This Comment Mail release candidate includes 8 bug fixes, 19 enhancements, and improved compatibility with WordPress v4.4 and JetPack. You can download and try out this release using the link below. Please report bugs and feedback on GitHub.
The Subscribe to Comments Reloaded (StCR) Importer received the most focus in this release with a total of 3 bug fixes and 4 enhancements going into the import routine. There were also many improvements (3 bug fixes and 5 enhancements) to the default email templates, which are now fully mobile-ready.
Downloading and Installing
Comment Mail Lite beta testers: Download Comment Mail Lite v151221-RC Release Candidate
Comment Mail Pro beta testers: Download Comment Mail Pro v151221-RC Release Candidate (you must be logged into your account at Comment-Mail.com to access this download)
Installing the Release Candidate
- Deactivate and Delete any existing Comment Mail plugin via Dashboard -> Plugins
- Download the release candidate using the link above
- Install the release candidate you downloaded by going to Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New -> Upload and selecting the downloaded zip file
- Activate Comment Mail
Changelog for Comment Mail v151221-RC
- Bug Fix (Multisite): Fixed a Multisite uninstallation bug that was preventing Comment Mail from taking Child Blogs into consideration when uninstalling, which was resulting in an incomplete uninstallation. See Issue #136.
- Bug Fix (StCR Import): This release corrects an StCR importation bug. The bug was causing an existing StCR subscription with a
Ystatus (i.e., one for all comments/replies) to be imported into Comment Mail on a per-comment basis. Therefore, a symptom of this bug was to find that you had multiple subscriptions imported for users who wanted all comments, instead of them just having one subscription imported which would automatically cover the entire post. Props @raamdev for reporting this. See also Issue #162.
- Bug Fix (StCR Import): Fixed a bug with the StCR Import routine that was preventing subscriptions for comments awaiting approval from being imported. See Issue #182.
- Bug Fix (StCR Import): Fixed a bug in how the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded Import routine counts imported subscriptions. Comment Mail was previously reporting the number of subscriptions that it created during the import as the total number imported, however due to a difference in how Comment Mail and StCR store subscriptions, the total number of StCR subscriptions imported is almost always going to be different from the number of subscriptions that Comment Mail creates. This difference resulted in confusion about why the total StCR subscriptions did not match the total reported by Comment Mail as "imported". This has been fixed by adjusting what is reported as 'total imported' and including two new pieces of information: 'total skipped' and 'total created'. When you add the 'total imported' and 'total skipped' numbers together, that number should equal the number of subscriptions reported in StCR. Props @Reedyseth @jaswsinc. See Issue #166.
- Bug Fix: Removed a UTF-8 "Branch Icon" in the default email templates that was not showing up properly in some email clients. Props @renzms @kristineds. See Issue #116.
- Bug Fix: Fixed an email template bug that was forcing an ellipsis to show even when the length of the comment content was shorter than the max length. See this commit for details.
- Bug Fix: Fixed an email template bug that was not linking the "add reply" link directly to the comment form for replying to the comment (it was just linking to the comment itself). See this commit for details.
- Bug Fix: Fixed a bug with "Restore Default Options" that was introducing a browser quirk that was preventing the default options from being restored. Props @renzms. See Issue #181.
- Enhancement (Pro): Added a "Pro" label to the plugin name to clearly indicate when the Pro version of Comment Mail is installed. Props @kristineds. See Issue #131.
- Enhancement (Pro): Added a note to the default email templates when RVE (Replies via Email) is enabled, warning email readers that "Your reply will be posted publicly and immediately." Props @Reedyseth. See Issue #123.
- Enhancement (Pro): If you have Comment Mail's SSO integration enabled and have users who are registering an account via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+, the SSO service that a particular user (or commenter) signed up with is now shown in the list of Users. Props @kristineds See Issue #73.
- Enhancement (Pro): Theme Syntax Highlighting: This release makes it possible for the color-scheme used in template file syntax highlighting to be changed to any one of 30+ options. See: Dashboard → Comment Mail → Config. Options → Template-Related Settings. Props @kristineds. See Issue #147.
- Enhancement (StCR Import): Moved the Import Status box (for importing Subscribe to Comments Reloaded subscriptions) up underneath the "Begin StCR Auto-Importation" button to improve visibility when importing subscriptions. See Issue #172.
