almost ready with our Toolset Bootstrap theme. Some organizational changes here have delayed it a bit, but we are back on track. We will be sending the first beta next week and plan on getting a full release about a week after that.
Views 1.3 – a complete GUI redesign
Views 1.3, which is a complete rewrite to Views GUI is getting along great. I’ll have a few screenshots to share next week. In the meanwhile, here are Views 1.3 major changes:
Combined the ‘settings’ pages with the listing pages – no more a messy setting screen with a ton of cryptic options that even I get confused with. Now, when you want to assign a template to content, or customize a WordPress archive, it’s going to be completely clear and simple.
Clean and elegant Views admin screen – yes, the Views admin screen you’re looking at today is hardly a masterpiece in modern GUI design. The new GUI will actually be designed for humans, like you.
Lots simpler parametric searches – today, you need to add the field to the filter, set it to come from the URL, give it a name, enable in the front-end filter and edit the meta HTML. In Views 1.3, you’ll just insert a new filter to the HTML and you’re all done. Views will do the rest for you.
Views 1.3 will make it even easier to build complete sites without coding. We’re looking to streamline your work, so that you can get even more done in less time.
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