WooCommerce Protected Categories

2.6.0

Release date 12 May 2022

  • NEW

    Added users & user role REST API protection of products via the /wc/store/v1/products/ route.

  • DEV

    Updated Barn2 libraries.

2.5.5

Release date 22 April 2022

  • FIX

    Shop Managers unable to search for users when protecting categories.

  • DEV

    Tested up to WooCommerce 6.4.0.

2.5.4

Release date 10 February 2022

  • FIX

    fixed an issue that prevented passwords from being displayed when changing/switching protection type.

  • TEST

    Compatibility with WooCommerce 6.2.0.

2.5.3

Release date 08 February 2022

  • DEPRECATED

    "Private categories" option. Private categories will continue to work, but it's recommend to switch to the more user-friendly "Role" option.

  • TWEAK

    Added a deprecation notice inside the category editing page.

  • TWEAK

    adjusted the order of certain options inside the setup wizard.

  • TWEAK

    adjusted the order of sections inside the plugin's settings page.

  • TWEAK

    updated language files.

2.5.2

Release date 13 January 2022

  • FIX

    ajax user search not firing due to invalidated nonce.

  • TEST

    Compatibility with WooCommerce 6.1.0.

2.5.1

Release date 06 January 2022

  • TWEAK

    search users via ajax when protecting categories by "users".

  • FIX

    product category visibility settings displayed the text-domain instead of the real labels.

  • TEST

    Compatibility with WooCommerce 6.0.0.

  • DEV

    Updated library code.

2.5.0

Release date 07 October 2021

  • NEW

    Added setup wizard.

  • TWEAK

    Added compatibility with the upcoming WooCommerce admin menu.

  • TWEAK

    Javascript code consistency update.

  • TWEAK

    Updated language files.

  • DEV

    Updated library code.

2.4.2

Release date 20 July 2021

  • TEST

    Compatibility with WooCommerce 5.5 and WordPress 5.8.

  • DEV

    Updated library code.

2.4.1

Release date 1 May 2020

  • TEST

    Compatibility with WooCommerce 4.1 and WordPress 5.4.1.

  • DEV

    Added Composer support.

2.4

Release date 1 April 2020

  • FIX

    Change loading of stylesheet for login page to ensure it's always loaded correctly.

  • FIX

    Bug with page title when main Shop page is used as central login page.

  • FIX

    Minor bug in product categories list table in Dashboard.

  • DEV

    Refactor plugin to use new architecture; deprecate old classes and functions for backwards compatibility.

  • DEV

    Add new Barn2 license system and library.

  • DEV

    Remove is_admin() checks on file includes.

2.3.3

Release date 12 March 2020

  • Tested up to WooCommerce 4.0 and WordPress 5.4.

2.3.2

Release date 21 January 2020

  • Fully tested with WordPress 5.3.2 and WooCommerce 3.9.
  • Move position of Visibility setting on Edit Category screen.

2.3.1

Release date 30 October 2019

  • Tested up to WordPress 5.3 and WooCommerce 3.8.

2.3

Release date 19 August 2019

  • Tested up to WooCommerce 3.7.
  • Removed backwards compatibility for old versions of WordPress and WooCommerce (WP < 4.4 and WC < 3.0).
  • Various minor changes to Barn2 library code.
  • Tweak to wording on settings page.

2.2.3

Release date 16 April 2019

  • Tested with WooCommerce 3.6, and replaced deprecated function warning.

2.2.2

Release date 19 March 2019

  • FIX

    Bug when creating/editing categories if using an older version of WooCommerce (3.1 and below).

2.2.1

Release date 4 March 2019

  • FIX

    Update to latest version of common code to prevent conflict with other Barn2 plugins.

2.2

Release date 21 February 2019

  • NEW

    Improve category protection logic and provide better support for products in multiple categories.

  • NEW

    Compatibility with WooCommerce Quick View Pro.

  • FIX

    When 'Show protected products in store' was disabled, products in protected categories could sometimes still appear if the parent category was unlocked.

  • FIX

    Products in multiple categories where one was unlocked could not be purchased from the shop page or archives.

  • FIX

    Remove 'pass by reference' for query in pre_get_posts hook to prevent possible PHP warning.

  • FIX

    Wrong protection type set when creating categories in admin.

  • TWEAK

    Added category-password-required class to password login page (body class).

