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Author Changelog

This is a user-friendly changelog for the Author WordPress theme. It’s written in non-technical language and will let you know what’s new in Author.

If you want a detailed technical version of the changelog, you can view the Author commit history on Github.

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1.44 – February 26, 2021

  • Feature: added 3 custom social icons to the bottom of Social Media Icons
  • Feature: added option to decide whether or not to use Avatar for post comments
  • Feature: added option to enable verified check over Twitter icon
  • Feature: added social icons for Mastodon, IMDB, and diaspora*
  • Fix: embeds misaligned in the post editor
  • Fix: post dates sometimes incorrect when published early/late in the day

1.43 – January 6, 2021

  • Fix: layout glitch when sidebar was longer than the main content
  • Fix: dropdown buttons moving widgets down the page on tablets
  • Fix: Featured Image links removed from keyboard navigation

1.42 – December 23, 2020

  • Update: added new social media icons for Orcid, Strava, and ResearchGate
  • Fix: scroll-to-top arrow wasn’t resetting keyboard focus to the top of the page

1.41 – August 14, 2020

  • Update: added Untappd to the social media icons
  • Update: added Brazilian Portuguese translation
  • Fix: unaligned images in editor displaying all the way to the left in WP 5.5
  • Fix: “read more” link was showing up in RSS feed post descriptions
  • Fix: code elements inside pre elements had the first line only indented

1.40 – July 15, 2020

  • Feature: added support for bbPress forums
  • Feature: added support for Elementor Pro’s custom headers and footers
  • Update: Google Fonts now shows backup font while loading
  • Update: table styles improved
  • Update: Front Page section in Customizer now named Homepage Settings
  • Update: shortcodes can now be output in Footer Text option in Author Pro
  • Update: removed Google Plus from social icons
  • Update: added French translation
  • Fix: menu dropdown buttons out of alignment under certain circumstances
  • Fix: Last Updated option was too wide in post editor
  • Fix: cookie opt-in checkbox below comment form not sitting next to label

1.39 – November 19, 2019

  • Feature: added Pocket to social icons
  • Feature: added ArtStation to social icons
  • Update: removed welcome redirect after installing Author
  • Update: added Spanish translation
  • Update: added Finnish translation
  • Fix: image caption styles fixes
  • Fix: removed PHP error notice in the dashboard

1.38 – February 24, 2019

  • Fix: posts showing today’s date on non-English sites using WP 5.1

1.37 – January 7, 2019

  • Feature: new feature for displaying the post’s last updated date

1.36 – December 4, 2018

  • Update: added Goodreads social icon
  • Update: added Russian translation
  • Fix: Gutenberg fixes

1.35 – November 19, 2018

  • Update: full Gutenberg compatibility
  • Update: styled classic post editor like front-end

1.34 – November 5, 2018

  • Update: redesigned Author Dashboard
  • Update: changed Customizer ad

1.33 – November 1, 2018

  • Feature: added Mixcloud, Discord, Stack Overflow, Medium, and Patreon to social icons
  • Update: updated Font Awesome to 5.4.2
  • Update: reordered social icons in Customizer
  • Update: security enhancemments

1.32 – September 14, 2018

  • Feature: added WooCommerce support
  • Fix: phone number social icon can’t be removed once added

1.31 – July 24, 2018

  • Feature: phone number icon added to social icons
  • Update: added screen reader text to scroll-to-top arrow
  • Fix: keyboard access for mobile devices fixed

1.30 – July 4, 2018

  • Feature: added scroll-to-top arrow
  • Update: compatibility with newer jQuery versions
  • Update: security enhancements
  • Fix: tall logos never cut off at tablet screen sizes
  • Fix: screen readers no longer reading social icons twice
  • Fix: missing translation in menu

1.29 – February 22, 2018

  • Update: updated Spanish translation
  • Update: added social icon for
  • Update: added social icon for Bitbucket

