WordPress 5.5 Bugfix for Community Design Gallery: MyStyle Custom Product Designer v3.13.9

If you are on the (now) current version of WordPress (5.5+) you will need to update your main MyStyle Custom Product Designer plugin as well for compatibility.

The bug that was reported is that the design gallery examples in the Community Design Gallery do not click through to the design profiles as normal.

WordPress 5.5 Rewrite Rules Update

This is caused by an issue many sites have encountered from the recent WordPress 5.5 updates that have caused some rewrite rules to act differently than normal.

MyStyle Update Bug Fix 

Today we released the update that fixes this issue and will restore the normal community design gallery functionality for all public saved designs.

Other Recent Updates to Community Design Gallery

Additionally, you may notice the new features we recently added to the Community Design Gallery, Authors!  Authors can now find their saved designs in their normal WooCommerce My Account menu!  More on that in our next post!

Download our main WP plugin here:

MyStyle Custom Product Designer

Yama Tribe Launches with Customizable Yoga Mats and More

Ten years ago, yoga and mindfulness were a niche hobby that most people didn’t get involved in. Fast forward to 2020; articles about how to incorporate mindfulness practice into your life (and why you should) are being featured in major magazines, and unique yoga mats are in high demand. In our ever changing and high stress world, its a long overdue and necessary shift. Yama Tribe is responding to it with their recent launch.

Yama Tribe Launches Custom Yoga Mat Designer Powered By MyStyle Platform

Yama Tribe is a newly launched yoga brand that has taken their retail model to the next level, with 100% customizable yoga mats and yoga accessories. Yoga is a deeply personal part of many peoples’ lives, which is why MyStyle is a great match for these types of products. MyStyle helps customers create completely customized mats, apparel, water bottles and more, to reflect their own individuality. It allows them the creative freedom to upload their own images or use MyStyle preloaded graphics and pictures to design.

 

Yama Tribe

Making Yoga More Personal

MyStyle is designed to help companies create a custom experience for each of their customers. With yoga trending, that’s more important for a brand like Yama Tribe than ever. Customers value knowing their products will be one of a kind in any space, and that is becoming difficult with yoga classes getting more and more popular. Yama Tribe is also a personal project of the founders, created from a love for the practice and over ten years experience. MyStyle brings the personal touch of their mission to the fingertips of their customers and design software.

MyStyle is a Catalyst for Individuality

MyStyle makes designing unique, personal products, made of quality materials, easier than ever. Customers get to experience the same level of product they would find at any other competing site while still buying something that is uniquely theirs. MyStyle is one of the best tools a site can use to further and benefit from the growing popularity of custom products.

Check out Yama Tribe and their custom yoga mats!

Shop Yama Tribe

 

 

 

Renderer 3.23.2 Adds Render-to-Cloud with Share URL for Faster On-Demand Order-to-Print Workflows

For common print workflows where the printer is not the order processor, the new feature in the MyStyle Renderer version 3.23.2 is perfect for you.  Recently released, this new feature can really help speed things up for anyone with an order-processing and web-to-print workflow that requires sharing the print file with another person, team , or partner company: Render-to-Cloud!

Streamlining Common Web-to-Print Order Processing Workflows

A lot of MyStyle enabled clients and online stores have very similar fulfillment processes, that is, they always involve rendering a print file for production to make and send out the order(s) once the order is placed, to begin the on-demand production and fulfillment process.   Often, the person processing the order is not the same as the person creating the print.  In that case, the workflow would involved emailing or uploading the file to a dropbox, or an FTP, or something like that.  Well, no more!  Print files that are sent to someone at a production house or print department to do the print and/or dropship can now be sent without having to download or manually upload it to get a shareable URL or attachment.  Instead, you can now just send the print direct to the MyStyle platform cloud storage, included at no extra charge with all licenses!

Render-to-Cloud

The render-to-cloud option is found in the print image toolbar right next to the normal print file download buttons.

It depends how large your image is, but it typically takes a few seconds on a broadband connection.  Wait a couple seconds then…

Get Public Download Link to Share

Once the print image render reaches the cloud, a checkmark will show in place of the spinner, and a shareable public URL will be provided in the same window.  The green button will copy the URL for quick sharing.

