Release Notes – WP Ultimo 1.10.4

Hello, everyone!

WP Ultimo 1.10.4 is here and we have a couple of important things to share with you.

Stripe SCA Update

Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) came into force on September 14, 2019.

The rule is a requirement of the European Union Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) and establishes that electronic payments need to be performed with multi-factor authentication, to increase their security.

After SCA, payment flows that don’t meet these requirements may be refused by customers’ banks.

In order to prevent such headache, WP Ultimo 1.10.4 brings the new Stripe checkout, which is already compatible with this directive. You can check Stripe SCA video and more by clicking here.

New Checkout is hosted on Stripe

Runcloud.io v.2 API Support

WP Ultimo was using the old Runcloud API, and the 2.0 release of their API broke our domain mapping integration. WP Ultimo 1.10.4 updates our code to make use of their new API.

There is no need to make any local changes or settings adjustments. The  Runcloud.io Configuration tutorial is still the same, only the code implementation differs.

And as a bonus, Runcloud is now on our list of host integrations with auto-SSL support – since the new API offers it – alongside with Closte, WPMU DEV, and CPanel. WP Ultimo will automatically redeploy your SSL certificate on RunCloud, which allows the newly added domains to be included on the new certificate.

You can check our Changelog to see everything that comes with WP Ultimo version 1.10.4.

Other things you should know about

Our Admin Themes are not on CodeCanyon anymore

We finally transitioned our admin themes to a recurring revenue model as well, removing them from CodeCanyon. We wrote a post explaining the reasons why

To celebrate the move, we are offering 30% OFF on the Lifetime option for both of them until September 30: Just use the coupon code NEWHOME during checkout. Visit  Material WP  and  PRO Theme websites, where the Admin Themes are now sold.

Note: The themes are available as add-ons for WP Ultimo on the Lifetime and Pro plans, but that version does not support stand-alone use (being used without WP Ultimo). These are the stand-alone versions =)

We are happy to be part of The Grand Ecommerce Giveaway 2019, by Cloudways

This year, WP Ultimo and WP Admin Pages PRO – another one of the plugins developed by NextPress – are part of this awesome contest promoted by Cloudways.

On this edition, the giveaway is worth more than $175,000 and you can win this by participating in the contest! Just click here to learn more about this initiative and here to start your journey to win!

WP Ultimo 2.0 Beta Release

As an update about WP Ultimo 2.0, we’re finally getting there. A feature-freeze beta version will be available for testing on September 30. Keep an eye on the announcement card on the Trello Roadmap for more info and updates.

We hope you enjoy all the news as much as we do!

Kind Regards.

Release Notes – WP Ultimo 1.9.8 and Add-ons

Hello everyone.

WP Ultimo version 1.9.8 is out and, despite not bringing major improvements or new features, it addresses some small issues that were bugging users and super admins alike.

These include:

  • Bug in the responsiveness of the template selection step on signup;
  • 502 errors on some hosting providers when the Auto Login after Registration option was active;
  • Password reset on the sub-sites (redirecting back to the main site is no longer needed).

WP Ultimo 2.0 Beta

We know how much you guys are looking forward to WP Ultimo 2.0. And so are we, here at NextPress HQ.

Unfortunately (and for that we are really, really sorry =/), we had to postpone this launching – which would happen on Monday, 25th – to this Sunday, March 3rd.

We found a small issue while testing some of the new code that might mean we’ll have to make adjustments to the database structure, and we need some time to figure out the best way to make it as future-proof as possible.

Most of the features we promised for 2.0 are ready, though, including the new checkout screen, tax support, and add-on sales (we have some screenshots for you down below). You can keep yourself up-to-date with the development by visiting our public Roadmap.

New Checkout UI
2.0 adds taxes support (with VAT as an add-on for EU)

Add-ons

Today we are also releasing new major and minor versions of some of WP Ultimo’s Add-ons.

Admin Page Creator 1.4.0

This is the biggest release for Admin Page Creator since the addition of Page Builder support on version 1.3.0.

It adds some cool new features, such as External Link support, inline editing for page builders, meta data interpolation, and more.

Stand-alone Version

Since the day we came up with the idea for Admin Page Creator we knew it had potential to become a plugin on its own.

The fact the we were constantly asked by users if they would be able to use it on a single site install, or without WP Ultimo, made us realize we were probably right on our original assumption.

That’s why we’ve just released a stand-alone version of this add-on: a separated plugin that goes by the name of WP Admin Pages PRO

Now, it also has its own Documentation page and its own Roadmap, where you can follow its development progress and suggest new features. Some of the things we plan to add include support to Admin Pages built on Gutenberg and DIVI!

It’s important to highlight that if you are a WP Ultimo user there’s no need to worry. All the features in the plugin and in the add-on are the same, and the add-on will receive the same updates as the plugin.

The only difference lies here: WP Ultimo: Admin Page Creator (the add-on) depends on WP Ultimo’s code, and will only work in Multisite environments with WP Ultimo installed and activated. On the other hand, WP Admin Pages PRO (the stand-alone plugin) works on either single or multisite installs, and you don’t need to have WP Ultimo running to use it!

If you think you have a use case for a stand-alone version of Admin Page Creator, we are offering 50% off for WP Ultimo users! Just use WPULTIMO during checkout on WP Admin Pages PRO.

New Free Add-on: WP Ultimo Language Selector

We are happy to present you WP Ultimo Language Selector!

With our new free add-on, users will be able to switch languages on the sign-up flow and on the login page.

We also prepared a small guide covering the basics of how to set it up and how it works.

Language Selector Add-on
Language Selector Add-on

WP Ultimo: WooCommerce Integration – 1.2.2

  • Setup Fee support added to the WooCommerce Subscription integration/
  • Minor bugfixes.

WP Ultimo: Plugin and Theme Manager – 1.2.2

  • Minor bugfixes.

