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Mosaic now available!

May 6, 2020

A new gallery display style called Mosaic is now available! Align your gallery images in a brick-style layout that are perfectly aligned.

All active Pro bundle license holders will have this new add-on available at no additional cost. You can install this new add-on from the Sunshine Add-on Manager in your WordPress admin.

Set limit on the number of free downloads

May 5, 2020

The Digital Downloads add-on allows users to download images from a gallery, either individual images or an entire gallery. It also allows you to enable images and galleries to be downloaded for free in instances where downloads may have been a part of the session fee. With the release of Digital Downloads 2.4, it is now possible to set a limit on the number of free downloads a user can make which is tracked based on the user’s IP.

You can set a global option for the maximum number of downloads amongst all galleries. You can also set this on a per gallery basis as well. If set on a per gallery basis, this overrides the global number.

Stripe add-on is SCA compatible

October 3, 2019

I am happy to say that the Stripe add-on has been updated to work with their new Payment Intents system! This is for all the EU users who need their online payments compatible with the new SCA regulations. Please make sure to update to both Sunshine 2.8.8 and Stripe 2.0 in order to take advantage of these new features.

Sunshine 2.5 Released

July 11, 2016

I am very happy to announce that Sunshine 2.5 includes one of the most frequently requested features: Guest Checkout. Most of our add-ons had large improvements or at the least changes which require you update them. We have also released two new add-ons: Authorize.net and Price Lists!

Guest Checkout

In your Sunshine > Settings > Checkout, there is an option to enable Guest Checkout. With this enabled, users will not be required (but they will still be prompted) to provide a password to create an account. Many people do not like having to create yet another account and now Sunshine can accommodate those users. This should help make selling to your clients even easier and better.

New Add-on: Authorize.net

I don’t get many requests for payment gateways but finally enough people have asked for Authorize.net. Authorize.net is one of the most common payment gateways in the US so this should open up Sunshine to more users with Authorize.net accounts.

New Add-on: Price List

This was a fun add-on to create as it went from a request by one of Sunshine’s most avid testers to a reality in less than 2 days. With the Price List add-on, using the new short code you can embed the pricing for Sunshine products on any page. Helpful for those who publicly show their prices on their website.

Lightbox Layout Update

I have been wanting to make some subtle changes to the lightbox to help it work a little better for users for a while now. The new layout pushes the image thumbnail to the left side which allows the product list to be more visible. This makes looking through the product list much easier. Also, the Back to Gallery link is more clearly visible and a simple Cart Summary has been added for even more helpful information for users. Small changes that add to up a big improvement in the overall experience for users.

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Other Add-on Updates

9 other of our add-ons just had updates released. Whoa! Most of them are minor enhancements, bug fixes or changes to work with the new Guest Checkout feature.

PLEASE NOTE: It is very important to update both the main Sunshine plugin and all the add-ons to so everything is compatible with the new Guest Checkout system. All our payment gateways and the Digital Downloads add-on had major changes and must be updated to work with 2.5.

2.5 Released with Guest Checkout, New Add-ons and more!

I am very happy to announce that Sunshine 2.5 includes one of the most frequently requested features: Guest Checkout. Most of our add-ons had large improvements or at the least changes which require you update them. We have also released two new add-ons: Authorize.net and Price Lists!

Guest Checkout

In your Sunshine > Settings > Checkout, there is an option to enable Guest Checkout. With this enabled, users will not be required (but they will still be prompted) to provide a password to create an account. Many people do not like having to create yet another account and now Sunshine can accommodate those users. This should help make selling to your clients even easier and better.

New Add-on: Authorize.net

I don’t get many requests for payment gateways but finally enough people have asked for Authorize.net. Authorize.net is one of the most common payment gateways in the US so this should open up Sunshine to more users with Authorize.net accounts.

New Add-on: Price List

This was a fun add-on to create as it went from a request by one of Sunshine’s most avid testers to a reality in less than 2 days. With the Price List add-on, using the new short code you can embed the pricing for Sunshine products on any page. Helpful for those who publicly show their prices on their website.

Lightbox Layout Update

I have been wanting to make some subtle changes to the lightbox to help it work a little better for users for a while now. The new layout pushes the image thumbnail to the left side which allows the product list to be more visible. This makes looking through the product list much easier. Also, the Back to Gallery link is more clearly visible and a Cart Summary has been added for even more helpful information for users. Small changes that add to up a big improvement in the overall experience for users.

lightbox

Other Add-on Updates

9 other of our add-ons just had updates released. Whoa! Most of them are minor enhancements, bug fixes or changes to work with the new Guest Checkout feature.