Instant Download Link
The URL when, visited or clicked, will automatically download the print file to eliminate the Right-Click and Save-As type of steps for the production team receiving the URL.

This Is an Optional Feature for Sending to Out-of-House Production Teams

In-House Production Teams may not need this feature if doing rendering and printing in house. So, if you render and print your own images in the same place, you might not need this, as you can still  download and print the images just as you always have.

A Couple Steps Less is Always More!

For anyone else sharing print file links regularly, though, this might be a great time to say goodbye to your premium dropbox accounts, save a little money if current online storage methods are not necessary anymore.   Speed things up by eliminating a few steps!

Happy Rendering!

 

1CustomFaceMask.com Launches with Design Your Own Custom Face Mask

With the pandemic forcing everyone to adapt to what is called the “new normal” it is inevitable that the United States and other countries will have to accept face masks as a much more common part of life than ever before.

Giving Back to Help in the Pandemic with Personalized Masks: 50% of Mask Profits to Pandemic Focused Charitable Donations

1CustomFaceMask.com has teamed up with MyStyle Platform to provide not only a fun way to personalize your own masks, but also to aid in the mission to give back to the charities that are helping out the most in the pandemic.  For this goal, they have committed to giving 50% of all profits to pandemic aid charities like Feeding America.

1CustomFaceMask.com Launches Custom Face Mask Designer Powered By MyStyle Platform

MyStyle is a great choice for a product like a custom face mask, because it has all the main ingredients a customer will want to use.  Background colors and graphics, custom images, uploaded images, and custom text.  1CustomFaceMask.com is live now with MyStyle enabling users to design their own custom face masks on the site in minutes with ease.

No More Boring Flimsy Masks!

Boring, single-color medical looking face masks may have been the first wave of masks in the US, but quickly they have become much more.  Now more than ever, the market is in high demand for not only face coverings to where to the store, etc, but also for these face coverings to be more fashionable as they become part of your everyday wardrobe.

Fashionable Mask Trends Around the World

Asian countries have already had these customs for years, mostly because of air pollution, but nevertheless have adapted and have shown interesting fashion trends in the face mask world.

Helping People Have Fun with Face Masks

We hope that not only will personalization enable the world to embrace custom face masks in to their own fashion in a way that encourages and makes social distancing and safety measures more fun to participate in.

Design Yours Now!

Ready to create your own face mask and help the cause at the same time?  Head on over to 1CustomFaceMask.com and create yours today!

CSS Tip: Show Your WooCommerce Product Thumbnails In The Cart on Desktop and Mobile

For some reason WooCommerce has decided the default styles for the cart thumbnails should be very tiny or completely gone all together.  This leaves you with just text in the cart, which isn’t always what you want.

example image source: 
https://MPFusa.org/custom-face-masks/

While I’m sure (re: hope) they have great data to back this up, some products need to be seen the full way through for a customer to feel good about what they have in their cart being the right stuff.

Conversion 101:
Custom Products Should Always Have a Thumbnail in the Cart

This is especially true with custom products, where you may have a few custom designs in your cart with the same product title, and the only recognizable difference is what each design looks like. For this reason, almost every MyStyle enabled site should override the default WooCommerce or theme CSS to show the thumbnail of the user’s creations in the shopping cart. You can do this very easily with a quick CSS tweak.

CSS Code:

/** MyStyle: Show thumbnail in cart larger than default 32px **/
.woocommerce-cart table.cart img {
width: auto;
min-width: 32px;

max-width: 100px;
}
@media(max-width:768px) {
/** Show thumbnail row in cart on mobile **/
.woocommerce-page table.cart .product-thumbnail {
display: inline-block !important;
}
/** hide colon above thumbnail for mobile **/
.woocommerce-page table.cart .product-thumbnail:before {
display: none;
}
}

How to Apply This Code

  1. Log into your WP Admin
  2. Go to the Theme Customizer > Added CSS (or similar place where your theme or system lets you put some custom CSS)
  3. Paste the code above & Publish
  4. Clear/Purge your site cache, if you have one

New Site eGO4Life.com Launches First Ever Custom elliptiGO Wraps with Full Personalization!

A new MyStyle site was launched this past week that is bringing an exciting new value add to their elliptiGO community with personalized wraps!

First Online Designer for elliptiGO Bikes in the World!