Pro Theme – 1.0.1

  • Fixes in small compatibility issues with Gutenberg.

Feature Plugin: WP Ultimo Blocks

Since version 5.0, WordPress has a new editor experience: Gutenberg (now simply called the Block Editor). It completely replaces the old post edit screen and adds a new block-based interface. I’m sure you all have seen it, but just in case you were living under a rock over the past few months, here’s what it looks like:

The new Block Editor
The new Block Editor

Introducing WP Ultimo Blocks

Gutenberg is a really exciting tool and despite the controversies surrounding its development (a whole different discussion), it opens a lot of cool opportunities and we are eager to experiment on those.

WP Ultimo Blocks is a new Feature Plugin that basically ports our shortcodes to blocks, which you can then use on Gutenberg pages.

Our Blocks

Pricing Table

You can add pricing tables on your Gutenberg pages, selecting which plans you want to display and which colors to use.

Pricing Table

Template List

In a similar manner, you can add a Template List block, displaying your available templates. You can select the number of columns, if you want to display the title and filter bar, and, most importantly, which templates you want to appear.

Template List Block
Template List Block

Restrict Content

Now you also have a slick interface to manage restrict content in your main site, check out the demo below!

Restrict Content
Restrict Content

Notes

This is still pretty experimental, that’s why it is being released as a Feature Plugin. We would love to hear what you think, though! Let us know if you have any ideas about what blocks we can build next!

— Arindo Duque

WP Ultimo 1.9.0 is out! Domain Reseller integration with OpenSRS, new pricing structure, and development roadmap strategy for 2.0 features

Hello, everyone.

This post is going to be HUUUGE, so I apologize in advance.

It announces a couple of very important things. The Table of Contents below is your friend. Use it to navigate this huge mess! This post talks about:

  1. I’m releasing a new version of WP Ultimo: 1.9.0 (and new patch releases of some add-ons to make them compatible with 1.9.0);
  2. I’m also releasing one of the most requested features of 2.0, a domain reseller integration with OpenSRS (with a framework in place to implement other providers in the future);
  3. I’m going to take a different approach to 2.0 feature developments and I need your help;
  4. WP Ultimo prices will change and we’ll switch to a subscription model for new purchases, starting in December.

WP Ultimo version 1.9.0

In this release, I replaced a huge chunk of old legacy code that was holding us back. I completely rewrote the admin page framework to be based entirely on WordPress dashboard widgets (which will make it so much easier for developers to add things to our admin pages). This should also have a positive impact on the performance of WP Ultimo admin pages.

Your experience should remain unchanged on the admin panels though, as the changes were designed to look and feel exactly like they worked before and to be backwards compatible (if you have developed custom code for the admin pages, they should continue to work normally).

The goal with this release is to make sure we didn’t break anything while implementing those changes.

New Features of 1.9.0

“Contact Us” as a price option for Plans

You can now add a “Contact Us” message and a link to the pricing tables for a given plan instead of having a definite price.

Plan Duplication

You can now duplicate plans with just one click, directly from the Plans list table.

New Plan signup URL format

Up until this point, the Shareable URL for plans followed an ugly admin-ajax format. Although we still support that to make it backwards compatible, the shareable URLs for plans now have a more elegant look: yournetwork.com/yourregisterpageslug/frequency/planslug e.g. mynetwork.com/register/1/pro. You can edit the plan slug on the Plan edit screen.

In order to work, this feature requires that you have pretty permalink activated and a custom slug set for the registration page on WP Ultimo Settings Network Settings.

Option to link to an external Terms page

If you prefer to host your term pages elsewhere (for example, on the main site suing a normal page to keep the look and feel of your brand), that’s now possible on the Network Settings options page.

Bug Fixes

This version addresses a number of annoying issues some users were having, including the need to re-select templates on the plan edit page, errors on the template previewer, a fix for the WooCommerce setup redirect taking precedence over the WP Ultimo payment screen and a number of other things. The complete changelog can be found here.

Some users were reporting problems with the updater and the add-on installer. This was also fixed.

WP Ultimo version 1.9.0 also includes other new “features” that are tied together to our new development strategy for 2.0. We’ll talk about them below

What about 2.0?

My original plan for 2.0 was quite simple: I would simply add the features I had in mind all at once, release consecutive alpha and beta versions to validate them, while continuing to provide support to 1.8.0 with patch releases on a different code branch.

While this looked good on paper to me, it became unsustainable in a matter of weeks. Fixes for 1.8.0 were touching parts of the code I was rewriting for 2.0 and mergeability suffered greatly.

To make things even more complicated, engagement on the Beta Program has not reached the levels I (naively) anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming you guys. You have already a lot on your plate making sure your networks are running smoothly and that your clients are happy.

It was clear to me that this approach was going to lead nowhere. I had to take some time to rethink the plan and I think I came up with a better solution: Feature Plugins.

Don’t worry, I was able to extract off a good portion of the features I had already implemented to 2.0 and you’ll start to see them roll out soon (starting today! keep reading for more =P).

How do Feature Plugins work?

The idea is simple, and it’s not new. The WordPress core development team has been using it for ages now (which just makes me feel stupid from not using this from day one – specially since we had the add-ons infrastructure already in place).

How do feature plugins work, then? You basically develop a desired feature as an external plugin and only after it is tested and it works with the core product you bring the code inside.

This is what is being done right now with Gutenberg and it is one of the reasons why development on it is taking place in such a rapid pace. Another example that not a lot of people know about is the flat look of the admin panel, introduced in WP version 3.7, which was once a hidden plugin in the repository called MP6.

