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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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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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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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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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What’s New in Sensei Content Drip 1.0.9

We’ve just shipped a minor release of Sensei Content Drip that fixes some access issues and adds Russian translations.

Access Issues

Previously, depending on the settings in Sensei, it was possible for users who were not taking a course to see its lesson’s content before it was sent out. This has been changed such that if a lesson’s content is set to drip in the future, no access will be granted to any site visitor. This will take precedence over the Sensei setting to allow logged-out users to see course content.

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

 

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What’s New in Sensei & Sensei Course Progress

What’s New in Sensei

We’ve just shipped the Sensei 1.10.0 release, which includes:

  • Deleting all plugin data when Sensei is deleted
  • Support for PHP 7.2
  • Revisions history for courses, lessons and questions
  • Excluding modules from the course navigation when a module has no content
  • Automatically adding the user to the course when they purchase a variable subscription product
  • A new sensei_start_course_redirect_url filter that can be used to redirect users to a different page when starting a course
  • Showing lesson tags in the sidebar and cleaning up other lesson settings when Gutenberg is enabled
  • Usage tracking for active and completed courses, as well as system info such as PHP and WordPress versions

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

Deleting Plugin Data

In order to be GDPR-compliant, please be aware that Sensei will now delete all of its data when the plugin is deleted. This is a significant departure for anyone who has grown accustomed to deleting Sensei and then re-installing it later.

If you need to remove Sensei from your site, and there’s even the slightest chance that you may want to re-install it at some point in the future, we highly advise you take a backup of your site first. Without a backup, there will be no way to restore any of your courses, lessons, quizzes, etc.

Note that deactivating the plugin does not delete any data.

UPDATE: We’ve released Sensei 1.10.1, which introduces a new Delete data on uninstall setting. Sensei will ONLY delete data on plugin deletion when this setting is selected.

Semantic Versioning

Moving forward, Sensei releases will use semantic versioning, which dictates that major releases — those with API changes or the potential to affect extension compatibility — receive a new major version number (e.g. 2.0.0, 3.0.0). Minor releases, on the other hand, will receive a new minor version number (e.g. 1.11.0, 1.12.0), while patches will get a new patch version number (e.g. 1.10.1, 1.10.2).

We’re using this method in an attempt to better describe what each release contains, and tell you at a glance how much of an impact a release may have on your online learning site. We hope this also increases confidence in minor releases and patches, and helps you update Sensei more quickly when one of these updates is released.

What’s New in Sensei Course Progress

We’ve also released Sensei Course Progress 1.0.7, which includes:

  • Showing the widget on the module page
  • Linking the module name to the module page
  • Making the UI consistent when the Display all Modules widget setting is selected vs. when it is not
  • Russian translations

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

What do you think of the latest releases of Sensei and Sensei Course Progress? Let us know in the comments!

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What’s New in Sensei 1.9.20 – Module page template and course navigation changes

We’ve just shipped a minor release of Sensei that includes a new module page template and a change to how course navigation works.

Here’s a punch list of what’s new:

  • Added a new page template for modules
  • Updated the course navigation to enable moving between both modules and lessons
  • Removed the Sensei welcome screen that used to appear when activating Sensei
  • Removed the theme check notice that sometimes appeared when switching themes
  • Added filters to quiz answers for customizing both the text and CSS classes
  • Added usage tracking to enable the Sensei team to make better decisions about what features to focus on improving

Here are some additional details on what’s new in 1.9.20.

Module Page Template

We’ve added a new taxonomy-module.php page template that reduces visual clutter by displaying just the module’s title and description. Should you prefer to show the old module page that also lists each of the lessons associated with a particular module, you can copy the contents of woothemes-sensei/templates/archive-lesson.php to your_theme/sensei/taxonomy-module.php.

Course Navigation

We’ve made a change to course navigation to more closely align with the structure of a course. Previously, course navigation moved only between individual lessons, skipping over any module content. Now, course navigation will move between both lessons and modules as per the order set in Lessons > Order Lessons in the WordPress admin.

What do you think of our latest release? Let us know in the comments!