As far as we know there have never been any other online designers for elliptiGOs to allow people to use free graphics or upload their own, pick custom colors, etc.  This is going to be really fun to see what kind of creative bikes are dreamed up by the elliptiGO riders of the world!  We might just have to hit the streets with our own, so stay tuned for that :)

Personalize Your elliptiGO today!

Check out their new MyStyle enabled website here:  www.eGO4Life.com

 

Feature Upgrade: Background Libraries Category Browser

The backgrounds browser is Step 1 in almost all MyStyle apps for good reason. It’s an easy step that anyone can do and doesn’t require any content from the user, only choices. It’s fun and shows what you can do quickly and provides instant gratification to users by giving them great colors and stock backgrounds to choose from to get them on their way to creating an awesome design that they love.

The Issue with Long Lists and Pagination

The only problem is, sometimes digging through that backgrounds library seemed daunting and unorganized, and naturally the images at the very end of the list didn’t get very much action (very few people press previous page first to go through the list in reverse order, almost everyone just goes page 1, 2, 3 etc). So this UX needed to be updated to make it easier to find the content you love in the BG library.  Well, that’s where the Category browser comes in.

Enter the Library Category Browser

We’ve launched a new and improved component recently that is already proving to give users more control to get design they love.

Now in step 1 when you browse backgrounds, you’re greeted with a scrolling single page list of thumbnails that represent each category, and are labeled as such to make it easy to understand what each category tile is a collection of.  Now, a customer can see “Fine Art” for example without ever having to click to a next page, and they can click that to see our collection of great fine art images without having to dig through a whole list to find them.  This is way easier and more fun, and immediately makes it so much faster to create a design you already start to like in the first step.

Live and Doing Great!

This feature automatically updates in your app so you should already have it live on your own MyStyle enabled sites if you have a Step 1 for backgrounds (it’s the default, so you probably do).

Stats Show Increased Performance

We’ve already seen an increase in the amount of designs and purchases that make use of background assets that we do not normally see many sales on.  This is the proof that the new feature is getting used on designs that make it all the way through to sale, and that customers are happier than ever using MyStyle to personalize their designs with our collections of free graphics.

That’s great news for everyone using MyStyle!

Server Upgrade for MyStylePlatform.com – Clear Your Cache!

The server for this website (not our API or plugins, just mystyleplatform.com) has been upgraded to a new Google Cloud data center.

Google AND Amazon Clouds…

We’re happy to be using Google Cloud, a leader in cloud computing, in addition to Amazon AWS for our API itself still. It’s interesting to see and compare both platforms, and we may switch entirely to one or the other in the future, but for now we like this duality and in either case, performance is great.

Clear Your Cache

This upgrade required some IP address changes, so please Clear Your Cache if you’re experiencing any weirdness on MyStylePlatform.com or the MyStyle Renderer.

Faster Site Services

Otherwise, enjoy what should be a faster service from now on.

 

Cheers!

Renderer 3.20.1 Update: Edit and Switch Out Text and Emojis Directly within the Renderer

MyStyle Renderer Empowering Change

MyStyle Platform’s new Renderer feature empowers clients to edit and fix their own print files.  In just a few simple clicks, you can now edit and change text, emojis, etc.

Gone are the days of escalating renders just to switch out and edit text within your design!  MyStyle Platform is happy to announce our newly released feature that lets you edit a design’s text directly within the renderer.  Simply click, edit as desired, and save your print file!

How to Edit Text and  Emoji’s the Renderer

  1. Open the renderer and scroll down to the section “PRINT IMAGE(S)”
  2. Right click on the text/emoji/”object” you wish to edit.
  3. From the pulldown options, select “edit object”

4.  The “Text Lines” edit box will open.  The text you selected and wish to edit will be in the text slot “Text line#1”

 

5.  Highlight the text within the “Text line#1” & edit as desired

6. Edit text and click “Apply” to apply changes.

 

How to Download JPG Print File from Renderer

  1.  Click “JPG” button to download JPG  print file

 

Renderer 3.19.0 Update: New JPG DPI Support Means Photoshop and Other Software Now Will Open MyStyle Print Images at 300dpi or Any Preferred DPI

This is a very old, very small, very annoying issue with resolution of JPEG and PNG files that every designer and printer is familiar with, and we’ve finally beat it.  Especially when it comes to JPG, if it wasn’t made with Photoshop, even though it was the right pixel size, it just wouldn’t open up at the DPI that it was created for (ie 300), and Photoshop defaults to whatever it wants (usually 72 or 96).  Well, we’re happy to say in 3.19.0+ we broke through and were able to add a new feature under the hood that automatically fixes this and makes rewrites the file data so that it will open up at the intended DPI in almost any software – Photoshop, Print Software – etc. Ring the bells. We did it.