PLEASE NOTE: It is very important to update both the main Sunshine plugin and all the add-ons to so everything is compatible with the new Guest Checkout system. All our payment gateways and the Digital Downloads add-on had major changes and must be updated to work with 2.5.

Sunshine 2.4 is now available

June 6, 2016

Sunshine 2.4 is now available for automatic update. This release addresses general image security but more focused using the Digital Downloads add-on.

This is a big update in terms of structure. As such, there is a very important upgrade process which needs to be run, you will be notified of how to do so in the admin area.

So what has changed?

Images no longer in “wp-content” folder

To help address image security issues, it was decided that everything uploaded to Sunshine galleries needed to be in it’s own folder, away from standard files and images uploaded into the default “wp-content/uploads” folder. By putting Sunshine images into their own folder, better security rules could be put in place which can protect Sunshine related images but not affect your other uploads which was happening for some users.

Whenever you upload an image to a Sunshine gallery, it is now placed in the “wp-content/uploads/sunshine/[unique-gallery-id]” folder. So every gallery has it’s own folder now.

With the Digital Downloads add-on, an .htaccess file is placed in “wp-content/sunshine” which prevents any attempt to directly access your full sized uploads.

Small Improvements

  • Better placement of the Phone number field on Checkout
  • Set a PayPal Page Style
  • The Quick Edit screen for Products now lets you define Sunshine options (my personal favorite update this release)
  • Filter Products by Price Level in the admin (if you have the Price Levels add-on)

Discounts Add-on Updated

Along with the 2.4 release, the Discounts add-ons has been updated as well. Discounts can now be applied automatically so users do not even need to enter a coupon code. Want to do an easy 30% off sale for everyone? Now you can!

Also discount codes can be assigned to work only for specific galleries. This allows you to further ensure a client only uses a discount code for their own images or for those using Sunshine for stock imagery you can put only a specific gallery on sale.

Full Changelog

= 2.4 =
* Change – All images moved back to their own “sunshine” folder in wp-content to prevent conflicts with other Media Library files
* Change – New placement for phone number field on checkout
* Change – Pushed back how many days until prompted for survey/review
* Add – Option for PayPal page style
* Add – New notice to remind people to ask for help instead of just assuming something is broken
* Add – Pinterest nopin meta tag when sharing disabled
* Add – Quick edit for products
* Add – Filter products by Price Level in admin
* Fix – If Favorites disabled, was still showing some references to it in places
* Fix – On Checkout/Account, changing country and available state selection was not working
* Fix – When user deletes something from cart, delete selected shipping option forcing them to reselect
* Fix – Issue with certain European date format and setting end date for gallery
* Fix – If Pickup shipping method selected, billing fields not being checked/confirmed they were filled in
* Update – Newest version of FontAwesome

Sunshine 2.3.5 Released

April 10, 2016

I have just released Sunshine 2.3.5 which mostly addressed bug fixes (see below). Typically these x.x.x point releases are bug fixes only, but a few new things snuck in because they were quite simple to get added.

Option to watermark thumbnail images

This feature request directly from the first Sunshine Hangout. In reviewing what it would take to make this happen, I found it would require about 10 lines of code so went ahead and added it into this release.

Translations for ALL of Sunshine

This is part of my plan to focus on our growing international users for a bit. Previously only the core Sunshine plugin was available for translation. I have been able to merge the translations for the core Sunshine and all the add-ons into a single file. This means translating everything about Sunshine is now possible and much easier to manage and why it took so long to make this happen. Head on over to our translation site to help Sunshine be fully translated for your language – many of them only need a little more work to be 100% complete.

Oh, and all the translations which users have submitted are now incorporated.

Full changelog:

* Add – Option to add watermark to thumbnail images
* Add – Add “register here” text link to be more clear when a user wants to mark an image as favorite but not yet logged in
* Fix – Issues using “Billing as Shipping” and error checking
* Fix – Sharing images/galleries had wrong URLs
* Fix – Taxable shipping costs not being added
* Fix – Credits properly applied to PayPal payments
* Fix – Yoast SEO was overriding Sunshine’s own title tags with wrong data for individual galleries and images, not anymore
* Fix – When using comma as decimal separator, issues with PayPal for payments
* Update – All translations have been updated. All add-on strings are now included in the core Sunshine translation .pot file so ALL of Sunshine can now be fully translated.

