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WP Symposium Pro 16.07 Release Notes

In Brief…

More improvements of the “new” flag for forum posts, replies and comments. A password strength meter (uses the WordPress in-built meter) can be added to the Edit Profile page. Add a friend requests count to your menus. And more!

Remember, if you use a CDN (like CloudFlare), caching, etc – purge/clear everything after updating.



New replies and comments are now taken into account for forum “NEW” highlights.

Content considered new if added in a time limit (seconds) set in WPS Pro->Shortcodes->Forums->[wps-forums]->”How long content stays “new” for”. Note this is now related to when a user last logged in. For info, 259200 seconds equates to 3 days. It is recommended to check the option below that removes the “new” status when an item is read (“Mark read items as no longer new”):


New option for [wps-forum] “topic_action”. Can direct viewers of a topic to first or last page (see WPS Pro->Shortcodes->Forums->[wps-forum]->”For both styles…”).

[wps-forum-comment] renamed as [wps-forum-reply] so more accurate, both still work.

New setup option (WPS Pro->Setup->Forum) to limit the length of URLs for links to individual forum posts.

Set “read” text of link to forum post for [wps-forum-show-posts] via WPS Pro->Shortcodes->Forums->[wps-forum-show-posts].

Can disable timeouts, so forum replies can always be edited. WPS Pro->Shortcodes->Forums->[wps-forum].

Edit Profile

Password strength meter added, can be disabled/customised via WPS Pro->Setup->Edit Profile. This uses the in-build WordPress password strength script.


Can put %f in a menu item to show pending friendship count:



New setup option to retry failed sent alerts (keep an eye on the Alerts), should not be necessary to set this.

Improved failed messages and shows if re-trying.


On WPS Pro->Setup page, click on icons beside links to add/remove the link to/from the main admin bar (handy for those you often use):


WPS Pro submenu items now ordered alphabetically, so easier to find.

New option on WPS Pro->Setup->Edit Profile page to hide “Receive email notifications for activity” on the edit profile page.


Marked as compatible with WordPress v4.5.3.


Private Messages

Can set recipient via user_id as option for [wps-mail-to-user], and via WPS Pro->Shortcodes.

Forum Subscriptions

New option on Setup and Alerts screen to remove invalid subscriptions (probably due to deleted user).


Fix for SSL sites.


Marked as compatible with WordPress v4.5.3.

Don’t Forget…

Check out the new WPS Pro Codex!

Please Remember…

This is development news, not release information. You may want to review previous blog posts on development builds for previous updates to get the full picture (it’s work in progress). These development builds are available to download for those interested in experimenting with pre-release versions.