2.1

Release date 10 January 2019

  • FIX

    'exclude_tree' option in get_terms is no longer overridden, but merged with the list of protected categories.

  • FIX

    Issue which prevented the [category_login] shortcode unlocking some categories when used in a sidebar.

  • FIX

    License activation bug for older versions of WooCommerce.

  • Various minor fixes and improvements.
  • Tested up to WordPress 5.0.3 and WooCommerce 3.5.3.

2.0

Release date 27 July 2018

  • NEW

    User role and user account protection features. Product categories can now be protected by password, user role or user account, or a combination of all three.

  • NEW

    Plugin renamed 'WooCommerce Protected Categories'.

  • NEW

    Updated plugin settings page, including new user protection options.

  • NEW

    Prevent search engine indexing for protected categories (previously set only for private categories).

  • NEW

    Prevent caching for protected and private categories when using cache plugins (e.g. WP Rocket).

  • NEW

    Updated display of password login form to improve compatibility across different themes.

  • NEW

    Category visibility in Products > Categories menu now shows 'inherited' status when parent category is protected.

  • FIX

    Prevent accidental login to multiple categories when two or more categories share the same password.

  • FIX

    Central password login page - prevent access to categories which have changed status from 'protected' to 'public' or 'private'.

  • FIX

    Products in two or more protected categories can now be unlocked by unlocking any one of its categories.

  • FIX

    Ensure protected products are not purchasable from product tables in WooCommerce Product Table.

  • TWEAK

    Update HTML in woocommerce_template_loop_category_title to match WooCommerce.

  • DEV

    Apply BEM CSS standards for password entry form and category visibility settings.

  • DEV

    Tested up to WP 4.9.8 and WooCommerce 3.4.4.

  • DEV

    Various new actions and filters.

  • DEV

    Code restructure and improvements.

1.7.3

Release date 13 June 2018

  • NEW

    Allow shortcodes to be used in login form message.

  • TWEAK

    Added license.txt for GPL.

  • FIX

    Fatal error setting Category login page in plugin settings.

1.7.2

Release date 4 June 2018

  • NEW

    Add separate stylesheet for front-end and remove inline styles from login form.

  • NEW

    Added WPML config file.

  • NEW

    Tested up to WP 4.9.6 and WC 3.4.1.

  • TWEAK

    Various code improvements; renamed admin classes.

  • FIX

    Conflict with Cosmetro theme (and potentially other themes which override the woocommerce_template_loop_category_title function).

  • FIX

    Template issue with Flatsome theme for products in protected categories.

  • DEV

    Updated license code.

1.7.1

Release date 18 October 2017

  • Tested with WooCommerce 3.2.1.

1.7

Release date 6 October 2017

  • Add more options to [category_login] shortcode (button_text, label, etc).
  • Restructured plugin code and object creation - use dependency injection, and move hooks & filters out of constructors.
  • Fix potential issue in category login shortcode.
  • Fix bug in protection for WooCommerce shortcodes.
  • Additional multisite testing.

1.6.6

Release date 4 October 2017

  • Tested with latest versions of WooCommerce and WordPress.
  • Fix potential issue if category login shortcode runs in admin.

1.6.5

Release date 5 September 2017

  • FIX

    Ensure password cookie is set correctly when no expiry set in plugin options.

  • TWEAK

    Restructured plugin initialisation and added extra utility functions.

  • TWEAK

    Updated plugin support links.

  • TWEAK

    Updated translations.

1.6.4

Release date 7 June 2017

  • FIX

    Bug on product category archives when display type set to subcategories.

1.6.3

Release date 5 June 2017

  • FIX

    Bug in get_terms_args filter which was causing incorrect display of product category pages.

  • TWEAK

    Tested with WordPress 4.8.

1.6.2

Release date 22 May 2017

  • FIX

    PasswordHash class was not found under certain conditions.

1.6.1

Release date 5 May 2017

  • FIX

    Bug for variable products for WooCommerce below v3.0.

1.6

Release date 25 April 2017

  • NEW

    Plugin setting to control how long the password entered is valid before it expires.

  • NEW

    Plugin settings to customise the login form - heading, password label, and label placeholder option.

  • NEW

    Login form now shows error messages if no password or incorrect password entered.

  • FIX

    The form message in plugin settings is now used if not set in shortcode.

