OTGS April News

May 3, 2021

For us, this April didn’t just bring rain but also a big new release of Toolset. We’re also on the brink of releasing a beta for our next WPML milestone. Finally, we improved compatibility and made some great new partnerships across the board.

Toolset News

In April, we completed an important milestone and released Toolset 1.5. Its focus is on three major topics:

  • Extended features and improvements for WooCommerce
  • Compatibility with third-party themes and plugins
  • Performance improvements ahead of the Core Web Vitals metrics that Google is rolling out soon

In addition, we added some often-requested features for Blocks, like conditionally assigning Content Templates and WordPress Archives. A short series of companion updates will follow that one in the coming days and weeks.

We already started our next development cycle which focuses on two specific areas:

  • Stability by fixing some reported issues
  • Usability

For more news, visit our Toolset blog.

WPML News

Finishing the big WPML 4.5.0 version remains the team’s focus. 

After our last internal demo and usability testing, we came up with a list of changes and improvements. We are now working on implementing them.

We are currently planning a first public beta to be released as soon as we address some last issues

Visit our WPML blog to follow all the latest news.

Partnerships, Compatibility and Affiliates

Compatibility

In April, we released a new glue plugin: WPML SEO. It replaces our old glue plugin Yoast SEO Multilingual and includes existing compatibility with Yoast SEO and new integration with the Rank Math plugin.

If you already use WPML’s Yoast Multilingual glue plugin, nothing is changing for you. After updating this plugin, you’ll simply notice the new name, WPML SEO, and it will continue to provide multilingual support for Yoast SEO.

If you use Rank Math, you just need to download the WPML SEO plugin. It will provide full compatibility between Rank Math and WPML.

Also, we released 2 small patch versions for WooCommerce Multilingual (4.11.5) and ACF Multilingual (1.8.2).

Partnerships

April’s been a busy month for the Partnerships team as we’ve been working with our Toolset partners to help promote a lot of new features that landed with Toolset Blocks 1.5. 

As the release was focused on WooCommerce, we worked with two of our blog partners on guest posts that teach readers how to customize their WooCommerce stores. This included an interesting piece on Gutenberg block plugins for WooCommerce stores, as well as a guide to building custom WooCommerce product pages

We also strengthened our partnership with a small selection of theme partners – which we’ll share more on in the next month’s update. Let’s just say we’ve never had a stronger selection of Gutenberg and custom-types-ready themes for our clients to select for their Toolset sites.

Over at WPML, our friends at Beaver Builder shared a great tutorial on creating multilingual mobile landing pages. We also welcomed a number of new partners to WPML from our Go Global Program too this month, including the Urna theme and the Fish and Ships WooCommerce extension.

Translation partners

We started April with the launch of a new WPML page, this time by our recently integrated partner Innovalang. If you want to learn the benefits of choosing Innovalang to translate WordPress sites, check out their page WordPress translation made easy with WPML & InnovaLang.

And we finished April with the release of a new integration: ITC Global International. A company with a presence in France, the United States, and Canada, is dedicated to providing high-quality linguistic services that fulfill your expectations when translating WordPress websites. ITC is already available in WPML.

We are working on several updates for our Translation Partners and you will soon be able to see them in WPML.

Want to join us? 

Visit our jobs page and contact us to find out about working at OnTheGoSystems. We are a 100% remote working company and our employees work from over 40 countries worldwide. We do not mind where you work, just that you have great internet access, you work well in a team but can also carry out tasks independently. So if you meet our requirements, please go ahead and apply. 

Thanks for reading…

And stay tuned for next month’s updates!