- Enhancement (StCR Import): The "Upgrading from Subscribe to Comments Reloaded" notice, which appears when installing Comment Mail on a site running the StCR plugin, is now automatically hidden once you run the StCR import process. See Issue #169.
- Enhancement (StCR Import): During the import process, Comment Mail now keeps track of and reports total number of StCR subscriptions skipped and total number of Comment Mail subscriptions created. Skipped subscriptions are the number of StCR subscriptions that were not imported for one of several possible reasons. See Issue #166.
- Enhancement (StCR Import): The StCR importer now generates a log file in
comment-mail-pro/stcr-import-failures.logthat includes reports of any failures or skipped subscriptions, along with information about why they failed or why they were skipped. Note that this file is only created if there were failures or skipped subscriptions during import. See Issue #166.
- Enhancement: Removed references to "CAN-SPAM Act", which is a United States law that may not be understood or applicable to Comment Mail users outside of the United States. Props @Li-An and @kristineds. See Issue #122.
- Enhancement: Added the default translation file. Translators can now build translations using the default translation file located in
includes/translations/. Props @kristineds. See Issue #118.
- Enhancement: Improved the on-hover color when hovering the mouse over Option Panels in the Comment Mail Options by changing it from green to dark blue. Props @kristineds. See Issue #117.
- Enhancement: Improved the Subscriptions table and the Event Log UI by using proper case for Status and Event values. Props @kristineds. See Issue #72.
- Enhancement: Comment Mail is now only enabled for the standard
postPost Type by default and there's a new "Enable for Post Types" option inside Comment Mail → Config. Options → Enable/Disable that allows you to specify a comma-delimited list of Post Types that Comment Mail should be enabled for. It's also possible to enable Comment Mail on all Post Types that support comments by leaving the field empty (this was the previous behavior). Props to @bonest. See Issue #149.
- Enhancement: Improved Dashboard notices. The "Upgrading from Subscribe to Comments Reloaded" message has been improved and a new Dashboard notice lets you know when Comment Mail is disabled. Props @kristineds. See Issue #163.
- Enhancement: Many improvements the default email templates. The templates are now fully responsive and look much better on mobile devices. The wording in several places was also cleaned up for clarity and consistency and any references to an ID# (which is generally useless for readers) have been removed. The default templates also use a single font style now instead of mixing font styles and the email templates no longer use tables (this improves responsiveness). If you've modified the default Comment Mail email templates on your site, your changes will not be overwritten by updating, however if you've modified the templates and you want to get these changes, you'll need to reset to the default email templates and make your changes again (you can do this by emptying the email template fields completely and saving your options). See Issue #77.
- Enhancement: Ellipses (
...) in email templates are now surrounded by square brackets (i.e.,
[...]) to avoid confusion about whether or not the ellipsis was part of the comment content. See Issue #77.
- Enhancement: In the email templates, the "Add Reply" links have been changed to "Reply" and when the reply is in response to someone and we have the authors name, the link includes the authors name (e.g., "Reply to
"). See Issue #77.
- Enhancement: Updated email templates to use
\stdClasswhere appropriate. See Issue #77.
- Enhancement: The manual "Add New Subscription" functionality has been hidden from the front-end of the site (i.e., hidden from the "My Comment Subscriptions" page that subscribers use to manage their subscriptions, and from email templates). Note that this change has no effect on the subscription options that appear on the comment form itself. See discussion in Issue #108.
- WordPress v4.4 Compatibility: Fixed a compatibility bug with WordPress v4.4. Props @jaswsinc. See Issue #170.
- Jetpack Compatibility: This release fixes a bug in the automatic Jetpack conflict detection; i.e., if you enable Jetpack Subscriptions w/ Follow Comments enabled together with Comment Mail at the same, a warning is displayed to notify you of a possible conflict in your configuration. See Issue #113.
Please note that when this version leaves beta and an official release is made, the Comment Mail Pro Plugin Updater will automatically detect the new version and ask you to upgrade. You must configure the Pro Plugin Updater (Dashboard -> Comment Mail -> Plugin Updater) to be notified when there is a new official release. If you are running Comment Mail Lite, the WordPress plugin updater will automatically notify you when a General Availability release is made to WordPress.org.
Please report bugs and feedback on GitHub.