Today I published a new major release of Final Tiles Grid Gallery for WordPress, it’s the 3.1.0 version.

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This release doesn’t contain many new features, but it has a brand new administration panel. I stopped the development of the features because I was seeing that the administration panel was becoming quite huge and complex.

While it’s good to have a lot of features and fine tuning settings, it’s also risky because not all users are comfortable with such panels fraught of settings.

So I redesigned the panel and tried to make it as easy as possible, I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, so I asked myself: who recently studied UX and design? The answer came quite fast: Google (of course?). Many sites and apps are moving towards Material Design, so I started to think it was a good idea. After few experiments I finally decided to implement Material Design on the admin panel of Final Tiles Grid Gallery for WordPress.

 

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Another improvement towards usability is the new Wizard to create new galleries. Now you can just set few needed settings following 4 easy steps and you have your shortcode in just few seconds. You can customize the gallery later.

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If you’re runnning an e-commerce with WooCommerce you could be interested in this new integration. Final Tiles Grid Gallery was already able to show WooCommerce products since version 3.0 as they’re just custom posts. But with version 3.1.0 you can build a real WooCommerce gallery where on each image there’s the price of the product and an “add to basket” button.

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This is not a huge improvement, but it was an easy feature to add that could give both benefits to me and my customers. You can now add a small link under the gallery, with a text like “Powered by Final Tiles Grid Gallery” (the text is customizable). The link leads to the purchase page of my plugin but if you use your Envato username as referral you can earn money easily with your site. Read here how to join the referral program.

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There are other minor features like the new image loading effect and the ability to add a frame around the caption.

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