The Decades-Old JPG DPI Issue

You may know the situation well:  the image is the right size in pixels, but it’s reading at the wrong DPI and so the “inches” measurement of the image is not correct.  That is, until someone opens it up, and changes the DPI in Photoshop or print software manually to 300 or whatever it needs to be – most systems default DPI is typically 72 or 96 dpi, sometimes 100. But, most images are rendered for print at 300dpi (Pro Magazine-level print standard), so opening at 72 etc is annoying and can cause wasted time in the production workflow.

One Does Not Simply, Set the JPG DPI

The reason that 300dpi doesn’t open up in Photoshop or print software, though, is because the JPG file format doesn’t natively support resolution settings, so there’s traditionally almost no online resources for setting unsupported meta data.  In HTML5 it doesn’t have any parameters to specify resolution, it’s purely pixel data.  In the eyes of the raw JPG format, resolution is irrelevant, there is image data at a size of pixels, and the resolution can be whatever the screen (or software) wants it to be, which is subjective and relative to the system / software, so it doesn’t specify it natively.   Additionally, the file code is not easily read or edited, so it’s not something that anything besides graphic design software can or would try to set. The problem is that Photoshop etc doesn’t have a setting to allow you to set the default image resolution, it detects it from your system (ie “72”) and just goes with that.  That by itself, is also very annoying (re: Photoshop fix this please).

Many people point out that resolution is arbitrary and subjective, because the pixel size of the image is the actual size of the data, but nevertheless others will argue that in practice the default DPI within Workflows can be important to eliminate room for error or misunderstandings about the intended print size. So in fact, it can be critical for smooth operations from web to print regardless of the file format’s native data spec.  So, we’ve searched and searched, literally for years, and thanks to some new advances in Javascript in the past year, we’ve found a way to do it without Photoshop, and it was not simple, but low and behold – IT WORKS.

Interestingly enough, as we dissect the byte code for a JPEG we see that there are meta data points for resolution that do allow us to inject settings here that Photoshop will read, and they’re actually in Dots Per Meter, as if ANYONE would even use that when DPI is the standard!  Imagine how old that must be.  We digress.

The New Age Fix.  Good News: We’ve Made It Automatic.

We’ve developed a way to set this DPI setting within JPG output in our MyStyle Renderer software.  With 3.19.0+ every JPG  comes with resolution meta data.

Whatever it says on page is the DPI, will be the DPI when re-opened in other software:

Drumroll… JPG Opens with Correct DPI!

JPG output files will open up at whatever DPI it says in the Renderer when viewed in Photoshop or Print Software, including both if that was the template’s original setting, and if you change the resolution manually after rendering it and then download the JPG.

150 dpi?  Sure.  300? Of course.  632 dpi?  Why not!

Bad News: There Is None.

This should alleviate one of the most annoying parts of printing with JPGs, and we’re so happy to advanced this aspect of the workflow for everyone who’s taking designs from web to print like our team does every day.

Goodbye, Extra Manual or Batch Processes!

Please note that if you have batch processes already made that set the DPI for your print files as a workaround for this, you can (or may need to) adjust or get rid of that now to streamline things a bit more knowing that the DPI is already set correctly.

Less is more.

 

MyStyle Custom Product Designer Plugin v3.9.1 Released with Bug Fix

Just earlier today we released the MyStyle Custom Product designer plugin for WordPress/WooCommerce version 3.9.1. This version has a bug fix for some pages coming back with a 404 response code, although the page would load fine. This resulted from updates to meet WordPress coding standards.

How to Update to 3.9.1+

Go to your WordPress admin > Plugins and press Update on the main MyStyle Custom Product Designer plugin.  The update should be quick and painless!

