After some hard work I am happy to announce that the 1.5 Beta3 is now available for willing beta testers out there! Remember to post bugs and issues you find in the Beta forum to earn your Tokens!
The beta is not recommended for live sites at this stage! If you still want to test it on a live site, please make sure you backup your database and keep a copy of 1.4.7 near by! You should also take this opportunity to check that any customizations you might have added via a third-party plugin or your themes functions.php file works after updating to 1.5.
If you get the white screen of death when activating 1.5, please start by removing your customizations!
If all goes well 1.5 will be launched next Monday or if a lot of bugs are found the Monday after that.
AS mentioned earlier, myCRED 1.5 requires WordPress 3.8 or higher AND PHP 5.3 or higher! No further support will be given for older WordPress versions!
Version 1.5 mainly focuses on expanding support for Multiple Point Types by improving the built-in add-ons.
1.5 is installed just like any other version. The important thing to remember is that if you choose to install it manually via FTP, you must disable then re-enable myCRED on the Plugins page in your admin area!! This is so the update script can run which will need to make some minor adjustments to your saved settings, particularly if you are using the buyCRED add-on!
If you experience issues, remember to enable WP_DEBUG in your wp-config.php file and post the fatal error message with your bug report!
In 1.5, the user profile editor in your admin area has received a facelift. I have added a new tab menu on the top of the profile page (just like BuddyPress) where a users balance is presented along with some new features. If you are using Multiple Point Types, you will notice that I have added in a new tab for each point type you have registered and to which the user has access to. If a user is excluded from a particular point type, this tab will not be available.
While you still manage your excluded users on the myCRED > Settings page under “Core Settings”, you can not exclude any user from any particular point type with a simple click of a button!
The balance adjustment has been moved under the new point type tabs for easier management!
On each point type you can now also override some default settings for your users! Want to give a user a custom profit share for content sales? No problem!
buyCRED now supports sale of multiple point types! You will notice that all payment gateways now has a separate exchange rate depending on which point type your users can buy. Once updated, please go to your myCRED > Settings page and under “buyCRED” tick all the point types you want to sell! If you do not do this, you will only see the point type you have set to sell in 1.4.
Important! The 1.5 Beta DOES NOT SUPPORT premium gateways! Once 1.5 is officially released, all premium payment gateways will also be updated to bring support to 1.5!
Each time a user selected to buy Points, a “Pending Payment” is created which you can access in your admin area under the myCRED menu. Using the new mycred_buy_pending shortcode, your users can cancel pending payments to select to pay them at a later stage if they had to cancel for some reason. You can also approve a pending payment directly from your admin area in case a payment notification did not arrive.
User Level Override
Via the new profile overview in your admin area, you can now override a user’s exchange rate for the buyCRED add-on. Have a VIP customer / user you want to offer a custom exchange rate? No problem! You will find each payment gateways exchange rate inserted under each point type tab in your profile editor for easy convenience.
New Payment Gateways
Once 1.5 has been launched, two new premium gateways will be available: AliPay and Coin Payments.
In 1.5 I am introducing a new add-on called “Badges”. This is a very simple badge system where you can award badges based on users points history. Very similar to Rank with the biggest difference being that Badges are based on actions a users has gained points for while Ranks are solely based on a users balance.
As I mentioned earlier, my intention here is not to re-invent the wheel. There are some awesome and more advanced badge plugins for WordPress that would suit you better if you want advanced features. I will with the launch of 1.5 release a “Badge Plus” premium addon which will bring some more features to this add-on but I am not looking to turn myCRED into a badge plugin!
Everything is of course customizable and easy to expand if you feel comfortable with PHP.
How it works
You can create any number of badges but they can by default only be connected to one particular action i.e. point gains for logging in. You can select to either count the number of times a user has done something (i.e. logged in 365 times) or sum up the amount of points a user has gained (i.e. Transferred for more then 10,000 points).
It’s important to remember here that if you base a badge by summing up users log entries, you must also take into account if the user has gained or lost points. For example if you want to give a badge for making a lot of transfers, the amount required must be a negative one since each time you transfer you lose points. So setting that the badge requires 10,000 points to be transferred will be reached by no one. Instead you should use a minus sign. Similarly if you want to give a badge for a particular hook where you instead of awarding, deduct points from users, you can not set the requirement to be a positive value.
There are two options here. You can either select to only show a “Main Image” in which case if a user does not yet earned a particular badge, no badge image is shown. Or, you can set a “Default Image” as well as the “Main Image” in which case the default image is shown if the user has not earned a badge. You could use this to show a user that there is a badge he could earn but have not yet done so. The choice is yours.
Once a badge is published, it will be assigned each time a user gains / loses points or when you click “Assign Badge”. If you plan on removing a badge, I have added the “Remove Connections” button which will delete the badge from all your users accounts, keeping your database clean. You should also do this when you have made changes to the badge requirements!
If you visit the myCRED > Settings page you will see that the Badge add-on has two optional settings. You can select to let the add-on insert a users earned badges in their BuddyPress profile and / or bbPress profile or topic reply (or both).
But the add-on also comes with two new shortcodes:
mycred_my_badges – Will show the current logged in users badges. You can select if you want to show all badges (earned and not yet earned) or show only earned badges.
mycred_badges – Will return ALL published badges with the option to insert the badges title and requirements.
Version 1.5 comes with two new built-in hooks:
Points for sharing
Award points for users sharing content on social media sites via the ShareThis plugin! Please make sure you setup ShareThis before using this hook. Each time you add / remove services in your ShareThis settings you must also check and update your hook settings! Multiple point types is supported but users can only gain points ONCE per service and content. So you can not award points for a user sharing a post twice to Facebook.
Remember that you can use post related template tags along with the custom %service% tag which is replaced with the name of the service used to share.
The hook also supports Like/Unlike and Follow / Subscribe services.
Points for Site Visit
This new hook allows you to award users points for daily visits to your website.
The banking add-on has been updated to allow you to override a users interest rate via their profile giving a user a custom rate. You can also nominate a list of User IDs or roles that are to be ignored by the Banking add-on.
Both the mycred_leaderboard and the myCRED Leaderboard Widget has been updated to allow you to base them on either a users balance or their actions. This means that you can now create leaderbaords based on individual actions such as logins or commenting. You could create a leaderboard for the users that have gained most points by commenting for example.
Want to allow users to exchange one point type for another? The new mycred_exchange shortcode can help you to do just that!
Originally I started off with a really complicated feature for this but soon realized that I was making things way to complicated. So I created the mycred_exchange shortcode which is as simple as it can get. You set the point types you want to trade, the exchange rate and a minimum and you are set. You can use the shortcode multiple times for selling multiple point types.