Live Composer 1.1 released

It’s hard to stop improving your project and finally release it to the public. Especially when you are in love with what you are doing. After two months in development, Live Composer version 1.1 is ready to use!

As you probably know Live Composer plugin is under new management since February 2016. It took a few months for me and my developers to get used to the project structure. Now we feel more confident when it comes to bug fixing and adding new features. In this release we have many small but important improvements I would like to show you below.


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Live Composer version 1.1

New:

Improved:

  • Better responsive design code based on media queries
  • Faster duplication for modules, module areas and rows (no AJAX requests)
  • Faster width change action for modules and module areas (no AJAX requests)
  • Empty module containers adds much faster on the page (no AJAX requests)
  • Changed drag and drop library for better performance (still in beta)
  • Improved browser performance thanks to better memory usage
  • Automatic soft permalinks flush on 404 error pages

Changes in UI:

Changes in code:

  • Editing moved into iframe inside WP admin
  • We use grunt to run automatic tasks like JS/CSS files compression
  • Reorganized all the JS and CSS files for better structure and automatic minimization
  • New global object ‘LiveComposer’ in JS with the next structure:
    • LiveComposer
      • Builder
        • Elements
        • UI
        • Actions
        • Flags
        • PreviewAreaDocument
        • PreviewAreaWindow
        • Helpers
      • Production
      • Utils
  • Destroy controls when not used, cleared number of DOM nodes dramatically
  • Restricted access to the page with ?dslc=active
 in URL
  • On-flight JS debugging
  • Started to change code according to WP Code Styling standards
  • Improved module settings sanitization
  • Removed all the browser-depended styles
  • Clean automatically illegal characters in the sidebar name fields
  • Prevent direct access to any of php files in the plugin
  • Completely reworked modal window functions
  • Log version updates in database
  • New API for extension developers to create setting panels in Live Composer
  • New filter for ROW controls: dslc_filter_row_options
  • Deleted a few JS plugins we don’t use
  • Removed JS script for elements centering (in favor of flexbox )
  • Removed dslc_init_square JS function

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed image styling bug
  • Sidebar content disappear when reserve LC settings
  • Option “Don’t link to the single post” wasn’t working for Partners, Staff and Downloads modules
  • Live Composer now work with custom fonts that require quotes in a name to work properly

Here are some of the new features in pictures

Inline text editing using TinyMCE

Often you don’t need a fully featured text editor to make text changes. With new inline text editing option, you don’t have to open WP Editor in new window (it still works if needed).

LC – NewFeature – InlineEditing


New toggle for each styling control in module settings

Sometimes you need to change only particular styling settings with Live Composer, leaving everything else to be styled as in theme. For example you don’t want to set font via LC, but use the one defined in theme settings instead. With new toggle control you can disable any styling property. It will improve CSS code (make it smaller) and bring better integration with default page styling.

LC – NewFeature – Toggle


Added JS Error reporting feature

JS errors in third-party plugins is one of the most common problems causing Live Composer to break. We created a new widow showing details about any JS-errors on your page. This information will help users to identify the problematic plugins and provide us with more information if they contact us for support.

LC – NewFeature – Error Console


Added Custom Class option for all the modules

Now you can target and style any page element using CSS.

LC Update – Custom Class Control


Added option to change label text (“All”) on post categories filter

No more searching for this option in the module settings. Edit label directly.

LC – NewFeature – Filter Label


Better responsive design code based on media queries

No more unresponsive design flickering when you load website on mobile.

LC – NewFeature – MediaQueries – Before - alt


Click on any module to edit its properties

Now you can edit any module setting by simply clicking on it. Blue “COG” icon works as well.


New look for responsive preview


New ‘invisible’ slider for number-based controls

Live Composer has a new “invisible” slider control. Now you can change value by dragging with your mouse over, editing text of the field directly or using keyboard arrows ⬆⬇ or SHIFT + ⬆ and SHIFT +


Updated look for the modules panel

New panel fits much more modules, so you need scroll less. Modules divided into categories and sorted better for faster access. Modules filter changed as well.

Before:

LC – Modules Panel - Before

After:

LC – Modules Panel - After


Moved Templates and Header/Footers menu items under Appearance section

LC Update – Moved menu items


Removed Archives and Search settings in favor of template post settings

The next settings moved from:

LC Update – Moved Settings

Into the template options panel:

LC Update – Moved Settings to Templates

 


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