Simple:Press Version 5.5.2 – What’s Coming

update-newsSince the release of 5.5.1, we have been hard at work on the next incremental version 5.5.2. In this post, I hope to bring you up to speed on 5.5.2 and what is in store for it.

User Deletion – Up until now, when a WP user is deleted, there was only one thing that could happen to forum posts from that user. They would be changed to be from a guest poster by the same name as the original user/poster. In 5.5.2, we now give you more options when a wp user is deleted. You will be able to either delete the posts, assign them to another user, or have them converted to a guest post like current. We have received multiple requests for this over the past few months and frankly, it was past time for more options.

HTML 5 Admin – A couple versions of WP ago, the devs modified the WP admin to be HTML 5 compliant. With 5.5.2, the Simple:Press admin will now also be HTML 5 compliant. This does not mean that a ton of new HTML 5 tags are being used, just that it will validate as HTML 5 instead of throwing a bunch of warnings like it does currently.

New Template Functions – We have added a couple of new template functions for displaying additional information. There will be a new tag for displaying the admins and moderators currently viewing a topic. We have also added a generic new tag for displaying a text labels.

TinyMCE On Profile Signature Form – This one may be a bit premature, but its in our plans. That is to reinstate TinyMCE onto the signature profile form so users can have WYSIWYG when editing/creating their signatures. It only partially worked previously, so it was removed because the WP editor (TinyMCE) really doesn’t like being generated after the DOM has been filled. So we currently have it back to the state it was when removed (partially working) with couple minor improvements. But, it still doesn’t work if the signature form is loaded multiple times (same as it worked before). So we will continue to work it and make a decision on keeping the wp editor or not if it remains as is.

Bug Fixes – As normal with a point release, this version will be mostly about bug fixes. The above items are new features but thus far we have squashed a couple dozen bugs or notices.

WP 4.1 is currently scheduled for mid December. It again includes some modifications that will require some compatibility changes to Simple Press, so getting 5.5.2 out there will allow us to clear the decks for the WP 4.1 support. Which means that our following version 5.5.3, will release in conjunction with WP 4.1.

If all continues to plan, we will be releasing 5.5.2 next weekend, October 25th.

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