GD Rating System Pro 1.3 – Pallas is new major release bringing new addons, support for custom icon fonts, improvements to widgets and shortcodes, new options, new filters and actions, many improvements and fixes.
Some of the features that are included in the Pro version are coming to Free plugin later this week, including one new addon, different improvements, and many new fixes.
Plugin currently directly supports some of the plugins that generated AMP or FIA pages, and that will be expanded in the future. But, you can hook into the plugin to override the detection process.
Second addon, Client Detection, is used to get information about the client browser and device, or to detect bots. It can log additional information with every vote and show that information in the Votes log. If this addon detects bot visiting the page, it can make the rating block inactive.
In the future versions, it will be possible to use the client information to filter logs.
Custom icons fonts
Major new feature is the support for registering and using custom fonts for icons. And, this version already includes additional icons from FontAwesome and more than 600 icons you can use for stars rating.
To make all that possible, there are some major changes in the way the plugin works with the fonts, a lot of the rendering behind the likes and thumbs are changed. That also fixed the problem with using some of the characters triggering WordPress Emoji replacement.
The plugin additional downloads include 3 simple example plugins for adding custom font, ASCII Unicode characters for icons and custom images.
That’s all for now, please report any issues and problems in the support forum. The knowledge base is expanded with new articles, so check it out.
Next major version 1.4 will be released in September, and it will include one new rating method and many other updates and improvements. After that, one more major version is expected in October with massive update scheduled for end of the year and version 2.0.
If you want to test GD Rating System Pro, you can request demo website where you can check out all the plugin features and decide if the Pro version is what you need. If not, you can download the free version, and evaluate it and maybe later decide on an upgrade. The free version can be download from WordPress plugins repository: GD Rating System on WordPress.org.