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Sensei 2.0 Beta 3

We’ve just released another beta for the open source version of Sensei that will be listed on WordPress.org.

The most noteworthy change since the last beta is a fix we made to flush the permalink/rewrite rules when Sensei is activated. Now when you deactivate and reactivate Sensei, your existing Sensei pages will still be viewable without requiring you to re-save your lessons or click the Install Sensei Pages button.

Here’s what else is new since the last beta:

Download the beta or view the full Sensei 2.0 milestone.

We will be applying these changes to Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses, and sending out Beta 3 to our testers next week.

As always, since this is a beta release, please test on a staging site and not your live site. If you don’t have a staging site, you can use the WP Staging plugin to create one.

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Beta Releases for Media Attachments, Share Your Grade & Course Participants

The beta releases for the remaining Sensei extensions are now available for testing.

These betas are a continuation of the work being done for Sensei 2.0. In particular, they add compatibility with the version of Sensei that will soon be available on WordPress.org. The existing extensions are already compatible with the soon-to-be-released Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses plugin.

Please note that Sensei Media Attachments 2.0, Sensei Share Your Grade 2.0 and Sensei Course Participants 2.0 all require a minimum Sensei version of 1.11.0 and a minimum PHP version of 5.6.

Sensei Media Attachments

Here’s what you’ll find in the Sensei Media Attachments release:

New Hooks

  • sensei_media_attachments_show_media_links – Whether or not to display the media attachments.
  • sensei_media_attachments_get_attachment_title – Customize the title that is displayed for a particular media attachment.
  • sensei_media_attachments_media_heading – Customize the media heading.

See what else is in this release or download the beta.

Sensei Share Your Grade

Google+ for personal accounts will be shut down on April 2, 2019. Given this, we’ve removed the Google+ sharing button in Sensei Share Your Grade.

See what else is in this release or download the beta.

Sensei Course Participants

Here are the most notable improvements in Sensei Course Participants:

New Hooks

  • sensei_course_participants_exclude_completed_participants – Whether or not to include learners in the learner count and widget, who have already completed the course.
  • sensei_course_participants_profile_url – Customize the learner profile URL in the widget.

See what else is in this release or download the beta.

What should I do if I find a problem?

If you find a bug, please open a new issue for Media Attachments, Share Your Grade or Course Participants as appropriate. You are also welcome to leave a comment here.

As always, please test on a staging site and not your live site. If you don’t have a staging site, you can use the WP Staging plugin to create one.

The extensions will remain in beta for about a week.

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Sensei Certificates and Sensei Course Progress 2.0 Betas

We’ve just released new betas for Sensei Certificates and Sensei Course Progress, two of our most popular extensions.

These betas are a continuation of the work being done for Sensei 2.0. In particular, they add compatibility with the version of Sensei that will soon be available on WordPress.org. The existing extensions are already compatible with the soon-to-be-released Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses plugin.

Please note that both Sensei Certificates 2.0 and Sensei Course Progress 2.0 require a minimum Sensei version of 1.11.0 and a minimum PHP version of 5.6.

Sensei Certificates

Here’s what else you’ll find in the Sensei Certificates release:

New Hook

  • sensei_certificates_run_installer – Run install-related tasks after checking that required dependencies have been met.

See what else is in this release or download the beta.

Sensei Course Progress

For Sensei Course Progress, we’ve fixed a bothersome bug that was affecting some themes like Divi and OceanWP. If your course progress widget didn’t look quite right before, it should look just fine with Sensei Course Progress 2.0.

See what else is in this release or download the beta.

If you find a bug, please submit a new issue for Certificates or for Course Progress. You are also welcome to leave a comment here.

As always, please test on a staging site and not your live site. If you don’t have a staging site, you can use the WP Staging plugin to create one.

What about the other extensions?

We have a beta ready now for Sensei Content Drip. If you’d like to test that extension, and have an active license for it, please drop a comment here to express your interest. We’ll be releasing betas for the remaining extensions over the coming days. UPDATE: We now have betas for all of our extensions.

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Sensei 2.0 Beta is Here!

Today we’re pleased to announce that Sensei 2.0 is available for beta testing!

There are some important changes in this release:

  • We’ve split Sensei into two plugins – Sensei (free) and WooCommerce Paid Courses (paid). After upgrading Sensei, those with a valid license will have Sensei renamed to Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses, which is a bundle of Sensei and WooCommerce Paid Courses. You can read more about this change here.
  • The new minimum required version of PHP is 5.6.
  • The new minimum required version of WooCommerce is 3.0.
  • The Access Permissions setting now only controls lesson content, not lesson and course content.

Everything else . . .

  • We fixed a conflict between the Jetpack shortcodes module and Sensei that caused Sensei videos not to display.
  • We fixed the lesson order changing when a lesson was updated in the classic editor.
  • We fixed completed modules being displayed as “In Progress”.
  • We’ve changed the text domain from woothemes-sensei to sensei.
  • When Sensei is first activated, a pop-up appears asking you to join our mailing list. This pop-up will only appear on sites that have never had Sensei installed before.
  • We added a new Sensei extensions page available from the Sensei > Extensions menu.

There are also a variety of minor tweaks, new hooks, and fixes. We won’t go into detail here, but you can see the full list of changes if you’re interested!