This approach offers several advantages:

  • For me:
    • It makes sure WP Ultimo is as extensible as possible, since we need to be able to modify pretty much every core behavior from an external plugin. This is something crucial if we are to have a strong third-party extensions ecosystem in the future (it is already starting to happen and building this ecosystem is going to be a main priority in the coming months);
    • I can bring on developers to the team without requiring them get familiar with the entirety of the WP Ultimo codebase before contributing meaningful code;
  • For you:
    • One of the problems with a huge, all-new-code 2.0 release was the fear of completely breaking users’ networks. This was something that was getting into my head, adding an immense amount of pressure on me. Later, I realized that this is something that was making a lot of you nervous as well. You battled days and nights to get your network to work just right and although it might be good to have that one new feature, if that meant that your whole project could go to space, installing 2.0 was going to be a huge source of stress and maybe some of you wouldn’t even do it. Feature Plugins remove (or at least greatly diminish) this fear.

This also gives me time to think if a given feature is something fit to be in Core.

The domain selling feature, for example. It seemed to be a good idea to have a feature like that on the Core plugin, but after implementing it and realizing how huge that is on its own (and how it will continue to grow when we add support to other providers), I realized that it might be a better idea to have it as an add-on. This is up for discussion, though. Be sure to leave your opinions in the comments below. Ahh, it wouldn’t be a paid add-on because there is no such thing as a paid add-on anymore. Read the pricing change section for more info on that.

The new plan: walking our way up to 2.0

Once you install the 1.9.0 update, in addition to the Add-ons panel WP Ultimo always had, you’ll see a new menu item called Feature Plugins. On that panel, you’ll be able to see a list of all the available Feature Plugins (just one for now). You can install them directly from that page. Once activated, your install will have the feature in question enabled.

I’ll use this mechanism to release most of the new features posted on the roadmap. Of course, some of those will require additions to WP Ultimo code itself. We’ll release those additions as 1.9.X versions.

Feature plugins that get mature enough will be brought into Core if it is where they belong (will be converted to add-ons otherwise). Eventually, in a gradual and subtle manner, all the major pieces will be in place and we’ll reach 2.0.

With all that said, I need your help in two ways:

Enable automatic error reporting

A better error reporting system

While the Beta Program, the forums, and the Intercom chat are all good to have, they are an active feedback system. It means that you need to go out of your way to install the beta software or to write a bug report and send it to me. That all takes time, a lot of time, and if the issue at hand can be “resolved” by simply turning WP_DEBUG and error_display off, I won’t ever get to know it even existed in the first place.

To address this and make sure we don’t add a single error line to your log files we are introducing a new passive way to report bugs. All it does is send to me any WP Ultimo error that happens on your network. It does not send over any sensitive data, or your API keys, or anything like that. Just your network URL, the WP Ultimo version you are running and some environmental variables (PHP version, MySQL version etc).

This is what we see on our end when you encounter an error

This is an opt-in program. You can turn it on at WP Ultimo Settings General.

It doesn’t add any overhead to your network install.

Help me prioritize!

Our current roadmap does not do a great job of letting me know what you guys really need on your networks. I’m looking for a way of gathering meaningful data on what to prioritize and you’ll probably receive a poll in the next weeks asking a few questions about WP Ultimo features and your networks.

It would be awesome if you could participate on that =)

Allow your clients to register domains right from the signup flow

Our first Feature Plugin: Domain Selling directly on the signup flow!

One of the features I was able to extract from the 2.0 codebase was the domain selling integration with OpenSRS. It was built with expandability in mind. This means that the framework to add new providers in the future (like Namecheap and others) is already in place.

This feature plugin implements a pretty straight-forward flow:

  1. You select which plans support domain registrations;
  2. WP Ultimo adds a new step on the signup flow, called “Custom Domain”;
  3. Your users search for an available domain that they like and select it;
  4. Then, you have two choices:
    1. Allow the registration to happen right after the signup is done, which means that as soon as the account gets created WP Ultimo will send the purchase request to OpenSRS (aka, money will be deducted from your balance over there right away), OR…
    2. You can configure WP Ultimo to only place the domain purchase order when you receive the first payment confirmation from the user, which is advisable.
  5. WP Ultimo will then add the mapping as an inactive mapping on the users’ site and start to periodically check for DNS propagation;
  6. Once WP Ultimo detects that the domain is pointing to the right IP address (your network’s), the mapping will be activated and the user site will be accessible via the mapped domain.

Since this uses the regular WP Ultimo domain mapping functionality, all the integrations already supported by WP Ultimo will support domains purchased during the signup flow as well. This means that if you are on a hosting provider that supports autoSSL, like Closte.com, for example, the entire domain registration and SSL certificate fetching flow is now covered by WP Ultimo.

The plugin only supports domain registration during the signup flow for now. There’s no UI for the user to purchase a domain from inside the WordPress dashboard. This also means that users that upgrade from a plan that does not support domain registration will not be able to register a domain after the upgrade. This is something I’ll address in the next releases.

As mentioned before, this Feature Plugin will be available to install on the Feature Plugins admin page as soon as you update to 1.9.0.

I also wrote a tutorial teaching how to configure OpenSRS in order for the plugin to work. You can read it here.

New Prices

WP Ultimo will be 2 years old this Nov 21. Time truly flies…

I coded the last lines of what was going to be version 0.0.1 on a library in Minnesota (where I was doing a semester abroad through one of my university’s exchange programs). I was so sure no one would trust some random guy from Brazil with their money that I placed a pretty low price tag on it and I made it a one time fee as some sort of competitive advantage.

The price I had back them is the exact same price we have today. We’re still rocking that one time fee. However, WP Ultimo is no longer the same product it was back then. Not by a long shot.

WP Ultimo now powers a considerable amount of businesses in more than 20 different countries. There are people quitting their jobs to focus full-time on their networks running WP Ultimo. There are fuc#!&ng multinationals with 9-digit annual revenue creating products on top of WP Ultimo. This is not something I could have ever imagined.

