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What’s New in Sensei Media Attachments 1.0.1

We’ve just shipped a release of Sensei Media Attachments. This is a maintenance release which updates the location of the media files, fixes some translation strings, fixes some coding standards errors, removes the use of a deprecated Sensei hook, and adds Russian translations.

Please refer to the change log for the full list of changes in this release.

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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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What’s New in Sensei Course Progress 1.0.8

We’ve just shipped a release of Sensei Course Progress that fixes an issue with the widget display, removes some PHP notices, and updates the Russian translations.

Widget Display Issue

Previously, the widget was not displaying lessons that were not a part of a module. If the course had no modules at all, the widget would only display the course title and nothing else.

This has been fixed in 1.0.8. The widget now displays all modules that are not in a module under the heading “Other Lessons”.

Please refer to the change log for the full list of changes in this release.

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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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Sensei 1.12 Beta 2 Released

Today we’ve released the second beta for Sensei 1.12! You can download it here.

This beta addresses a few issues discovered while testing the first beta:

For more information about the 1.12 release, please see the original announcement post.

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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 Certificates 1.1.0

We’ve just shipped a release of Sensei Certificates that fixes some date formatting issues and a bug in the menu positioning.

Date Format

Previously, different date formats were used in a certificate based on whether or not the site’s language was set to English or a non-English language. These formats also had different syntax.

In 1.1.0, there are two changes to date formatting:

  1. By default, the date format used for a certificate will match the format set in the WordPress Settings page for the site.
  2. If the date format is customized using the sensei_certificate_date_format filter, the format syntax required by date_i18n is preferred for consistency. Old sites using the strftime format syntax will still work for now.

You can find the full list of changes in the change log.

 

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Sensei Certificates 1.1.0 Beta

Sensei Certificates 1.1.0 Beta 1 is now available and ready for testing! Sensei Certificates 1.1.0 will be released on August 1st.

Here’s the list of changes to be tested:

Testing Instructions

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

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

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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!