Over the past few months we’ve been working very closely with the Sucuri Security team who we commissioned to do a full audit of our core products’ codebase. We’ve already released WooSlider and WooDojo with Sucuri Security’s stamp of approval, and today we are happy to announce that the WooFramework – the engine that powers each and every one of our WordPress themes -is now also Sucuri safe.
WooFramework Version 5.4.2 Update
Version 5.4.2 of the WooFramework is now available for download through the “Update Framework” link in your WordPress admin area. This update fixes bugs mentioned in customer feedback since the release of version 5.4.0.
If you note bugs after upgrading to WooFramework version 5.4.2, please post them in a ticket directly to our support desk.
What does this mean?
With such a large community of users now using our themes and plugins it is of vital importance that our code base is lean, secure, and extendable and that we are proactive with security measures fighting web based malware. We learnt the hard way on our own site recently how the smallest loophole can cause such a major headache.
The WooFramework is constantly and meticulously optimized by our internal development team, but often an external view is required to ensure nothing is missed. After weeks of extensive testing of every line of code the Sucuri team provided a document, outlining proposed revisions/tweaks for us.
Every proposed code optimization was considered and many revisions have been implemented. Whilst there is not much to be seen visually to understand the amount of work that went into this audit, rest assured that your website is powered by one of the most powerful and stable WordPress theme frameworks available.
Continuing on our mantra of keeping our codebase lean, we have removed the long-deprecated WooNav code from the WooFramework. For those just tuning in, WooNav was adopted into WordPress core from WordPress version 3.0.0, back in 2010. Since then, WooNav has been deprecated in the WooFramework, in favour of the WordPress Menus functionality which WooNav evolved into. This meant that, while the code for WooNav was still present within the WooFramework, it was encouraged to use WordPress Menus instead.
With that being said, we’re saying “goodbye” to WooNav as of WooFramework version 5.4.0. So long, old friend.
Sidebar Manager and WooSEO deprecated
Although we’re not saying goodbye to them just yet, we have earmarked both the Sidebar Manager and WooSEO for deprecation. Since their creation, these two features of the WooFramework have served the WooCommunity well. Thereafter, several tools have arisen that we feel are more beneficial to the WooCommunity than both Sidebar Manager and WooSEO.
Therefore, as of October 31st 2012, both Sidebar Manager and WooSEO will be removed from the WooFramework, in favour of WooSidebars and WordPress SEO by Yoast, respectively.
If you are using either the Sidebar Manager or WooSEO, never fear. We’ve spent time working out really easy methods of switching over to WooSidebars and WordPress SEO.
Sidebar Manager to WooSidebars Converter
Along with WooDojo, we released a plugin called WooSidebars, designed as a fully rewritten replacement for the WooFramework’s Sidebar Manager. The plugin is more intuitive, easier to use and far more flexible in the advanced conditions it offers for sidebar replacement.
To convert over to WooSidebars, we wanted to craft a one-click experience to make this process as quick and easy as possible. Thus, we present the Sidebar Manager to WooSidebars Converter. This plugin is freely available through WooDojo.Download the Sidebar Manager to WooSidebars Converter plugin
Documentation for the Sidebar Manager to WooSidebars Converter plugin can be found here.
WordPress SEO Importer for WooSEO
WordPress SEO by Yoast is an advanced search engine optimisation plugin for WordPress that has gained large traction since it’s release. Developed by SEO aficionado, Yoast, the plugin offers a wide array of SEO-related features to optimise your website for the highest possible search visibility.
We have worked with Yoast to include a WooSEO to WordPress SEO importer directly into WordPress SEO. Whether you’re a long-time user of WordPress SEO or it’s your first time running the plugin, importing your WooSEO settings is a two-click process from the “Import / Export” screen within WordPress SEO.
The WooSEO importer is available in the latest version of WordPress SEO by Yoast.
Integration with WP App Store
As of WooFramework version 5.4.0, the WooFramework makes it really easy to install the WP App Store plugin. This is part of our product discovery process, where we aim to assist in finding the best possible WordPress products to use alongside your WooThemes theme.
If you’ve already got the WP App Store plugin running, you won’t see anything new. If not, a “WP App Store” menu will be added to your WordPress admin menu. If you’re not interested in installing the WP App Store, no need to have the menu sitting there if you don’t want it. Simply click the “WP App Store” menu and click the “Hide Forever” button on the screen you arrive at. 🙂
5.4.0 now available for download
Version 5.4.0 of the WooFramework is immediately available for download, and an update we strongly advise everyone upgrade to. All our themes have, this morning, been updated to include the new version, so any new downloads from your user dashboard are up to date. To upgrade, please use the “Update Framework” link in your WordPress admin. If you need to do a manual upgrade of the WooFramework instead, a tutorial is available here.