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ProPhoto 6.11.0

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Today we’re pushing another auto-update with new features to ProPhoto 6, version 6.11.0. This release includes several new features and enhancements, including:

  • Pinterest pinning of individual content images
  • Toggle visibility of nested items in mobile/vertical menu
  • Allow aligning mobile menu and hamburger icon to the right
  • Re-enable fixed Pinterest “pin site image” Call to Action item
  • Allow WPML translating of menu item urls and graphic widget urls

Pinterest individual image pinning

Now in 6.11.0 you can enable the option to allow Pinterest pinning of individual content images. You can set an overlay background color and opacity, choose from a default pinit image, or use a custom image or tile, plus tweak alignment and spacing.

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Hovering over an image to pin it might look something like this:

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And clicking to “pin” pops up a window to pin the image to Pinterest:

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The pinning options allow fine-grained control at responsive breakpoints, so you can do things like disable the hover-to-show effect for devices like phones:

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Menu item visibility toggling

Also new in 6.11.0, you can now choose to set either your mobile or vertical menus to collapse nested sub-menus:

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If you choose to do so, nested sub-items start out collapsed, with an icon indicating that a click or touch will reveal the additional items:

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And more

6.11.0 also allows you to align the mobile menu and hamburger icon to the right, if you want:

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Plus, we’ve re-enabled the “pin any site image” Call to Action item, and added some WPML translation options for menu and widget urls. For all the rest of the gory details, as always, see the changelog.

This release brings milestone “Miriam” to about 60% completion, but this is a hair misleading, we’re mostly done with almost everything else on the list, and expect to complete Miriam very close to on schedule. The next release should include a big change to customizability of the mobile hamburger icon, plus a bunch of grid enhancements, so stay tuned!

ProPhoto 6.10.0

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Today we’re pushing another auto-update with new features to ProPhoto 6, version 6.10.0. This release is packed full of features, enhancements and bugfixes, including:

  • Custom tiles or images for form submit buttons
  • Opacity support for all color customizations
  • Column borders
  • Customization inheritance breadcrumbs and tooltip links
  • Grid enhancements
  • Usability improvements and bugfixes

Custom form submit button

Yet again, we’re adding new functionality to our forms features, this time, the ability to override the default submit button with a custom tile or image. Every form now has a unique submit button field:

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The submit button can be plain text, or a “graphic” — meaning an image or custom tile:

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Opacity support for all colors

ProPhoto 6.10.0 also enhances every single area where you can select a color in the admin customizer, adding opacity control to create semi-transparent colors, plus an all-new UI that is more flexible selecting colors:

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Column border options

Also in 6.10.0 we’ve added customization options for column borders:

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Usability improvements

This release has a bunch of helpful usability improvements as well, too many to list in detail in the blog post. A couple we’re excited about are all new breadcrumbs in customization popups so you always know where you’re customizing, and make it easier to link to various levels of customization:

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Also, settings that are inheriting from more general levels now show a more descriptive tooltip containing a link to get straight to the setting’s source value:

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And, when an entire customization group is locked because it is sharing settings from it’s parent template and has not yet been modified, we now do a much better job conveying the “read-only” state of the customizations until they are unlocked:

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And a bunch more…

This release has a bunch of other stuff, including some highly upvoted grid enhancements and a decent number of bugfixes. If you want to get all the gory details, as usual, it’s all in the changelog.

This release finishes about half of the tickets from the milestone Miriam, and we’re feeling really good about finishing that milestone at or ahead of schedule.

Unfortunately, we’re still not quite done with Pinterest individual image pinning, because we ran into some more technical and scheduling hurdles and needed to regroup and take a fresh approach. The good news is that feature seems to be back on track and should be completed in the very near future.

