Brand new, major release for GD Press Tools Pro brings numerous improvements, new features and bug fixes. Get rid of the Howdy in the Toolbar or try new SQL debugger, enjoy better backups, get more settings or new cleanup tools, or just get few more bugs fixed. It is your choice.

There are no major new features in this version, but still, it is packed with many small things, changes and improvements making for a long change log. This is important release to round-up all plans for current features, before making very important redesign of the plugin for next 4.5 version.

Howdy is now gone!
Howdy is now gone!

First valuable thing is that we can finally say good riddance to Howdy in the toolbar! You can change it to something else, remove small avatar and also remove the WordPress logo from the beginning of the toolbar. All this is available on the Adminbar tab in the Modules panel. And it works with WordPress 3.4 and 3.5.  Other new features include: option to disable XML-RPC in WordPress 3.5, improved security for the admin operations, more AJAX use on admin side.

Backup module has received many updates: new Dropbox upload library fixes some upload issues and gives more accurate information when upload fails. Database backup now needs much less PHP memory than before, and even with large databases, it will work with same amount of memory WordPress uses for normal admin pages. Previously, at least 80MB or more were needed, now 40MB to 64MB (depending on number of your plugins). In the same time, files backup needs some 15% less memory an before, and backup will work with less than 128MB in most cases. Website with 1GB size, needed 110MB of PHP memory to complete with no errors, and that is lower than any other backup plugin in the market (not using system zip programs). Downloading backup files now supports resuming of broken download.

New SQL Debugger
New SQL Debugger

As for bugs, few of them are fixed: exporting DB tables with whitespace in table name, download of large files with cache plugins active, canceling backup tasks in waiting status. Also, few other issues with metaboxes, stying and PHP warnings are fixed.

Debugger is now better optimized, and it has very powerful SQL Queries panel that now allows filtering and sorting based on the DB tables used, speed and size of the query with more relevant information that will help you find problems with the page execution. Debugger can be activated from the toolbar menu now. Tracker class is now improved and it will not load during the AJAX or CRON calls.

Important: Version 4.5 Pro will drop support for WordPress 3.0 and 3.1. Minimum requirements will change to need WordPress 3.2 or newer, PHP 5.2 or newer and mySQL 5.0 or newer.

Goal for the next development period is to make changes to the interface, to make it easier to use. Major new feature in the work is SEO module. Roadmap for next few major versions is updated, and you can check it out here. Also, new website dedicated to GD Press Tools is in works, and will go online next week.

If you have any issues with this new version, please report them in the forums or in the comments here.

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MillaN
MillaN
Dev4Press owner and lead developer

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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2 Comments

  1. Sorry, but I can’t seem to find the option for the new SQL debugger to show up. It looks great on the video.

    Thanks for the Howdy stuff, it’s a pain having to add that to all the WordPress sites I setup.

    Cheers, Paul.

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  2. Found the info here – http://www.dev4press.com/2012/tutorials/plugins/gd-press-tools/debugger-and-tracker-setup/

    Cheers, Paul.

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