May Plugin and Theme Updates and Other WP Social News

We have several Updates to our WordPress Social Media Plugins and Theme Portfolio to tell you about which we have released here in May, plus a bundle of other News of what is going on here at WP Social.  If you have a lot of our products installed on your sites already then I am sure you have already seen the update nags in WordPress for them.  It is all good stuff and I can assure you there is nothing more but the same coming in the near and distant future.  We have a lot of changes coming to WP Social and we are glad to have you along for the ride.  All Updates can either be auto updated from your WordPress Admin Updates menu or you can download the latest from the Member My Account Dashboard.

 

WP Social Plugin and Theme Updates

Here is the Update log on what all has been updated and what has been done to make our products better for you:

= Version 1.0.5 (2013-05-15) =
* [*] Fixed social icons issue
* [*] Optimized navigation for Facebook integration
* [+] Added option to hide the page title
* [+] Added option to hide header and marketing bar
= Version 2.1.4 (2013-20-05) =
* [*] Optimized Code
* [*] Added option to change the slug for the custom post type reviews
= Version 2.1.3 (2013-05-15) =
* [*] Optimized Code
* [*] Added new shortcode for average user rating
* [*] Added new shortcode variations for review form
= Version 2.1.2 (2013-05-02) =
* [*] Fixed some small bugs
* [*] Optimized star rating on mobile devices
* [*] Added Verified Purchaser for Easy Digital Downloads
* [*] Added Verified Purchaser for Social Deals Engine
* [*] Fixed issue with WooCommerce product selection
= Version 2.0.8 (2013-05-15) =
* [*] Fixed design issue with review box
* [*] Optimized star rating
= Version 2.0.7 (2013-05-08) =
* [*] Fixed the 1 star and 2 stars rating from not showing up within the Reviews
* [*] Fixed Rich Snippets integration for home page
* [*] Added option to disable content scanning to prevent plugin conflicts
* [*] Updated the language .po file
* [*] Updated German translation
If you noticed in the Update Log above, it says SEO Booster Free and Pro.  Quite a few people do not realize there is a Free Version of the WP Social SEO Booster which has 90% of the functionality of the Pro Version, without the enhanced Google Plus and Twitter Card integrations, but comes with everything else.  You can download and get Free Automatic Updates to the SEO Booster Free Version by Downloading it here:

Upcoming Updates and Changes

We are working on tons of additional site enhancements here at WP Social as well as more Plugin and Theme Updates.  In fact, I would say we already have enough work to last us into 2014 without even thinking about it.  We have put a lot on our plate and a lot of it includes continued Upgrades to the Products we already have here at WP Social and New Releases as well.

In the next day or 2 you will see yet another Upgrade for the Social Review Engine.  We have identified some code tweaks with the help of some of you and we are now making the Social Review Engine faster and cleaner so it will operate even better on your blogs with minimal or no conflicts.  We are also adding in the ability to personalize the Title and URL Slug for the Reviews Custom Post Type which is created when you activate the Plugin on your blogs, making it easier to customize to your personal needs and even more SEO Friendly then what it already is.   We have a huge list of upgrades which go beyond this and you will see more of them over the next few months.

*Note:  This Updated has been added.  See the change log above.

Some of you may be wondering where the Social Deals Engine is in our current product list and why we haven’t released the Plugin and its Extensions here on WPSocial.com.  The answer is simple.  We are currently making the Plugin even better.  One of the things we identified is a need to integrate with different shopping carts to make development of extensions easier for those who want to take the Social Deals Engine further.  This is being made possible with our integration into the WooCommerce Framework.  This will give you a lot of options when adding features to the Social Deals Engine and open up the capabilities of the plugin beyond what we originally forecasted for it.  We are also working on a very robust Voucher Extension for the Plugin which will allow those of you who need this feature set to really open the doors for you and your business to unlimited possibilities of use with unlimited types of Offers and Deals.  I expect this all to be 2-3 weeks away from being released, but no worries, these are  all going to be just a simple Upgrade for those of you who already own the Plugin.

The Fan Page Engine is our next big release after this and has been pushed back more times than I can count.  We have put it into our Development queue as next in line after the Social Deals Engine Upgrades and Voucher Extensions are complete.  It is going to be one heck of a plugin.  For those of you who already own and love the Fan Page Builder, this is going to be a Free Upgrade and a long awaited one at that.  You already know how great of a plugin the Fan Page Builder is.  The Fan Page Engine is going to be really special.

We do have site Upgrades going on almost constantly.  Our in House Affiliate Program will be launched either tomorrow or Wednesday.  I meant to have this launched already, but my biggest personality flaw is I always have too much going on and it drains my time and good intentions.  The other site Upgrade you will see this week is we are moving our Tutorials, Videos, and additional Training to the Front End of the Site here so it is accessible to you without the need to login.  There are quite a few things which can be consolidated as far as our Tutorials go and we want to streamline this so it is easier for you and for us to manage.  This front end Knowledge Base will start to appear slowly over the coming days and weeks.

There is even more I could tell you about, but for now I will let it all be a surprise!

Stay Tuned.

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23 comments
Dave
Dave

Awesome, thanks Mike!

Dave
Dave

How is the voucher extension coming along? Any news on that?

Samuel Heins
Samuel Heins

I love all the WPSocial products. I have actually made some big sacrifices to own all the WPSocial Products. I know that someday I will make a bunch of money and make back all that I spent. I know that I am aligned with the right people here at WPsocial. I like the New Affiliate Program built right into WPSocial. Mike, can you offer a plugin that would allow me to give Affiliate Links? It would be great if it was like yours but had instant payment like some very popular marketer system offer. Anyway what ever you just had developed is great and I would pay for it.

