PublishPress 2022 Review and Thank You

Welcome to the fourth annual review from PublishPress. You can read our previous reviews for 2019, 2020, and 2021.

We write these annual reviews for at least three reasons:

  1. These reviews are for our customers. Thank you for all your investment in our work. I hope the reviews help you get a better understanding of our vision for these plugins.
  2. The reviews are for business owners. We try to be honest about the ups-and-downs in the hope that you can avoid some of the mistakes we've made!
  3. And finally, the reviews are for us. We pour many hours of our lives into building these plugins. It's easy to forget key incidents as you do the daily work. And as the years go by, it's great to look back on these reviews and remember the rollercoaster ride.

Here's our recap of key events for PublishPress in 2022.

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PublishPress Blocks Has Day, Time, Page Controls for Gutenberg

Using the PublishPress Blocks plugin, you can control how and when blocks appear on your site.

The “Block Controls” feature gives you a wide range of options, including these:

In version 3.1.2 of PublishPress Blocks, these controls are improved and expanded. Here's what's new in this release.

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The End of PublishPress Support for PHP 5.6

Starting in March 2023, we will start dropping support for PHP 5.6. After that date, when we update PublishPress plugins, they may no longer be fully compatible with PHP 5.6.

If your site is using PHP 5.6, please plan to update to at least PHP 7.2 in the next few months. During 2023, it will increasingly become difficult for WordPress users to continue using 5.6. This is because the WordPress and PHP community is moving away from 5.6.

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How To Hide the Edit Link For WordPress Posts

We had an interesting question from a PublishPress customer this week. They wanted to hide the “Edit” link on published WordPress posts.

This customer wanted to make sure his users clicked the “New Revision” link instead of editing the post directly. This “New Revisions” link is coming from the PublishPress Revisions plugin, which gives you a safe space for working on content updates. Removing the “Edit” link will prevent the users from making unapproved changes to published content.

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Using Poedit to Translate PublishPress Plugins

As started to get more and more requests for translations of PublishPress plugins.

As a team, we speak English, Spanish, Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese.

That's a pretty good list, but it only goes so far. What about French, German and the other popular languages that our users want? No matter how big we grow, we'll never be able to cover every language, so we need to allow PublishPress users to translate our plugins.

There are several ways for users to translate plugins. In this guide, we'll recommend an excellent tool called Poedit.

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PublishPress Authors 4 is Available Now

We're really happy to say that the PublishPress Authors plugin is now at version 4.0.

Previously, the main selling point of PublishPress Authors was that you could add multiple authors to one post. That's not possible with the WordPress core.

But thanks to user feedback, we've been able to expand the plugin. With version 4.0, PublishPress Authors is now a complete platform for managing and displaying authors.

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How To Hide the Elementor Templates Menu Link

When you install Elementor, there will be a “Templates” menu on your WordPress admin menu.

However, it can look distracting for some roles if the user doesn't need access to this “Templates” menu.

If you don't want the “Templates” menu link to appear for a certain user role, you can hide this link for specific roles using the PublishPress Capabilities Pro plugin. In this guide, we will show you two ways you can hide this menu link with the PublishPress Capabilities Pro plugin..

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