GP Premium 1.5 Alpha/Beta

We're releasing GP Premium 1.5 alpha.1 today. This post will be the "home" for all of our alpha & beta release until we officially release 1.5.

This release is centered around our Blog add-on. It vastly improves the usability of our options within the Customizer, and also adds some new features.

Be sure to load a page in your Dashboard at least once after you update so our option migration can take place.

Getting the alpha/beta versions

You can tell your Dashboard to get alpha/beta updates by adding this snippet to your site.

Blog options relocated

Instead of our blog options being inside their own panel, they've been moved into the Layout panel in the Customizer.

More checkboxes

Instead of a bunch of select dropdown options, we've migrated those controls so they're checkboxes now. Less clicks and less space taken up in the Customizer. This means when you first install GPP 1.5, a function runs which migrates your existing options so they're compatible with checkboxes.

Columns == Masonry

Before, our Columns and Masonry options were separated, which doesn't make much sense. Now the options are combined into one small area - first you enable columns, then you can enable masonry within those columns. Again, your options will be migrated automatically when you update, so you shouldn't notice any difference on your website.

No more "Full width posts" within columns

Before, we had a "Full Width Post" option when we were using columns. This has been changed to a "Featured post" option, which isn't necessarily full width. If you're using two columns, the featured post will be one column. If you have three columns, it will take up 2/3 columns and so on..

New image resizer

The image resizing library has been replaced in 1.5. We were using Aqua Resizer, which is an on-the-fly image resizer. Now we're using Image Processing Queue, which is way more server friendly and supports responsive images. You may need to reload any pages with resized images once to tell the new library to resize them.

Single post meta options

You can now choose to enable or disable your individual post meta items (author, date, categories etc..) on single posts as well as archives.

Single featured image options

The same options you had for regular featured images, you now have for featured images on single posts. That includes sizing and alignment!

Remove padding around featured images

We've added an option to remove the spacing around your featured images when they're centered. This makes them hug the surrounding container.

Infinite scroll whenever

You can choose to use infinite scroll - with or without a load more button - regardless of using masonry or not.

Copyright panel moved

The Copyright panel has been moved into Layout > Footer.

Full changelog

1.5 rc.3

  • Blog: Add featured image options specific to pages
  • Page Header: Fix custom images not displaying
  • Page Header: Fix image link option not working
  • German translations updated (thanks, Daniel!)

1.5 rc.2

  • Menu Plus: Fix mobile menu logo bug when navigation is set to float right
  • Menu Plus: Fix no transition sticky navigation bug while on mobile

1.5 rc.1

  • Blog: Adjust apply image size button to fit on smaller screens
  • Page Header: Fix color picker issue when clear button is pressed in WP 4.9
  • WooCommerce: Use wc_get_cart_url() for menu item

1.5 beta.3

  • Blog: Fix column pagination spacing when One Container is set
  • Blog: Fix column/masonry spacing at 768px
  • Page Header: Fix individual taxonomy page header control not appears on Toolset created taxonomies
  • Page Header: Ensure jQuery Vide (video background) script only loads when needed

1.5 beta.2

  • Backgrounds: Rebuild Customizer controls
  • Typography: Fix variant JS issue

1.5 beta.1

  • Page Header: Add global locations for taxonomies
  • Page Header: Add {{custom_field.description}} template tag to taxonomies (categories etc..)
  • Page Header: Add ID to page header element
  • Typography: Fix Google Font variant control in WP 4.9

