Category Archives: Updates

Manga+Press: One Year Later

Last year around this time I announced that Manga+Press wasn’t dead, that I just didn’t have as much time as I thought I would have to work on it.

Well, it pains me to say this but basically, shortly after that announcement, I started obsessively working on Silent Shadow again. Basically, between that project, learning Blender, work, and playing Fate/Grand Order, I simply don’t have time anymore to work on the project. A strong part of that is my day job—I work as a web developer, and it’s very hard to work on my own software dev projects without feeling burned out.

Essentially, Manga+Press should be considered in hiatus. At some point, I’ll make an effort to check if Manga+Press works against WordPress 6.0 and update the readme accordingly. Going forward (I really hate that corporate phrase), any updates will likely be readme updates to make sure that the plugin still works with the latest WordPress version. I foresee doing this for the next year or so.

Maybe at some point in the future, I’ll have time and energy to work on it again but until then, Manga+Press is officially on hiatus.

Quick Update On the Status of Manga+Press

I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to work on Manga+Press since last fall. Rest assured that it hasn’t been abandoned. I will post a very minor update once WordPress 5.8 is released so that folks will know that M+P is compatible with WordPress 5.8. Manga+Press is compatible with the current version of WordPress.

Till next time!

Manga+Press Release Roadmap

Right now, there’s barely one 😉 but I do have an idea of what I want to do before the end of this year.

Manga+Press 3.5

Looking at a possible end-of-year release, which has been sort of a tradition of mine up until a few years ago. Some of the features that I’m looking to include are:

  • Random Comic navigation
  • Lightbox
  • Comic bookmarking

All three of these have been done, and are in an old development branch. I just have to pull the code out and integrate it into the next release branch.

Fingers crossed—looking at a New Year’s Eve release 😉

Manga+Press 3.0.1 (Maintenance Release)

Manga+Press 3.0.1 has been released. This release confirms that Manga+Press works with WordPress 5.5.1. It also fixes an issue where the content templates for the Latest Comic- and Comic Archive pages weren’t loading correctly. As an afterthought, the styling on the comic navigation wrapper was adjusted to center it better over the comic image.

For the future, Manga+Press 4.0 is still in the works after I had to pull it back as a release. The problem now is time, which I have very little of at the moment.

Till next time!

Manga+Press 4.0 RC 3 has been released

This version has been a long time in the making, with many stops and starts, life getting in the way, and so on and so forth. Sadly, while the features that I had planned didn’t make their way into this version, I am very glad to finally get it out the door.

A lot of changes have been made to how Manga+Press 4.0 handles templates, so if you’re not comfortable upgrading, stay on Manga+Press 3.0, which does support the current WordPress version.

Other changes with Manga+Press 4.0 involves the use of Composer autoloading, and ditching support for old PHP versions. Going forward, Manga+Press 4.0 supports PHP 7.0 and newer.

The issue that initially prompted the re-write, which dealt with using the Latest Comic page as the home page has been fixed. As part of that fix, I added a new custom post-type, called Comic Pages. Right now, you can use them mainly for the Latest/Archive Comic pages (and they work the same way as a standard page), but I’ve maintained backwards compatibility for the default WordPress pages as well.

One new feature that I added was a “Cover Image” field. While working on the new Manga+Press version, I noticed that TwentyNineteen added the featured image to the header. Manga+Press reuses the “Featured Image” feature to display comics. I realized that it would be cool to add a preview or “cover” image for the comic to occupy that same space. To enable this field, you will need to add add_theme_support('mangapress', ['cover-images']); to your theme’s functions.php file. With that, there are three functions that you can use to load the cover image: mangapress_the_comic_cover, mangapress_has_cover_image, and mangapress_theme_supports_cover_images. To see cover images in action, enable TwentyNineteen. As of now, TwentyNineteen is the only theme that supports the feature.

In the coming days, there will be documentation updates and tutorials showing how to integrate the new version of Manga+Press with 3rd party themes. Until then, I highly recommend not upgrading unless you have a strong understanding of PHP and WordPress, and are comfortable modifying your own themes!