May 28, 2015 — By Dale Mugford
Today we are happy to release a slew of updates, including updates for WPtouch, WPtouch Pro, themes and extensions.
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.
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.
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.