While this is incredibly awesome and professionally affirming, it does mean that there’s a lot more pressure over my work now. Taking a network down with a bug can mean taking away the only source of income of a family somewhere. Although a bit extreme, this is the kind of thought that goes through my mind these days.

With all that being said, my number one priority right now is making sure WP Ultimo is a sustainable business in the long run. I want to be able to continue to work on it for the next 5-10 years at least. I want to grow a huge community around it and to have a team helping me support you so you can do what you do best.

This means that I’ll no longer be able to offer the plugin at the same pricing point. This also means that we’ll be switching to a yearly subscription model, like most premium WP plugins do.

Starting on the 15th of December, WP Ultimo licenses will be sold at the following price points:

  • Starter – $99/year – 1 Network
  • Plus – $169/year – 3 Networks
  • Pro – $249/year – Unlimited Networks
  • Lifetime – $499 one-time payment – Unlimited Networks

Pro and Lifetime license holders will have access to all premium (currently, the paid add-ons) and free add-ons.

Starter and Plus plans will have access to the free add-ons.

“I already own a license, what does that mean to clients like me?”

You bought a lifetime license, so you’ll continue to have access to support and updates. In addition to that, starting from Dec 15, you’ll have access to all premium add-ons at no extra charge.

The network count limitations of your license will continue to apply, though. If you own a Single Network license, you have until Dec 14 – 23:59 to upgrade to the Unlimited Networks license paying the current price.

It’s all about community!

I know that Facebook seems to be the place to be when it comes to discussing WP Ultimo networks. Unfortunately, I still think I’m not ready to join you there (I spent a lot of time trying to get rid of Facebook as it was so disruptive to my work and I’m afraid of coming back). I’m doing my best to be able to do that in the future, though.

I do miss being able to be closer to people building networks using WP Ultimo. That’s why, starting on December, I’ll host biweekly hangouts. The idea is to have a space where we can all talk face to face, get to know each other, discuss WP Ultimo features and so on. This is not meant to be a webinar where I’d be talking and you’d be listening. The idea is to have a conversation.

I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not and I think there’s only one way to find out. I’ll let you guys know once I have more details, but I would love to hear what you think in the comments below!

I think that’s all I had to share today.

Hope you enjoy this release and the Domain Selling feature plugin!

Kind regards,

Arindo Duque.

Launching Admin Page Creator, WP Ultimo 1.6.2 with CPanel Support, MailChimp Add-on 1.1.0, and AffiliateWP Integration Add-on 1.1.0

tl;dr version: WP Ultimo 1.6.2 brings some fixes reported since the last release, including the AffiliateWP table error on sign-up. It also adds CPanel support to the list of supported domain mapping integrations. We’re launching a brand new add-on that allows admins to add pages to the sub-sites admin panel and new versions of our MailChimp and AffiliateWP integrations are out.

 

Hello everyone!

I worked in a bunch of different stuff the past few days that I want to share with you all!

New Add-on – WP Ultimo: Admin Page Creator

Adding new pages and sub-pages to the admin panel of your clients can be a complicated task if you do not have the necessary coding skills. Coupling that with access control, like only allowing certain plans or roles to access that page brings things to a whole other level in terms of complexity. WP Ultimo: Admin Page Creator aims to fix that.

It adds a simple, but powerful UI to your Network Admin, allowing you to create pages and sub-pages for the back-end with the same ease you do for the front-end. It also offers custom HTML, CSS and JavaScript support, as well as access control based on plan and user role!

Click here to visit the overview/tutorial of WP Ultimo: Admin Page Creator and here to buy it now!

WP Ultimo 1.6.2

This version is just a patch release, so not much going on in terms of new features. However, this version address two major issues users complain about for a long time: super admins no longer get removed from the main site when adding a new one and we also fixed the duplication error some users were having during the sign-up flow when AffiliateWP is active on the template sites.

CPanel Support

This version also adds CPanel to the list of supported platforms for mapped domain syncing. Now, every new mapped domain gets automatically added as an Add-on Domain on CPanel. Network admins need to add come configuration to their wp-config.php to get this to work. Here’s a tutorial detailed the steps required.

If you want us to add support to another platform, please let us know in the comments below. Unfortunately, due to their API limitations, we are not able to implement a similar feature for Kinsta and Flywheel.

Complete Changelog for WP Ultimo 1.6.2

Version 1.6.2 - 03/05/2018
- Fixed: Small spelling mistakes on the dashboard;
- Fixed: Broadcasts widgets take the whole screen now on larger screens;
- Fixed: Link on the bottom of the HTML email template having a /1, which causes the link to be broken;
- Fixed: Making sure we don't show the "Use this Template" outside a sign-up context;
- Fixed: Small activation error on the site-hooks file;
- Fixed: Small bug on the Jumper builder, causing broken links;
- Fixed: Error copying AffiliateWP tables over from template sites halting the sign-up process;
- Fixed: Super Admin being removed from the main site when creating new site;
- Improved: All strings of the PDF invoices are now translatable;
- Improved: Added an option to filter the wp_die title;
- Improved: We now check post limits when trying to restore posts to avoid users trashing and restoring posts to bypass plan limitations;
- Improved: Invite and Account Activation emails are now sent using our email template;
- Added: Experimental Search and Replace filter added;
- Added: CPanel support! Domains get automagically added to the CPanel Add-on Domains panel after mapping;

 

MailChimp Add-on – Version 1.1.0

We also have a brand new release of our MailChimp Integration add-on available for update. It addresses a number of issues reported by users and it adds a new integration mode, allowing network admins to user MailChimp groups. I also wrote a tutorial explaining how to use the add-on that covers the new mode as well.

AffiliateWP Add-on – Version 1.1.0

A new version of our AffiliateWP is also out, adding support to Recurring Referrals! A brand new tutorial explaining how to use the add-on was also added to our knowledge base!