ProPhoto 6.9.0

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Today we’re pushing another auto-update with new features to ProPhoto 6, version 6.9.0. This version has two main new features:

  • WPML multi-language plugin support
  • Form multiple choice (radio) and dropdown select fields

WPML Support

As of 6.9.0, P6 now supports the WMPL Multi-language plugin. P6 and WordPress have always supported having your site in any language you want, WMPL support is specifically for having one WordPress/ProPhoto site serve multiple languages at once.

ProPhoto gives you the ability to translate loads of stuff into multiple languages, including tile text layers, call-to-action items, menu items, form elements, grids, and more.

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My high-school German is rusty, but you get the idea:

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We’ve tested this pretty thoroughly, but it’s possible we missed something, so if you’ve been waiting for WPML support, kick the tires and let us know how it’s working for you!

 

Form multiple choice

Also in 6.9.0 we’ve added two new form field types for multiple choice form options:

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Both types function similarly, allowing you to specify as many custom choices as you like:

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The multiple-choice (radio) type displays in the familiar radio-button format:

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While the dropdown select displays as a dropdown form field, and allows you to designate that the user must make a selection:

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More info…

As always, if you want even more detail, you can review the official changelog here.

With this release milestone Lizzie is 91% complete, with only Pinterest individual image pinning remaining. We had hoped to have that feature in 6.9.0 as well, but hit a few technical hurdles. Pinterest individual image pinning should be less than a week away we hope, so just a few more days needed there.

This week we’ll also begin working on features and enhancements from our next milestone, Miriam, which includes loads of good stuff.

ProPhoto 6.8.0

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Today we’re pushing another auto-update with new features to ProPhoto 6, version 6.8.0. This version includes:

  • Menu item design on-boarding
  • Image lazy loading
  • An improved “Morgan”
  • Removal of embedded help widget

Menu-item Onboarding

This release adds another step to our design on-boarding process, which allows you to connect certain menu item types to actual content in your WordPress site. Many designs include menus with menu items pointing to WordPress pages, ProPhoto galleries, and WordPress categories. Previously, when activating a new design, any of these menu item types ended up not working, and the user needed to find them all from the menu builder area of the customizer and point them to their own content.

This is vastly improved in 6.8.0. Now, during the activation process, the user will be presented with a screen isolating just the menu item types that need attention:

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If you want, you can also create new WordPress pages, categories, and ProPhoto galleries right from the assignment dropdowns. This is helpful if you don’t have content to match the menu items and want to quickly create a new page, category, or gallery:

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Also, we added a button to the current active design which allows you to re-access the onboarding setup process for your current active design:

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Image Lazy Loading

Also new in 6.8.0 is image lazy loading. This is very similar to the feature from older versions of ProPhoto, only more modern, performant, and adapted for P6 responsive sites. Lazy loading will load images as they are about to appear on screen, while photos further down the page are only downloaded as the visitor scrolls. The net result is that your initial page load speeds should be a lot faster, especially if you tend to post lots of images.

The image lazy loading feature is currently off by default, since it’s a new feature, so if you want to start using it, you’ll need to go to “ProPhoto” > “Settings” > “Site Settings” > “Misc.”, and enable it:

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Improvements to the Morgan Design

The “Morgan” included design has proven to be our most popular free included design, so in this release we also spent some time going over it to bring it up to date with all of the new features, and to improve some usability issues with the initial construction of the design. We’ve simplified the structure a bit and provided some better defaults, plus set it up to work well with our new on-boarding process. We’re hoping the end result is that it’s a smoother experience for new users choosing to start from Morgan.

Removal of embedded help widget:

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This release also removes the embedded help widget from the WordPress admin area shown above. The help widget was always meant to be a temporary thing during the beta and early public release period while we beefed up tutorials, documentation, and our P6 help-ticket workflow.

Don’t worry, help is still just a moment away at any time. The customizer still has a link to our website where you can contact us:

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Or, if you’re not in the customizer, the main WordPress “ProPhoto” menu has a link too:

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More Info…

As always, if you want even more detail, you can review the official changelog here.

With this release milestone Lizzie is 73% complete, and we’re working this week on the last three items: WPML support, pinterest pinning of individual images, and form multiple choice fields.

