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July 9, 2015 – By Martin Kuplens-Ewart

3.8.2 Updates Released

Today we released updates to WPtouch and WPtouch Pro that provide improvements to some of the functionality included in the 3.8 release.

WPtouch Pro’s desktop theme shortcode handler has been given improved support for sites that use a mix of theme and plugin shortcodes (in particular Royal Slider), as well as more robust handling of delayed shortcode registration.

We have received a fair bit of feedback since the release of 3.8 about the new system for preventing cache plugin conflicts. Following the successful completion of additional testing and compatibility validation, we are delighted to remove the requirement that WordFence’s Falcon cache engine be disabled on sites that wish to run WPtouch or WPtouch Pro in this release.

Our thanks to everyone who has reached out to us with comments and questions. We value every opportunity to hear your feedback.

Should you have difficulties with the cache plugin warning system, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via support@wptouch.com or (for Pro customers) by opening ticket on our support site.

June 24, 2015 – By Dale Mugford

New version of WPtouch & WPtouch Pro 3.8 Released

New version of WPtouch

Today we’ve released new versions of WPtouch and WPtouch Pro— a major release which includes many new changes, enhancements, bug fixes and optimizations. We’ve also released updates for a number of our themes and extensions.

WPtouch & WPtouch Pro 3.8

In the core of the product, we’ve made several improvements. In the admin we’ve improved the styling and design of the Theme & Extensions page, and improved styling for non-English languages, including RTL languages.

Smart Conflict Detection

Over the years we’ve seen many users and customers face a common conflict which isn’t a “bug”— caching plugins. Popular solutions W3 Total Cache, WP Super Cache, and Wordfence— are all great plugins to speed up your WordPress website. Yet, due to the nature of the way that these caching plugins work (caching dynamic pages and making them static), there’s no way to know that they’re not setup correctly to work with WPtouch.

You may have encountered the issue yourself: users often tell us that WPtouch is “showing my desktop theme on mobile” or “showing my mobile theme to desktop visitors”— both signs that you’re running a cache plugin and it has cached pages indiscriminately, and is serving them to devices just the same.

In 3.8, we’ve added new abilities for WPtouch to detect these plugins, and suspend WPtouch from running until the problems are resolved. When we detect you’re running any of these plugins we’ll put up a notice in the admin with a message link to our resource on modifying your cache plugin configuration to get them working together nicely. Once you get them setup correctly, we can detect this and will release WPtouch to start serving mobile visitors. This prevents poisoning your cache until you get it setup.

Themes & Extensions

We’ve also released some bug fixes for our extensions like Infinity Cache & jQuery Enhanced, along with updates for Bauhaus, MobileStore, Open and Simple themes.

In particular, MobileStore gets the largest update with new options for controlling the appearance & layout, and also gains better compatibility with older versions of WooCommerce (we’re looking at you, 2.1 users!). Improved support and compatibility with 3rd party payment gateways has also been added.

May 28, 2015 – By Dale Mugford

WPtouch Pro 3.7.9 released, slew of other updates included

Today we are happy to release a slew of updates, including updates for WPtouch, WPtouch Pro, themes and extensions.

ZOOM!

In WPtouch and WPtouch Pro you can now easily enable/disable page zooming. While WPtouch has long been designed to work without page zooming, we recognize the desire for some customers to offer that capability with their mobile sites, and in keeping with best practices for accessibility we’ve added the ability for visitors to zoom the page as needed when enabled.

Translations

WPtouch and WPtouch Pro also includes many updated translations. The product is available in over two dozen languages, and we continue to support and maintain these languages regularly using professional translation services for our users and customers. Boris Raczynski kindly provided several suggestions for improvements to our German internationalization that led us to commission a complete overhaul of the translations in that language.

We’ve also added other improvements based on customer feedback. Due to the prevalence of international sites that maintain content in their language but prefer an English admin, Open, one of our themes for business, no longer relies on WordPress’s internal translation mechanism to localize certain date information. Open now also provides the option to disable the background it places behind the site logo.

MobileStore Theme Update 1.1

Also included in today’s release is an update to our popular MobileStore theme, which works to transform a WooCommerce installation to offer a mobile-tailored experience. MobileStore 1.1 includes the ability to disable our off-canvas mini-cart and ajax-based add-to-cart mechanism— for customers with other plugins that interfere or would prefer not to use those features.

