We’re finally ready with a first second testing version for WPML 1.3.0 – wpml_130_beta2.
New in WPML 1.3.0
This release is a result of 6 weeks of development. It’s packed with new features and bug fixes.
1. Much improved usability
The translation controls are now easier to use. Adding translations is done in a single click without having hoops to jump through.
The overview page is more organized and provides more concise information on what you can do with WPML and its current status.
The languages setup page became a wizard, to help new users set it up correctly.
The professional translation page got a wizard too, to make this easier to use to everyone.
2. Comments translation
If you’re running a multilingual blog, in languages you don’t speak yourself, moderating comments must be a pretty tough job. WPML 1.3.0 now includes built in translation for visitor comments.
When enabled, you’ll see all new comments instantly translated to your language.
3. Per user admin language
The admin language can now be set individual from the default language. Each user can further choose the admin language from the profile page.
4. An API for providing language services to other plugins
This may not be an obviously usable feature to everyone but it’s a major milestone for integrating WPML with other plugins. The first two in the pipe are an amazing and new multilingual support ticket system and multilingual support for BuddyPress.
More news on this as we have them.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve included dozens of bug fixes. These include things like support for MySQL in strict mode (Windows users will appreciate this), fixes for bugs like we’ve seen when working with YARPP and many other smaller and larger bugs.
Who is this release for?
First of all, it’s not for production sites.
In case you skipped the previous line, here it is again:
This is a beta release. It’s intended for testing and not for production sites. We didn’t upgrade our own wpml.org to it and we don’t recommend anyone to upgrade live sites to beta releases.
If you can install this beta release on a test site and give it a good shake, we would appreciate it very much. We’re continuing with the testing and any bug reports we get from users will make WPML better. It’s much nicer to see bug reports from test sites than from live sites.
How to report issues
You’re welcome to leave comments here. For tracking down technical issues, it would be a good idea to open threads in the forum and tag them as wpml130-beta. This would allow us to manage open issues and make sure that the final release is clean.
We’re not looking for just bugs. Anything goes. If something doesn’t seem logical or clear or simple, let us know. If you think it should do something, but it does something else, let us know too.
This new release was made possible mainly due to the huge contribution from Joen Asmussen, a usability expert who donated his time to improve WPML. Thanks Joen!
Here is the download link again:
To install it, download to /wp-content/plugins and unzip there. If you’ve installed over an existing version of WPML, don’t forget to deactivate it and activate again.