Reactivate If Necessary

We have had reports that some systems deactivated the plugin upon update.  If for any reason the plugin has an error while updating, it will deactivate.  Be sure to reload your plugins page after update to check and re-activate it as the new version, verifying that it did update to at least version 3.9.1 or higher.  In most cases this shouldn’t be necessary, but double-check just to be sure.

WordPress Plugin v3.9.0+ Mobile Viewport Improvements and DIVI Tweaks

Plugin Update:

We’ve corrected some issues view and mobile usability in the MyStyle Custom Product Designer plugin for WordPress/WooCommerce. This was an issue that some devices have had with the app not fitting the page well, sticking off the page to the right on small screens. We’ve also added a few more tweaks and tunes to make usability a little more natural for mobile. If you update to the most recent version of our core plugin (any version 3.9.0 or above), you will get the new updates that fix these issues for smart, responsive page auto-adjustments.

Viewport Zooming for Mobile Devices: Better Than Just “Responsive”

Responsive was always supported with the app, and the viewport zooming too to some extent, but it was limited and had some problems with some screen sizes.  In many cases, the theme often can leave the page unfitted for the app.   The viewport now automatically adjusts much better so that the design app can fit in portrait mode to the screen without any pinching or zooming.  Essentially, we’re doing the perfect pinch-zoom for the user, so that they don’t have to, and locking it in there.  We update this on page resize events so that if the user turns the phone or tablet sideways, it re-calibrates the zoom, in addition to switching modes from Portrait (buttons on bottom) vs Landscape (buttons on top/left).  This should help most sites automatically leave enough room for dragging on the handlebars on the sides as well.

Disabling Viewport Rewriting for the Customize Page

You can disable the viewport zooming in the MyStyle settings, if your theme or your custom code already takes care of this.  Just be sure to allow a minimum app width of 550px to allow for the application plus draggable side handle space.

Full Screen Button Moved Up to Top

Full screen, the app really works best. The full screen button, however, was beneath the app where it might go unnoticed. So, we’ve moved the button to the top of the page to make it quicker to see right away before getting down into the app on page by scrolling. This should encourage a lot more users to go full screen, where scrolling is eliminated entirely.

Scroll Handlebars

We’ve added some subtle handlebars to the left and right of the app for users to be able to scroll easier if they’re on a smaller size screen, since the main design area touch-and-drag will move the design elements rather than the page.

Adjustments for DIVI

DIVI is a popular theme for wordpress that uses an 80% page width.  We’ve overridden this now to allow the app to use more of page size by reducing their default margins and page size just on the Customizer page itself.

 

Print Image Renderer Now Offers Eye-Saving Dark Theme

If you utilize the MyStyle Print File Renderer with your production process, then at least one person on that team will appreciate this! We’ve released a new Dark Theme that can be chosen from the new minimized menu (three dots …). Once you choose this theme, it will fade the screen to dark greys instead of light greys.

Choose the Dark Theme from the menu and it will save your preference in your browser. Any time you use that browser it will automatically reload the theme. Click the same option again to turn it off and go back to the standard light theme.  Now that I’ve been using it for about a month in beta I can’t even go back to the light theme at all!  It’s soothing to use the theme.

I can also see why Adobe adopted a similar look in Photoshop as the dark neutral look allows for the print images themselves to really breathe and pop even in the darker ranges.

So, this can be a great eye saver (and battery saver) especially at night when darker UIs help reduce eye strain.  And, it looks pretty cool, too. Have a look:

dark theme print file renderer 2

If you  or your staff use the Print Renderer then enjoy the Dark Theme, your eyes will thank you!

If you don’t see it yet, clear your cache and refresh :)

Name Tag World Takes Website to Next Level with Personalization

Identity Systems Inc sought to expand on their already top position on Google search with a site that catered more directly to consumers with low volume orders as well as larger corporate orders.   By creating NameTagWorld.com and enabling it with MyStyle, they did exactly that.

Online Customization for Custom Name Tags and Badges On-Demand

To accomplish this, they’ve implemented the MyStyle Customizer as the design tools to allow their visitors to upload their own logos to company badges and name tag designs, and then order individually or in bulk.

This allows any user to put a company logo, or event themed graphic onto the name tag permanently, while leaving space on the tag to be written on.

