We’ve just released the WooThemes Updater 1.1.0, a little over 6 months since it’s first release. A few bugs have been fixed up and we’ve added some new features in we thought you’d like to know about.
Update notifications will now be served whether or not you have a license key activated
Up until now you’d only get update notifications if you had a valid license active on your site. We’ve changed that up, so now as long as you have the WooThemes Updater installed you will always see any update notification.
The plugin now plays nicely with Network installs
We’ve now made sure that the plugin plays nicely on any Network install. We’ve done this by making sure that any of the license pages only display when you’re in the Network Admin. Going forward, you will need to purchase an Umlimited license to activate your license on any Network site.
Why develop a plugin to serve updates?
This has been a question, and pain point, for many of our customers. In the time that I’ve been at WooThemes we’ve changed the way the update API works 4 times. Each time we’ve made that change, it’s meant that we’ve had to update the code which handles updates in each of our products. With the current size of our catalogue, which is growing each month, that has become a mammoth task. Having a plugin handle that logic for us means we only need to update one product. As we’re able to now easily release updates on the WooThemes Updater plugin, it means you’ll always be able to get the latest version of our other plugins available.
Why can’t I dismiss the message to install the WooThemes Updater?
At WooThemes we take security very seriously. We’ve had almost all our code audited by the security experts Sucuri and we run on some of the world’s safest servers at WPEngine. Being able to serve you updates to our code is simply a part of our commitment to your security.
Our next big release for our updater plugin will be serving updates for themes, as well as a smoother process for updating the WooFramework. While we don’t have a timeline on that just yet, we’re definitely aiming to have that done by the beginning of the third quarter this yearDownload the WooThemes updater plugin