Breadcrumb NavXT Multidimension Extensions 1.8.0

It’s been a long time coming, but Breadcrumb NavXT Multidimension Extensions is now available on the WordPress.org plugins repository. As part of this ‘move’, a new release is available, version 1.8.0. For version 1.8.0, the plugin was heavily re-factored, and support for Breadcrumb NavXT 5.1 was added (while maintaining support for Breadcrumb NavXT 5.0).

You can grab Breadcrumb NavXT Multidimension Extensions from the WordPress.org plugin repository.

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb NavXT and WPML Compatibility

In the past two days, I took the time to investigate possible compatibility issues between Breadcrumb NavXT and WPML. Within Breadcrumb NavXT, every attempt is made to use the WordPress API, when possible, to maximize the compatibility with other plugins such as WPML. Occasionally, this is not enough and the findings of this investigation are presented in this article.

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Breadcrumb NavXT 5.0.1

This is the first bug fix release of the 5.0 branch of Breadcrumb NavXT. There were several issues reported with the 5.0.0 release and most have been fixed in this release. An issue where the bcn_display_list() produced duplicate code attributes in the output. The settings page tabs’ style has been adjusted to fit better with WordPress 3.8’s reskinned admin area. Additionally, users will be warned if their settings will be overridden by a BCN_SETTINGS_* define. Finally, a few issues in the uninstaller caused by the change in plugin structure were fixed.

As always, you can grab the latest version of Breadcrumb NavXT from the Breadcrumb NavXT page. If you experience any issues with this version of Breadcrumb NavXT, please leave a comment on this post detailing the issue.

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb NavXT 5.0.0

Holy Network Admin settings page Batman! As mentioned earlier, starting with 5.0, Breadcrumb NavXT now includes a Network Admin settings page and several settings modes to set the flow down of settings in multisite WordPress installs. The details on the changes in the flow of settings is covered in Controlling Breadcrumb NavXT Settings From the Network Settings Page.

In addition to the new Network Admin settings page, a major refactoring of the plugin has taken place. File organization has changed, with each class residing in its own file. A new top level loader class now exists so that the settings pages are only loaded when necessary. For more on the organizational changes in 5.0 please read Changes to Note Before Upgrading to Breadcrumb NavXT 5.0.

Three new filters were added in 5.0 these are:

  • bcn_breadcrumb_trail_object
  • bcn_li_attributes
  • bcn_breadcrumb_types

Please see the Breadcrumb NavXT Documentation for more information on these and other filters.

Additionally, xmlns:v and property were added as valid HTML tag attributes to aid in support of microformat breadcrumb standards. A few bugs were fixed, including a bug where the current item could have the wrong protocol (HTTP instead of HTTPS) in search result pages. Finally, you may need to reactivate Breadcrumb NavXT since the file containing the plugin header changed in 5.0.

The Translation Team:

[glot-translators=breadcrumb-navxt]

As always, you can grab the latest version of Breadcrumb NavXT from the Breadcrumb NavXT page. If you experience any issues with this version of Breadcrumb NavXT, please leave a comment on this post detailing the issue.

-John Havlik

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Changes to Note Before Upgrading to Breadcrumb NavXT 5.0

Breadcrumb NavXT 5.0 is very close to being ready for release. Unlike a typical release, quite a bit has changed under the hood this time, hence the bump up from 4.4 to 5.0. Development for 5.0 focused heavily on making Breadcrumb NavXT easier to extend. In doing so, it had to part ways with how some things were done in the past. The following changes are the most likely to affect current Breadcrumb NavXT installs.

Move to PHP5 Object Model

This release features a move to PHP5’s Object Model, including changing the default constructor from the class name (C++ style) to __construct(). All member functions and variables are now explicitly scoped as either private, protected or public. Additionally, some member functions have been explicitly made static (to allow static calling without causing strict warnings in PHP5.4).

Organizational Changes

Several internal changes were made to reorganize the plugin. One change that will affect third party code is the move from bcn_breadcrumb_trail::trail to bcn_breadcrumb_trail::breadcrumbs. For 5.0, bcn_breadcrumb_trail::trail will exist as pointer to the same data held in bcn_breadcrumb_trail::breadcrumbs. In the future bcn_breadcrumb_trail::trail will be removed and it is recommended that existing extension plugins to Breadcrumb NavXT be updated to reflect this internal change.

WordPress Multisite Changes

Support for multisite WordPress installs has changed quite a bit in 5.0. To support the new Network Admin settings page introduced in this version, the way settings are handled in multisite installs has changed. By default the settings set in the ‘Network Admin’ settings page will take priority over individual site preferences. This is different from the pre-5.0 behavior. If you have a multisite install, please read Controlling Breadcrumb NavXT Settings From the Network Settings Page.

-John Havlik

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