WP Ultimo 2.0 – Public Beta available!

Hey there,
How are you all doing?

So, we’re a couple of days late according to our roadmap, but as I write this post, I’m publishing the first beta release (beta.1) of the new 2.0 version.

We were going to release this build as a regular update inside the WP Admin panel, but we are concerned people might install it on production environments by accident, so in order to access the new version, you’ll have to download it from here.

Just to reiterate: this build is not considered suitable to be applied to live networks with actual customers! Please, please, don’t do that.

About this build

To be 100% honest, technically, I would still consider this build an alpha stage build. We ran a bunch of tests in the past couple of days and there are a lot of things broken. That is part of software development though and I would feel awful if we had to postpone this again. This is one of the reasons why we’re being so clear about this not being production-ready just yet.

We’d love to hear what you have to say about how things are laid out though, as most elements are already in close proximity to their final implementations. For developers, any changes in database structure and public apis from now on will include migrations, so it’s safe to develop for it.

What’s inside?

We decided that in order to keep things simple during development, some features that will later become add-ons will reside inside core until we reach the stable. As a result, this build includes:

  1. Features that will later become Premium Add-ons
    1. Support Agents
    2. Front-end Panel
    3. Gutenberg Elements
  2. Features that will later become Free Add-ons
    1. PayFast Gateway

Webinar

I wish we had better documentation at this stage, but we don’t. As a result, there are lots of cool features in this build that might be too hidden for you to find. I’ll record a quick overview of those during the weekend and post it to the Facebook group and send it as an email blast, but I also think it would be awesome to have a webinar where we could go through them together. I’ll arrange that for next week on the Facebook group, so stay tuned.

Now what?

Our main goal between now and the scheduled date for the stable release is to reach feature parity with the current version (1.10.X).

This means that beyond polishing/finishing up the features on this build, we’ll work on:

  1. A new version of the WooCommerce integration add-on;
  2. A new version of the Pro Sites migrator;
  3. A new version of the Domain Registration add-on with support for charging;
  4. Dynamic Pricing support (per seat and per site).

How you can help

Firstly, testing it out!

We have a board where we’ll be collecting feedback about issues with this version. Feel free to add a bug report if you feel something is not working as expected: Feedback Board.

In the next week or so I’ll add the strings of the new version to our translation platform as well, so we can have it available in as many languages as possible, with your help 😀.

But maybe most important of all, I need you to get ready!
I really believe that we have something special here and I’m hoping you’ll agree with me after you take this for a spin. Once we reach the stable version, we’ll make a big deal of the launch, and I would appreciate it if you could help us spread the word by then! 🚀

Future development

Getting a bit personal now: I have never worked as much as I did for the past few months. The same is valid for the rest of the team. We lost two team members during the development of this version and that only increased the load on the remaining three. While I’m happy we’re getting closer and closer to the stable release, this way of working is not sustainable.

I know that a lot of you folks know that I’m a huge fan of the Basecamp founders (even wrote a post about one of them on my personal blog in the past), and they have developed a way of working that I want to test out for a while now. They work in cycles, with a closed scope. This is what we’ll try to do once the stable is out. That will allow us to have somewhat constant releases, provide better predictability, and a calmer work environment.

NextPress as a company

Beyond a simple WaaS plugin, WP Ultimo 2.0 is a true SaaS-creation machine. Our goal is to become a development framework for small teams creating MVPs for their new ideas, as well as providing the ultimate tool for people creating WaaS using WordPress.

To support this mission, we have plans to expand our team significantly this year, improve our support, and focus more on creating truly helpful documentation, videos, and additional materials for our customers.

I guess that’s it.
Thanks again for all the support throughout the entire process. I really appreciate it.

Cheers,
Arindo Duque.

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9 thoughts on “WP Ultimo 2.0 – Public Beta available!”

  1. Thank you for getting this out. I can’t wait to put it into production. I’ve been sitting on my license waiting for this because I don’t want to learn v1, then relearn v2.

    Installed and loving it so far.

    I’m trying to figure out how to set up the addons, especially for domain registrations (is that part of v2?). I am hoping you’ll have the ability to sell through NameSilo, since they have great rates and I’ve been burned by Enom in the past.

    1. Hey Amy. Yes, domain registration is coming and we’re hoping to have it out by the date of the launch on Feb 11. We’re definitively looking into NameSilo, but it might take a while to add it as we’ll prioritize providers depending on how many people ask for it.

  2. Arindo and WP-Ultimo team,
    Congratulations on your WP-Ultimo V2 beta release, I am impressed with how clean, partitioned, object-oriented, and well documented your php source code is, it speaks for your quality and meticulous work. Quality WordPress Devs and Entrepreneurs like you are what make me want to join WordPress community against all my background in other software platforms. Your code is quite advanced and complex, but it is not very difficult to follow your logic given enough time as you have built it with object-oriented architecture and code that wraps the old style WP code. This is definitely different code from V1.x and much more evolved. I have some great ideas for WP-Ultimo projects in the near future, it is a very promising plugin with great potential for changing the way WP is used to build webapps, waas, and saas.
    I am eagerly waiting for your official v2.0 documentation, we need it badly as WP-Ultimo has become a complex piece of software and source code docs are not enough to explain how to best work with this software in a practical effective way.

    Thank you for your awesome work

  3. Heya, looks great so far!

    Just a question about the v1 add-ons, there were quite a few. Which of them are expected to make it across, and which of them are not (currently) a priority?

    Thank you.

      1. ‘Add-ons’ only appears in the menu when the advert is clicked on the settings page (wp-ultimo-settings). Might be a bug.

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