1.28 – August 15, 2017

  • Fix: Facebook descriptions created by Yoast no longer included “Read more…”
  • Fix: sticky post status no longer shows in search results
  • Fix: styling for author bios on author post archives
  • Fix: review prompt now dismisses permanently when “X” button clicked

1.27 – June 7, 2017

  • Update: simplified template routing function
  • Update: added admin notice to request review after 14 days
  • Update: added mobile app ad to theme options page
  • Update: switched Author Pro image in Customizer to a GIF

1.26 – March 21, 2017

  • Update: added Amazon, Google Wallet, and Twitch social icons
  • Fix: no longer adding ellipsis after custom excerpts

1.25 – February 10, 2017

  • Feature: new option added to Customizer to show comments link after posts (Blog section)
  • Update: added “aria-hidden” role to ornamental icons
  • Update: added Yelp to social icons
  • Update: added more context to certain phrases to make translation easier
  • Update: improved excerpt handling (back-end updates)
  • Update: increased screenshot resolution
  • Update: updated Arabic translation
  • Update: updated Fitvids
  • Fix: comment replies to post author no longer inherit the “(author)” label
  • Fix: Customizer link in Author Dashboard now works for sites with WP installed in a subdirectory

1.24 – December 5, 2016

  • Update: tested & updated for WP 4.7
  • Update: added 8 new social media icons
  • Update: added Arabic translation
  • Update: now redirecting to Author dashboard upon activation
  • Update: Author dashboard reorganized and improved
  • Update: updated style & copy of Author Pro ad in Customizer
  • Update: update to heading structure

1.23 – November 2, 2016

  • Update: added welcome message and redirect upon theme activation
  • Fix: minor style fixes
  • Fix: sticky status no longer shows in search results

1.22 – September 13, 2016

  • Fix: Spanish translations now working

1.21 – September 11, 2016

  • Update: many improvements to harden security
  • Fix: Featured Images on pages now displaying properly in Internet Explorer
  • Fix: comment threading/nesting can now be turned off via the Discussion Settings
  • Fix: additional bug fixes and improvements (see github changelog for more detail)

1.20.1 – July 7, 2016

  • Update: added link to Skype protocol reference in Social Media Icons section
  • Fix: fixed menu display issues with RTL languages

1.19.2 – April 7, 2016

  • Update: improved performance of sidebar (less jumpy when scrolling)
  • Update: attachment pages now show full size version of images, descriptions, and captions
  • Update: improvements to heading structure
  • Update: logo now uses image’s alt text if available
  • Update: added styling for Featured Image Caption plugin
  • Update: updated Font Awesome to 4.5
  • Update: changed Customizer ad to black background
  • Update: social icons now have text for screen readers
  • Update: removed redundant “title” attribute on site title
  • Fix: pagination links now translatable

1.18 – March 5, 2016

  • Update: added link to Skype protocol reference in Social Media Icons section
  • Fix: fixed menu display issues with RTL languages

1.17 – February 12, 2016

  • Update: removed locked Customizer sections
  • Update: Skype social icon now works with special Skype protocol links
  • Update: added social icon for contact form URL
  • Update: added a box to the Author Dashboard for leaving reviews of Author
  • Fix: Author theme info no longer included in .pot file to avoid translation errors
  • Fix: “Comments closed” message now always contained in comments section

1.16 – January 27, 2016

  • Update: Custom CSS now allows direct descendent selectors and quotes
  • Fix: pagination now hidden when Jetpack infinite scroll active

1.15 – December 22, 2015

  • Feature: added support for Yoast SEO breadcrumbs
  • Update: additional data sanitization/validation for enhanced security
  • Update: refactored, cleaned up, and reformatted code across entire project
  • Fix: marked numerous English strings for translation that had been missed
  • Fix: option to reset Customizer options now only resets Author’s options

1.14 – December 6, 2015

  • Feature: new option to change the “Continue reading” text added
  • Update: Custom CSS in Customizer now updates on page instantly
  • Update: additional data sanitization for improved security
  • Update: added Danish translation
  • Update: dropdown menu toggle buttons hover and open states now differentiated
  • Fix: featured image display issue in IE fixed
  • Fix: Customizer no longer outputs error messages if site has no pages

