Ladies and gentlemen, we have some good news to present to you. This update includes the main releases 10Web team did in the recent weeks. We added two new services available in dashboard: SEO and Performance, as well as a new cool feature to connect a site to dashboard with one click. Besides that, our teams did a huge work and released major updates of Photo Gallery and Google Analytics plugins.
Dashboard new features
Connect site with one click
10Web dashboard is a unified tool to manage all your WP sites. It saves you time by helping to maintain and control multiple sites from a single place. You can backup/restore site data, manage plugins/themes and optimize images like a boss from there. Until now, in order to add a website to the dashboard, users needed to download 10web manager plugin, install it to the WP site and login to dashboard from inside the plugin. Now adding a website to the dashboard is so much more easier. We have created a one-click installation feature. Just enter site URL and admin credentials and 10web manager plugin will be automatically installed and logged in. Your site will be added to the dashboard. And don’t worry about security. We won’t store your admin credentials (smile).
You have probably seen a free plugin named “SEO by 10Web” available in WP.org plugins directory. Yet another SEO plugin ? No! This is not just a plugin, but a nice tool to manage website search engine optimization not only from site admin area but also from the 10web dashboard. Welcome SEO service by 10Web! After connecting your site to Google and Moz accounts through the plugin, search analytics keywords data is displayed in the dashboard.
You can also use 10Web SEO service to see crawl errors in dashboard, such as not founds, cyclic redirections or other things that might affect your search rankings.
This is the first version of SEO service by 10Web with basic functionality. With time, we will continually enhance it with many new useful features and will make its UX in dashboard rich and very comfortable.
One more awesome service integrated into dashboard. Check you site speed using 10Web service and get recommendations to improve performance grade. This is the first version of the service report including a basic page speed report and page loading timeline. Page speed report gives a performance grade for the frontpage of your site based on several criteria. Some of these criteria are script and style loading, HTTP connection parameters, content and accessibility. You can see also the page load time, size and a number of requests needed to get all content.
The second detailed report lists all the content retrieved when loading page, and displays technical details, such as HTTP response headers, order of loading, time needed to get individual resource etc.
Further, we are going to increase the number of test types, enhance these reports and add scheduled site speed checking.
Photo Gallery major update
We released a major update of Photo Gallery plugin (link) with the main focus being on UX improvements of admin area. List layouts of images, galleries, albums and themes are redesigned. We made them look like WP standard posts list with bulk selecting, inline actions, search and pagination. Have you ever had a difficulty in understanding the difference between galleries and albums? It’s clear now: galleries contain images, albums have been renamed to gallery groups. Gallery group contains galleries or other groups.
How easy was it to publish and customize galleries using shortcodes? Admittedly, not much easy. Users could customize every shortcode individually. But taking into account how many options are available for displaying a gallery (yes, Photo Gallery is the most advanced gallery plugin!), it was not a comfortable experience. Now editing shortcodes is quite straitforward. Most of the parameters such as layout, user interaction or other options are hidden by default, and only basic ones are visible. You can modify them individually, but you can also set default shortcode options generally and always reuse them. No need to remember what is the difference between this or that published gallery. We also completely changed the layout of plugin settings and improved arrangement of fields. You can find default shortcode settings here as well.
There are also some major changes under the hood including complete overhaul of image tags, which are WP custom taxonomy terms now as is expected. In addition to all these changes, we made few important bugfixes, including fixes in frontend mobile layout responsibity, as well as improvements in Photo Gallery file manager module.
Google Analytics plugin major update
Why there was so odd silence regarding Google Analytics WD plugin? Because we were busy with extensive work to rewrite its core functionality with the goal of performance and UX improvements. The plugin is faster, consumes less memory now and has much lesser rate of conflicts with other plugins. Besides that, the size of the plugin is almost twice smaller now, and several security issues and many bugs have been fixed.
We made also some major UX improvements to make the plugin settings more intuitive. When plugin has not been configured yet, some menues are hidden in order to not cause confusion. Tracking options are listed among other settings of the plugin. Warnings and error messages are more understandable now. This update required a large work to be done and in order to ship the release ASAP, we disabled some features of the plugin temporarily, such as emails, alerts and export. We will bring them back soon, improved and optimized.