Pro v2.6.2 – compatibility and bugfix release for deferred loading – is available

Some users reported issues with the new Google deferred loading feature introduced by the last release. We analysed these issues and found that there are some themes which can cause issues if this features is active.

This is why we released v2.6.2 which allows you to disable the deferred Google loading feature and use the old method before v2.6.1. See below for more details.

An update to the latest version is – as always – highly recommended.


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Now let´s get to the highlight of pro v2.6.2:

added option to disable deferred Google Maps API 

If you are using Google Maps by default as basemap for your maps and experience issues displaying those maps on frontend, you can now switch back to the old method of loading Google Maps API scripts. You find this new setting in Settings / Google Maps / Google Maps API:

setting-deferred-google-loading

If you are not experiencing any issues or using OpenStreetMap based maps, it is not recommended to change this setting as otherwise the loadtime of (OpenStreetMap based) maps will increase.

always load map tiles via https if available 

Before this release, map tiles for OpenStreetMap, MapQuest, Mapbox and OGD Vienna were only loaded via https if your WordPress site was also using https. This was not the best approach regarding privacy and security for your sites´s visitors.

With v2.6.2 we now changed this and map tiles for those basemaps are loaded by default via https. Only if you are using a Chinese locale for your WordPress installation, http will be used (as performance issues with https in China have been reported in the past).

Bugfixes

  • marker clustering on maps using Google basemaps by default was broken on certain themes since v2.6.1
  • GeoJSON-output for markers with full=yes was broken
  • restored old headings order (h2+h3+h4) on Settings page as admin notices were not shown correctly on top of page

Translations updates

Thanks to many motivated contributors, this release includes the following updated translations:

  • German translation
  • Russian thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru

If you want to contribute to translations (new Hindi translators would be appreciated!), please visit https://translate.mapsmarker.com/projects/lmm for more information.

Please note that translators are also compensated for their contribution – for example if a translation is finished less than 50%, the translator receives a free 25 licenses pack worth €149 as a compensation for completing the translation to 100%.

Outlook – plans for the next releases

Please understand that we am not being able to promise any release dates for new features. The roadmap for major new features gives you an idea where Maps Marker Pro is heading – anyway we just would want to keep the flexibility to add optimizations and bugfixes with rather unplanned minor releases resulting mostly from users feedback.

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Full changelog

added option to disable deferred Google Maps API loading as some theme compatibility issues were reported
always load tiles for OpenStreetMap, MapQuest, Mapbox and OGD Vienna via https (except if Chinese locale is set as performance issues with https in China have been reported)
marker clustering on maps using Google basemaps by default was broken on certain themes since v2.6.1
GeoJSON-output for markers with full=yes was broken
restored old headings order (h2+h3+h4) on Settings page as admin notices were not shown correctly on top of page
Translation updates
In case you want to help with translations, please visit the web-based translation plattform
updated German translation
updated Russian translation thanks to Ekaterina Golubina (supported by Teplitsa of Social Technologies – http://te-st.ru) and Vyacheslav Strenadko, http://slavblog.ru 

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How to download / update

The easiest way to update is to use the WordPress update process: login with an user who has admin privileges, navigate to Dashboard / Updates, select plugins to update and press the button “Update Plugins”. The pro plugin checks every 12 hours if a new version is available. You can also manually trigger the update check by going to Plugins and clicking on the link “Manually check for updates” next to “Maps Marker Pro”:

manual-update-check

If you do not see the link “Check for updates” and are using a version below 1.7, please update manually once by downloading the current package from https://www.mapsmarker.com/download-pro and overwritting the existing plugin files on your server via FTP. This might be needed on several hosts, which use outdated SSL libraries, which prevent Maps Marker Pro from making a secure connection to retrieve the update package from mapsmarker.com. Pro v1.7 includes a workaround for those kind of servers and the following updates should work again as usual. If you are affected and need help, please open a support ticket.

How to verify the integrity of the plugin package

SHA-256 hash value:

38E72D6758D615A78F5F4ECA8E2EBCA4A59EAFC1DF8B3EF7B8F92A6003BA5322

Click here for a tutorial on how to verify the integrity of the plugin package (recommended if the plugin package for a new installation was not downloaded from https://www.mapsmarker.com – verification is not needed though if the automatic update process is used)

Additional update notes for beta tester

No additional action required when updating from a beta release to this final release.

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