WP Ultimo 1.6.0 – Release Notes

tl;dr version: This version includes Webhooks (allowing integrations with services like Zapier), Template Switching, and the option to add a visits count limit on plans. It also includes support for WP Engine and Cloudways, custom trial periods for different plans, and a slick new way of jumping between pages for network admins.

I’m proud to announce that WP Ultimo 1.6.0 is out and it packs a lot of cool features. Without further ado, let’s dive into what’s new:

Webhooks

Webhooks Screen inside WP Ultimo

Running a business can get really complicated these days, with tons of data to keep in sync between a number of different tools, which can include accounting, marketing, and automation, etc.

Instead of developing dozens of different add-ons to integrate WP Ultimo with different services, I decided to go down the path that gives us most flexibility, and that allows network admins to take the most out of the services available on the web: enter Webhooks.

Webhooks are triggered every time an important event happens on the network. They take the data generated by that event (like the username, plan selected, user email, and more, in the case of an account creation event, for example) and send it as a request to a configurable URL.

The true power of webhooks emerges when they are used in conjunction with Integration services like Zapier and IFTTT. Those services take the webhook data and allow you to hook that data to other services.

That means that you can add that user email address to a MailChimp list, or receive an SMS every time a payment fails on the network. The possibilities are endless.

For those that are not familiar with webhooks or Zapier, I wrote a handy tutorial explaining how to integrate WP Ultimo’s Webhooks with Zapier to create a simple integration that posts a notification on a Slack channel every time a new user signs up on your network.

Our example integration with Slack in action

WP Ultimo now has 8 different events that can trigger a webhook call (and we’ll continue to expand that list in the future): Account Created, Account Deleted, Payment Received, Successful Payment, Failed Payment, Refund Issued, Plan Changes, and New Domain Mapping.

WP Engine and Cloudways Domain Mapping Integration

WP Ultimo now is capable of automatically syncing the domains mapped inside the network with the domain settings of the WP Engine and Cloudways. This is means that network admins no longer need to manually update domain settings on those platforms in order to get the mappings to really work.

  • WP Engine users: You are all set. No extra action is required and domains will be synced every time a new domain is added or removed after you upgrade to 1.6.0.
  • Cloudways users: In order to get automatic syncing to work, there’s some extra configuring that needs to be done. Follow this tutorial and you’ll be set in under 5 minutes.

Introducing: The WP Ultimo Jumper!

Managing a network can be quite tedious sometimes as a lot of time is spent navigating between the pages of the network admin panel, your hosting provider dashboard panel and all of that. The Jumper aims to minimize that wasted time by providing an easier way to navigate between those pages. It is just a simple navigation UI similar to Spotlight on MacOS, for those familiar with it. It can be launched by using the ctr + alt +g shortcut (cmd + option + g on Mac).

New Jumper UI in action

I also prepared a handy tutorial on our knowledge base explaining how to customize your Jumper to improve your workflow.

Template Switching

The new Switch Template button, on the user Dashboard. Also in the picture is the new site Visits limit in action

Although potential clients can select template sites to build their own during sign-up, they had no way of switching to another template option if they later discovered their original choice was not the best one for them. Version 1.6.0 allows users to switch templates after sign-up!

Monthly Visits Limit on Plans

Admins can now set a monthly limit for site visits. Every page view counts as one visit (site owner and super admin visits don’t get computed). The site front-end gets locked up if the limit is reached. The limit is reset on a monthly basis.

Custom trial periods per Plan

New trial override option inside the Plan edit page

Network admins can now set a custom number of trial days for each of the plans on the platform separately on the Plan edit page.

Important Improvements

Redesigned Broadcasts page

  1. The Broadcasts page was completely reorganized to provide a better experience when writing emails and alert messages to your users, including a preview box so you can see exactly how your users will view your message on their dashboard.
  2. A lot of unused scripts were removed and other were grouped to be loaded only when strictly needed; A considerable number of scripts were being loaded from their full version and not the minified ones. That was also fixed. I saw up to 15% performance improvement on overall load times while testing this release.
  3. Max (@max42, on our community forum) did a very throughot review of our activation functions (mostly involving database creation) and found some database errors being thrown there. Those errors are harmless, but in order to avoid “dirtying” the logs of our user’s networks, I revised the activation process and those errors are no longer being thrown.

Important Bug-fixes

  1. The new template previewer screen, introduced on 1.5.5, was behaving strangely in some particular situations. That was fixed;
  2. In some networks, clients were not being auto-logged in after sign-up. I took some steps to prevent this from happening – and it does seem to have solved the issue, at least in my test environments.

Tutorials mentioned in the Post

  1. Integrating WP Ultimo with Zapier using Webhooks
  2. Configuring automatic domain syncing with Cloudways
  3. How to use the WP Ultimo Jumper to be more efficient