Custom Reusable Name Tags

Why throw  away Name Tags after an event?  With reusable name tags, you don’t have to.  Name Tag World offers a variety of reusable name tags, and not just for markers, either.  Check out their erasable chalk name tags for a new spin on an old concept.

Chalk name tags can actually be a perfect reusable name tag option for coffee shops, startups, or any business that wants to have a little bit of a different look from the standard marker-style name tags.

Custom Metal and Plastic Name Tags

In addition to chalk, Name Tag World has a whole bunch of plastic and metal name plates that can have a metallic finish that really looks nice.  These will last a really long time, too, as they won’t rip or fade in the way that paper name tags can, and they look more official.  These are great for staff members, security, uniforms, or anything where a more official look is needed.  The best part is, these too can be customized right on their website.

Batching A Set of Name Tags

“Do I have to make one for every person?” 

This is a common and logical next question.  Of course not!  Just design 1 name tag, add a logo or customize as you wish, add an example name in the design where you want the name to go, select the font as you want it, and just make the 1 name tag design.  Then, at checkout, you can add a spreadsheet to your order and they will batch-print your order, inserting each name first.

Design Your Own Name Tag with Your Logo

Need a branded name tag or badge for your business?  Try out Name Tag World and you can use MyStyle to make yours in minutes.

Create a Custom Name Tag

 

 

Major Mobile Device Responsive Improvements

Last week we rolled out some major improvements to the MyStyle Custom Product Designer WordPress Pluin in ways that help the app the page of more WordPress themes without needing to edit or override your theme.

WP Theme Margins and Paddings and Viewports 

Previously, many themes margins and paddings and own approaches to handling the page responsively for all device sizes was having some issues with our iframe.  This meant that on some phones, especially smaller and older ones, the page would not “collapse” down elegantly to allow for the app to fit, and would not adjust viewport correctly to accommodate a PWA like the MyStyle HTML5 Customizer.

Major Responsive Updates in 3.2.X+

We’re happy to say that now, if you update your plugin to version 3.2.0 or higher, you will get a new option in your settings that should be ON by default, to override your theme’s viewport tag, and fit the page to the device better to accommodate the customizer app’s iframe on page. This allows the page to fit to the app more naturally in both portrait (upright) and landscape (sideways) hand-held orientations.  As always, just press “update” in your plugin list for the MyStyle plugin and it will self-update.  Then, visit your settings to ensure the setting for overriding viewport is enabled, which it should be by default.

Improved Portrait Mode

In portrait mode, you’ll notice the app buttons dock to the bottom of the window, much like popular apps do, such as Instagram, making it very familiar to the user and also much more in-reach of the thumb.

UI Zoom Fix for Retina Displays and HD Displays

This now works especially well for some devices when using Full Screen Mode, as we’ve corrected a zoom-level issue for both regular and retina displays that will compensate accordingly to make finger sized buttons where before tiny buttons would sometimes show on high-resolution devices.

Full Screen Mode

There is also a full screen mode button now on the page beneath the app window, that will snap the app to the top, left, right, and bottom edges of the screen automatically, for an even better experience. In this mode, the full-screen can be canceled by pressing the “x” that appears in the top right corner, as with most software.

Just WORKS Out of the Box!  Yes, That Means No More CSS Hackery.

This should help many WordPress / WooCommerce plugin users to integrate with their theme without having to do any custom CSS coding or adjustments, and make it much easier for a user to use the app on handheld devices without the theme causing it to go off-page, or not fit the screen well in general. All-in-all this should have a positive effect on sales ratios for any site that has a majority of users on mobile devices, which has by 2018, really become the norm.

If your particular theme still has any responsive issues, please let us know ASAP so we can push an update to accommodate your theme’s non-standard layouts or viewport scripts.

Happy Customizing!

WP/WC Plugin Update v3.1.2 – MyStyle Plugin Activation Bug Fixed for WordPress 4.9.x

Yesterday we shipped 3.1.2 with an update to fix new WordPress update errors with MyStyle plugin’s initial activation.

WordPress “Sandbox Security” Checks Caused New Bugs

WordPress shipped an update recently that includes a new “Sandbox for Security” feature that essentially runs plugin code, which can include front-end code, in the admin in a new way of pre-checking for errors. But, in fact it causes some errors, too, since front-end run time code can sometimes rely on non-admin page variables, and won’t be able to find them in the admin. This probably effects a lot of plugins who will have to do the same sort of patches we’ve just done.

