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Dev4Press plugins and themes with WordPress 3.1

WordPress 3.1 is released last week, and it’s not as big a release as previous WP 3.0 was, but still, has it’s own share of new features and many bug fixes that make this update highly recommended. So, here is the status of Dev4Press plugins and themes working under new WordPress.

Compatibility of my plugins and themes is number one concern when new WordPress is in development, and I am always working with alpha and beta versions of the WordPress to make sure that new features or changes don’t break anything. I try to cover all things, but some minor problems can be expected, considering that very often, WordPress is changed daily, and that something that was OK yesterday, is broken today. My plugins will always be updated as soon as possible to make sure that they work with all latest WP versions.

Current, half baked, link panel
Current, half baked, link panel

WordPress 3.1

For me, there are only 2 new features I was excited for in WP 3.1: Internal Page Linking and Network Mode for Multisite. Admin Bar is an interesting one also, but will take some time to be used to it, even I see many interesting opportunities for further development that will involve the bar.

Problem now is that Internal Page Linking is not even close to what I expected it to be, and is not working as I expected it to be (it’s not really internal linking at all, links that end up in the content are absolute, not aware of later changes). When this was first announced, I was starting work on my version of internal linking feature, and I stopped working on that since there is no point having same thing in core and in plugin. But now, because the core implementation is not very good, I will be back to my version of it.

GD Press Tools 4.0

Last week, GD Press Tools 4.0 Pro is released, and it’s fully compatible with WP 3.0 and WP 3.1. It’s the first plugin that I know of that has full support for new network admin panel and it will display different options based on the panel you are on, making clear difference between the normal site administration and network administration. Previous GD Press Tools 3.9 Pro and current GD Press Tools 2.5 Lite branches are also compatible with WP 3.1.

To find out more on this plugin and what was added in 4.0 Pro, check out the release article and the plugin feature overview pages.

GD Custom Posts And Taxonomies Tools

There is one feature that is now in conflict with WP 3.1, and it should be avoided in new WP 3.1: post type archives. It was made way back for WP 2.9 and WP 3.0 to add much-needed custom post types archives. But, now, WP 3.1 has that built-in, and plugin will cause problems if it’s option for that is still on. I will release updated plugin in the next 2 days, that will have some improvements in that area to handle better new WP 3.1 and archives for post types.

Everything else in plugin is up to date, and it supports all the changes added to custom post types and custom taxonomies in WP 3.1

GD aZon FUSION / GD Affiliate Center / GD Simple Widgets

None of these plugins are really dependent on any specific WP 3.1 features or changes, so there is nothing to worry about with any of them.

GD Star Rating

As long as you don’t use it with multisite mode it should be fine. Even in multisite, most thing will work, limited to each blog.

xScape Framework and Themes

Fully compatible with WP 3.1. Post Format added in WP 3.1 are partly supported in xScape, and that is still more than 99% other themes out there. Problem with Post Formats is that is coming into play too late, since all themes and theme developers have own way of doing things, and long before post formats themes were able to display content based on the context and location. At this point I have no idea how to approach post format, so if there are any suggestions, please leave the comment.

All themes and framework are tested with WP 3.1 in normal and multisite mode, and no problems are found and that goes for new internal/transient cache feature introduced in xScape 1.5.9.

What’s next?

For Dev4Press, things are back to normal, until next WordPress goes into development. There is a new plugin coming soon (pro version only), with 2 more in the planning stages, new themes (I am a bit late on this, GD Press Tools took a lot of my time, but I think it was worth it).

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About the author

Milan Petrovic
Milan Petrovic

CEO and Lead developer of Dev4Press Web Development company, working with WordPress since 2008, first as a freelancer, later founding own development company. Author of more than 250 plugins and more than 20 themes.

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2 thoughts on “Dev4Press plugins and themes with WordPress 3.1”

  1. Re: Post Formats.

    I fully understand your dilemma with Post Formats. My suggestion will be – leave it as it is. The framework has everything that theme user can use to implement post formats. Remember, your implementation idea could be entirely different from user’s. Of course, this is just a suggestion. If you feel up to this task, do it. Personally, I wouldn’t open this can of worms.

    You can see my implementation of ‘aside’ and ‘link’ formats by clicking here and decide how your implementation built into the framework would differ.

    One suggestion to settings of posts formats support. Right now it is either off or on and when it is on you add support for all formats. Could you add check boxes for available formats and add support for selected ones only?

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    • I agree that is best thing to do for now. I will add options to select post formats to be registered in the next version.

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