New Beta for upcoming GD Press Tools 4.4 Pro brings more improvements: backup process fixes and lowered memory usage, bug fixes to some of the SEO related features, improvements to spam fighting, more auto tagger API’s supported and improved stability for final 4.4 release.
Beta #2 brings more bug fixes and many core improvements, refactoring and code optimization. Most important change concerns backup process and optimization for both database and files backup. Database backup now uses considerably less memory, and ti can work even with normal memory limit server has for PHP. On a website that normally uses 36-48MB of PHP memory, database backup for a large database using built in SQL export (not command line), takes 46-50MB of memory. Because of this, memory requirements for this type of backup will be lowered to 64MB. As for files backup, some optimization now resulted in 10% lower memory use, and most backups can complete now with only 128MB of PHP memory.
SQL Queries panel in Debugger is improved to show statistics information about execution time, and to filter what is displayed by speed. Few more improvements are coming to debugger for 4.4 Stable. Auto tagger now can use OpenCalais and TagThe services, for WordPress 3.5 option is added to disable XML-RPC, most link operations on admin side are protected with nonce.
GD Press Tools 4.4 Pro will be released on Thursday, October 4 2012, so it is not too late to report some more problems for fixing until than. Roadmap for the plugin after 4.4 version is released is updated, and it contains more milestones with shorted development period. It is important to know that new 4.5 version will drop support for WP 3.0 and WP 3.1.