Fixes Are Live

In any case, we’ve patched up the issues with this new WordPress change and everything should work fine now. Strangely this only seemed to affect some systems and not others, but for whatever reason activating the plugin would cause an error in this pre-check that would gallivant thru the admin notifications like an actual Fatal Error would occur if enabled, when really there was no error once activated at all. In any case, we’ve adapted to the new checks and fixed this issue in our latest release of the MyStyle Custom Product Designer plugin for WordPress / WooCommerce.

Here’s the official release notes:

v3.1.2 of the main WP plugin

* Bug Fix: Fixed a bug with our design profile shortcode and WP 4.9’s new Sandbox for Safety feature.
* Updated the readme.txt to reflect that the plugin is compatible with up to WordPress 4.9.2.

Closed For Holidays Until The New Year!

We’re booked solid until at least February, and we’re now closed for the Holidays.  We can estimate projects for February start dates but will not have any start dates nailed down until the new year. January start dates will require our standard RUSH dev rates (+50%), and February start dates will be normal pricing.

Customer service will be open for our retail sites and for urgent matters, but closed otherwise until the new year.  We will be completely closed from the 24th to the 28th for anything except service outages or downtime.  For critical issues like that please contact your account manager or Sean directly if they are out of office.

Wow what a year!  This has been a year of major change and transition for lots of companies, both partners and clients, as well as ourselves.  We’re happy to say numbers have really been popping this holiday in both versions of our app, with our mobile / html5 app now reaching all-time high design complete ratios, powering some of the highest sales ratios of all time!

We hope everyone finishes up a great holiday season!

Cheers and wishing everyone good fortune for all for 2018.

Customizer Update 3.5.11

Wow, the holidays is really living up to it’s reputation this year with huge spikes in conversion across all personalization enabled sites!

With this comes a couple more bug fixes.  Here’s a recap of the last couple updates to the WordPress plugin.  For this update,  you can just press “update” on the plugin in your wordpress admin and auto-update.

MyStyle Custom Product Designer (Main WP Plugin) Changelog

3.1.1

  • Security bug: Fixed a security bug where private designs were being listed on the design gallery/index.

3.1.0

  • Now gracefully handling no WooCommerce situations.
  • You can now set an alternate design complete url.
  • Updated the readme.txt to reflect that the plugin is tested with up to WP 4.8.3.
  • Updated the ‘WC tested up to’ field to 3.2.3.

MyStyle Now Fully SSL (https)

You may have noticed the green lock in our address bar signifying a secure URL, because we’ve gone fully secure with our whole website as well as all of our HTML5 and Render apps!

Fully SSL Support for All Customizers and Now All Website Services

MyStyle HTML5 Customizer in all of our flavors of WordPress WooCommerce plugins, OpenCart and Magento plugins, etc all support full HTTPS connections (SSL websites). This is a standard some of our development teammates such as IBM have urged us to move forward with and we are happy to say we’ve completed that transition. You can now use our HTML5 customizer on any fully SSL (https://) website, rather than http://, and this has been available in testing for months, but now we’ve also followed suit with our website and our website based services, too. With this change we’re now forwarding all http:// traffic to the https:// URL instead, with the exception of some special case URLs for legacy Renderer users.

Google and IBM Strongly Recommend It.

This standard was also suggested by Google as the new standard for all websites to move to using for their entire websites, not just the traditional usage we’ve typically used where we only use SSL for checkout and register/login (where passwords or sensitive data is used). As far as standards go, partners like Google and IBM are definitely two we like to trust and generally heed their advice!

Test Your Sites and Workflows

Please test your sites and log a ticket for any issues you may encounter on your own sites while switching to https:// with regard to our HTML5 Customizer and Print Image Renderer, and we’ll be happy to help you with the transition. For most sites, it should be as easy as changing your site to SSL and our updated plugins will automatically follow suit if the outer site is SSL.

SSL Is Recommended, but Not Required

If you’re not using an SSL website yourself, that’s ok, too. Your site can use regular http:// and our apps will adopt that protocol and use our own secure calls in the background.

