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Released WP Greet Box 5.0

WP Greet Box version 5.0 is here!

What’s new this release?

This version of WP Greet Box has the following enhancements.

  1. Added ability to expand related posts by default.
  2. Added ability to display related posts before the greeting message.
  3. Added localization support.
  4. Added version checking.
  5. Cleaned up a lot of code.

Where do I download, file bugs, make feature requests, comments, and suggestions?

Please visit the original plugin post.

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32 Responses to “Released WP Greet Box 5.0”

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  1. Thaya Kareeson

    Released 5.0.1
    – Fixed array_slice() warning in the admin dashboard.
    – Fixed version check to not break page when $wp_version is empty.

  2. Paul

    Does this update add a panel in dashboard that links to this site? I'm sure that it was not there… and now it is after this update!

  3. Thaya Kareeson

    Yes, but you can turn it off in the dashboard screen options.

  4. Paul

    Hmmmm. Considering i was hacked last night- I'm now very wary of "things" being added or turned on without my consent. It would be nice if it was off by default and give an option to turn it on…don't you think? this is a fantastic plugin but if all devs just added stuff to the dashboard……well you get my point :)

  5. Thaya Kareeson

    I understand what you are saying and you are always welcomed to not use the plugin.

    Lately, top developers have been doing this because their plugins are so useful (e.g. Joost de Valk from yoast.com). Free plugin development doesn't put food on the table. It is only fair to be able to utilize the plugin to help bring traffic to my site (and that does help put food on the table).

    At least there is an option to turn it off. I could have just added it without the option to turn it off and make you hack the code to remove it yourself too :).

  6. Paul

    It is still not the "right thing to do" – justify it how you want. All the best.

  7. George Serradinho

    I also seem to agree with Paul, it's always better to have consent first.

  8. Thaya Kareeson

    Really awesome! I am really interested in the outcome! Maybe I will get enough negativity to justify removal of this little widget and/or move to a quasi-paid support model. Thanks again Andrew.

  9. Thaya Kareeson

    I guess I can just rip out all of these "features" that help me build traffic and make this a premium plugin instead. Would you guys like that?

    Actually, that is a great idea. On the next reason, I will remove these features and start charging for support.

  10. Team Nirvana

    Thats a valid point made by Paul. But, I do not mind sharing real estate in my 'dashboard'. All in all, a great plugin which I love to use and configure.

    Thanks for that. Gave it a 5 star today.

  11. Andrew

    Thaya, I hadn't realised that it was added by your plugin until I read this thread but I really don't mind at all. I'm not sure of the benefits to you, but it is harmless.

  12. Thaya Kareeson

    Thanks for visiting Andrew. As a plugin author, you probably share the same pain. I'm just trying my best to figure out a way to justify spending 20-30 hours a week on WordPress plugin development and support. I figured that the space in my dashboards are harmless, but apparently people are quite annoyed by it being on by default.

  13. Thaya Kareeson

    Thanks for visiting and for giving it a 5 star! Andrew says he didn't even notice the box until he read this thread. That is why I made it on by default. Nobody will know that the box is there unless the see it first and disable if they want to.

  14. Andrew

    I've dropped a post about it to see if the opinion is more widely held or if it is a minority: http://www.wp-fun.co.uk/2009/04/25/gaining-benefi…

  15. redwall_hp

    I actually have considered adding something similar to this. Not a box on the Dashboard, but maybe a little "Latest from Webmaster-Source" on one of the plugin's management pages. I never did though. I don't even have an opt-out credit link in WP125… :)

    I don't see a problem with what you added (I haven't upgraded myself yet though). You can turn it off if you don't like it. It doesn't do anything for me, since I already subscribe to Omninoggin through my RSS reader, but it would certainly be beneficial to you, as plenty of people would leave it.

    Paul's complaint ('Considering i was hacked last night- I'm now very wary of "things" being added or turned on without my consent.') is simply unreasonable, in my opinion. That's how software updates work. And not updating software out of fear of exploits is an invitation to attack.

  16. Rusty

    I feel that people who use plugins to enhance their site, and get said plugin for free, are so used to downloading free software off the internet that they feel they are in someway "entitled." The plugin is great, and because I use and enjoy the service, I don't mind one bit giving you some traffic. After all, the people complaining about this usually have maybe 1 to 3 hits a week on their inane blog. Great work and keep trolls under bridges.

  17. Salem

    I'm sorry, but are all of you 3 years old? The guy pushed an update for a fantastic plugin, and all he does is add a little blurb on your dashboard that has a non-malignant link. Come on, it can even be turned off. Cut the guy some slack. It won't kill you.

    Thaya, awesome plugin. If i had a credit card, you'd get $20. Seriously.

  18. Salem

    I'm not sure if its the update to WP Greet Box or the Minimize WP plugin you have, but all previous problems i've asked you about are… well, resolved :D thanks a ton.

  19. Alex

    Hey Thaya,

    First of all great work on this plugin! It has truly developed into an extremely useful addition to WP blogs!

    Second – a question: I used to be able to specify with your plugin to Not Display message to repeat visitors, or so I believe. Now it is shown to everyone and every time. Did I miss something? Anything I can do to show Greet Box only ONCE per visitor?

    Alex

  20. thaya

    I got the idea of doing this from Joost de Valk\\'s plugins. I wonder how many times (and if ever) he got flamed for this.

  21. thaya

    Thanks Rusty. Free plugin development does take a toll on your life. I\\'m at the point where I\\'m spread too thin and I feel like I need to find something to justify continuing free plugin development.

  22. thaya

    Thank you for all of your kind words!

  23. thaya

    Welcome back Alex. I think there is a bug in WPGB regarding in the latest version in this area. I\\'m working on fixing it. Please stay tuned!

  24. redwall_hp

    Hey, who's voting all of the sensible comments down…?

  25. Thaya Kareeson

    It seems like they voted all of the comments down (not just the sensible ones). Weird trollers!

  26. Ruibo

    First thing first, you have great plugin and wanted to thank you for the awesome work. However, there's a bug or rather, an incompatibility issue in the newest version with simple tags 1.6.6. When the 2 plugins are activated together, the wp-admin/plugins.php page is somewhat almost blank. I hope you or the other author will give it a fix :)

  27. Elad

    Thank you for adding localization support. Do you have a pot file for the plugin?

  28. ruibo

    hmm, just noticed another thing, seems like simple tags has a problem with wp super cache too, maybe its more of a faulty issue on their side.

  29. Thaya Kareeson

    That's interesting, I use both simple tags and wp greet box and my plugins.php page works fine?

  30. Thaya Kareeson

    Released version 5.0.2
    – Fixed greeting message showing up when it's not supposed to in PHP mode.
    – Changed auto insertion filter content priority 100 (low priority)
    – Remove OMNINOGGIN dashboard widget.

  31. Thaya Kareeson

    I don't have a pot file for the plugin. I'll look into generating it for the next version.

  32. Thaya Kareeson

    Lock up this comment thread so people can post support questions in the support forum.

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