Template File Changes

  • All templates – Changed text domain from woothemes-sensei to sensei
  • content-course.php – Call Sensei_Course::get_course_loop_content_class instead of WooThemes_Sensei_Course::get_course_loop_content_class
  • single-quiz/question-type-*.php – Call Sensei_Question::get_template_data instead of WooThemes_Sensei_Question::get_template_data

Deprecated Functions and Methods

Sensei_Main

  • Sensei_Main::sensei_woocommerce_email_course_details has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::email_course_details
  • Sensei_Main::sensei_woocommerce_reactivate_subscription has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::reactivate_subscription
  • Sensei_Main::sensei_woocommerce_subscription_ended has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::end_subscription
  • Sensei_Main::sensei_woocommerce_complete_order has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::complete_order
  • Sensei_Main::sensei_woocommerce_cancel_order has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::cancel_order
  • Sensei_Main::sensei_activate_subscription has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::activate_subscription
  • Sensei_Main::woocommerce_course_update has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::course_update
  • Sensei_Main::sensei_get_woocommerce_product_object has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::get_product_object
  • Sensei_Main::disable_guest_checkout has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::disable_guest_checkout
  • Sensei_Main::virtual_order_payment_complete has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::virtual_order_payment_complete
  • Sensei_Main::check_user_permissions has been deprecated with no replacement

Sensei_Utils

  • Sensei_Utils::sensei_is_woocommerce_present has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::is_woocommerce_present
  • Sensei_Utils::sensei_is_woocommerce_activated has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::is_woocommerce_active
  • Sensei_Utils::sensei_customer_bought_product has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::has_customer_bought_product

Sensei_Frontend

  • Sensei_Frontend::activate_purchased_courses has been deprecated in favour of \Sensei_WC_Paid_Courses\Courses::activate_purchased_courses
  • Sensei_Frontend::activate_purchased_single_course has been deprecated in favour of \Sensei_WC_Paid_Courses\Courses::activate_purchased_single_course
  • Sensei_Frontend::sensei_woocommerce_in_cart_message has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::course_in_cart_message

Sensei_Course

  • Sensei_Course::get_product_courses has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC_Paid_Courses\Courses::get_product_courses
  • Sensei_Course::get_product_courses_query_args has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC_Paid_Courses\Courses::get_product_courses_query_args

Sensei_WC_Utils

  • Sensei_WC_Utils::wc_version_less_than has been deprecated in favour of version_compare( WC()->version, $str, '<' )
  • Sensei_WC_Utils::is_product_variation has been deprecated in favour of $product->is_type( 'variation' )
  • Sensei_WC_Utils::get_order_id has been deprecated in favour of $order->get_id()
  • Sensei_WC_Utils::get_product has been deprecated in favour of wc_get_product
  • Sensei_WC_Utils::get_parent_product has been deprecated in favour of wc_get_product
  • Sensei_WC_Utils::get_formatted_variation has been deprecated in favour of wc_get_formatted_variation
  • Sensei_WC_Utils::get_product_variation_data has been deprecated in favour of \Sensei_WC_Utils::get_variation_data
  • Sensei_WC_Utils::get_product_from_item has been deprecated in favour of $item->get_product()
  • Sensei_WC_Utils::get_checkout_url has been deprecated in favour of wc_get_checkout_url

Other

  • sensei_wc_add_to_cart has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::the_add_to_cart_button_html
  • sensei_check_if_product_is_in_cart has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC::is_product_in_cart
  • sensei_simple_course_price has been deprecated in favour of Sensei_WC_Paid_Courses\Frontend\Courses::output_course_price
  • is_woocommerce_active has been deprecated with no replacement
  • sensei_check_woocommerce_version has been deprecated with no replacement

Deprecated Shortcodes

Additionally, the following legacy shortcodes will now log deprecation warnings. A notice will also be displayed on the front-end that is only visible to users with the edit_posts capability (i.e. it won’t be visible to students or guests):

  • newcourses
  • featuredcourses
  • freecourses
  • paidcourses
  • usercourses
  • allcourses

Deprecated Hooks

  • sensei_show_delete_course_button (the Delete Course button that may appear on the My Courses page will be removed in Sensei 4.0)
  • sensei_merge_courses_with_parent_product has been deprecated in favour of sensei_wc_paid_courses_merge_courses_with_parent_product
  • sensei_wc_subscriptions_get_subscription_types has been deprecated in favour of sensei_wc_paid_courses_subscriptions_get_subscription_types
  • sensei_wc_memberships_auto_start_course has been deprecated in favour of sensei_wc_paid_courses_memberships_auto_start_course
  • sensei_wc_memberships_auto_start_courses has been deprecated in favour of sensei_wc_paid_courses_memberships_auto_start_courses
  • sensei_wc_single_add_to_cart_button_text has been deprecated in favour of sensei_wc_paid_courses_add_to_cart_button_text
  • sensei_wc_order_statuses has been deprecated in favour of sensei_wc_paid_courses_order_statuses

Release Testing

We’d like to keep Sensei 2.0 in beta for the next 3 weeks.

If you’d like to help us test Sensei with WooCommerce Paid Courses, please fill out this form. The beta will be sent to those users who have an active Sensei license, so please be sure to enter the email address you used to purchase Sensei. UPDATE: Beta tester signups are now closed. Thank you to all those who signed up!

If you do not have an active Sensei license but are still interested in testing, you can download the free beta version of Sensei here.

To test translations, you will need to rename the .po and .mo files inside the /wp-content/languages/plugins folder from woothemes-sensei-{$locale}.{$ext} to sensei-{$locale}.{$ext}. This step is required because we still need to migrate Sensei translations from Transifex to GlotPress and have them use the new text domain. Unfortunately, we are unable to complete this step until after Sensei is listed on WordPress.org.

Also, we have not yet updated our extensions to work with Sensei 2.0. We will be working on that next while the beta is in testing. UPDATE: We now have betas for Certificates, Course Progress and Content Drip.

During testing, if you come across a bug, please submit an issue on Github or leave a comment here.

As this is a beta release, please test it on a staging site and not your live site. If you don’t have a staging site, you can use the WP Staging plugin to create one.

Thanks to all of our testers and contributors!

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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 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 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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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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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!