Complete Changelog

Version 1.6.0 - 21/04/2018
- Fixed: "Select Template" showing up in the site template previewer when in shortcode context;
- Fixed: Template Previewer is handling SSL for subdomains in the right way now;
- Fixed: Template Previewer taking into account the plan selected previously, to display only the templates available for that selected plan;
- Fixed: "www." appearing on the site-url previewer;
- Fixed: Incompatibility with WP All Import WooCommerce Add-on;
- Fixed: Small portion of the bottom of the site preview being cut off on the Previewer screen;
- Fixed: Users with Subscriptions created with no sites can now create sites from the panel without getting a "no permissions" error;
- Fixed: Missing variable on domain mapping causing redirect errors in edge cases;
- Fixed: Auto-login after registration not working in some environments;
- Fixed: Invoice generator not being able to handle filenames with special characters and throwing errors;
- Improved: Re-phrased the Sunrise.php check step on the Setup Wizard to make clear that users must add the define('SUNRISE', true); line above the /* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */;
- Improved: Added extra check on subscriptions to make sure free subscriptions are not getting expiring & expired notification emails;
- Improved: Reorganized the broadcasts screen to add a preview block and to clean up the send form;
- Improved: Added a login link on the "Site is not available" screen for admins to log in when "Block Front-end Access" is enabled;
- Improved: Replaced the old "No Preview" image with something less intrusive;
- Improved: Re-adjust the aspect ratio (320x179) of the template preview blocks to match the new resolution returned by the screenshot scraper;
- Improved: Adopted a more aggressive minification strategy for WP Ultimo scripts, boosting performance and reducing file sizes up to 50%;
- Improved: Making sure dbDelta does not dirty the logs with database errors on activation;
- Improved: Added a filter to allow developers to add custom meta to sites after site creation on the signup;
- Added: Option to prevent search engines from indexing template sites;
- Added: New feature allowing users to switch templates after sign-up;
- Added: New feature allowing admins to add a visit limit for plans;
- Added: New feature allowing admins to overwrite the trial settings on the plan edit page;
- Added: Different listing option on the Network Admin -> Sites page to list only Template sites;
- Added: Webhooks! Support for 8 events (Account Created, Account Deleted, Payment Received, Successful Payment, Failed Payment, Refund Issued, Plan Changes, New Domain Mapping), more will be added as we go;
- Added: WP Engine support! Domains get automagically added to the WP Engine panel after mapping;
- Added: Cloudways support! Domains get automagically added to the Cloudways panel after mapping;
- Added: Jumper UI that allows admin to easily switch between admin pages;

 

Let me know your thought on our new release in the comments below!

WP Ultimo 1.5.5 – Release Notes

Hello, everyone. Version 1.5.5 is out! It adds some cool new features and fixes important issues across the plugin. Let’s dive in, shall we?

tl;dr: 1.6.0 containing tax support will take longer, so 1.5.5 is being released as an intermediary release with new features. It addresses mapped domain issues in the customizer; implements a top-bar on the site template screen; global plugin activation for plans, and notification emails when trials and subscriptions are about to expire.

 

Why 1.5.5 and not 1.6.0?

Our original plan was to release version 1.6.0, a major update containing tax support and VAT functionality. However, Implementing Tax support and making all the features around it 100% VAT compliant requires some changes on how WP Ultimo processes things internally, which will take more time to get done.

As we had a bunch of cool features and important fixes implemented, we didn’t want to make you wait a lot more so we could ship them alongside tax support, so I decided to release this intermediary version to make the new features & fixes available.

Tax Support & VAT will be released soon as a “feature-plugin”, meaning it will be available on the add-ons page as a free add-on so people can test and provide feedback. After that phase, we will incorporate that feature into core once everything is sorted out.

 

What’s new on 1.5.5?

Here are some of the cool features we added on version 1.5.5.

 

 

Adds a top-bar to the template preview screen.

Top-bar on Site Template Previews

WP Ultimo now adds a top-bar on the site template preview screen, during the sign-up. This allows the potential client to simply click on the “Use this template button” to select that template, to easily navigate between templates from the drop-down menu (with mini-previews) and even visualize the responsiveness of the chosen template by switching to different device screen sizes.

The top-bar colors and texts can be edited in the WP Ultimo Settings -> Styling Tab, and this functionality can be disabled altogether on WP Ultimo Settings -> Network Settings.

 

 

Activate/Deactivate for Plans

Activating and Deactivating Plugins for Plans

Network admins can now globally activate/deactivate plugins for all the sites on a specific plan directly from the Network Admin Plugins list.

The process is done in the background to avoid timeouts and other issues (possible when dealing with large networks) and runs the activate and deactivate hooks of each plugin selected, allowing them to correctly set-up custom tables and other necessary things if needed.

 

 

Expiring/Expired Notification Emails

Expiring and Expired Trial and Subscription Emails

Emails for expiring and expired trial periods and subscriptions were also added in this release. Network admins can now set in how many days before the trial or subscription is set to expire they want to send the notification email.

An email also gets sent once the trial or subscription expires and no payment method was added.

Both emails can be disabled and modified in the WP Ultimo Settings -> Emails Tab, where the admins can also set the “days prior” setting.

 

Bugfixes

This version also addresses important issues, especially regarding mapped domains.
The customizer now loads sites with mapped domains without any issues on the previewer screen. Image srcset attributes are also being filtered, replacing the old image URLs with mapped versions when a domain map is present, prevent CORS issues.

 

Complete Changelog

Version 1.5.5 - 07/03/2018
- Fixed: Change plan was not triggering role change and meta update of plan_id on the user;
- Fixed: We now force avatar display on our pages even when that option is disabled on the main site settings;
- Fixed: Customizer not loading preview in when a mapped domain is active;
- Fixed: Domain Mapping box on User Account page now gets the right URL for CNAME for Multisite installs running inside a directory (like yourdomainname.com/wp, for example);
- Fixed: Subscription being marked as "trialing" wrongfully because weak type checking of the trial days attribute;
- Fixed: When a site template was no longer available, a "false" option would be displayed in the template selection screens during sign-up;
- Fixed: Fixed on the double animation effect on the princing table frequency selector;
- Important: We now use the locale of the user to render the Stripe box - Support languages: zh, da, nl, en, fi, fr, de, it, ja, no, es, sv;
- Improved: Changing the trial now updates the active until, to make sure we correctly categorize subscriptions as "on-hold";
- Improved: The quotas widget is now always hidden to the subscriber role;
- Added: Coupons now support limitations by plan and billing frequencies;
- Added: Top-bar added on the template preview page;
- Added: Notification Emails added for expiring and expired subscriptions;
- Added: Notification Emails added for expiring and expired trial periods;
- Added: Option to Activate and Deactivate plugins for plans directly from the Plugin Screen in the network admin;

 

WP Ultimo 1.5.4 Release Notes

Hello, everyone.

