As part of our effort to modernise and improve WP RSS Aggregator, We have made the tough choice of discontinuing certain add-ons when the time is right. The time has come for Excerpts & Thumbnails to be discontinued.
Excerpts & Thumbnails has served many people very well over the years, but it does not align with our plans going forward. The version 4.13 update of WP RSS Aggregator’s Core plugin brings with it changes that will take the plugin in a new direction with regards to rendering of the imported items.
You may be wondering what this next Core update brings to the table and why all this is happening.
WP RSS Aggregator version 4.13 will introduce templates, a new rendering system for our feed item displays. In the next few weeks we will also be releasing a brand new Templates Add-on. It will do what Excerpts & Thumbnails does and more, a lot more.
It is not a direct replacement, but rather a new add-on that will take the display options for WP RSS Aggregator to a whole new level while also being fully compatible with Feed to Post and many other add-ons. There are a lot of new and exciting opportunities coming your way with this change.
Existing users & license holders
At this point, you may be worried that you’ve already paid for the add-on that is to be discontinued very soon, so I’ll clarify a few things for everyone:
- The Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on will continue to work beyond the date when it is discontinued. This decision does not affect its functionality at this point.
- Excerpts & Thumbnails will be discontinued with the release of a new add-on for WP RSS Aggregator called Templates. That will happen within the coming weeks.
- If you own a valid Excerpts & Thumbnails license, you will be eligible for premium support for this add-on until the current expiry date for the said license.
- Lifetime license holders will continue to receive support indefinitely, but we recommend you switch to the new Templates add-on once it is released (more on this further down).
- All license keys for Excerpts & Thumbnails will no longer be able to be renewed from the day the new Templates add-on is released. Any automatic renewals (subscriptions) will be cancelled at that point too.
- Once Excerpts & Thumbnails is discontinued, the add-on will no longer be up for sale on our website and no new features will be added to the plugin.
Free upgrade to the new Templates add-on (Coming soon)
If you own a valid Excerpts & Thumbnails license, you will have the opportunity to get your hands on the brand new Templates add-on at no extra cost. Here’s how it will work:
- An announcement notice will appear in your Plugins list next to Excerpts & Thumbnails announcing the discontinuation of the add-on as of Core version 4.13.
- As of the release of the Templates add-on, all holders of a valid Excerpts & Thumbnails license will have the opportunity to change out their Excerpts & Thumbnails license for a Templates one at no extra cost.
- In order to switch the license, you’ll need to log in to your account on our website and find the license upgrade option. From there, add it to cart and it will be a free process.
- This will discontinue your Excerpts & Thumbnails license forever, so before you do this, please make sure that the change is what you want. Our support is there to answer any questions if you’re unsure.
- A new license will be provided for the Templates add-on and the plugin itself will need to be downloaded and installed separately when it becomes available.
- You will not be able to roll back this change for whatever reason.
- The new license for Templates will expire on the exact same date as the previous Excerpts & Thumbnails license.
- The renewal fee for your new Templates license will be of the same value as Excerpts & Thumbnails is being sold at.
Those whose Excerpts & Thumbnails license has expired will be able to purchase the Templates add-on from our website. There will be an announcement email and blog post once it has been officially released.
For those that may still have questions and concerns, our inbox is open.
How will I know when Templates is released?
Upon the release of the Templates add-on, we will make the following announcements:
- A blog post on our website and a tweet (not following us on Twitter? Click here)
- An email to all our subscribers (not subscribed to updates? Click here)
- A notice on your site’s Plugins page if the Excerpts & Thumbnails add-on is activated.
Stay tuned for our next few updates, there are some exciting improvements coming your way!
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