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Introducing Better Cropping, Translations, 5x Speed Improvements, and More…

by Keri Engel on Oct 19, 2017

Today we’re excited to announce the release of Envira Gallery 1.7.0!

Our developers have put a TON of work into this release, so we have a lot of changes to share.

With this release, we’ve made Envira Gallery 5x faster.

Not only that, but we’ve also added a bunch of features you’ve been requesting including better cropping, translations, WooCommerce gallery features, and more.

Here are the details…

Improved Image Cropping for Your Galleries

You’ve been asking for this feature, and now it’s here!

One of the biggest changes we’ve made is in the way your images are cropped for each of your galleries.

Previously, your galleries would automatically crop images to the center. You could upload a bit of code to change your settings, but it would apply to all your galleries.

Now, you can control the crop position for each individual gallery in the Config settings:

envira gallery cropping position settings

We’ve also sped up the cropping process by using background processing.

Background processing is a method for taking tasks that take a lot of server time, and batching them into smaller processes. This allows for larger galleries to be cropped before the server runs out of time or memory.

Dashboard Changes for Easier Gallery Creation

We’ve added a sorting feature to the Images tab to make it easier for you to sort through your existing gallery images.

sorting images

And if you have a lot of galleries, you’ll love this one..

Now when adding a widget to your site, you can type to search for your galleries by name:

Processing Improvements for 5x Speed

Two main features we’ve added to improve our speed is PHP autoloading and fragment caching.

In a nutshell, this means each site file will be loaded only when it’s required, significantly speeding up your galleries and the whole creation process.

Here’s a before and after speed test:

fastest wordpress gallery plugin

This is a HUGE improvement and you’ll notice the difference in your galleries.

2 New Language Translations

Envira is growing globally and that means multiple languages.

We’re excited to announce that with this release, Envira has been translated into French and Russian.

WooCommerce Grouped Products

If you have an online store with WooCommerce, then you’re going to love this.

Now you can create grouped product galleries, so your visitors can easily select related products to purchase all from one gallery image.

WooCommerce Grouped Products gallery

Your grouped products will also still be available to purchase separately as well.

New Debug Screen for Easier Troubleshooting

Providing the best support possible has always been a top priority for us.

Now we’ve made it even easier to get the answers you need with a new debugging screen in your Envira Gallery » Settings menu.

Just click on the System Info tab, then click the Download Support Info as Text File button. Then you can upload it when you’re creating a support ticket.

This is a quick and easy shortcut to provide support with all the info they need to help you out.

new debug screen

What’s Next?

You might be wondering – Envira Gallery was already the fastest gallery plugin for WordPress, so why make it even faster?

Yes, this update does boost speed and performance…

But it also sets us up for larger changes going forward.

The changes will make development faster as we have a new structure, new methods, and cleaner code.

Coming up next we’re looking at improving our Dynamic Addon, Tags Addon, Pagination Addon, and much more. If you ever have any suggestions for improvements or new features, we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch.

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We thank you for your continued support! We look forward to helping you create beautiful photo and video galleries with the best WordPress gallery plugin.

Keri and the Envira Gallery Team

Comments

  1. Great updates! We use envira for our customers photo booth galleries but find when we upload them only parts with come up with the chosen watermark, on average we upload 200-350 images per gallery and would be greatful if you could give us some tips on how to use the watermarking function so it actually works 100% of the time.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Your Booths Kent
    http://yourboothskent.co.uk

    1. Hi Yuri 🙂 This is Barbi from support. I’d be happy to have a look at any issues you’re currently experiencing. There were a couple of updates last week that should’ve corrected any pagination issues you were having so if you are still having issues, please just open a ticket and we’d be happy to address any issue or question for you! Please just let us know how we can help!

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