LifterLMS News You Can Use #0012

Welcome to your monthly LifterLMS News You Can Use, January edition: #0012. Happy New Year and happy one year anniversary to our newsletter! 

Read About Recent Technical Product Updates (We’ve been busy)!

LifterLMS Version 3.38.0-beta.2

  • Update LifterLMS Blocks to v1.7.3.

LifterLMS Blocks Version 1.7.3 

  • Move form ready event from domReady to block registration to ensure blocks are exposed before blocks are parsed.

LifterLMS Custom Fields Version 1.0.2

  • Update JS bundle dependencies.
  • Allow custom forms to be displayed in the post table list.

LifterLMS PDFs Version 1.0.0

  • Initial public release

LifterLMS Custom Fields Version 1.0.1

  • Fix the LifterLMS core requirement check used on plugin load.

LifterLMS Version 3.38.0-beta.1

Form Management Improvements

  • Forms (registration, checkout, account) are now managed via a block editor interface.
  • Customize field labels, description, and placeholders in a simple WYSIWYG interface.
  • Mark fields as required with a toggle.
  • Reorder fields with drag and drop.
  • Customize layout using block editor columns.
  • Use LifterLMS block-level visibility to conditionally display fields based on enrollment or logged in status.

Form Localization

  • Added default country and state/region lists (see the “languages” directory).
  • Country and state forms are now searchable dropdowns that adjusted based on the currently selected country.
  • Each country’s locale information (such as what a “post code” is called and whether or not the country has states or post codes) will update automatically based on the selected country.
  • Enqueue select2 on account and checkout pages for searchable dropdowns for country & state.

Updates

  • New shortcode [user] which is used to output user information in a merge code interface.
  • Improved form field generation via LLMS_Form_Field class.
  • LifterLMS Settings: renamed “User Information Options” to “User Privacy Options”.
  • Reorganized open registration setting.
  • Use LLMS.wait_for() for dependency waiting.
  • Moved checkout template variable declarations to the checkout shortcode controller.
  • Removed field display settings in favor of form customization using the form editors.
  • Organized function files. Some functions have been moved.
  • Function llms_get_minimum_password_strength_name() now accepts a parameter to retrieve strength name by key.
  • Use LLMS.wait_for() for dependency waiting.

LifterLMS Blocks v1.6.0

  • Feature: Added form field blocks for use on the Forms manager.
  • Feature: Add logic for logged_in and logged_out block visibility options.
  • Update: Added isDisabled property to Search component.
  • Update: Adjusted priority of render_block filter to 20.
  • Bug fix: Import InspectorControls from wp.blockEditor in favor of deprecated wp.editor
  • Bug fix: Automatically store course/membership instructor with post_author data when the post is created.
  • Bug fix: Pass style rules as camelCase.
  • Removed unused Javascript assets
  • Remove unused bootstrap transiton and collapse scripts.
  • Remove topModal vendor dependency.
  • Remove password strength inline enqueues.

Bug fixes

  • Only attempt to add a nonce to the datastore when a nonce exists in the settings object.

Deprecations

  • Deprecated LLMS_Person_Handler::register() method, use llms_register_user() instead.
  • Deprecated llms_get_minimum_password_strength() with no replacement.

Template Updates

  • templates/checkout/form-checkout.php
  • templates/checkout/form-gateways.php
  • templates/global/form-registration.php

LifterLMS Stripe Version 5.1.0

  • Upgrade to the Stripe API Version to 2019-12-03.
  • Fix an issue verifying webhook event receipts from Stripe.
  • Use wp_strip_all_tags() in favor of strip_tags().

LifterLMS Version 3.37.6

  • New transaction creation date is now specified using llms_current_time().
  • Use the last successful transaction time to calculate from when the previously stored next payment date is in the future.
  • Fixed an issue causing transaction post titles to be recorded with missing data due to invalid strftime() placeholders.

LifterLMS Version 3.37.5

  • Update LifterLMS Blocks to v1.7.2: fixes a bug causing the block editor to encounter a fatal error when accessing custom post types that don’t support custom fields.

LifterLMS Blocks Version 1.7.2

  • Bug fix: fix issue causing the block editor to encounter a fatal error when using custom post types that don’t support custom fields.

LifterLMS Version 3.37.4

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug causing certificate template exports to export the site’s homepage instead of the certificate preview.
  • When exporting a certificate template, use the post_author to determine what user to use for merge code data.
  • Revert Accounts settings tab page id to “account”.

LifterLMS Blocks v1.7.1

  • Feature: Add logic for logged_in and logged_out block visibility options.
  • Update: Added isDisabled property to Search component.
  • Update: Adjusted priority of render_block filter to 20.
  • Update: Added filter, llms_block_supports_visibility to allow modification of the return of the check.
  • Update: Disabled block visibility on registration & account forms to prevent a potentially confusing form creation experience.
  • Update: Added block editor rendering for password type fields.
  • Update: Perform post migrations on current_screen instead of admin_enqueue_scripts.
  • Update: Update various dependencies to use updated gutenberg packages.
  • Bug fix: Fixed a WordPress 5.3 issues with JSON data affecting the ability to save course/membership instructors.
  • Bug fix: Import InspectorControls from wp.blockEditor in favor of deprecated wp.editor
  • Bug fix: Automatically store course/membership instructor with post_author data when the post is created.
  • Bug fix: Pass style rules as camelCase.
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue causing “No HTML Returned” to be displayed in place of the Lesson Progression block on free lessons when viewed by a logged-out user.

LifterLMS Blocks Version 1.7.1

  • Bug fix: Fixed a WordPress 5.3 issues with JSON data affecting the ability to save course/membership instructors.
  • Update: Added filter, llms_block_supports_visibility to allow modification of the return of the check.
  • Update: Disabled block visibility on registration & account forms to prevent a potentially confusing form creation experience.
  • Update: Added block editor rendering for password type fields.

LifterLMS Version 3.37.3

  • Added an action llms_certificate_generate_export to allow modification of certificate exports before being stored on the server.
  • Don’t unslash uploaded file tmp_name, thanks @pondermatic!
  • TwentyTwenty Theme Support: Hide site header and footer, and set a white body background in single certificates.
  • Renamed setting field IDs to be unique for open/close wrapper fields on the engagements and account settings pages.
  • Removed redundant functions defined in the LLMS_Settings_Page class to reduce code redundancy in account and engagement setting page classes.
  • The LLMS_Settings_Page base class now automatically defines actions to save and output settings content.

LifterLMS Advanced Videos Version 1.0.0-beta.8

  • Fix duplicate slash in textdomain path.
  • Only modify core client-side tracking settings for lesson post types.
  • Only retrieve cascading options only for course and lesson post types.

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