Finally, after few months of development, here is the brand new major version of ultimated WordPress administration plugin: GD Press Tools 4.0 Pro with improved backup, debugger, xml sitemaps generator, file manager, new interface, full support for WordPress 3.1 and multisite/network mode.

There are many new features added, many existing features are improved, and I will try to cover all changes here. Also, in the next couple of days, a number of tutorials and introduction videos will be published covering everything in GD Press Tools 4.0 Pro.

This overview covers only some of the plugin features, focusing only on new things added in 4.0. You can first check out the video introduction, before proceeding to the rest of the post.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1k6ri10t6Q

Dashboard Widget
Dashboard Widget

Dashboard Widget

This widget has been in the plugin from the very begining, and now it’s changed to support new options and to act as a quick access to some of the plugin options. You can see the Google Page Rank of your website (refreshed every week, this is screnshot from my GD Star Rating website), you can enable maintenance mode and debugger, with options to set them up. And you can delete spam, revisions and database overhead. This widget options will change in the WP 3.1 network mode admin.

Plugin Front Page

What is on the plugins front page also depends on using the multisite and network mode admin, but in normal usage you see all options as on the image bellow. It shows a lot of relevant info that will help you quickly manage what needs to be done to improve security, review backups and registration and access some of tplugin panels.

Front Page Options
Front Page Options

Debugger

Very powerful, intelligent, useful, expandable with tons of features to set, debugger panel unlike any other seen for WordPress, can be embedded into admin bar or available as a button on the page shows you all kinds of useful info that depends on available settings, admin or blog side, errors and other stuff. You can add own panels with additional info (tutorial coming soon).

Debugger
Debugger

Files and DB Backup

For a while, plugin could backup database, now it’s expanded to backup files and manage backup jobs, files, of-site upload. I can’t really list all the backup features, detailed video is coming to explain all features. But, you can make full backup, partial backups based on database and file system tasks, support for multisite, scheduler, email on completion, upload to Amazon S3, Dropbox, FTP, Google Storage and Rackspace Cloud.

Backup Jobs
Backup Jobs
Backup Settings
Backup Settings

XML Sitemaps Generator

Another new feature, very flexible sitemaps generator with support for custom post types, custom taxonomies, splitting file by content and size, running after post publishing, or scheduled, search engine notifications and support for multisite.

XML Sitemaps
XML Sitemaps

File Manager

Brand new File Manager with basic operations supported for browsing, editing, uploading of files and creating new folders. More features will be added over time. Limited to browsing only WordPress installation folder for security purposes. In multisite, only super admin can use it.

File Manager
File Manager
GD Press Tools
GD Press Tools

And more

Yes, there is much, much more in the plugin. On the right you can see all menu options for the plugin, most of them were available for a while and now are updated with new styling, more options. Plugin fully supports new network mode, and in that case different things will be available in menus for site and network.

And more is to come. Each new version will get more and more features, and roadmap is already updated with info on the next two major versions.

As usual, if you find any bugs, please report them in the comments or in the forum.

Win the plugin license

If you don’t already have license for Pro version, here is the chance to win it simply by using Twitter. So, two lifetime standard licenses will be given on March 4 2011. To participate:

  1. You only need to follow us on Twitter.
  2. Tweet this:

    GD Press Tools 4.0 Pro for #WordPress giveaway. For a chance to win it, follow @milangd and retweet http://dv4p.com/gdpt4

  3. You can tweet as many times as you want, the more the better are chances to win.

Promo coupon

To get 40% discount for this plugin (for yearly recurring payments standard and developer licenses, coupon is applied to initial payment only): GDPRESSTOOLS4. Coupon can be used until March 7 2011.

More about GD Press Tools Pro:
http://dv4p.com/gdpt

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MillaN
MillaN
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Programmer since the age of 12 and now WordPress developer with more than 8 years of WordPress experience, author of more than 100 plugins and more than 20 themes.

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  1. Twitted ­čÖé

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  2. Date time part of backup’s filename and times displayed in jobs panel still different from date time in the log ( log has correct values ).

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    1. MillaN says:

      It’s working for me, same function call is used for both based on the current_time() WordPress function. I will check again, maybe I missed something.

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  3. My website timezone GMT -7 hrs. As I said in the log the start of backup is, let’s say, 21:01:13 but in backup’s filename is 14:01:13 = GMT -14 hrs. Same applies to times in Jobs panel.

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    1. MillaN says:

      I understand but I can’t reproduce locally. I will try with the same timezone you have set. I am in +1, so maybe zone calculation is acting up, the function in WP for that looks strange to me.

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  4. Try this:
    `$blogtime = current_time(‘mysql’);
    list( $today_year, $today_month, $today_day, $hour, $minute, $second ) = split( ‘([^0-9])’, $blogtime );` and the perfect date and time of the blog is in these variables based on site’s time zone.

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    1. MillaN says:

      Well, I am using current_time only with timestamp value, and that is applied to backups to get dates, I will check why it’s not working.

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  5. `current_time(‘timestamp’)` returns incorrectly the timestamp GMT + gmt_offset(server) + gmt_offset(browser) which is useless.

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    1. MillaN says:

      Ah, I was sure that something is out of place there, but wasn’t sure what. I will add your solution as a function and use that. Thanks Frank.

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  6. WPThemeInfo says:

    I want win it >> http://twitter.com/#!/WPThemeInfo/status/43678234210074624

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    1. MillaN says:

      Too late for this one. Competition closed couple of hours ago: http://www.dev4press.com/2011/blog/announcements/winners-for-gd-press-tools-4-pro-giveaway/

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