New HeatMap Theme Pro 4.0.5 beta
Notice how sometimes HeatMapTheme.com seems to go a little quiet sometimes? If you listen quietly though you will hear the frantic clitter clatter of a keyboard in HeatMap Theme HQ and the whirring and grinding of brain gears!
Yup, quietness in this case is not an indicator of inactivity. In fact it means a flurry of activity as I work on a new point update for HeatMap Theme Pro, and set the groundwork for the next major update.
HMT Pro 4.0.5 beta is now available
HeatMap Test Pilots start your engines! The latest beta is now available in the HeatMap Insider Beta Test Forum. Of course I already have it running on my own blogs (I wouldn’t want you to run anything that I wasn’t running myself! 😉 ).
Whats New in 4.0.5?
This is point release so it mainly rolls in bug fixes, refines and rolls in some existing 4.0.3 mods and adds a few usability refinements, and things that were generally bugging me.
Auto Excerpt Length
This automatically creates a text excerpt from each post for blog posts on the home page, archives, tags, categories and search listings. It will show a featured image with the auto excerpt if one is specified, and you can also specify a custom ‘read more’ link using the ‘more-text’ custom field.
Featured Images Options
Each one of the dropdowns in the featured images options section now has an ‘OFF’ setting. This is useful for autoblog software like wp-robot, which automatically pulls in featured images, but sometimes has images embedded in the posts themselves.
Auto Intro Page Template
A page template is now available which detects the first paragraph of your page and then places the widget positions [Content Item] Left, [Content Item] Right and [Content Item] Above, below that first paragraph. You’ll still need Nathan Rices single post template plugin if you want to do this with posts (for now).
Featured page id
The featured page can now store numeric page id’s or page slugs – page slugs will be useful when used in conjunction with the soon to now beta released import/export plugin for heatmap.
I have added a Heatmap theme news box to the dashboard, and modified the one on the options page too. You will also see the mini-map of heatmap theme positions has returned and there is a link to the full version if you click on it.
Hide Posts and Sidebar on Home Page option
This option has now been split into two options:
- Hide posts on Home Page
- Hide Sidebar on Home page
This just makes the home page a bit more flexible. If you have used this option previously, then just check that everything is still looking as you would like when you upgrade – if needs be reselect these options to get your home page looking as it should.