The release also includes number of minor improvements and fixes, and aims to improve compatibility with other plugins, checkout solutions and 3rd party enhancements that work with WooCommerce.

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New Extension: jQuery Enhanced

Today we also released a new extension, jQuery Enhanced. The extension adds the ability to use the latest 1.x or 2.x CDN-hosted versions of jQuery instead of WordPress’ stock versions. It also adds the ability to choose whether jQuery and its dependent scripts load in the header or footer, further optimizing your mobile theme and improving Google PageSpeed scores. This extension is freely available to all customers running WPtouch Pro 3.7.9 (and up).

Infinity Cache Update

This release also includes important performance updates to Infinity Cache. The regular expression engine was modified, and now results in additional files being added to your specified CDN. For CDN users, this will undoubtedly result in a performance increase. We’ve also removed the dependency on MaxCDN, as many of our customers are using other CDN providers. Simply enter the associated pull domains from your CDN provider and WPtouch Pro will work properly with your CDN.

Advanced Type Update

When we heard that a small number of customers were experiencing difficulties getting Advanced Type to save their font choices, we didn’t expect to run into issues with a PHP feature that had been deprecated six years earlier! We’ve improved our handling of cases where magic quotes are enabled, and complex settings such as those maintained by Advanced Type now work as expected for sites running older PHP releases.

Get It Now!

If you’re a Pro customer, update to WPtouch Pro 3.7.9 today see the new extension and theme updates.

If you’re using the free version of WPtouch, you can update through the WordPress admin Plugins page to get the latest version.

As always, you can see the complete changelog for this release on the WPtouch Pro 3 Changelog page.

April 23, 2015 – By The BNC Team

The add_query_arg vulnerability & WPtouch

On April 20, a vulnerability in certain implementations of WordPress’s add_query_arg and remove_query_arg functions was subject to coordinated disclosure and patches. The vulnerability has been linked to flawed documentation in the WordPress codex.

In the course of a code search looking for the use of these functions across the WordPress.org plugin repository, vulnerable use of these functions was identified in WPtouch Pro’s theme and extension switching routines. This code is present in versions 3 and higher of both the free and Pro editions of WPtouch, though it is only used in the Pro edition.

The release of 3.7.6 of our plugins addresses this vulnerability in WPtouch Pro 3 and also corrects the inactive code in WPtouch 3.

Other plugins affected by this vulnerability included:

  • Jetpack
  • WordPress SEO
  • Google Analytics by Yoast
  • All In one SEO
  • Gravity Forms
  • Multiple Plugins from Easy Digital Downloads
  • UpdraftPlus
  • WP-E-Commerce
  • Download Monitor
  • Related Posts for WordPress
  • My Calendar
  • P3 Profiler
  • Give
  • Multiple iThemes products including Builder and Exchange
  • Broken-Link-Checker
  • Ninja Forms

Although though the free edition of WPtouch includes some of the affected code, it is not executed in the regular operation of the plugin and will not expose users to vulnerability.

Versions of WPtouch and WPtouch Pro predating the 3.x release (such as WPtouch 1.9, and WPtouch Pro 2.x) do not use the add_query_arg and remove_query_arg functions and are also not subject to this vulnerability.

There is no security-related need to automatically update versions of the plugin not affected by this vulnerability.

As always we endorse keeping your WordPress installation and plugins up to date with all released updates.

April 21, 2015 – By Duane Storey

The Google Mobile Search Algorithm Change Begins Today

As many of our customers and readers know, today is the day when Google officially starts to rollout its mobile algorithm changes that will favour websites with mobile-friendly versions. In terms of its ultimate impact, many SEO experts are estimating it will be larger than both the disruptive Panda and Penguin updates combined.

Achieving Google Mobile-Friendly Status with WPtouch Pro

Achieving Google Mobile-Friendly Status with WPtouch Pro

WPtouch Pro is a Google-recommended mobile-friendly solution for WordPress, and most users who purchase it can achieve mobile-friendly status on their entire website in less than five minutes. Compared to the cost of reworking an existing website to achieve this, or starting from scratch with another commercial theme, the lack of time and financial investment required by WPtouch Pro to achieve this important status with Google is an easy decision for our customers to make.

We thank everyone who has trusted WPtouch Pro to help their WordPress websites achieve mobile-friendly status, and as always, we are here to help new customers who are unsure how to proceed. For most people, it’s just a matter of adding WPtouch Pro to their existing website and activating the plugin from the Plugins menu in WordPress.

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