We are getting back to our regular schedule of new releases every 12 days or so with new features (with urgent fixes being released when necessary). Version 1.5.4 addresses some small issues reported by users, optimizes old parts of the code, and contain some cool long-waited features.

WooCommerce Integration Version 1.1.2 is also out with some fixes, as well as code to enforce that orders get automatically changed to completed after payment_completed() is called by the payment gateway, making sure WP Ultimo’s hooks run when they need to (to renew subscriptions and send out invoices)..

New Features

Version 1.5.4 comes packed with a lot of cool features, including:

 

Roles per plan

Super admins can now select different roles for each of the plans in the network. These roles will be used during account creation, but any change in that settings will also refresh the roles of all users on that plan, giving admins a lot of control over what users on a given plan can see and/or do.

 

Templates per plan

Another long waited-feature is the ability to filter what templates are shown to the client when he selects a given plan. WP Ultimo now allows super admins to overwrite the Available Templates on the template selection step on a per plan basis.

 

Locking Post Types

Another featured added to plans was the possibility of locking post types altogether.

 

Better subscription date control

Up to our last version, WP Ultimo only allowed super admins to change subscription dates (most importantly, the active until date) up to the day. Now it is possible to change the hour and minute for more granular control and better testing. This was also extended to the expire date of coupon codes and other parts of the plugin. A small clock was also added to the WP Ultimo’s top bar to display the server time in real time.

 

Email notification for Super admins on domain mapping

In some network setups, domain mapping can require extra actions for the network admin. In those cases, it is useful to get a notification when a client maps a domain to his/her site. WP Ultimo now has a email template to do just that, sending an email to the network admin when a new domain is mapped on the network.

 

Plan and Billing Frequency added to the Subscription -> Add New page

The add new page now allows super admins to select which plan and frequency to use for the newly created subscription.

 

Activity Stream Widget

Super admins will now find in their Dashboard a Activity Stream widget, providing an overview of the most recent transactions on the network. This is the initial version of the widget and more useful information and events will be added as we continue to develop this feature.

 

Gravatar display on the Subscriptions list table

To help makes things more personal and to add a little bit of color to a rather dull-looking page, the Subscription list table now displays the gravatar associated to the email used in that subscription.

 

Important Fixes

Version 1.5.4 also includes important fixes, including:

  • “Block Frontend Access” not working;
  • Remaining time displaying the wrong value on the subscription management page;
  • Edge-cases where broadcasts messages where being displayed to non-targeted users;

Complete Changelogs

WP Ultimo - Version 1.5.4 - 11/02/2018
- Fixed: Active until "remaining" string on the subscription was returning trial values instead of the right value;
- Fixed: "Block Frontend Access" option was not working;
- Fixed: Added the 'key' keyword to the sensitive info filter to prevent infos like the MailChimp key from leaking into the frontend settings array;
- Fixed: Added extra checks on the invoice generation process;
- Fixed: Edge-case where broadcasts messages where being displayed to non-targeted users;
- Fixed: Subscriptions created by the panel now use the default role set in the Settings, which is also filterable;
- Improved: Email Blocks on the Settings -> Emails now is displayed with a lower opacity if that email is disabled;
- Improved: Post Type limits now handles singular and plural limits. "1 Post" and "10 Posts", for example;
- Improved: "/mo", "yoursite" string present on pricing table added as a translatable string;
- Improved: Subscriptions list table now displays Gravatars to make things a bit more personal and colorful =);
- Improved: Replaced jQueryUI DateTimePicker with FlatPickr;
- Added: Support to modifying subscription dates by the hour and minute, to allow further control;
- Added: Server time clock on the top bar to help admins when managing subscriptions;
- Added: Activity Stream widget on the Network Dashboard;
- Added: Notification email to let the network admin know when a user mapped a new domain to his site (thanks, Simon, for the suggestion);
- Added: Added plan and billing frequency fields on the Subscription -> Add New page;
- Added: New engine to install setting defaults without evoking loops;
- Added: Post Type Block: Super admins can block specific post types based on the user's subscription plan;
- Added: Role per plan: Super admins can now select a role to be used when the user signs up with a particular plan;
- Added: Template Options per plan: Super admins can now filter which templates will be available on the template selection step based on the plan selected;
WP Ultimo: WooCommerce Integration - Version 1.1.2 - 11/02/2018<br>- Fixed: Link to Pay being generated dynamically to respond to changes to WooCommerce endpoints;<br>- Improved: We now force completed status for our orders when payment_completed is called to make sure our renewal hooks run when they should;

Release Notes – WP Ultimo 1.5.0 & WooCommerce Integration 1.1.0

Hello, everyone! Version 1.5.0 is here!

It solves a large number of issues being experienced by some users as well as implement long-awaited features from our roadmap. It also implements the necessary changes necessary to allow us to further develop WP Ultimo: Plugin and Theme Manager to include package sales.

Fixes & Improvements Overview

 

We fixed the issue some users were having with disk space not updating after an upgrade/downgrade. The original Network URLs are now added to the allowed list to prevent CORS issues when loading assets on mapped domains and more and more edge cases are covered in the SSL handling.

Another major fix was making the create_user function in the signup timezone sensitive. That prevents delays on Stripe and PayPal, resolving situations where a charge would take a few hours to process after a user integrated due to timezone differences, effectively locking the user out of his/her own site even after he/she initiated the payment process.

Multiselect fields on our Settings page are now sortable. Templates can now be sorted into the order the admin wants them to be displayed for the user on the front-end.

Now you can re-order the templates.

Manual Gateway

Our Manual Gateway now handles change in plans more consistently and now checks if it needs to send the invoice right after integration, to prevent the same delay issue described above.