ProPhoto 6.7.0

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Today we’re pushing another auto-update with new features to ProPhoto 6, version 6.7.0. This release is loaded full of good stuff, including:

  • Front-end background image finder
  • Inspect and click to edit blocks/rows/columns from front-end
  • Design on-boarding wizard
  • Customizable form submission email subject & body
  • Form submission success/error redirect urls

Background image finder

In our ongoing focus on usability, we identified template background images as a source of a lot of confusion. Background images can be applied at the template, block, row, and column level, as well as in menus and other places — so, if you’re looking at a design for the first time it can be tough to find where to edit those background images.

This gets a ton easier in 6.7.0. We’ve added to the ProPhoto Bar we introduced in 6.5.0 a new background image finder. To use it, visit the front of your site, expand the ProPhoto bar, and click the background image icon:

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After clicking, you will see thumbnails of all the background images used in that page:

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Then, you just click the one you want to edit, and you’ll be taken into the customizer, in the right template, to the exact place where you can edit or delete the background image, as shown here:

Inspect Blocks, Rows, Columns, and Widgets

In 6.5.0, when we introduced the ProPhoto bar, it allowed you to inspect and click to view widgets from your site front-end. Now, in 6.7.0, this functionality is majorly improved, to allow you to inspect blocks, rows, columns, and widgets. Just click the inspector icon in the ProPhoto bar to get started inspecting:

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When you click that, you’ll immediately see a filter area, that allows you to select which types of items you want to see. By default you see all types, but you can turn off some to focus on what you’re interested.

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Then, when you hover over your site, depending on what your filter is set at, you’ll see different colored outlines for the four different types of areas. The effect is hard to capture in a still image, so here’s an animated gif showing how it works:

As you can see, clicking one of the edit links again takes you into the customizer, and very clearly focuses you on the element you’re interested in.

We’re hoping the new improvements to the ProPhoto bar will be super-helpful for our users as they navigate and customizer their designs.

Design On-Boarding Wizard

Also in the arena of usability, 6.7.0 introduces a new design “on-boarding” wizard. The goal of this wizard is to guide users through a few basic steps when activating a new design in P6.

Now, in the Manage Designs screen, when you click to activate a design:

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You’ll be guided through our new on-boarding wizard. The first step is to set what you want to show on your site front (this functionality was released in 6.6.0 in the customizer):

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Next, the on-boarding wizard shows you a list of assigned and unassigned templates in that design, and gives you a quick easy way to assign unassigned templates to individual WordPress pages, which is often what those unassigned templates are meant for:

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Finally, the third step of the onboarding wizard gives an explanation of how to find things using the front-end ProPhoto bar tools. Next up in 6.8.0, we’ll be adding a step to the on-boarding process that allows users to connect menu items of certain types to content on their site.

Customizable Form Submission Email Subject/Body

Also in 6.7.0 are a handful of enhancements to the Forms feature. First, we now allow you to setup a custom email subject and body for the notifications you receive when a user submits one of your ProPhoto forms:

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The subject and body use special placeholders. These placeholders are tied to your custom form elements by means of a new field in each element window, the admin identifier:

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These identifiers allow you to give every form field a special label that you can use wrapped with double curly-braces in the email subject and body to represent the place that will be filled in with dynamic data from the submitted form.

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Form Submission Redirect URLs

Also new in 6.7.0, you can now set default form submission redirect urls, to guide your form users to a specific url on success or failure, instead of the generic success feedback text. You can set the default in the ProPhoto “Settings” area:

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And also override the redirect urls on a per-form basis in the customizer:

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And more…

There’s even more in 6.7.0, including form submission custom email recipients, form remote sending, excerpt read-more link toggle, and bugfixes. Checkout the whole changelog here, if you’re interested.

With this release milestone Lizzie is 54% complete, and we’re working this week on image lazyloading, menu-item onboarding, WPML support, and pinterest pinning of individual images.

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