Support » Plugin: Helpful » Version 4.0.0

  • Plugin Author Pixelbart

    (@pixelbart)


    Pre-Download: Development Version

    Version 4.0.0 changes a lot in Helpful. Much is immediately apparent and some things happen in the background. Here you can find a small list of things you see and things you don’t see:

    New features you can see:

    • Statistics are now displayed using charts.js. Also jQuery UI is used for the date pickers.
    • In the widget, individual categories can be selected for the statistics. I have not entered a month or year selection so that the period can be selected in the Helpful settings. This will result in less performance loss.
    • The most helpful contributions are no longer those with the most pro voices, but a sum of pro voices minus contra voices. The same is true for the least helpful voices, only here it is the other way around.
    • Most of the translations I did with the Google translator before were translated with DeepL. I also extended many texts and moved options to make them more useful.
    • I have adjusted the design in the admin area so that it looks more like the Site Health Design. I think the design is very pretty and wanted to have it for Helpful as well. The same is true for the feedback overview. I couldn’t get a proper representation with WordPress tables. I hope it’s easier to see your feedback.
    • Below the feedback form you can now see an email and a name field. The feedback form can also be completely customized using HTML. Further information will be published soon.
    • The CSS classes of Helpful have almost all changed. So if you’ve made changes, they won’t work anymore. Buttons are now optimized for buttons and other things, so there should be less problems.
    • The Helpful theme can now be changed in the customizer. So I save myself a lot of Javascript in the admin area, because here I use WordPress functions. In addition, you will see the change directly on your page.

    New features in the background:

    • There is now a maintenance that can be performed under System. This deletes incorrect entries and also updates the database table so that there are no problems. This maintenance is a MUST after updates from Helpful. However, a message with a prompt should also be visible by itself.
    • I have implemented many filters and actions that developers can use. More information will follow soon.
    • Almost all files have been reworked and split into several files to make it easier for me to make changes in the future. So don’t let this put you off. File names now almost always describe what you find in them.

    Attention: This is a test version. Since I program and test the plugin alone, errors can always occur. I am dependent on your help. Please always use the forum here and don’t write me any comments on Pixelbart.de. I see these only very rarely, because I do not write actively in my Blog.

    I also created a landing page for the plugin. This page is now always linked if you want to support Helpful with credits. So you do more advertising for Helpful and less for me. There I write instructions for individual functions even if I have time. helpful-plugin.info

    If you want to help me, you can always rate the plugin. Donations are not necessary and there will never be a pro version, because I don’t want it and I think it’s important if something is opensource.

    Thanks for your support and feel free to write me what you think of the version. Some things that have occurred in the forum in the meantime are not implemented yet, because I used an old version as base.

    I will consider and implement these points before releasing 4.0.0. This includes, for example, the read permission for editors.

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  • Plugin Author Pixelbart

    (@pixelbart)

    Please note that after updating to version 4.0.0 the changes in the settings may not be applied.

    Therefore you may have to re-enter all texts.

    Hey! I just updated the plugin and noticed the design is broken now, do you have any idea on how to fix that?
    Also I don’t see the “Design” field anymore available in the settings.

    You can check how the design looks now here: https://www.digitail.io/ro/resurse/notificari-automate/

    Plugin Author Pixelbart

    (@pixelbart)

    @ruxandrapui

    I answered you in your topic. You can find the design settings in the WordPress Customizer. But you can also find this at the top of the text for version 4.0.0.

    Hey @pixelbart,

    Congrats on the new release! The plugin looks really good with the new design. A lot cleaner and user friendly.

    I do however want to make a small suggestion. You may want to consider bringing back the Design tab. As a person that never uses the Customizer I would have not considered looking there for any extra settings.

    The design tab was pretty convenient, as all the settings were in the same place.

    Also, you could add the Helpful logo in the settings page’s header. Branding wise, the logo looks pretty cool.

    Cheers!

    Plugin Author Pixelbart

    (@pixelbart)

    Hi @iovamihai,

    thank you as always for your feedback. I can do that with the design tab, at least it’s a link to the customizer.

    I had already thought about the logo, but I didn’t do it, because no image files will be saved in the Helpful folder and the plugin stays small.

    I never intend to offer the plugin as a pro version, so the branding is not so important to me personally. But if it helps to improve the user experience, I’m happy to do that 🙂

    Many thanks and best regards

    @pixelbart, personally, I find your logo quite cool and I believe it would work nicely in the overall design.

    Given that the image is quite small, the loading speed impact will most probably be unnoticeable.

    All the best,
    Mihai

    Plugin Author Pixelbart

    (@pixelbart)

    @ruxandrapui @iovamihai

    Version 4.0.5
    – Tab design integrated in settings. This will take you to the customizer where you can change your design.
    – The Helpful logo can now be found in the settings.
    – CSS corrected so that the designs should look good again.
    – The custom CSS added for Helpful now works again. The field is now customizable just like the themes. Codemirror is no longer included for the text field.

    Hey @pixelbart,

    Looking good! A small thing though. I just tested the Design button and for some reason the following notice appeared: “Deprecated: Non-static method Helpful_Customizer::registerCustomizer() should not be called statically in /development/web projects/socialpug/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 286”

    I’m not sure if the error appeared or not before version 4.0.5, I don’t remember seeing it. You may want to take a look.

    All the best,
    Mihai

    Plugin Author Pixelbart

    (@pixelbart)

    @iovamihai

    Thank you for pointing that out. The errors are not displayed with me. I don’t know if it’s PHP 7.3.

    But should be fixed with version 4.0.6.

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