Andy benson
Andy benson

Can't wait to get my hands on the voucher system! Keep up the great work! To the naysayers, Mike and Daniel are a breath of fresh air in a cesspool of so called "Im marketers". In fact I wouldn't even put them in that class. These guys are real developers selling real products that can actually improve your business. Integrity is never an issue and support is in a class of its own. Keep up the great work! Looking forward to seeing just how great the deals program will become!

PCTechRockIT
PCTechRockIT

How should i update social review theme without redoing all of my settings? there isn't a link saying there is an update available in WP's dashboard!

Dave
Dave

"very robust Voucher Extension". I like the sound of that! Can you elaborate? Will this be an extension that we will have to purchase separately?

vashajunot@gmail.com
[email protected]

Hi, how do I get my update? My Social Review Engine plugin is still showing 1.0 in the downloads area and Dashboard (with no link to auto-update). Also, I have sent a few support tickets with no reply.

ZNZ Steve
ZNZ Steve

I've been using SEO Booster Pro on all my sites and I love it! It helps all my sites get better search engine visibility. I highly recommend this plugin.

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

The voucher extension is done. We are working on the knowledge base tutorials for it and the new version of the Social Deals Engine now before releasing it sometime next week. Mike

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Thanks for the great comments Andy, they are truly appreciated. Our goal here is to continue moving forward to help businesses as much as we can with value added tools which bring results versus peddling gimmicks. Thanks again. Mike

Jeff C
Jeff C

Also if you got it via the Profit Marketer membership you have to buy it again as Mike went back on his word that WP Social products would continue to be made available to all Profit Marketer members when he left Profit Marketer. Not very trust worthy IMO.

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Is this a version of the Social Review Theme which was downloaded from WP Social or was it originally downloaded and installed via Profit Marketer? There is a difference in the Update Servers and since we no longer host our products at Profit Marketer an auto update would not be available. This would mean you simply need to upload the theme via FTP and overwrite the old theme. The database saves all your settings automatically so you would not lose any settings. Mike

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

All Extensions released now will have to be purchased separately. Too many hours of Development involved in making it happen not to. Right now we are looking at 2 phases of development for the Extension. Phase 1 which allows for Voucher Codes to be entered en mass to the plugin and then verified by the seller when redeemed for the purchase. A PDF Voucher will be able to be downloaded by the Buyer. Multiple settings to customize this are being added with features currently not available in any other plugin I have seen. Phase 2 of development includes the ability for Sellers to mark purchases as redeemed and also generate QR Codes to verify and redeem purchases as well. There is a heck of a lot more to it, but that is the basic description. I don't want any other plugin creators looking too deep into what we are developing here. :) Mike

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Check your SPAM filter because we respond to all Support tickets. Make sure you are using the support link here too, not the old support at wpsocial.com support address. It does not work anymore. You can get your Update to the latest version of any product we have by logging in here at WP Social and downloading the product from the Member Dashboard via the My Account icon link at the top right of every page on the site here. You don't need a special link, you simply need to login. The latest version of every product we have is always available. If you are still using a Version of the Plugin from Profit Marketer, then that could be the reason why you are not getting auto updates. We no longer allow Profit Marketer to distribute our products. All Buyers must download and use the licensing system here at WPSocial.com now. Mike

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Thanks Steve. I am glad you are seeing the benefits of using the plugin. Mike

Samuel Heins
Samuel Heins

Mike I have the Great Review Theme, and I was wondering if there is anything special I have to do to use it with WooCommerce? I guess I will have to look up WooCommerce to see if that has a cost.

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Wow, that is completely untrue. I didn't go back on my word at all. If someone purchased any WP Social product, they now have access here at WPSocial.com. The only Profit Marketer Members who did not get Free Access were Monthly Members of Profit Marketer. Why? Because there is no way for me to validate a monthly member who was a member for 2 months versus 12 months. So what I did instead was send out all Profit Marketer Monthly Members a 50% Off Coupon which would have allowed them to purchase a Lifetime Developer License to all the plugins here at WPSocial.com for $73.50. Plus, when you purchased a Profit Marketer Monthly Membership, you did not purchase the plugins there, you licensed them on a monthly basis for whatever your monthly membership fee was and if you stopped paying your monthly membership fee, you would also lose access to all the plugins no matter how many months you paid. This is a business and the business agreement with Profit Marketer was cancelled. I could have not given anyone from Profit Marketer access to the Plugins and Themes here at WP Social, but I did it to take care of those who did make that purchase. All Profit Marketer Lifetime and Developer Lifetime Members received a full Lifetime License to the WP Social Developer Bundle here at WPSocial.com for Free. I would like to know how that is not trustworthy? Mike

Dave
Dave

Mike! That is going to be amazing! Simple QR code redemption for vouchers will make the plugin an offline powerhouse and totally unique. I am really looking forward to that extension. Is Phase 1 and Phase 2 two different extensions or all-in-one? Keep up the great work BTW. Your plugins are some of the best out there.

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Thanks Collin, Yes I have to you and all the others as well. If a Life Member hasn't received access, they either didn't get the email I sent out or were not on the mailing list at all. I auto imported all members into WP Social here and in most cases all a PM Member has to do is use their email address in our Lost Password form to get access to their account I created for them already. This is simply a case of Jeff not knowing, maybe not being on the mailing list, and assuming. Now he knows and I am sure all is good. :) Mike

Colin M
Colin M

Hey Jeff C. In Mikes defence. I got access to WP Social Developer Bundle here at WPSocial.com for Free as I payed for the developer lifetime at Profit Marketer. Mike has kept his word and then some.

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Phase 1 is the initial release (so we can get it out there for those who need it) and Phase 2 is the Upgrade to the extension which will soon follow. It will be one extension, just delivered as we get major features completed. Thanks for the compliments. We truly appreciate them. I know Daniel does. Mike