Product Update: October

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Product Update is our monthly update that highlights the recent product improvements we’ve made, so you can easily stay up to date on what’s new. Here’s what’s been happening in October.

What’s new 🚀

Ultimate Member 2.0

After over a month in beta, UM2.0 is officially here. As this is a significant update to the plugin the release of 2.0 will happen in two stages. The first stage is manual updating of the plugin. This will allow for more people to update to 2.0 and give feedback on it before an update is pushed to the 70,000+ websites that use Ultimate Member.

After a period of manual updating to 2.0, we will then release the plugin on the repo so that automatic updates are made available to all websites. You will not receive an update notice if you have already updated to 2.0 manually.

Because of the significant changes made to the code base in UM2.0, all extensions need to be updated to their 2.0 versions as well to work with core 2.0.

For instructions on updating to 2.0 fore core plugin and extensions please read this doc

Before updating to 2.0, make sure you make a full site backup which can be restored in case of any issues. If you have any issues after updating to 2.0, please submit a support ticket so we can help you out.

What’s next 🔮

Member directory improvements

After 2.0 release, the next update will see improvements to member directories with:

  • List display for directories
  • Directories now use ajax (no reloading of page)
  • General search feature
  • Filters appearing in reveal section
  • Front-end sorting e.g New users, oldest users, first name etc

Groups extension

The groups extension has mostly been finished and the extension is now being reviewed, checked and tweaked. We will release this to beta once it is ready for testing by users.

User location extension

As well as releasing the groups extension shortly, we have also been working on a user location extension utilising Google Places API. This extension will allow users to add their address/location on registration/profile and then their location will appear on a google map on the directory. Users will then be able to search the directory for users by location.

Calum Allison

Founder of Ultimate Member - a free online community & user profile plugin for WordPress.

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