Sensei 1.12.1 is now available. This release patches some theme compatibility bugs introduced by Sensei 1.12.0, plus fixes a couple of other issues patched by some of our awesome third party developers.
Special thanks to @MustafaEltayeb for letting us know and helping us investigate the comment issues.
Theme Compatibility and You
If you’ve made any modifications to your theme in the past to enable it to work with Sensei, but have not explicitly declared support for it, it’s possible that your theme may not look as it did prior to Sensei 1.12.
To fix this, please ensure that you add the following code snippet to your theme, which formally declares Sensei support:
Today we’re excited to release Sensei 1.12 into the wild! This release has been in development since July, and brings with it better theme compatibility.
Better Theme Support
We’ve greatly improved the way Sensei looks on themes that don’t declare support for it. You should now be able to use Sensei with almost any theme!
The best way to tell if your theme formally declares Sensei support is to review the theme’s documentation. It should explicitly state whether or not it was built to work with Sensei. If you’re already using a Sensei-supported theme (e.g. Storefront), then you shouldn’t notice any change.
We heard from our users that their students are often confused after clicking the Complete Lesson button, thinking that the same lesson was being repeated. With Sensei 1.12, students will be automatically taken to the next lesson in the course after completing the previous one.
Comments for Preview Lessons
Preview lessons (i.e. lessons that don’t require a site visitor to purchase the course or login before viewing) would show the lesson content, but not the comments. Preview lessons will now also display comments associated with that lesson.
Please note: While we have thoroughly tested this release on a number of different themes, it’s always possible that we’ve missed something. We strongly advise that you test the update on a staging site before updating your live site.
What do you think of our latest release? Please let us know in the comments.
We are very pleased to announce that WPML is now fully compatible with Sensei!
WPML is a WordPress plugin that makes it easy to build and run multilingual sites. As of WPML 4.1, site owners are empowered to build fully multilingual educational websites with Sensei, including courses, lessons and quizzes.
The following video walks you through translating all of your course content:
1.12 is a minor release and will be launching in October. There should be no breaking changes and new functionality should exist in a backwards-compatible manner. Here’s what to look for in the update.
Better Support for Non-Sensei Themes
It used to be that you had to find specific Sensei-compatible themes for your site. In the upcoming release we’ve made big improvements in how Sensei handles themes that were previously unsupported. This means you can now use Sensei with almost any theme!
The following are before and after screen captures of the course page using the Divi theme, which does not formally declare support for Sensei:
Automatically Redirect to Next Lesson
After a learner clicks the Complete Lesson button, they will automatically be redirected to the next lesson in the course. No more confusion over students thinking that the same lesson is being repeated.
Lesson Start Date
In the Analysis > Lessons screen, the lesson start date will now be set to the date and time at which a student first views a particular lesson. They need to be logged in, enrolled in the course, and have completed any lesson prerequisites before a particular lesson will be logged as started.
What Else is in this Release?
Here are a few other notable changes in Sensei 1.12:
We’ve just shipped Sensei 1.11.0. This release includes:
A new Email column on the Learners Analysis page
A more prominent label for lesson previews
Deleting a user’s messages when their account is deleted
Updates to the default tweet text that can be sent after activation
A new filter for WooCommerce statuses
You can find the full list of changes in the change log.
We heard from those of you with hundreds of learners that it’s difficult to search for and find a particular student, and to distinguish between students with similar names. To make it easier, we’ve added an Email column to the Learners Analysis page. The Email field is searchable and also appears in the CSV export.
Lesson Preview Labels
Sensei provides the ability for a site visitor to view a lesson without having to log in and/or purchase the course, giving you a way to offer a free sample of your course content. When a lesson is in (free) preview, we highlight this by showing a stylized label beside the lesson name.
Have feedback you’d like to share about Sensei or online learning in general? Schedule a call and let’s talk!