OTGS February News

March 1, 2019

February has been a busy month and we would like to share with you some of the biggest updates within OnTheGoSystems.

WPML Update

After the release of 4.2.0, we released two other hotfix versions to resolve some bugs.

We are moving back to WPML 4.3.0 development which is focused on some usability improvements as well as users’ feature requests, such as:

  • The ability to translate the login/registration pages.
  • The ability to translate terms meta.
  • Remembering the language visitor’s last used language when using the browser redirection.
  • Adding hreflang=”x-default” meta to the root page.

Stability will be a prime focus in all coming releases.

You can follow all the latest news on our WPML Blog.

Toolset News

In February, the Toolset team worked on a lot of updates. We aim to shorten the time between releases, to minimize the impact of glitches but also to speed up some new features.

Types had three releases focusing on stability and compatibility with WPML. Views had two updates focusing on improving usability (conditional output, the management of Views loops), and on fixing some small issues.

There was a big update to forms to include its new drag&drop editor to ease form creation. The editor also added support for custom post status values, and addressed a number of problems.

We have other updates in the pipeline including improvements on Access and more goodies coming for Views and Forms in March.

Behind the scenes, our developers have been working on a major Gutenberg-related project which will help users build attractive custom sites using Toolset without the need for an additional page builder. The pieces are all coming together and we think our developers have come up with some great solutions that we can’t wait to show you, hopefully within the next few weeks.

We shared a tutorial about how to create your own sliders with thumbnails with Toolset and we wrote a case study where Toolset was embedded within a commercial WordPress theme, called AdListing which was sold and is now used by others in the market.

Follow all the latest news on our Toolset Blog.

Compatibility, Partnerships, and more

Toolset Affiliates

Our affiliates for Toolset are starting to share news about our new drag-and-drop Toolset Forms. You can see some of those we are working with: wplift and webscup.

WPML affiliates

We are working closely with Avada #1 theme sold on ThemeForest. We worked on a co-branded page with Avada.

We have affiliates in the Spanish market. With regards to the Italian market, WPML was featured in a Facebook live presentation about Multilingual SEO by the #1 Italian blogger Andrea di Rocco.

Members can see the full content here in Tutto SEO Group.

For the German market, our affiliate René Dasbeck shared this interview with our Founder, Amir Helzer on his site on WordPress tutorials.

Visit our Youtube video about how to do a test translation with translation services.

Translation partners

In February, we announced that Euro-Text became one of our translation partners. The CEO at Euro-Text, Max Schreiner, shared a few works about how important this is for their business:

“The integration with WPML is definitely another step further on our way to achieve top customer satisfaction. It allows to offer an even shorter response time and smoother handling to customers who need to translate and manage their WordPress web site in different languages.”

Euro-Text have their own dedicated page about WPML on their site (and this Spanish page) and they also shared a post on FBK promoting WordPress translation with WPML:

We also had an interview with Cultures Connection and with Acclaro.


Contact Form 7 Multilingual Plugin has been released, which facilitates the translation process of Contact Form 7 forms. We have some news about WPML and Contact form 7 for the Korean market, and our YouTube video (in English).

We have some news about ACFML 1.1 too. Users are able to set the translation preferences from within the field group screen. This has been a long awaited feature for many WPML clients.

Some existing issues have now been resolved – X theme and Cornerstone elements are working with WPML. Now users can translate pages created with Cornerstone perfectly using WPML

In addition, we’re working on improving the initial testing process completed by authors who apply to the WPML Go Global program

More is coming so stay tuned …

Support to our Customers

During February, we have continued improving our support chat application and the user interface in a way that makes it easier for clients to report issues.

We have had a peak in the number of new tickets reported in our forums, mainly from setting up new clients and some related to the major releases we had both for WPML and Toolset this month. Nevertheless, we have worked very hard and managed to maintain our reply and resolution rates.

We have also reopened our WPML German support forum and many of our German speaking clients are already enjoying it.  

During March we will continue hiring supporters for both WPML and Toolset, some more changes are coming to the support UI and we will focus on organizing better our documentation in a way that will help our clients resolve issues faster.

Enhancements to ICanLocalize

In February we made a significant security improvement in the system by adding the detection of suspicious logins for all ICL users. The first time users log-in from an unknown device, we send them an email to verify their access. The security is also improved by the 2-Factor Authentication system implemented for supporters.

The very first page our customers see after registering with ICanLocalize was redesigned: now the Getting Started page shows the types of projects available in a clearer way for our customers:

Software projects saw many interface improvements. We moved functions and introduced new redirections and notices to inform the users of their project status and guide them to the next steps to start their translations.  We also redesigned the file upload screen by adding information that guides users to contact us if they need help uploading the file. In addition, we simplified the file format menu, grouping the formats by popularity and type so it is easier to find the desired file format at a glance.

In March we plan to release the improved document translation projects. We are working on a new workflow to make the project set up quicker and smoother.

Helping out

This month, Carlos Rojas, one of our WPML Support Members started an initiative to help his home country after a tornado hit Havana, and we were happy to help.

Carlos is Cuban and he graduated as an engineer in Computer Science in the Informatics Sciences University (UCI), Havana, Cuba. He currently lives in Uruguay for about 3 years now. He wanted to travel, to know other countries, realities, cultures and experiment. But he was there helping Cuba when his country most needed it.

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