New version of FV Player Pro (0.5.4; it's the Pro extension for our FV Flowplayer licensed users) gives you ability to embed playlists created on YouTube:
Licensed users of FV Flowplayer who benefit from powerful Vimeo and YouTube embedding often ask us to convert their old video embeds into the [fvplayer] shortcodes to be able to use the same player for all their old videos and also all of our features.
That's why the new version of FV Player Pro (0.5.2; it's the Pro extension for our licensed users) gives you just the tools to do this.
After the initial difficulties with Flowplayer 6 the new FV WordPress Flowplayer is released!
FV Flowplayer 6 it out and it has some great new features:
- HLS support in the Flash engine - making the HLS playback possible in basically every browser.
- Subtitles button with multilingual support - we need to do more testing on this one
- Engine switching in playlists - making it possible to mix the video formats.
- Better skin and other improvements
- Faster than version 5
- Improved YouTube playback
The issues in Flowplayer 6.0.1 were fixed, thanks to Flowplayer team for quick fixes!
The new version of FV Flowplayer 6 is at WordPress.org and the pro version is released as well.
FV Player is the most feature rich and easiest to use WordPress video player. The core video engine we use is the excellent Flowplayer. As you may know, Flowplayer.org recently released a full version upgrade - Flowplayer 6. It has some great new features:
If your website has a lot of comments and uses a plugin like Subscribe to Comments Reloaded to let users subscribe to new comment notifications, you probably had an issue with your comment notification being marked as spam.
One great way of preventing that is to use SendGrid. With SendGrid, you never deliver unsolicited email again. As soon as the email fails to get delivered or is marked as spam, that email address won't see another email from you again.
This new version took us a while to release. It brings a lot of SEO and functional improvements. Some of the changes affect your site structure, so our upgrade note makes sure you are informed:
WordPress attachment URLs are redirected to file URLs - when cleaning up client websites, we often find a lof of URLs like
- Vimeo loading improvements - big help for mobile users or long playlist
- Vimeo channel support - you can now embed your entire Vimeo channel as a big playlist
- Custom video ads - added display of remaining ad time and a skip button
- Beta: custom AB loop - just add ab="true" to your shortcode - more on this later
- Other smaller fixes
Update for WordPress 4.2.2: The issue is still real. The fix described below still works. The new db_version is 31535.
When you upgrade to WordPress 4.2, it will automatically convert the tables to utf8mb4, if the following conditions are met:
- You’re currently using the utf8 character set.
- Your MySQL server is version 5.5.3 or higher (including all 10.x versions of MariaDB).
- Your MySQL client libraries are version 5.5.3 or higher. If you’re using mysqlnd, 5.0.9 or higher.
Here is the deal with the WordPress cache plugins: even if you install such plugin, there is a fair amount of users who load your sites without speed benefits of cache. No matter if you use Hyper Cache, WP Super Cache, WP Rocket or W3 Total Cache.
WP cache plugins simply skip the cache altogether if the visitor left a comment on the website with his browser by checking for the comment cookie. That's quite ineffective if you have 10K posts on your blog and the user only left a comment on a single article. Now imagine that your blog has a lot of discussion where dozens of users actively participate - you will see your server load going up.
Latest version of FV Flowplayer (2.3.13) brings detailed video stats into your Google Analytics account.
Basic Flowplayer version tracks number of seconds played for each users, which then gives you an average value in Google Analytics Events list. However this takes place when you stop the video or leave the page and it's not 100% reliable.
That's why FV Flowplayer now tracks the following events:
We have been using Subscribe to Comments for years. Then the plugin became obsolete and we had to switch to Subscribe to Comments Reloaded (StCR). It's a nice plugin, but we often found that we had to put in our own fixes to be able to use it for our clients. Let's sum it up:
- doesn't modify core WordPress database tables
- import's Subscribe to Comments data (although I'm pretty sure we had to do it by hand in earlier versions)
- subscription manager page gets the same design as your website, unlike the Subscribe to Comments plugin
We love Satollo and loved Hyper Cache (we're longtime paid users and supporters of his Newsletter technology as well). Strangely, sometimes good developers do bad work. The latest version of Hyper Cache (version 3) is a prime example of what can go wrong with rewrite upgrades.
Since we were struggling with Hyper Cache we decided to take a look at WP Rocket who is the hot new caching kid on the WordPress block. Sadly WP Rocket is not a good replacement for us for now. We test and compare Hyper Cache and WP Rocket below.
We still use bbPress version 1 on some of our websites. It's powerful and integrates well with WordPress. Alas the recently released upgrade to WordPress 4.0 breaks the integration and here are the steps for all of you who need to resolve this issue right now. In case you are wondering, for simple customisable forums, bbPress 1 absolutely rocks.
If you wonder why we still use bbPress version 1:
Our licensed users of FV WordPress Flowplayer now benefit from this amazing new feature - posting videos directly from YouTube into our fully customizable video player:
We just added this feature for FV Player Pro - our FV WordPress Flowplayer module which is available for all the licensed users. Here are the main advantages over using the Amazon S3 protected content support which is supported by our plugin as well:
- CloudFront is a CDN, Amazon S3 is not.
That means your videos are delivered at top speed across the globe.
This feature was missing for a while now, but we finally got a chance to add it. FV Flowplayer now has a setting to set the default video volume. This setting affects all the videos on the website.
FV Flowplayer Default Volume Setting as seen on our settings screen
The default value is 1 - meaning full volume. You can enter 0 to make the videos start with muted audio by default. Anything in between sets the volume accordingly - enter 0.5 for reduced volume by default.
Licensed users of FV Flowplayer are now able to provide live quality switching for their videos just like the big video providers.
The quality switching remembers the playback position for most devices (requires browse HTML5 support for the video format, so MP4 gives you good coverage, while MP4 + WebM gives your 98% covarage):
Our free video plugin for WordPress FV Flowplayer just got another nice feature. It's a simple yet effective share bar which appears everytime you move your mouse over the video. It includes sharing buttons for:
- Email button
FV Flowplayer Share Bar
Now it's much easier for your readers to share your videos. You can see it in action here: