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[1.0 BETA] Testers needed for WP Tiles 1.0 beta (24 posts)

  1. Mike Martel
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    It's been a long time in the making, but WP Tiles 1.0 is (almost) here.

    WP Tiles 1.0 beta is a complete overhaul of the WP Tiles plugin. All known bugs have been fixed and all admin interfaces have been completely redone. The shortcode now uses a new syntax and most outstanding feature requests (and personal wish list features) have been added.

    I have pre-released WP Tiles 1.0 as a beta for testing purposes. Keep in mind this is a beta release. This means that the plugin is probably safe for use on live websites, but that the definitive version may require reconfiguring and that bugs will occur. Get the development version here. Documentation and demo website will follow.

    Backward compatibility

    Important: This is a major version update. If you are using any pre-1.0 version of WP Tiles, you need to be extremely cautious installing the update. We have tried to make old options and shortcode attributes compatible with the new WP Tiles as much as possible, but many options have changed so much that automatically keeping them backward compatible would be as good as impossible. Please read the migration guide before updating the plugin.

    New features

    Pagination using the shortcode - The shortcode can now be automatically paginated. The plugin includes AJAX pagination (without page reload), previous/next page navigation and page number navigation.

    Tiled Galleries - WP Tiles can now be used with the WordPress [gallery] shortcode. Simply create a gallery and select the grid you want to use, and you are good to go. Includes support for JetPack Carousel (and Gallery Carousel without Jetpack).

    New shortcode syntax and button in editor - The shortcode now borrows its post query syntax from Display Posts Shortcode by Bill Erickson. The shortcode can also be completely generated by the new shortcode button in the editor.

    SEO Friendly - Though the Tiles still require JavaScript, they are now rendered before the JavaScript kicks in so search engine can read them, and even include basic Schema.org microtags and are generated using clean HTML5. This means that you can now safely use WP Tiles as a primary element on your page without worrying about SEO.

    Grid Builder and Tile Designer - The admin interface now comes with a live editor for grid templates, so you can immediately see what grid templates look like. Tiles and bylines also come with a collection of hover effects and a list of adjustable properties that you can edit and preview immediately in the Tile Designer.

    Completely custom bylines - The bylines are now generated using a custom template, the mark up and content of which you can control entirely. You could even start showing complete posts on tiles if you want to!

    Modern Styles - WP Tiles 1.0 gets rid of all those pesky shadows and rounded corners. Legacy styles are still included for those that really want them, but default styles are now flat and elegant.

    Other changes

    • Grids repeat infinitely (no fallback to 1x1 template)
    • Tile animation (on load, window resize or template selection) is now optional
    • Automatic elipsis for multi-line content
    • Minified scripts - WP Tiles now only loads a single script if SCRIPT_DEBUG is not enabled
    • Hides current post when used inside the loop (can be disabled)

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-tiles/

  2. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    I am testing. It is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just what I needed...

    Look at http://www.carlitoergosum.nl (dutch)

  3. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    After a while using this plugin I get more and more exited. It takes some fiddling but it works nicely. Can I pass on a wishlist to you somehow? My main wish would be an easy way to play with the CSS, in order to remove or add borders to the tiles, change text colours, fonts etc.

    A question: will I be notified by my WP-backend if the Beta version is promoted to production?

  4. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Still testing. It seems that loading the a page with tiles takes some time. Can you speed this up? Is it dependent on the amount of posts loaded? I have no animations active...

  5. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 6 months ago #

    Another find: if the tiles-page is set as home/landingpage, the pagination doesn't work. One is stuck to the first page.

  6. Mike Martel
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 5 months ago #

    Hi Carlo!

    Thanks for testing the beta, and for your feedback! I'm very happy to see a 'newspaper style' layout with images on your site! That's one of the things the new beta was intended for, but is hardly used.

    The easiest way to play with the css now, is by passing a custom WP Tiles stylesheet using the wp_tiles_stylesheet filter. This mainly meant for themes that want to integrate with WP Tiles.

    When the beta becomes 1.0 you may not get an update notice in the backend. If you subscribe to the newsletter (on the http://wp-tiles.com/ website) you will get notified! (Don't worry about spam, I have yet to send the first newsletter!!)

