FeedWordPress 2009.0707 is now available for download.
This is a release to fix two bugs, one small and slightly irritating, and the other potentially very irritating, which resulted from changes to the AJAX interface elements between WordPress 2.7 and 2.8.
Let’s start with the more irritating problem which you should be able to eliminate by upgrading to the most recent release:
- BUGFIX: WORDPRESS 2.8 AJAX COMPATIBILITY ISSUES RESOLVED (blank or
truncated “Syndicated Sites” administration page): Due to changes in the
AJAX interface elements between WordPress 2.7 and WordPress 2.8, several
FeedWordPress users encountered an issue where the front “Syndication”
page in the FeedWordPress administrative interface would come up blank,
without the normal “Syndicated Sites” list and “Update” control, or
sometimes wth the boxes visible but one or both of them truncated, with
only the title bar. This issue should now be resolved: with the new
version of FeedWordPress, the compatibility issue that caused the
disappearance should be eliminated, and if boxes are shown with only
their handle visible, you should once again be able to drop down the
rest of the box by clicking once on its title bar.
Thank you to the many users who brought this issue to my attention, and supplied some very useful screen shots which helped me reproduce and track down the origin of the problem.
The second problem was with the Tags widget (found under
Categories & Tags, where you can set tags to be applied to all syndicated posts, or all posts syndicated from a particular feed). This was also the result of some rather capricious changes to the AJAX interface framework in WordPress 2.8.
- BUGFIX: TAG SETTING WIDGET FIXED. Due to changes in interface elements
between WordPress 2.7 and WordPress 2.8, people using FeedWordPress with
WordPress 2.8 found that the widget for setting tags to be applied to
all syndicated posts, or all syndicated posts from a particular feed,
no longer displayed “Add” and “Remove” buttons for individual tags. This
issue has now been fixed, and the tagging widget should once again work
more or less exactly like the tagging widget for individual posts in the
normal WordPress admin interface.
Download and enjoy! As always, you have any issues with the release, or if there is anything that you would like to see included in a future release, please use the comments form or drop me a line to let me know about it.
Now that these bug fixes are out of the way, I have some ambitious plans for the next release of FeedWordPress, which I hope to be able to release by early August at the latest. Besides ongoing testing for compatibility with new releases in the 2.8.x and upcoming 2.9 branches of WordPress, I would like to implement a Category Mapping system, similar to the existing Author Mapping system, which would provide users with much more fine-grained, powerful, and sophisticated tools for controlling how categories or tags from feeds are imported into the WordPress database. As I have time to do so, I would also like to include some commonly-requested features, such as allowing users more control over how excerpts are generated and more precise control over the timing of automatic updates. And eventually I hope to be able to replace the aging MagpieRSS feed parser with the more robust, reliable, and flexible SimplePie feed parser that is now shipping with new releases of WordPress.
If you have benefited from the bug fixes that went into this most recent release, or if you are interested in making sure that powerful new features like Category Mapping can be developed for an upcoming release, please remember that it’s your generous gifts to the project tip jar that make ongoing development and support for FeedWordPress possible.