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GD Press Tools Pro 5.0 Alpha #1

GD Press Tools Pro 5.0 is almost ready for release (hopefully by the end of this month), and this is the first Alpha version for testing purposes only. GD Security Toolbox Pro plugin will be ready by the end of the next week.

Notice: This is Alpha version, and it is not yet completed and it is not ready for use on live websites. Please, test this version on your development servers, and let me know if you find any problems. Read this post to find out the status of some of the plugin features and what areas of the plugin require specific testing.

New plugin version is not compatible with old version. All security features are removed, and will be part of the new plugin.

GD Press Tools Pro 5.0 is 100% rewritten, and nothing from the old plugin code remains in this new plugin. As announced before, security related features are moved into a separate plugin called GD Security Toolbox Pro and SEO features moved into GD SEO Toolbox Pro. All GD Press Tools Pro licenses purchased before 5.0 is released will get GD Security Toolbox Pro and GD SEO Toolbox Pro plugins for free, linked to the GD Press Tools Pro license.

New Debugger Preview
New Debugger Preview

Without going into details, GD Press Tools Pro 5.0 is about 90% done. Right now some work remains to be done with testing of Cleanup and Tweaks addons, polishing Backup and checking some of the elements of the Debugger addon. Still, do not use this plugin on live websites because it is very likely you will break something. The new plugin is not compatible with the old one. So, all the old settings will be gone when you updated to 5.0. You can expect several videos to be released soon to guide you through the new plugin interface and help you configure it.

The plugin is created with WordPress multisite in mind. If you run WordPress as the multisite network, it will have most of the features available through Network admin, and some features still available for individual blogs. To make things even more flexible, some settings and features have ‘Overload’ mode. Some plugin features that are the single website (blog) related need to be set for each blog. But, with Overload mode, you can set them for all blogs at once. The plugin has several core features and 11 addons built in for more features. This includes Backup, Debugger, Maintenance mode and much more.

Backup addon includes 3 different methods to backup database (direct use of mysqldump, PDO MySQL dump class, and plain MySQL export class). With much-improved files backup, the plugin now uses only 3MB of PHP memory (on average) to backup any website. It is tested with websites that have 3GB of files in size and it works great. There are some limitations (as with any backup software), but more on that is coming soon.

The goal is to get some feedback on this first alpha version, test it further and fix all the issues it might have right now for release to be ready by the end of this month.

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GD Press Tools Pro plugin for WordPress
Powerful administration plugin for WordPress

Collection of various administration, backup, cleanup, debug, events logging, tweaks and other useful tools and addons that can help with everyday tasks and optimization.

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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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