As we said in our previous post, November is a big month for WordPress. We continue working to make sure we are fully ready for Gutenberg.
And, as usual, we keep adding features to our plugins and improving our communication and cooperation with clients and authors.
Today, we finally released 4.1.0.
Last month we were almost ready to release it with compatibility features for Gutenberg. Just as the Gutenberg/WordPress 5.0 was still a moving target, we postponed that release to solve some new issues which were created while the WP-Core team was adding or fixing features.
We are also closing WPML 4.2.0 by merging the new features and by handling some final tasks. Since we are approaching the holiday season, we haven’t decided yet if we will release 4.2.0 this year or at the beginning of 2019.
We have also started planning WPML 4.3.0 which will focus on improving professional translation workflow when it comes to translation services.
You can follow all the latest news on our WPML Blog.
This last month our Toolset Team spent most of their time developing and addressing issues with usability in mind.
Besides the bug-fixes and maintenance we do for our plugins (which took most of the time of the Types and Layouts team), we focused on the following:
Most of those developments are completed but lack final usability rounds and/or testing.
Because we switched our focus to the upcoming WordPress 5.0 release and its Gutenberg editor, we have done a fast sprint focusing on:
We are having a major release for all Toolset plugins today including those updates so our everyone can start using them ahead of WordPress 5.0, and we will push the changes we have in our pipelines, plus extending our integration with Gutenberg, for following major releases happening every few weeks.
We also improved clients and contractors communication for an easier interaction. Toolset has created a new communication system which provides users with an immediate way to chat with contractors. Jobs can be agreed in a faster time than ever using a familiar messaging interface.
As for integrations, our combined efforts with the makers of Ultimate CSV Import Pro extended the integration with Toolset. Now you can import repeatable field groups, in addition to custom fields, taxonomies, and relationships.
The last month was a big month for the support teams. Many of the plans and ideas crafted during the last months were launched in November. On top of that, we are experiencing a very high load of support tickets in WPML due to a peak in sales.
We launched Toolset & WPML Chat support, and clients are now able to choose if they want to report issues in chat mode or in a ticket. This required some important adjustments in our workflow and team structures:
On top of that, we had 2 main pieces of training this month
The last few weeks were all devoted to testing all of the major products by our partners together with the release candidate for WordPress 5.0 which includes Gutenberg – the new WP content editor. We have installed on our testing servers both betas (WP 5.0 && WPML 4.1) and have tested all blocks with all major items, found issues and moved to the core team for further debugging. On top of that, adjustments were made to the Compatibility Codeception tests to meet the new way WP & WPML work together.
Other efforts this month in the Compatibility team were routine new testings with focus on marketing with bigger clients, the addition of compatibility related videos to the WPML YouTube channel, and changes to the tests authors are asked to perform.
Find out about our new compatible themes in November: Faulkener, Cesis, Hostinza, and Veganos.
We have launched our WPML Partners Program. We’ve negotiated some special discounts and offers from our partners ONLY for our clients.
We are improving our affiliate program to encourage bloggers and theme/plugins authors to share news about us and of course, to join the program if they are not a member. We are also launching the “Prime Affiliate” status. We will have more news about this soon!
In November, we mainly improved our notification systems to provide both clients and translators updates on the work progress on time. We also had some usability fixes:
In November we also wrote about “Popular multilingual themes to work with WPML and translation services” and that “English, Chinese, and Japanese lead the top languages to localize your iOS app”.
We continue to write about topics that people are interested in, using our own data and experience in the translation areas.
You can find out about all the translation types offered by ICanLocalize on our website.
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Stay tuned for next month’s updates!