    The main thing with the speed are the animations. Then WP Tiles will load after the page has finished loading. But you have them off, so there shouldn't be a huge performance hit. Next, I would mention lowering the image size - but you don't use images. WP Tiles should then be as fast as querying the posts directly.. I don't know any other performance problems with the plugin.

    Finally, the pagination. Very strange! I have tiles on front pages, with pagination. Do you by any chance have a test site where I can see the problem happening?

    Thanks again!

    Mike

  7. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Ey Mike,

    Yah, no sweat! I'm glad you like it... ;-)

    The speed thingy is solved, it turned out to be another plugin that slowed my backend down (iThemes Security). I think that if you looked now, you'd find the response time very acceptable, like I do too...

    Unfortunately I can't help you with a test-site for the pagination issue. It might have been the same plugin as the one swamping my performance (which has been removed now). I am yet to test this, and if I find the same issue I'll let you know. It might be gone now.

    I subscribed to your newsletter. So I'll wait for the final version, although the current one works fine.. :-) .

    I will stay away from the css thing because that is too complicated for me as it is. For one, finding which topic to change in the main css is very difficult for an amateur like me. I did manage though, changing the hover-colour of the pagination, but I was looking for two other things: how to change the padding inside the tiles and how to give them a border. Don't worry, no rush. You might want to make menu's for the tile make-up, just like for the other options, but you might want to do that after Xmas, NewYear, your B-Day, cleaning out the garage and cooking a special meal for your mother in law. In short, I won't be expecting such a thing any time soon.... :-)

    Cheers and take care. Great plugin....

    Carlo

  8. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Subscribing to your newsletter does't send the confirmation link. Nothing in any spamfolder either...

  9. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Did some more testing. Found the following:

    - If the home(landing)page contains tiles and it is paginated at the bottom, you can't go to the next page. Unfortunately I can't offer you a testsite to show this.

    - The amount of tiles (articles) on the page (naturally) has a lot of influence on loading speed. I brought that down from 50 to 17 and loading speed has increased significantly.

    Later more...

  10. bhcrow
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    I started using this plugin today. Firstly i installed stable version, and it was great. It was exactly what i was looking for. But because i just started to design my new site and test things on it i decided to use this beta version.

    For now i have a problem using shortcode when selecting category. It doesnt show anything if i use "category=Somecategory" in shortcode. Tiles are displayed OK without that option.

    Second, i really miss default option post per page

    Third, had some difficulties with styling titles on tiles, but managed to do that with my own css. Maybe it would be better if there is some default css styling like in stable version.

    I am trying to managed to make one of my tiles static. I wanted to use it as a banner place. Is that possible? Maybe if i define its number and set static picture in place of it?

  11. Itam
    Member
    Posted 5 months ago #

    Great plugin! We use it at http://www.pieterzandvliet.com/ and its great for websites that are more based on images than on text. Can't wait for the new version to arrive :)

  12. captainswallow
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Mike - great plugin - does what it says on the tin.
    I'm using beta 1.0, nice interface, quick to save changes.

    A couple of questions/comments...
    I'm using it primarily for galleries at this point (http://eddshots.com) and wanted to continue using the "lightbox" effect I've been using - or something similar (not a fan of "carousel"). However, after trying many lightbox style plugins, the only one that plays well with WP-Tiles is Ryan Hellyer's Simple Colorbox (https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-colorbox/) it's one of two that have no settings.
    They work well together and I thought were a perfect fit when I first tested...however, now (without any other additions), on mobile devices, WP-Tiles doesn't respond at all - not even if specified to use a different tile grid. It seems to only create extremely small thumbnails (my default thumbnail size is set at 200x200) that are too small to really work with on even a large screen phone. I've tested with my Nexus 4 as well as Firefox extensions that show responsive sizing as low as 320x480 and spoofing the user agent - none work.
    Anything I may be missing? It looks great now and I'd hate to have to change it!

  13. Mike Martel
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 months ago #

    Hi @captainswallow,

    Thanks for testing the beta!

    I had a look at your galleries, and the reason why WP Tiles becomes a small thumbnail grid, is because the small screen grid is set to:

    . . . . . . . .