Updates galore: Core and most add-ons

March 21, 2016

Today I released a bunch of bug fix updates to the core Sunshine plugin (version 2.3.2) as well as many of the add-ons. Please make sure to get updated! The releases are all bug fixes and should be available for automatic update in your WordPress admin area.

 

Sunshine 2.3 Released

March 16, 2016

I am happy to announce that Sunshine 2.3 is now available for automatic update. The primary goals of this release were to refine Sunshine, not necessarily introduce any new features. This release also focused on code cleanup and trying to hunt down and remove even the smallest code notices. Of course, I can’t test every single setup but I think I got most of them.

Here are some other things that were improved:

Checkout page re-organized

One of the most important aspects to e-commerce is having a process that is easy for users. Make something complicated and they may not use it. So to make the Checkout process just a tad bit easier, we have re-organized the order of fields users must fill out. The first step is the usual email/password, but the second step is now shipping instead of billing. Why? In cases where the user selects Pickup shipping option, we don’t want them having to enter any shipping information. Less fields, easier checkout.

no-shipping

Items in Cart on Checkout Page

Often times users will get a little hesitant during the checkout process and may want to confirm they are buying what they really want to buy. Sunshine now allows users to see the items in their cart without having to go back and potentially never return to the checkout page.

items-in-cart

 

Quantity Change Notice on Cart Page

Some people on the Cart page might change the quantity for a product and go straight to clicking on the “Continue to Checkout” link assuming that their cart totals would automatically update – that isn’t the case. So if you change the quantity for any of the line items in the cart but forget to click on the “Update” button, a little notice window will popup asking you want you want to do about it.

cart-quantity-notice

Cleaner Settings Throughout Sunshine

I have never really liked how the settings for galleries, products, etc were looking. So I finally made just some small design tweaks and now I think they look a lot more slick. When you are looking at this almost every day of your life, it makes a difference when it looks nice.

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Custom Email Address for Favorites Submissions

You can now set an optional, separate email address to receive notifications when a user has submitted their favorites.

Helping New Users

Some of the feedback from users who installed but ended up not using Sunshine said they were bit confused on what to do to get started. So, upon installation new users will see a notice in the admin directing them to our new Setup Guide. Admittedly it is very basic right now, but that leads to…

Documentation Updates Coming Soon!

Sunshine gets tons of positive feedback from our users, but consistently gets less-than-positive feedback about the documentation area. So, now that 2.3 is released focus will be on improving our documentation and continuing to improve the entire process of starting and using Sunshine.

Entire Changelog

* Update – Better add-ons page in admin
* Update – Re-order Checkout page, putting shipping first for better flow (example: don’t ask for shipping info if pickup)
* Update – Ability to see items in order on Checkout page
* Update – Confirmation on Cart page if a user changes quantity but doesn’t update
* Update – New admin notices class, much easier way of adding notices in Sunshine to help users out and do promos
* Update – New meta box styles
* Fix – Only create Sunshine-related image sizes for Sunshine galleries
* Fix – Slow servers, uploading large files times out. Set increased time limit for files to upload.
* Fix – Allow bulk delete of Sunshine’s various custom post types
* Fix – Confirmed PayPal orders should be marked as “new”, not “processing”
* Fix – Logo size issues in email template for some users
* Fix – Child gallery order not obeying gallery order settings
* Fix – Phone number no longer required
* Add – Set email address to receive submitted favorite notifications
* Add – Link to Client Galleries in admin menu bar
* Add – More add-on/pro license expiration reminders
* Add – Link to Setup Guide on installation

 

Digital Downloads 2.1 Released

February 24, 2016

We have released an update to our Digital Downloads add-on.

Amazon S3 integration via WP Offload S3

The free WP Offload S3 plugin let’s you sync your entire WordPress Media Library to an Amazon S3 cloud file storage account. By putting all your media in the cloud, you have unlimited, cheap file storage regardless of your web host. The core Sunshine plugin has been compatible with WP Offload S3 for a while, but now the Digital Downloads add-on is as well. Hopefully this is good news for those on limited file storage web hosts.

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