1.5 alpha.2

  • Fix global single post type Page Headers not showing up

1.5 alpha.1

  • Blog: Move Blog panel into the Layout panel
  • Blog: Migrate options from select dropdowns to checkboxes where applicable
  • Blog: Merge masonry + column options into one area
  • Blog: Add new post meta visibility options for single posts
  • Blog: Replace old image resizer (aq_resize) with Image Processing Queue (reload your site once or twice to build new images)
  • Blog: Add single post featured image options
  • Blog: Remove masonry meta box
  • Blog: Add option to remove padding around centered featured images
  • Blog: Add option to turn read more link into button
  • Blog: Add option to turn on infinite scroll regardless of layout
  • Blog: Use infinite scroll with or without a load more button
  • Blog: Make read more links better for accessibility
  • Blog: Migrate single post page header position option to single featured image location option
  • Blog: Remove ellipses if excerpt is set to 0
  • Blog: Change style.css handle to include generate prefix
  • Blog: Remove unnecessary IE8 support
  • Blog: Add alt attribute to featured images
  • Colors: Add select input live preview settings
  • Colors: Fix button labels
  • Copyright: Move Copyright section into Layout panel
  • Page Header: Replace old image resizer (aq_resize) with Image Processing Queue (reload your site once or twice to build new images)
  • Page Header: Don't use global page header locations if not published
  • Page Header: Sanitize page header content when saved to database
  • Page Header: Make sure Elementor sections are accessible when page header is merged
  • Page Header: Prepare transparent color picker for WP 4.9 changes
  • Page Header: Fix background video in Safari 11
  • Typography: Lay groundwork for H6 options
  • Typography: Space out heading typography options
  • Typography: Add System Stack option
  • Sections: Show Envira button
  • Sections: Show Gridable button
  • Sections: Prepare transparent color picker for WP 4.9 changes
  • WooCommerce: Add filter to cart menu item location
  • WooCommerce: Better activation compatibility with multi-site

30 thoughts on “GP Premium 1.5 Alpha/Beta

  1. Thanks for 1.5 alpha. Moving Blog to Layout is a good choice. Couple of things I came across testing the new version:

    1. Blog: the options 'Use infinite scroll' and 'Use button to load more posts' where both present at first page load. I discovered later that the second option 'Use button ...' is conditional to the selection of the first option 'Use infinite scroll'. You might want to check if this works properly.

    2. Blog: What is the meaning of the two buttons 'Archives' and 'Single' below Content and Features Images. What happens when you select one? Will that restrict the selected options to either archives or single posts? Or are the buttons a tab that holds the settings for archives or single posts? Maybe you could explain the behaviour of the buttons in the UI.

    3. Footer: Copyright to footer is good. Was always looking for it. This sounds like the place where you expect it.

    J

    • Thanks for your feedback!

      1. Strange, so the "Use button" option was visible even when infinite scroll wasn't activated? I'll take a look.

      2. Archives are options mean for non-singular pages, like your blog, categories, other archives etc.. Single are options specifically for singular posts or pages (anything that's not an archive).

      3. I agree! Cleans up the Customizer UI a bit as well.

  2. ad 1. Correct, 'Use button ...' option was visible when 'Use infinite scroll' was not selected. But only when the page was loaded for the first time.

    ad 2. Thanks for the explanation. Maybe some help text in the UI would be helpful for casual users.

  3. Hi, I'm from Brazil, and I've been using GP and GP Premium for some time (years). First, I want to take a chance to thank and thank the great and incredible work done, it's really amazing!

    I have not enabled the "alphas" tests yet, but suggestion suggestions:

    For the "home" page or "categories" would be a good option to stylize in these formats, which are trend in most major blogs.
    Image - A:

    Picture - B:

    For now, these are like ideas.
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    I believe it is not the best place for the report, but some months ago the text before the comments are not translated (pt_BR). Here's how it is:
    Image:

    If you could adjust UX would be much better.

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    Thank you and congratulations for the great service.

    See you,
    Douglas

  4. Looking forward to the final release! The list of new features doesn't mention whether you will include a new option to show no of items rather than price in the cart icon.

    If not, please keep it in mind for your next release. Since my webshop only sells software subscriptions with a two-week free trial, the price is always zero, even when a customer has placed a subscription in the cart.

    Kind regards,
    Lars

  5. Love the theme so far man, really great job, love how easy it was to adjust theme width and such, love the gp hooks addon and many other things I really like.

    2 things I'd love to see in future updates:
    Play youtube vid in page header as background
    Enable comments when sections is turned on

    Thank You

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