1.13 – October 31, 2015

  • Update: featured images now compatible with a wide variety of plugins made to interact with them
  • Update: RSS social icon now uses square version like other icons
  • Update: “for” attribute added to all comment form labels
  • Fix: “PayPal” now properly capitalized in Customizer
  • Fix: search box now stays at bottom of the search results page when Jetpack infinite scroll is active
  • Fix: footer now always positioned at the bottom of the screen
  • Fix: rendering issues fixed with bold use of heading font, Rokkitt
  • Fix: no longer adds space for uploaded image avatar until image is actually uploaded
  • Fix: added missing space below text in search box at bottom of search results

1.12 – October 15, 2015

  • Feature: added support for Jetpack infinite scroll
  • Feature: category, tag, and author archives now display descriptions if available
  • Update: 10 new social icons
  • Update: turned off automatic hyphenation
  • Fix: “Return to Blog” links for oldest/newest post now lead to blog even if not on homepage
  • Fix: fatal error on WordPress versions 4.1 and older prevented
  • Fix: Git icon switched to Github
  • Fix: WP User Avatar plugin no longer breaks main avatar
  • Fix: Jetpack Carousel gallery no longer scrolls to top of page when image is clicked
  • Fix: fixed XSS vulnerability in search page
  • Fix: sidebar scrolling functionality no longer breaks if screen resized repeatedly
  • Fix: sidebar items no longer out of place for ~15px between layout transitions in Internet Explorer

1.11 – September 21, 2015

  • Fix: added deprecated versions of functions removed in v1.10

1.10 – September 19, 2015

  • Update: widgets with submenus now show their hierarchy
  • Update: added additional sanitization/validation for security
  • Update: improved gallery styles
  • Update: added “(author)” label to Post author’s comments
  • Fix: empty Color section no longer showing up in Customizer
  • Fix: occasional empty space at bottom of site no longer showing

1.09 – August 20, 2015

  • Update: submenus open automatically when they contain the current page
  • Update: title attribute added to Avatar
  • Update: more video sites embedded responsively in post content
  • Update: updated Font Awesome to v4.4.0
  • Update: social icon arrays are now overridable and filterable
  • Update: excerpts are now removed when word count is set to 0
  • Fix: avatar upload control showing conditionally again in the Customizer
  • Fix: iframes no longer overflow post content at mobile screen widths
  • Fix: error messages in Customizer as of WP v4.3 fixed

1.08 – July 28, 2015

  • Update: “read more” tags now used even if Blog is showing full posts
  • Update: date for comments now uses format set from the main Settings menu
  • Fix: tagline now updates from the Customizer instantly even if not formerly present

1.07 – May 21, 2015

  • Update: demo url added to theme description
  • Update: comment gravatars now using commenter’s name for alt text
  • Update: alt text added to featured images via title attribute
  • Update: i18n for sticky post status
  • Update: i18n for open/close screen reader text for primary and child menu buttons
  • Update: social icons a11y and i18n improved
  • Update: dates now more reliable across languages and work with timestamps
  • Update: version_compare used in compatibility function for better reliability
  • Update: new customizer sections ads for author pro
  • Update: moved and restyled author pro ad in customizer
  • Fix: footer doesn’t extend length of screen at wide screen widths
  • Fix: sidebar not reaching bottom of screen when no widgets at wide widths

1.06 – April 5, 2015

  • Fix: Featured Videos not displaying if post/page doesn’t have a Featured Image


  • Update: post dates now work with timestamp included
  • Update: customizer ad text filterable
  • Update: more functions easy to override with child themes
  • Update: added German translation
  • Fix: setting initial date format on “init” instead of theme activation “after_setup_theme”
  • Fix: “Published in” phrase in categories not translatable
  • Fix: no space in title on homepage before pipeline character (|)
  • Fix: HTML for tagline output even if tagline is empty

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