  • FIX

    Category login page can now be set to the main shop page.

  • FIX

    Compatibility with WooCommerce 3.0.

1.5.3

Release date 3 February 2017

  • FIX

    Revert error with password protected categories introduced in previous version.

1.5.2

Release date 3 February 2017

  • FIX

    Compatibility issue with servers running older versions of PHP.

  • TWEAK

    Updated license code.

1.5.1

Release date 28 January 2017

  • NEW

    Plugin option to set CSS class on password form container.

  • FIX

    Bug with products in protected categories when 'show protected products' option disabled.

  • TWEAK

    Ensure category login shortcode works in widgets.

  • TWEAK

    Update license key code.

1.5

Release date 26 January 2017

  • NEW

    Category login shortcode which allows customers or clients to login to their own product category by using a category password.

  • NEW

    Plugin option to allow the 'category login' page to be set.

  • FIX

    Bug with protected child categories which have a password protected parent.

  • TWEAK

    Change filter for category password form to 'wp_ppc_password_form' to prevent theme conflicts.

  • TWEAK

    Update license code and plugin updater.

1.4.2

Release date 5 January 2017

  • Fix fatal error in WC_Category_Prefixer class.
  • Update license activation code.
  • Tested with WordPress 4.7.

1.4.1

Release date 21 November 2016

  • Revert to default WordPress login code for setting password cookie.
  • Styling improvements to category visibility option in admin.

1.4

Release date 16 November 2016

  • New feature: support for multiple passwords for each category. The category is unlocked if any valid password is entered.
  • Added plugin option to change button text on protected category form.
  • Added Italian translation (credit: Libri Ehret).

1.3.4

Release date 3 November 2016

  • Add protection for built-in WooCommerce shortcodes (recent products, sale products, featured products, best selling, etc)
  • Update license validation code and fix error with license key activation
  • Add link to documentation from Plugins page

1.3.3

Release date 16 September 2016

  • Fixed PHP error when password protected category contains no products
  • Added Spanish translation (credit: Victor Castillejos)

1.3.2

Release date 8 September 2016

  • Fixed bug with filtering of protected & private categories introduced in WordPress 4.6
  • Renamed utility functions to prevent conflicts with other themes/plugins
  • Updated translations

1.3.1

Release date 31 August 2016

  • Fixed bug with password being reset when using 'quick edit' to edit category
  • Fixed bug with license validation code which prevented it working on servers earlier than PHP 5.5

1.3

Release date 26 August 2016

  • Added support for the WooCommerce category shortcode &lbrack;product_category&rbrack;. When used on any page, widget, etc. your products will now be protected.
  • Added new option to allow the password form to be customised to any wording you choose. Set this under WooCommerce -> Settings -> Products -> Password Protected Categories.
  • Updated EDD Updater which handles the plugin updates
  • Updated license key code

1.2.4

Release date 16 August 2016

  • Update category protection logic to work with existing taxonomy queries
  • Fix problem with category visibility option not working properly in certain themes
  • Fix E_NOTICE errors generated on pages in some themes
  • Fix error retrieving product categories for WordPress versions prior to 4.5

1.2.3

Release date 28 June 2016

  • Ensure products in password protected categories cannot be added to the cart
  • Improve error handling for license activation
  • French translation added (credit: Yven Lebreton)
  • Fix bug retrieving product category ancestors which resulted in unnecessary DB calls

1.2.2

Release date 9 May 2016

  • New visibility option to show/hide password protected categories in navigation menus (see WooCommerce -> Settings -> Products -> Password Protected Categories)
  • Updated main protection hooks to exclude categories during database queries rather than remove products afterwards
  • Bug fix for certain themes to display password form correctly

1.2

Release date 21 April 2016

  • Re-write main plugin architecture to improve database performance and caching

1.1.3

Release date 15 April 2016

  • Update plugin licensing to work with servers using older versions of cURL
  • Add link to settings from main WordPress Plugins page
  • Test with WordPress 4.5 and WooCommerce 2.5.5

1.1.1

Release date 11 March 2016

  • Fix compatibility issue with PHP 5.2

1.1

Release date 2 March 2016

  • Added plugin settings page and license key registration.
  • Added plugin options to show/hide password protected categories, and to prefix category names.

1.0

Release date 1 March 2016

  • Initial release.

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