Semiologic https://www.semiologic.com Smart Technology to Power Your WordPress Website Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:17:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Copyright Mesoconcepts, All Rights Reserved. Denis de Bernardy Meaningful Technology No No WordPress 4.7 Updates Forthcoming https://www.semiologic.com/2016/11/22/wordpress-4-7-updates-forthcoming/ https://www.semiologic.com/2016/11/22/wordpress-4-7-updates-forthcoming/#respond Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:54:53 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2986 Updates to the Semiologic plugins and themes for WordPress 4.7 compatibility are forthcoming.  Basically most everything works just fine, as it always has with every WP release.   Yet, WP is going through endless changes for the sake of change that always has the potential to break things.

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Updates to the Semiologic plugins and themes for WordPress 4.7 compatibility are forthcoming.  Basically most everything works just fine, as it always has with every WP release.   Yet, WP is going through endless changes for the sake of change that always has the potential to break things.

So stay tuned…..

4/26/17   ….  you should have seen a few updates in your dashboard for Semiologic Cache and External Links.   XML Sitemaps will drop next.         Bottom line is these are feature and bugs fixes and everything is just fine with 4.7 and 4.8 of WP.

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Semiologic Cache 2.11 Now Out https://www.semiologic.com/2015/10/17/semiologic-cache-2-11-now-out/ https://www.semiologic.com/2015/10/17/semiologic-cache-2-11-now-out/#respond Sun, 18 Oct 2015 03:02:26 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2980 Sem-Cache already delivered great results in website performance when compared to WP  Super Cache and W3 Total Cache.   With version 2.11 of Sem-Cache, performance is improved and a few hidden bugs squashed.  Simply upgrade the plugin.  I would recommend turning caching off then back on to get the cached rebuilt immediately.

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Sem-Cache already delivered great results in website performance when compared to WP  Super Cache and W3 Total Cache.   With version 2.11 of Sem-Cache, performance is improved and a few hidden bugs squashed.  Simply upgrade the plugin.  I would recommend turning caching off then back on to get the cached rebuilt immediately.

Full change log as follows:

– New: async attribute added to javascript includes
– Change: Updated htaccess ruleset to improve caching for new asset types
– Fix: Htaccess access rules caused lack of caching of css and javascripts files with querystring parameters
– Change: Static pages are now held 24 hours
– Change: Pages with semiologic contact form are cached again (back out prior disabling)
– Change: Clarify which php memcached library is supported in Admin screen
– Fix: url_to_domain php static warning corrected

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Pinnacle 2.5 Out https://www.semiologic.com/2015/10/08/pinnacle-2-5-out/ https://www.semiologic.com/2015/10/08/pinnacle-2-5-out/#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:47:11 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2974 Version 2.5 of the Pinnacle theme has been released.  The primary focus of this release is allowing for additional, and more complex, Header and Footer areas.   Semiologic Reloaded introduced a Header and Footer Boxes Bar to which widgets can be added.  This bar was then added into the Header/Footer.  This provided for columnar type content in those areas.  This functionality was kept in Pinnacle to allow for migration from Reloaded to Pinnacle.Pinnacle Section Panels

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Version 2.5 of the Pinnacle theme has been released.  The primary focus of this release is allowing for additional, and more complex, Header and Footer areas.   Semiologic Reloaded introduced a Header and Footer Boxes Bar to which widgets can be added.  This bar was then added into the Header/Footer.  This provided for columnar type content in those areas.  This functionality was kept in Pinnacle to allow for migration from Reloaded to Pinnacle.Pinnacle Section Panels

As Headers and Footers have expanded and contain more content rows, the Boxes Bar just wasn’t enough.   The Boxes Bar also imposed padding and margins to widgets and a fixed 33.33% width for a widget in the bar.   Starting with this release, Pinnacle introduces Header and Footer Sections.  Four each per area.   Similar to the Boxes Bar you can place widgets in these Sections then drop a Section into a Header or Footer.    Widgets have no padding or margins associated with them.  They also occupy 100%, 50%, 33.33% or 25% depending on the number of widgets in the Section.  (Obviously you can override widths via the Custom CSS functionality).     These Sections also work with Widget Contexts so you can turn off a whole section for a given page context.

There are some additional ideas around formatting of site layouts these Sections will allow.   I choose to create a new panel for these rather than expand the Boxes Bar.   Simply I didn’t want to risk backwards compatibility and breaking existing sites and custom skins, by introducing more flexibility and customibility.   Both Boxes Bar and Sections will co-exist for now.

As has been case, our themes remain free.  You’ll find the full change log below.

