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Sensei Certificates 1.1.1 Beta

A beta release of Sensei Certificates has just been released. This release contains two new translations and some bug fixes. You can download it here.

Here’s what’s in this beta release:

If you find any problems with this beta, please leave a comment or open an issue. Thanks!

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Sensei 1.12.2 Has Shipped

Sensei 1.12.2 is now available. This release fixes some PHP warnings and security issues. We recommend updating to 1.12.2 as soon as possible.

Here’s what you’ll find in this release:

Please report any issues you may find in the comments or on Github. Thank you!

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Sensei 1.12.2 Beta 2 Is Out

Sensei 1.12.2 Beta 2 is now available for testing. You can download it here.

Here’s a list of what’s been fixed in this beta:

Please report any issues you find in the comments. Thanks!

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Sensei 1.12.2 Beta 1 is Ready for Testing

Today we’ve released Sensei 1.12.2 Beta 1. You can download it here.

This releases touches many files across the entire codebase. As such, we encourage everyone to test Sensei functionality in both WP admin and on the front-end of your site.

What else can you help test?

Please report any issues you find in the comments. Thanks!

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Sensei 1.12.1 Release Notes

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.

Here’s what you’ll find in Sensei 1.12.1:

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:

add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'declare_sensei_support' );

function declare_sensei_support() {
    add_theme_support( 'sensei' );
}

Read more about disabling theme compatibility.

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Sensei 1.12 Brings Theme Compatibility

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.

Read more about theme compatibility (including how to disable it) here.

Improved Course Navigation

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.

Read more about these changes here.

What Else Will You Find in Sensei 1.12?

Here’s everything else you can expect to find in this release:

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.

And thank you to everyone who helped test 1.12!

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WPML & Sensei Compatibility

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:

Be sure to check out WPML’s documentation for more information.

Happy translating!

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Sensei 1.12 Beta is here!

Today we’re pleased to announce that Sensei 1.12 is available for beta testing!

You can download it here.

Release Highlights

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:

Release Schedule and Testing

We’re hoping to release Sensei 1.12 in October, but could use your help with testing. Here’s how:

  • If you already have Sensei installed on a test site, leave it activated, then rename the plugin folder to /woothemes-sensei-old/.
  • Download the beta.
  • Unzip the file and rename the folder to /woothemes-sensei/.
  • Either move the plugin to your /plugins/ folder, or compress it and upload using Plugins > Add New.

Thanks to all of our testers and contributors! If you find any problems, please open an issue or leave a comment here with the details.

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What’s New in Sensei 1.11.0 – Lesson Preview Labels & More Detail on Learners Analysis

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.

Learners Analysis

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.

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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.

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Let’s Chat

Have feedback you’d like to share about Sensei or online learning in general? Schedule a call and let’s talk!

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Sensei 1.11.0 Beta

Sensei 1.11.0 Beta 1 is now available and ready for testing! Sensei 1.11.0 will be released on June 13th.

Here’s the list of changes to be tested:

Testing Instructions

  • If you already have Sensei installed on a test site, leave it activated, then rename the plugin folder to /woothemes-sensei-old/.
  • Download the beta.
  • Unzip the file and rename the folder to /woothemes-sensei/.
  • Either move the plugin to your /plugins/ folder, or compress it and upload using Plugins > Add New.

Thanks for testing Sensei, and if you find any bugs please open an issue!

UPDATE: We’ve released Beta 2 which includes:

* Tweak: Update URL and Twitter account in tweet that can be sent after activating