New WordPress Plugin: Custom Post Type Editor

We’ve recently been working with some WooThemes, and wanted rename the Whitelight theme’s Features custom post type to Tours.

We didn’t want modify the theme’s PHP files, so we developed a Custom Post Type Editor WordPress Plugin that lets you customise (override) one or more labels for any registered custom post type.

This screenshot shows the dashboard interface that was used to rename Features to Tours:

Renaming the Features Custom Post Type to Tours

Renaming the Features Custom Post Type to Tours

The end result is the WordPress dashboard now refers to Tours instead of Features:

Tours Dashboard Interface

Tours Dashboard Interface

Much less confusing!

Open Source Wins Again

We knew this functionality would be useful to others, so we’ve released the plugin to the WordPress.org plugin repository.

If you’re interested in contributing, the plugin’s source code is on Github.

Update 10 May 2012: The plugin has been featured on wpmu.org.

WordPress 3.1.4 Security Release

Over night WordPress 3.1.4 was released.

WordPress 3.1.4 is a maintenance and security update, which fixes an issue that could allow a malicious Editor-level user to gain further access to the website.

It also incorporates several other security fixes and hardening measures.

OM4 clients will be happy to know that as part of their hosting, administration and support service all of their websites have already been updated to WordPress 3.1.4. See the OM4 Change History page for more details.

WordPress 3.1: Internal Linking, Admin Bar, IE9 and More

We have recently updated the OM4 platform to include the latest WordPress (3.1) features, bug fixes and improvements.

There are quite a few improvements, including:

  • Internal Linking, which makes it much easier to create a link to your existing posts and pages. See screenshot below.
  • Admin Bar, which means you’re only ever one click away from the most common Dashboard features.
  • Simplified Writing Interface, with the post and page editor now display fewer options (metaboxes) by default. Visit Screen Options in the top right to get old panels back.
  • Sortable Dashboard List Screens, making it easier to find information in your Dashboard.
  • Improved Importer/Exporter, which allows you to export just post or pages (instead of everything), as well as only exporting certain date ranges, categories, authors, statuses, and more.
  • Internet Explorer 9 Compatibility – the Visual Editor should now work as expected with IE9.
  • and many more

The full list of over 800 new features, bug fixes and improvements can be found here.

We hope these improvements make administering and using your OM4 website a much more enjoyable task.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask below or post your question on our support desk.

New OM4 website dashboard features

Today we have upgraded all OM4 web sites to include the latest WordPress 2.6+ features.

WordPress 2.6 Image Control

WordPress 2.6 Images

There are quite a few improvements:

  • Image captions.
  • An improved image control to allow for easier inserting, floating, and resizing of images (see screenshot).
  • Press This!: Post from wherever you are on the web.
  • Gears: Turbo-speed your blogging.
  • Word count for both posts and pages.
  • Bulk activation and deactivation of plugins.
  • Drag and drop reordering of image Galleries.
  • Customizable default avatars.
  • Media uploading while in full-screen mode.
  • Toggling between the flash media uploader and the classic one.
  • Various bug fixes.

More information on these features can be found here.

For those of you that use a desktop blogging client such as Windows Live Writer, you will have to go to your Dashboard -> Settings -> Writing and enable the remote publishing options.