Changelog

  • April 25th, 2019 – rel-2.9.0
    • New Feature: Support added for some special characters in url parameter value output, these characters include both double and single quotes
    • New Feature: Shortcode builder update to include a field that allows you to toggle between building the shortcode with single or double quotes, this is to allow default value outputs that would contain either single or double quotes
  • January 4th, 2019 – rel-2.8.0
    • New Feature: Dedicated Slack Channel Invite within documentation page in Cosmos Settings – you are invited to join a dedicated support channel for all Cosmos users! This is a brand new offering and it’s here to further improve our ability to support you.
    • Bugfix: fixed issue with Pods custom post types not showing up in rendering section of settings
  • October 12th, 2018 – rel-2.7.0
    • New Feature: Yoast SEO Plugin Integration – adds option to be able to output Cosmos shortcodes within Yoast fields:
      • SEO Title – place a Cosmos shortcode within this for text replacement and the SEO Title will be updated properly with the rendered shortcode
      • SEO Meta Description – place a Cosmos shortcode within this for text replacement and the SEO Meta Description will be updated properly with the rendered shortcode
  • October 6th, 2018 – rel-2.6.0
    • New Feature: Attachment Taxonomy auto update function now able to be disabled within Cosmos settings.
    • New Feature: Attachment Taxonomy update function able to be triggered manually within Cosmos settings.
  • August 31st, 2018 – rel-2.5.2
    • New Feature: URL parameter validation – prevents users from using reserved WordPress query vars
  • July 14th, 2018 – rel-2.5.1
    • New Feature: URL Parameter persistence through the use of Cookies
      • New Toggle Setting within ‘Advanced Settings’ to enable or disable the use of Cookies for Cosmos – disabled by default
      • URL parameters, once set will persist across the site for any user for the duration of the visit, and will also be applied on returning within the specified cookie expiration
    • New Feature: Set Duration / Expiration of URL Parameter Cookie in ‘Advanced Settings’
      • Specify how long in ‘days’ that the url parameter cookie will remain – this can be any number, including decimals – defaults to ‘1’
        Examples of valid entries :

        • 0.25
        • .25
        • 1
        • 5
        • .5
        • 0.5
    • New Feature: Text replacement via Cosmos Shortcode within form elements ‘value’ attributes:
      • input
      • select
      • option
      • radio
      • checkbox
  • July 12th, 2018 – rel-2.4.1
    • New Feature: Dynamic text replacement within Divi theme and Divi Builder URL and Text fields related to button, image, CTA, email sign up, contact form modules
    • New Feature: Phone Number Formatting for Text Replacement
    • New Feature: Before and After outputs for Text Replacement
  • May 25th, 2018 – rel-2.3.3
    • Bug fix: fixed issue with multi word default url param value within title tag getting cut off
  • May 24th, 2018 – rel-2.3.2
    • New Feature: Dynamic Text Replacement within Page and Post Title Tags!
  • May 15th, 2018 – rel-2.2.1
    • support for white space output from pretty permalinks
    • support for some special characters in output from pretty permalinks
  • November 12th, 2017 – rel-2.2.0
    • support for text replacement within menu items
  • October 3rd, 2017 – rel-2.1.2
    • more fixes for translation support
  • September 9th, 2017 – rel-2.1.1
    • Fixes for translation support
  • June 10th, 2017 – rel-2.1.0
    • Feature:
      • Add support for Beaver Builder Plugin
  • May 25th, 2017 – rel-2.0.1
    • Bugfix:
      • Translation Errors have been resolved
  • April 30th, 2017 – rel-2.0.0
    • New settings interface
    • Settings Configuration Tour
    • Tooltips added for each shortcode builder field
  • January 19th, 2017 – rel-1.11.2
    • Bugfix: Fix for WordPress terms not updating for attachment taxonomies
  • January 10th, 2017 – rel-1.11.1
    • Bugfix: backwards compatibility for hide if no match is found field
  • January 8th, 2017 – rel-1.11.0
    • New Feature: WordPress post class output on Cosmos shortcodes
    • New Feature: Default Content
      • Select default behavior for Cosmos content blocks ( this replaces ‘Hide if Empty’ shortcode parameter )
        • Standard : random content
        • Hidden: hide completely
        • Selected Content: when this option is selected, a new field opens for a single post id entry ( post id must be from same type of content as content block is being built for ).
  • December 31st, 2016 – rel-1.9.1
    • Added support for match by slug
  • December 30th – rel-1.9.0
    • New Feature: Cosmos Widget
      • All the same functionality as the shortcode builder, available as a widget
    • New Feature: Match content by post title or post id
      • In addition to matching content by taxonomy terms, Cosmos now has the ability to do exact content match by post title or post id
        — the default is taxonomy term – same as always
  • November 29th – rel-1.8.3
    • New Feature: WooCommerce Marketing Spots
      • Turn off standard WooCommerce related products and use Cosmos to provide more control on cross sells and upsells
      • display content other than products in this area
      • Marketing spot above product added with same control
  • November 9th – rel-1.8.2
    • Bugfix : removed workaround for old longstanding WordPress core bug that was addressed in latest version of WordPress
  • October 1st – rel-1.8.1
    • New Feature : Updated documentation page within settings – view all current and future Cosmos tutorial videos right within the plugin settings page
    • Bugfix : fix for deletion and addition of url parameters
  • September 18th – rel-1.8.0
    • New Feature : Limit parameter to be used for query
    • New Feature : Enable text output inside quotes – i.e. <a href=”