The Instructions to Pay field is now a WP Editor field with basic HTML support. A link called “Instructions to Pay” was added to the billing history below the pending payment line that when clicked opens a modal with the contents of the Instructions. Keep in mind that those instructions are also printed at the bottom of invoices – where HTML is not supported – so in that context, HTML tags will be removed.

Domain Mapping and SSL

In order to keep the Network Settings tab cleaner, we moved all the settings related to Domain Mapping and SSL to their own separate settings tab. A handy summary table was also added to that tab, to help admins visualize how the different settings interfere with each other.

Geo-location Restrictions

Starting from version 1.5.0, admins will now be able to restrict sign-ups geographically. You can select the list of Countries you want to allow and only users located in that country will be able to sign-up.

Geolocation is now supported on sign-up.

Restricted Content Shortcode

Although we like to make clear that WP Ultimo IS NOT a membership-restrict-content-type plugin, we added a simple shortcode for restricting content. It can be used to display information selectively to subscribers on the main site or to decide whether or not an ad should be displayed to users accessing that site. More information about that shortcode can be found in the dedicated knowledge base post: https://docs.wpultimo.com/knowledge-base/shortcodes/

Password Strength Meter

Now there is a filter available to activate the default password strength meter for the signup flow. More information about how to achieve that can be found in the dedicated knowledge base article: https://docs.wpultimo.com/knowledge-base/adding-a-strength-meter-to-password-fields

WooCommerce Integration – Version 1.1.0

This version of WooCommerce Integration implements upgrade/downgrade and fixes a number of issues, making it more stable overall.

It also addresses the issue of having to have WooCommerce Network Active for it to work. Now, WooCommerce payments are possible even if WooCommerce is activated only in the main site of the network.

Complete Changelog – Version 1.5.0 – 04/11/2017

– Fixed: Manual Gateway handling upgrades and downgrades;
– Fixed: Change plan sometimes not updating the disk space quota of blogs;
– Fixed: Added edge case to domain mapping and the get_scheme function, to allow more flexibility to sub-domains installs using mapped domains;
– Fixed: Manual Gateway now checks if it should send the invoice on integration;
– Fixed: Incompatibility with Sitemap generators (thanks, Aron Prins =D);
– Fixed: Now WP Ultimo adds the original URL to the allowed cross-origin access array, to further prevent CORS issues;
– Fixed: Issue with sign-up redirects not being exact;
– Fixed: Relative time string on the Subscription page now support time spans larger than one year;
– Fixed: When the copy media option is disabled, we now remove the attachment posts related to each media file;
– Fixed: Small issue with creating new sites in some specific database environments;
– Fixed: Setup wizard link on the Mercator error message was broken;
– Fixed: We now check if the Stripe API was already loaded, to prevent fatal errors;
– Fixed: User creation now is timezone-sensitive, preventing delays in invoices and payments;
– Fixed: Spacing of integration buttons fixed;
– Improved: Multi-select fields on the Settings now can be sorted. That allow users to change the order of the allowed templates, for example;
– Improved: New option ‘display_force’ added to password fields. If checked, it adds a strength checker below the password field. More information: https://docs.wpultimo.com/knowledge-base/adding-a-strength-meter-to-password-fields/
– Improved: Form Fields helper function now gives the option to change the default value of the billing frequency field;
– Improved: Applied number_format to statistics widgets;
– Improved: “Instructions to Pay” field on Manual Gateway now supports is now a WP Editor field;
– Improved: Updated the Dutch language files – Thanks, Aron Prins;
– Improved: Moved the Domain Mapping and SSL settings to their own Settings Tab;
– Improved: SSL Settings Summary widget on the Settings page to help visualizing the SSL configuration;
– Added: Geo-location block added;
– Added: Restricted Content shortcode for plans and default content; More information: https://docs.wpultimo.com/knowledge-base/shortcodes/
– Added: New shortcode with the front-end URL of a user’s site for the create account template email (WP Ultimo -> Emails);
– Added: Option to enable/disable SSO with enabled as the default behavior;
– Added: Manual Gateway now displays link to a modal containing Instructions to Pay in the pending payment row in the Billing History widget;
– Added: Table Updater checker added, to make sure custom tables are always in sync with their latest version;

The WooCommerce Integration Add-on is finally here!

Now you can extend your WP Ultimo payment options to allow your subscribers to use all of the many available methods on your WooCommerce install!

How it Works

The WooCommerce Integration works in a very similar way to the way our Manual Gateway works. it offers a ton of flexibility to your users, allowing them to chose any of the payment forms available on your WooCommerce install. The downside is that every payment must be paid manually at the end of the billing period. Here is how the flow works.

 

Recapping…

  1. The user chooses this payment option on his panel. The default label used for this payment option is “Dynamic Payments” (you can change it on the WooCommerce Integration Settings page).
  2. Once the user billing period ends, the user subscription is put on hold. At the same time, an order will be created on the WooCommerce install of the main site of the network. That order can be easily accessed from the Subscription Management screen.
  3. The user then receives an invoice in his email, with a link to perform the payment. That link will redirect him to the WooCommerce payment screen, where he or she will be able to select one of the available WooCommerce gateways.
  4. Once the payment is received, the subscription is renewed, the payment is logged on WP Ultimo and the order is set to complete.

Important Notes

  1. WP Ultimo: WooCommerce Integration requires WP Ultimo version 1.4.3 to work.
  2. Default functionality of WP Ultimo still works with this integration form. For example, issuing refunds from the Subscription Management Screen will communicate with WooCommerce to issue the refund using the selected payment form.
  3. WP Ultimo: WooCommerce Integration relies on WP Cron to work. This works very well most times, but if the site has low traffic then the cron is not prompted to check for scheduled events and the event is missed, which can cause execution delays.
  4. While this plugin was tested repeatedly under various circumstances, this is a beta release. Please contact us if you run into any issues by sending us a note at support@wpultimo.com.