    Which is 8 square tiles per line. To fix this, either set the small screen grid in the options panel, or set it in your shortcode like this:

    [wp-tiles small_screen_grid='Grid Name']

    Or, if you want to use the same grid on large and small screens, set breakpoint to 0, like this:

    [wp-tiles breakpoint=0]

    Cheers,
    Mike

    Ps. If you still have problems, please open a new support topic so the rest of the people in this thread don't get e-mail notifications for every message!

  14. Ryan Hellyer
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    I'm guessing the reason my Simple Color box plugin works here, is because it automatically loads the lightbox for all linked images, whereas most of those plugins rely on the link containing rel="something" hardcoded in the HTML.

  15. captainswallow
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    @Mike thanks for the tip - what was confusing was that I did not have "use a different grid for mobile" switched on and it wasn't working.
    I switched it on, selected the same grid, set the break point to 0 - which works - but then switched it off again...and it still works! the shortcodes idea will be saved for future reference too...thanks.

    @Ryan Hellyer - thanks for the response; great plugin, always nice when it "just works"! FYI, a previous plugin I was using (Ulf Benjaminsson's wp-jquery-lightbox https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-jquery-lightbox/), was a similar style of simple/automatic (though with the option to switch off and a couple of minor settings) and it doesn't work. Of course it's a couple of years old, but works flawlessly otherwise on any device.

  16. wpokg
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Hi Mike, Thanks for the great plug-in.
    I first installed wp-tiles 1.0 beta on 17 Jan and it was working fine except that it couldn't limit by category or tag, as per @bhcrow's comments.
    So I downloaded the latest version wp-tiles on 22 Jan, but there was an error in the activation. The error message states:
    The plugin wp-tiles/wp-tiles-loader.php has been deactivated due to an error: The plugin does not have a valid header.
    But I could see the wp-tiles button appearing on the settings bar on the left. As soon as I click on some other button e.g. Post or Pages, the wp-tiles button disappeared!! And on the plugin admin page, the plugin is not activated.

    I have not updated any of themes, plugins, wordpress at all.
    It's very strange but could someone please help?

  17. Mike Martel
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 months ago #

    Hi @wpokg,

    Thanks for letting me know about this! The bug was caused by my latest update to the beta version. I just uploaded a new version, so if you update again, WP Tiles should activate as normal again.

    Thanks for reporting this, I wouldn't have found it otherwise. If you want to give me more details on the category bug, can you please open a separate thread? I'm curious to find out what is going wrong there.

    Cheers,
    Mike

  18. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 4 months ago #

    Aha, does that mean that you will roll with the official version shortly or do we all need to update to this newest beta? I figure that if everything works fine, no in-between action is needed. Am I right?

    My blog is as flat as a dime, no categories, no worries... :-)

  19. Mike Martel
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 4 months ago #

    Yes! The official version is coming in the next couple of weeks. The beta has been out for a long time now, and there haven't been many dramatic problems with it, so I will write the last of the docs next week and then go ahead with the release.

  20. wpokg
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Hi Mike,
    Thank you! Yes, it's working fine now and filtering by category and tag work as well.
    Looking forward to the official release. THANKS!

  21. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Hey Mike,

    I just updated to the 1.0 final version. It seems that the tiles in the grid don't repeat themselves any more. So the amount of tiles one sets for the grid is leading and not the amount of "post shown" as set in the reading settings of WordPress. Is this by design?

    I worked around this by declaring more tiles, because I have a grid of four tiles that is supposed to repeat itself until 20 posts are shown. No biggy but I was wondering.... :-)

  22. Mike Martel
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 months ago #

    Hi Carlo!

    That is by design :) WP Tiles figures out how many tiles are defined in the grid, and then only queries that many tiles. I think that's more intuitive for new users.

    The easier way to override it is by setting posts_per_page in your shortcode, then you can control how many posts should be displayed exactly, like this:

    [wp-tiles posts_per_page=20]

    Cheers,
    Mike

  23. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Yah. Sounds logical. I will fix it by shortcode...

  24. Carlo
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Ah yes, before I forget, is there any chance you will fit in a CSS manipulation box sometime to set colours and borders on tiles? It would add greatly to overall snazzyness... :-)

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