      Cosmos Plugin - the first WordPress plugin to leverage UTM Codes and URL Parameters for personalized content delivery

      The First WordPress plugin to leverage UTM Codes and URL Parameters for Personalized Content

      Cosmos plugin is the first and only plugin made for WordPress that gives webmasters the ability to leverage incoming UTM Codes and / or URL Parameters to deliver personalized content. Use Cosmos shortcodes on a page, post or any other content type to represent a dynamic content region - there is no limit to how many regions you place. The dynamic content regions are populated by listening to URL parameters or UTM codes and selecting relevant content from the website to display - if no URL parameters or UTM codes are present, then Cosmos Plugin will follow other rules to select data, ranging from completely random to choosing the latest post from a particular author.

      Cosmos Plugin Origin

      Cosmos plugin was born when a client asked me to build a website that would display dynamic data based on incoming URL parameters. I spent two months looking for an existing solution for WordPress. When I found that none existed, it made sense to fill the void. The name Cosmos comes from the idea that Cosmos Plugin can build infinite numbers of content combinations.

      Use In Advertising

      Advertising campaigns will have more impact when the landing page has content tailored for each and every visitor. Services such as Google AdWords let you specify what information is passed to the landing page, including the key words that led to the potential customer clicking on your ad. This information can be used by Cosmos Plugin to tailor a page specifically to those keywords.
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      Cosmos Plugin Version 1.2.8 Released

      New Release of Cosmos Plugin Fixes Issue with use on Home Pages

      Version 1.2.8 of Cosmos Plugin was released last night and fixed an issue with URL Parameters on home pages. The issue fixed is a workaround to an existing bug in WordPress - https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/25143 Please update your copy of Cosmos to the 1.2.8 - the bug was major and the fix is very important if you plan on using Cosmos on the home page of your website.

      Future updates planned:

      • March will see the release of a new feature to improve URL parameter matching capability - in beta now, just ironing out all the issues before it's released
      • April - New as of yet unannounced add on will be released for Cosmos

      Long Term Updates:

      The long term plan for Cosmos is to release many add on plugins for it to work with third party APIs and services.
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  • July 28th – rel-1.7.0
    • Improved UI / UX for shortcode mapping and registration
    • Removed Template support
  • June 19th – rel-1.6.0
    • Feature Addition: URL Parameter Value output as text
    • Feature Addition: New shortcodes for posts and pages that hide title and readmore link
  • May 18th – rel-1.5.2
    • Bugfix : Ignore incoming now functions as designed
  • May 17th – rel-1.5.1
    • Provides a workaround for a bug present in WordPress Core that prevents attachment taxonomies from behaving as expected
  • May 16th – rel-1.5.0
    • New Feature: Hide content blocks if no taxonomy match is found
  • May 15th – rel-1.4.2
    • Fixed issue with advanced term options
    • Made plugin license activation more intuitive
  • February 17th – rel-1.4.1
    • Added toggle for Cosmos pretty permalink support in Advanced Settings
      To use Pretty Permalinks, navigate to Cosmos Advanced Settings page, click ‘Enable’ for the Pretty Permalinks Option and click ‘Save Settings’
  • February 16th – rel-1.4.0
    • Added pretty permalink support:
      instead of using typical URL parameters, you can now target them using permalink
      Non pretty permalink way:
      http://yoursite.com/landing-page/?clothing=hoodies
      New, Pretty Permalink Way:
      http://yoursite.com/landing-page/clothing/hoodies
  • January 6th, 2016 –  rel-1.3.0
    • Added Translation Support
    • Improved UX of Shortcode Builder
  • November 24th, 2015 – rel-1.2.8
    • Fixed bug with URL parameters on home pages
  • November 17th, 2015 – rel-1.2.6
    • Fixed bug with shortcode builder in HTML view
    • Fixed bug with shorcode builder button opening and sending user to top of page
  • November 10th, 2015 – rel-1.2.5
    • New Shortcode Builder UI
    • Added Icon to WP Dashboard Menu
  • November 3rd, 2015 – rel-1.2.4
    • Feature Addition: MultiSite Capability
    • Fixed typos
    • Updated Settings Page Banner
  • October 27th, 2015 – rel-1.1.1
    • Feature Addition: Advanced parameters – ignore incoming URL parameters, default option set to false
    • Feature Addition: Post, Page and Attachment shortcodes
  • October 20th, 2015 – rel-1.1.0
    • Feature Addition: Advanced terms parameters in shortcode – terms can either be set to limit or exclude for less random content without URL parameters
  • October 13th, 2015 – rel-1.0.5
    • Fixed session issues
    • Fixed attachment rendering issues
  • October 6th, 2015 – rel-1.0.4
    • Shortcode UI string trimming improved
  • September 29th, 2015 – rel-1.0.3
    • Shortcode UI has been updated to be two columns
  • September 22nd, 2015 – rel-1.0.2
    • Feature Additions:
      • Option for Post Title Linking
      • Option for displaying post excerpt or post content
    • Bug fixes:
      • Fixed shortcode parsing
      • Fixed Quantity display in shortcode builder
      • Private posts will no longer show
  • September 15th, 2015 – rel-1.0.1  – Initial Release