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Mission News Changelog

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

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

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1.44 – April 13, 2021

  • Feature: option to enable “Continue reading” links after post excerpts added to the Excerpts section in the Customizer
  • Feature: footer logo option added to the Additional Options section in the Customizer
  • Feature: option to keep the mobile menu open instead of toggling added to the Additional Options section
  • Update: Name field added for custom social icons for screen reader programs
  • Fix: double layout for post previews was affecting page designs as well as wide layouts on the blog & archives
  • Fix: “Featured” label added to sticky posts misplaced when using “double” post preview layout

1.43 – February 17, 2021

  • Feature: Featured Images in the post feed can be linked to the media files instead of the posts (available in Additional Options)
  • Feature: sidebar widgets can be hidden on mobile devices from the Show/Hide Elements > Sidebars menu
  • Feature: the first post in the feed is normally extra-large, but can be shrunk to the same size as the others from the Layout > Post Previews menu
  • Feature: logo can be hidden in the footer from the Show/Hide Elements > Footer menu
  • Feature: added 3 custom social icons so custom images can be uploaded for unsupported social networks. Available at the bottom of the Social Media Icons section
  • Feature: added icons for IMDB, Mastodon, and diaspora*
  • Fix: “more tags” weren’t working to define post excerpts
  • Fix: dropdown menus could expand beyond the width of the sidebar

1.42 – January 18, 2021

  • Fix: post date not using timezone saved in settings

1.41 – December 23, 2020

  • Fix: scroll-to-top arrow wasn’t resetting keyboard focus to the top of the page
  • Fix: site title better positioned on mobile when the date is hidden

1.40 – December 17, 2020

  • Fix: change to the date function in the byline caused all posts to have the same date on some sites

1.39 – December 15, 2020

  • Feature: added option to show the post’s categories in the byline (available in Show/Hide Elements > Blog & Archives)
  • Feature: added social icons for Orcid, Strava, and ResearchGate
  • Feature: added new option to display the post titles above or below the Featured Image (available in Additional Options)
  • Fix: layout selector in the post editor was too wide
  • Fix: Featured Image captions centered for the “no sidebar” layouts

1.38 – August 14, 2020

  • Update: added Untappd to the social media icons
  • Fix: unaligned images in editor displaying all the way to the left in WP 5.5
  • Fix: scroll-to-top arrow hidden behind Mission News Pro’s breaking news ticker when placed at the bottom of the screen
  • Fix: code elements inside pre elements had the first line only indented

1.37 – July 20, 2020

  • Feature: added option to show Featured Image captions on the post page (Customize > Show/Hide Elements > Posts)
  • Feature: added option to change how many posts show up in the “More from category” section (Customize > Additional Options)
  • Feature: added support for Elementor Pro’s custom headers and footers
  • Update: improved table styles
  • Fix: link color wrong for new social icons block
  • Fix: minor German translation update
  • Fix: mobile menu dropdown arrows out of position on right-to-left language websites
  • Fix: no padding on left/right sides of 404 pages on mobile devices

1.36 – February 12, 2020

  • Feature: added Pocket to social icons
  • Update: backup font now displayed while Google Fonts loads
  • Update: improved table styles
  • Update: removed Google Plus from social icons
  • Fix: removed PHP error notice in the dashboard
  • Fix: “last updated” option had a dropdown menu that was too wide
  • Fix: image caption style fixes
  • Fix: optin checkbox below comment form now displays in one line
  • Fix: Stack Overflow social icon name was all lowercase

1.35 – November 4, 2019

  • Feature: included option to link to the author’s archive from the author box below posts
  • Feature: author archives now display the author’s avatar
  • Feature: Recent Posts Extended widget can now exclude posts that appear in the center column
  • Feature: added full-width layout option for pages
  • Update: added French translation
  • Update: Front Page customizer section now named “Homepage Settings”

1.34 – August 22, 2019

  • Update: removed welcome redirect when activating Mission News
  • Fix: removed “…” when excerpts are set to 0 words
  • Fix: compatibility fixes with Featured Video Plus plugin
  • Fix: compatibility fixes for Featured Image Caption plugin
  • Fix: Gutenberg buttons text white by default

1.33 – April 12, 2019

  • Fix: removed French translation meant for Mission News Pro

1.32 – April 11, 2019

  • Update: added social icon for ArtStation
  • Update: new French translation
  • Fix: text on search results page not translated for Russian and German sites

1.31 – February 24, 2019

  • Update: updated Swedish translation
  • Fix: posts showing today’s date on non-English sites using WP 5.1
  • Fix: missing check for global var existing

1.30 – January 14, 2019

  • Feature: added option to display the “last updated” date on posts
  • Update: shortcodes can now be used in the Footer Text feature added by Mission News Pro
  • Fix: mobile menu allowing horizontal scrolling