2.5 Change Log:

– Added: Header Section 1 – 4 for more Header configuration and styling options (Header Boxes Bar remains for backwards compatibility)
– Added: Footer Section 1 – 4 for more Header configuration and styling options (Footer Boxes Bar remains for backwards compatibility)
– Added: External Fonts links can now be added under Semiologic->Fonts.
– Added: New classes added to Header/Footer Boxes Bar, Header/Footer Sections, Top/Bottom Body Sidebars div specifying number of widgets contained in each bar (ex: widget-count-3)
– Added: top_body_sidebar_content, bottom_body_sidebar_content, header_section_content and footer_section_content, header_boxes_content and footer_boxes_content inner classes for additional styling ability
– Changed: _section classes (body, header, footer, wrapper) changed to _container
– Changed: Custom CSS page now reflects latest Panels and styling divs
– Changed: javascript helper file now minimized

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Plugin Retirement Party https://www.semiologic.com/2015/09/13/plugin-retirement-party/ https://www.semiologic.com/2015/09/13/plugin-retirement-party/#respond Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:29:11 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2966 When Semiologic and Semiologic Pro was first created by Denis, WordPress was still in its infancy.  Now that it’s 2015, WordPress has greatly matured and Jetpack has brought wordpress.com functionality to those that self-host their blogs and websites.  Semiologic Plugins Retirement Party Some technology, like RSS, has been supplanted by Facebook and Twitter news feeds.    Given all of this, some of the Semiologic plugins and third party plugin forks just aren’t practical to maintain.   With Wordpress being released every 3-4 months, having to test and release plugins just to say they are version compatible, is simply just a pain.

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When Semiologic and Semiologic Pro was first created by Denis, WordPress was still in its infancy.  Now that it’s 2015, WordPress has greatly matured and Jetpack has brought wordpress.com functionality to those that self-host their blogs and websites.  Semiologic Plugins Retirement Party Some technology, like RSS, has been supplanted by Facebook and Twitter news feeds.    Given all of this, some of the Semiologic plugins and third party plugin forks just aren’t practical to maintain.   With Wordpress being released every 3-4 months, having to test and release plugins just to say they are version compatible, is simply just a pain.

Its is time for some of the original Semiologic Pro plugins to be retired.  They have served us well these many years.  Some plugins are part of the WordPress core product (admin menus and favicons in WP 4.3), some have low usage or need (Feed Widgets), or technology has changed (RSS feeds vs. FB and Twitter feeds).

The following plugins are no longer going to be worked on nor maintained:

  • Admin Menu (Free plugin)
  • Article Uploader (Premium plugin)
  • Fancy Excerpt (Free plugin)
  • Favicon Head (forked version)
  • Feed Widgets (Premium plugin)
  • Frame Buster (Free plugin)
  • Mediacaster (Premium plugin)
  • Newsletter Manager (Premium plugin)
  • Opt-in Front Page (Free plugin)
  • PC Robots.txt (forked version)
  • Search Reloaded (Premium plugin)
  • Semiologic Affiliate (Premium plugin)
  • Semiologic Cloner (Premium plugin)
  • Subscribe Me (Free plugin)
  • Subscribe to Comments Reloaded (forked version)
  • WP DB Backup (forked version)

These join the prior plugins that were retired last few years:

  • Autolink URI (Free plugin rolled into External Links plugin)
  • Autotag (Premium plugin)
  • Core Control Reloaded (forked version)
  • Countdown Events Widget Reloaded (forked version)
  • Custom Query String Reloaded (forked version)
  • Deal.com Widgets (Free plugin)
  • Democracy Poll Widget Reloaded (forked version)
  • Do Follow (Free plugin)
  • Feedburner Reloaded (forked version)
  • Hitslink (Free plugin)
  • Star Rating Reloaded (forked version)
  • Unfancy Quote  (Free plugin)
  • Uploads Folder (forked version)

 

This means Semiologic and developments efforts will be more streamlined and focused.   The Pinnacle theme continues to evolve with new functionality.   You’ll also be seeing a change around how Semiologic Pro is packaged and released that will allow for frequent updates.  For those that have current, valid subscriptions you’ll be grandfathered into the system.  More details to follow in the next few months.

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Semiologic Github Account https://www.semiologic.com/2015/09/09/semiologic-github-account/ https://www.semiologic.com/2015/09/09/semiologic-github-account/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2015 21:02:41 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2963 Not sure why it took us so long but Semiologic now has a Github account.   You can simply find it under Semiologic.   I know, novel.

Currently some of the old, forked plugin that were part of the original Semiologic Pro are there.     This account also serves as the home for the master Semiologic Pinnacle and Featured Child themes.  These are now public for the world to see, fork and contribute.

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Not sure why it took us so long but Semiologic now has a Github account.   You can simply find it under Semiologic.   I know, novel.

Currently some of the old, forked plugin that were part of the original Semiologic Pro are there.     This account also serves as the home for the master Semiologic Pinnacle and Featured Child themes.  These are now public for the world to see, fork and contribute.

 

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All Tested/Updated for WordPress 4.3, PHP 5.6 and MySQL 5.6 https://www.semiologic.com/2015/09/07/all-testedupdated-for-wordpress-4-3-php-5-6-and-mysql-5-6/ https://www.semiologic.com/2015/09/07/all-testedupdated-for-wordpress-4-3-php-5-6-and-mysql-5-6/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2015 18:59:50 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2961 All the themes and plugins have been tested against WordPress 4.3, PHP 5.6 and MySQL 5.6.    Readme files have been updated accordingly.  You should see a slew of updates available in your WordPress Dashboard as a result.