Thanks

Thanks to everyone who has helped us Q/A during the transition and all of our clients who made the jump to SSL right away.

MyStyle Custom Product Designer Version 3.0 Released

The MyStyle team is excited to announce a minor change in the code but a major update for the plugin. The plugin will now use our HTML5 Customizer by default, as opposed to the Flash customizer. This marks the official deprecation of the Flash version and strong recommendation to update your MyStyle plugins and switch your own Customizer apps entirely over to HTML5.

You’ll see the Settings tab switched to say “Enable Flash (Not Recommended)”. Make sure this is NOT checked to always use HTML5.

Our team has been working around the clock to update our HTML5 customizer with new standards for mobile usability and the core feature list from our legacy Flash Customizer. We’re happy to say that between our new versions of the HTML5 Customizer and Renderer combined we are now printing at higher resolutions than ever with the SVG and JPG formats with 300dpi and vector quality.

MyStyle Plugin Order Queue Add On Version 2.1.0 Released

The entire family of MyStyle plugins are being updated to support the new Render links! This updated is for the MyStyle Order Queue Add On, and includes:

  • Added ability to search the Order Queue using the order id.
  • Now only showing the Print Image link for jpg and png files.
  • Added the Renderer link to the Order Queue page.

This is another step forward toward full HTML5 support including print ready files.

MyStyle Design Manager 2.2.0 Released

Big updates here! We have just released version 2.2.0 of the MyStyle Design Manager to support our newest product, the MyStyle Print Studio (available for Standard and Managed License holders only). You will now see “Render” links that will forward to the Print Studio. The Print Studio will allow you to live edit and download your print file in JPG or vector SVG. Even though this one update is small, it is part of a huge milestone of MyStyle officially switching to an all device friendly customizer, making it better for everyone!

All legacy designs which have a print file from the Flash customizer will still see the “Print” file link to download the JPG.

Download the Design Manager now while it’s still free!

MyStyle Booked Through 2017

MyStyle is now booked for all custom projects through 2017. We are still accepting sales inquiries and calls and are currently booking new projects starting January 2018.

Custom projects are for clients that require a new website, custom features, a special checkout flow, etc. If you do not need our custom development services, you can get the MyStyle Customizer on your website at anytime as long as you have a WordPress/WooCommerce website. You can purchase a license as well as custom templates and you can get up and running on your own.

Rush & Priority Rush Options

If your project is time sensitive and you’d like to get it live before the holiday season, we are currently offering Rush (+50%) and Priority Rush (+100%) options. Rush rates are $149/hour and Priority Rush rates are $199/hour.

You can contact us by submitting a form inquiry here.

Thank you for your continued business and we are looking forward to a great holiday season!

WordPress 4.8 and WooCommerce 3.1 Compatibility Verified with Successful Unit Testing – MyStyle Custom Product Designer Minor Update 2.1.1

We’ve just released a minor update for the plugin that verifies unit tests have passed on the most current WordPress and WooCommerce versions as listed below.  There is also a fix for an admin debug tool for repairing the design pages for an old legacy bug that rarely occurs.

Update Overview

This update is not critical or required if your system is already stable, but is safe to use with all versions of WordPress and WooCommerce.

  • Fixed an issue with the Design Profile Page Fix tool.
  • Unit tested current wordpress version and ran primary UX cases with no errors (WordPress 4.8)
  • Unit tested current WooCommerce version and ran primary UX cases with no errors (WooCommerce 3.1)
  • Updated readme.txt to reflect that the plugin has been tested with up to WP 4.8.0
  • Updated readme.txt to reflect that the plugin has been tested with up to WooCommerce 3.1.1

Update v 2.1.0 for MyStyle Custom Product Designer for WordPress WooCommerce

We’ve recently released version 2.1.0 of the MyStyle Custom Product Designer plugin for WordPress / WooCommerce. This is a non-critical update that addresses the following features or points:

Feature Updates

  • The main product link for customized cart items now goes to the regular product page (it was previously going to the design profile page).
  • Added a system for theming the output of the plugin.
  • Added a theme-able template file for the output of the cart item thumbnail for customized products.

Update Easily in Seconds from your WP Admin

Update by pressing “update” on the main MyStyle Custom Product Desginer plugin in your WordPress plugins list.

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