WPML is ready with a very important bug-fix. We recommend that you upgrade immediately to prevent data-loss.
Attention – glitch: after upgrading, the theme and plugin localization might change to ‘no localization’. Login to WP, go to WPML->Theme and plugin localization and check that it didn’t change.
Critical Bug Fixes – Upgrade ASAP
There are many great new features in WPML 2.2.2, but we have to start with the bug fixes.
The previous versions of WPML had a quiet bug, which doesn’t cause any noticeable effect, until WPML’s configuration is erased. We had the questionable pleasure of enjoying the effects of this bug 2 days ago on wpml.org. Since then, we made ourselves busy investigating, debugging and fixing the problem.
What happens is that WPML added a record in the options table instead of updating it. Slowly but surely, this option takes more space in the database until the data serializer fails and the entry becomes corrupt. Then, WPML’s language information fails.
We had to use DB backup to get the correct wp_options cell and apply it to our database. It’s not fun and we recommend that you avoid that by upgrading immediately.
Like every other plugin upgrade, please backup your database before.
Now that we got the bugs out of the way, let’s spend a minute on what’s new in WPML 2.2.2.
The big new feature is the ability to Network activate WPML. This is critically important for professional webmasters, running blog networks, or many client sites on multisite installs.
Network activation is a very complex feature in WPML. It means that different child blogs use shared resources. We made every effort to check, debug and test WPML’s network activation on different scenarios. Before you use it on client sites, please run a local test and see that you’re happy with it. Let us know if you have any ideas, suggestions or problems.
Improved Theme Compatibility
This release includes important changes to support complex commercial themes. There are changes for Headway, Carrington Build and PureVision.
We’re delighted that the theme authors are happy to work with us. Together, we can provide fully multilingual solutions and make everyone’s lives easier.
We’re also almost ready with beta Gravity Forms Multilingual and Shopp Multilingual. These will allow WPML to fully translate these plugins.
I’ll have the beta releases on Monday.
Please note that in order to use these, you’ll need licenses of the other plugins as well as WPML.
If you already entered your subscription key and email in the WordPress admin, you should be able to download directly from the WP admin panel. Otherwise, you can download the files from your WPML account.