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All the themes and plugins have been tested against WordPress 4.3, PHP 5.6 and MySQL 5.6.    Readme files have been updated accordingly.  You should see a slew of updates available in your WordPress Dashboard as a result.

With WordPress 4.3, the core team has dropped support for PHP4 constructor formats.  If you turned on debugging on your site, you’d see a warning message that the PHP4 format has been deprecated.   Some of the Semiologic widgets were still using this old way.  No more.  All are now using PHP5 constructor conventions for calling WP_Widgets.

Speaking of PHP5, PHP 5.6 will now be the recommended minimum PHP version starting in WordPress 4.4.  Everything was tested against 5.6 with no problems at all.

I even went back and updated the Semiologic Legacy (original) theme to fix the widgets.

Throughout the years Semiologic has been stable and has worked from WordPress version to the next.   The design and coding has held up extremely well and these changes have all been trivial software tweaks for Semiologic.

 

 

 

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Changes Are Afoot https://www.semiologic.com/2015/09/02/changes-are-afoot/ https://www.semiologic.com/2015/09/02/changes-are-afoot/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:54:11 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2957 Changes are happening to Semiologic, Semiologic Pro, wordpress.org hosted plugins, etc, etc.      As you have seen the update notices in your WordPress Admin dashboard, updates for WordPress 4.3 and PHP 5.6 compatibility testing have been appearing.

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Changes are happening to Semiologic, Semiologic Pro, wordpress.org hosted plugins, etc, etc.      As you have seen the update notices in your WordPress Admin dashboard, updates for WordPress 4.3 and PHP 5.6 compatibility testing have been appearing.

Look for more info in future blog posts on this site.   Until then….

 

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Pinnacle Featured Panel Child Theme https://www.semiologic.com/2015/07/29/pinnacle-featured-panel-child-theme/ https://www.semiologic.com/2015/07/29/pinnacle-featured-panel-child-theme/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:07:26 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2936 We have made available a child theme for the Pinnacle theme that provides 4 Featured Panels for a sites home page.   You will find these new panels in the Appearance->Widgets page.    In accordance with the Semiologic themes paradigm around site layout via widgets, simply drag and drop widgets into these panels.  These Featured Panels are only available on the site’s home page.   The default layout set in Semiologic->Layout will appear on the site’s inner pages.

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We have made available a child theme for the Pinnacle theme that provides 4 Featured Panels for a sites home page.   You will find these new panels in the Appearance->Widgets page.    In accordance with the Semiologic themes paradigm around site layout via widgets, simply drag and drop widgets into these panels.  These Featured Panels are only available on the site’s home page.   The default layout set in Semiologic->Layout will appear on the site’s inner pages.

You can find this child theme over on the Pinnacle Featured Panel Child theme page.   Upload to your site and activate it.

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Pinnacle Theme 2.3.1 Maintenance Release https://www.semiologic.com/2015/07/29/pinnacle-theme-2-3-1-maintenance-release/ https://www.semiologic.com/2015/07/29/pinnacle-theme-2-3-1-maintenance-release/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:59:38 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2934 This is a quick maintenance release for the Pinnacle theme prior to WordPress 4.3 and the Pinnacle 2.4 release.

Changes in this release include:

  • Dropdown menu of the rightmost top menu item now flows leftward and not off the device

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This is a quick maintenance release for the Pinnacle theme prior to WordPress 4.3 and the Pinnacle 2.4 release.

Changes in this release include:

  • Dropdown menu of the rightmost top menu item now flows leftward and not off the device
  • Fix issue with 3rd party widgets that use CSS id as part of their css rules when widget is used in non-sidebar panels
  • Fix issue in header area divs where first widget may not be enclosed properly in header_top_wrapper
  • Removed extra padding in top level menu of boxed blue skin causing menu to expand too much vertical when justified
  • FontAwesome 4.3
  • Normalize.css 3.0.3

 

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Migrating From Semiologic SEO https://www.semiologic.com/2015/07/29/migrating-from-semiologic-seo/ https://www.semiologic.com/2015/07/29/migrating-from-semiologic-seo/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:28:52 +0000 https://www.semiologic.com/?p=2926 The Semiologic SEO plugin has been part of the Semiologic Pro package for many years and has served site’s SEO needs well.  Over the past years that have been many awesome SEO plugins released with all sorts of new capabilities, especially Yoast’s (formerly WordPress) SEO plugin.

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The Semiologic SEO plugin has been part of the Semiologic Pro package for many years and has served site’s SEO needs well.  Over the past years that have been many awesome SEO plugins released with all sorts of new capabilities, especially Yoast’s (formerly WordPress) SEO plugin.

For those wishing to move on to other plugins and not have to reenter all the SEO data, we have forked the SEO Data Transporter plugin to add Semiologic SEO to the plugins supported.

You can find more details and the download link at Semiologic SEO Data Transporter.

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