Welcome

Thank you!

Thank you for purchasing a license of “Release & Changelog Manager WP”.

We are hoping that this plugin will make it as easy as possible for you tocreate interactive and informative changelogs for your products. If you happen to also use the “Visual Composer” page builder plugin, you will find matching elements to easily embed changelogs into your pages, otherwise, the plugin includes a shortcode builder for you.

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Information

What is a Changelog?

A changelog is a log or record of all the changes made to a project, such as a website or software project, usually including such records as bug fixes, new features, etc.

Anything else you need to know?

This plugin uses a custom post type “Changelogs” in order to enter and store the data related to a changelog item. The post type will be created automatically once you activate the plugin.

For users of the popular “Visual Composer” page builder plugin, this plugin will also provide dedicated new elements to embed your changelogs into any page or post that is set up to work with Visual Composer. For all other pages/posts, the plugin includes an easy to use shortcode generator.

Installation

Plugin Installation

Please install the plugin like you would install any other plugin in WordPress. You can either upload the extracted plugin directory directly to you server using any FTP program, or use the WordPress Plugin Installation routine.

Standard WordPress Routine:

1. In your WordPress Admin panel, click on “Plugins” -> “Add New”

2. Click on “Upload”

3. Click on “Browse” and navigate to the folder on your harddrive where the plugin file (ZIP version; the file as downloaded directly from CodeCanyon) is located. Select the plugin file and click on “Open” in your popup window.

4. Click on “Install Now”

5. Wait until WordPress finishes the upload and installation process.

6. Click on “Activate Now”

Manual Upload via FTP:

1. Extract the ZIP file you received from CodeCanyon. The file should include a folder named “ts-changelog-organizer”

2. Using any FTP program, navigate to your WordPress installation and find the folder “wp-content”. Open that folder and (inside) find the folder “plugins”. Now open that folder and you should see a listing of all currently installed plugins for your WordPress installation.

3. Upload the complete plugin folder you extracted in step 1 into the “plugins” folder you just navigated to via FTP. Ensure, that the plugin folder is uploaded directly into the “wp-content/plugins” folder and not accidentally into one of the existing folders for one of the existing plugins.

4. Once the upload is finished, log into your WordPress admin section and go to the plugins section. You should now see “Release & Changelog Maanager WP” listed as available plugin. All that is left is to activate it.

If you have problems installing the plugin, follow the step by step instructions you can find here.

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If you have followed all these steps correctly, and your system passed the memory check, the plugin should now be installed and functional. You should also see two new menu items in your WordPress backend; the first one giving you access to the plugin settings and options, and the other one to actually enter individual changelog items.

CONGRATULATIONS, because you are done with the installation!
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Error Messages

Depending upon your individual WordPress setup and internal size limits, you might encounter some problems/errors when attempting to install or activate the plugin.

Upload / Post Size Limits

When using the standard WordPress routine, please ensure that your WordPress upload and post size limits are large enough in order to accommodate the size of the plugin file. Otherwise, you will have to upload the plugin via FTP or to increase the restricting limits first.

Are you sure you want to do this?

If during the standard install routine you encounter a white page or a message asking you “Are you sure you want to do this?”, your upload / post size limits are most likely not sufficient for the file size and you should opt for the FTP method.

In order to increase upload and post size limits for WordPress, you need to change some key system files, which allow you to set a custom upload value. Please follow the instructions provided in this article:

http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-increase-the-maximum-file-upload-size-in-wordpress/

Any basic Google search will also provide you with more detailed information. In general, you need to add the following lines to your php.ini file:

upload_max_filesize = 32M post_max_size = 32M

Error Message after attempting to activate Plugin:

When activating the plugin, it will conduct a basic memory check in order to ensure that your system is having sufficient memory left to actually handle the plugin and all of its elements and features. If that check determines that there is NOT sufficient memory, it will prevent the plugin from getting activated.

That is done in order to prevent any WordPress crashes due to memory overflows, which would otherwise result in the so-called “White Screen of Death”. In that case, a critical error message (see below) will be shown instead, asking you to contact our support for further assistance. Of course, increasing your PHP server memory will fix the problem. There is a section dedicated to that process further down on this page.

Insufficient Memory Warning

Unfortunately, and to prevent a potential system crash, the plugin “UserPro Shortcode Elements for Visual Composer” could not be activated. It seems your available PHP memory is already close to exhaustion and so there is not enough left for this plugin.

Update Procedures

Manual Update via FTP:

Whenever a new version of the plugin is released, it will be made available on CodeCanyon as download, to be used for a manual update, which is very similar to the manual installation process via FTP, as described above. The only difference will be that on your server, you will already have a folder “ts-changelog-organizer”, because the plugin is already installed.

So you would simply replace all files on your servers with their new versions. All plugin settings are secure from that procedure since the plugin is storing those in the actual WordPress database, so no settings will be lost.

Automatic Update via WordPress:

Starting with version 1.1.0 of the plugin, you also have the option to use an automated update process through WordPress. In order to use that routine, you are required to enter and confirm your license key in the plugin settings first, which will activate the auto-update feature.

Once the auto-update feature is active, the plugin will notify you of any available update from within WordPress, like any other plugin does, that is coming from the official WordPress repository.

You can then update the plugin using the built-in WordPress update routine for themes and plugins.

Composer Elements

After you activated the plugin, it will check if you are also using the “Visual Composer” page builder plugin. If detected, it will automatically provide you with dedicated new elements for Visual Composer, that can be used to embed your changelogs into pages and posts. You can disable the Visual Composer elements in the plugin settings, if you want to use the shortcode generator instead..

When using the new Visual Composer elements, you might have to enable those newly created elements in the Visual Composer Settings (that is, the settings for the actual Visual Composer Plugin) as well. You can find the Visual Composer Settings in your WordPress admin menu under “Settings” -> “Visual Composer”, our as main menu item “Visual Composer” (starting at v4.6.0). That step is necessary if you utilize the user rights options from Visual Composer itself, which allow you to enable/disable elements for specific user groups.

Once in the Visual Composer settings, you need to stay in the “General Settings” tab and navigate to the section called “User groups access rules”. There you can enable or disable each available Composer element for each available user role. After you made your changes, don’t forget to click on the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page.

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