1.29 – December 5, 2018

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

1.28 – November 20, 2018

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

1.27 – November 6, 2018

  • Feature: added Patreon to social icons
  • Update: redesigned Mission News Dashboard
  • Update: changed Customizer ad
  • Update: redirecting to Mission News Dashboard upon theme activation
  • Fix: secondary menu no longer outputs menu if left empty
  • Fix: comment icon shows again in Recent Posts Extended widget

1.26 – October 24, 2018

  • Fix: dropdown menu indicators not showing

1.25 – October 22, 2018

  • Fix: duplicate text domains preventing translations from loading

1.24 – October 22, 2018

  • Feature: new “No sidebar – full-width” layout
  • Feature: added new Footer menu
  • Feature: new option for Recent Posts Extended – customize the “…” after automatic excerpts
  • Feature: added Scroll-to-Top Arrow to Customizer
  • Update: added Discord, Medium, Stack Overflow, Medium, Mixcloud, and phone social icons
  • Update: Skype social icon now supports Skype call links
  • Update: updated to Font Awesome 5.3.1
  • Update: added Swedish translation
  • Update: security enhancements

1.23 – June 18, 2018

  • Feature: added layout options for search results page
  • Update: added support for all WooCommerce product image gallery features
  • Update: compatibility fix for newer versions of jQuery
  • Update: heading tag structure improvements
  • Fix: WooCommerce product, category, and shop layouts now working as intended
  • Fix: widgets no longer staggering in sidebars at tablet screen widths
  • Fix: primary and secondary menus no longer overlap in mobile menu when unset
  • Fix: duplicate element IDs removed

1.22 – April 19, 2018

  • Feature: added double left and right sidebar layouts
  • Update: support for Jetpack infinite scroll

1.21 – March 12, 2018

  • Feature: added WooCommerce support
  • Update: added German translation
  • Fix: sticky header compatible with max width layout control

1.20 – February 28, 2018

  • Fix: error causing sites running <5.4 of PHP to crash

1.19 – February 27, 2018

  • Feature: added new Footer widget area
  • Feature: added option to display the post category to the Recent Posts Extended widget
  • Update: improved styling for Featured Image Captions plugin

1.18 – February 19, 2018

  • Feature: added new option to change the width of the site (Customize > Layout > Site Width)
  • Feature: added option to exclude the current post in the Recent Posts Extended widget
  • Update: automatically add widgets just like the demo site and screenshot upon activation
  • Fix: Featured Images in “More from” section of left and right sidebar layouts no longer too wide

1.17 – February 14, 2018

  • Fix: fatal PHP error on some WP installs fixed

1.16 – February 13, 2018

  • Feature: new setting in post editor for choosing where to display the Featured Image
  • Feature: new “Widget Styles” Customizer section for changing layout and text alignment of widgets
  • Feature: added Bitbucket social icon
  • Update: widgets styled into rows instead of columns in non-sidebar widget areas
  • Update: compatibility updates for Mission News Pro
  • Update: added dismissible notice for Mission News Pro
  • Fix: secondary menu styles correct before selecting a menu

1.15 – February 7, 2018

  • Feature: bbPress support added
  • Feature: new layout settings for bbPress forums only
  • Update: added Russian translation
  • UpdateMission News Pro compatibility updates
  • Update: left and right sidebar layouts optimized for tablets
  • Fix: “back” button in mobile menu not translatable
  • Fix: Featured Images oversized in the “More from” section when using a “no sidebar” layout

1.14 – February 1, 2018

  • Feature: added social icon for
  • Fix: mobile menu is when taller than the screen
  • Fix: footer can no longer overlap the mobile menu
  • Fix: “Above Posts” widget area responds to wide layouts
  • Fix: wide layouts responsive again on mobile layouts

1.13 – January 26, 2018

  • Feature: add layout options for Blog and Archives in Customizer
  • Update: renamed “Blog” layout section in Customizer to “Post Previews”
  • Update: added Mission News Pro advertisements
  • Fix: widgets after the Recent Posts Extended widget no longer sit next to it sometimes

1.12 – January 19, 2018

  • Feature: “wide” post layouts now available globally for posts and pages in the Customizer
  • Fix: Recent Posts Extended widget now uses custom excerpts if present

1.11 – January 11, 2018

  • Feature: added three wide post layouts for left, right, and no sidebar displays
  • Update: added Norwegian translation
  • Fix: corrected footer link

1.10 – December 19, 2017

  • Feature: added excerpt length to Recent Posts Extended widget
  • Update: icon for Recent Posts Extended widget in Customizer switched from mail to post pin icon
  • Update: URL ecoding for Google Fonts URL
  • Fix: video embeds work on blog when full posts shown
  • Fix: dates display correctly for all internationalites

1.09 – December 4, 2017

  • Fix: audio shortcodes work on blog when full posts shown

1.08 – December 1, 2017

  • Feature: set layouts for pages universally in the Customizer and for individual pages in the page editor
  • Fix: shortcodes now executed in posts when showing full posts on blog
  • Fix: blog layout option in Customizer now working with WP 4.9

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