New Features for Version 2.5

In August 2018, we released Version 2.5 of the Smart Podcast Player. The below are the updates and fixes included in Version 2.5!

Redesign of Mobile Smart Track Player Design

We weren't 100 percent happy with the previous design of the mobile track player, so we overhauled it, making it better looking and more user friendly for your mobile screens! 

Here's what the track player used to look like:

And here's the updated redesign of the mobile track player:

We made this change to create a more consistent look between the mobile full and track players.

New Speed Options

Now your audience can listen to your podcast with a whole bunch of new speed options! Previously, options included: 5.x, 1x, 1.5x, 2x, and 3x. 

In addition to the speed options above, in Version 2.5 we added the following new speed options: 1.25x, 1.75x, and .75x. 

Subscription Buttons on Track Player

You can now add subscription options to your track player! In your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings > Player Defaults > Subscription URLs, and you'll see a checkbox that says, Include subscription option in track players. Check that box if you want subscription options to show up in your track player in addition to your full Smart Podcast Player.

If you have multiple podcasts on one website, we recommend unchecking the box because the subscription settings only contains information for a single podcast. So, instead, if you have multiple podcasts on your website and want to feature subscription options for each, uncheck the Include subscription option in track players and use the following shortcodes:
  • To turn subscription options ON, add the following to your shortcode: subscribe="true"
  • To turn subscription options OFF for specific track players, add the following to your shortcode: subscribe="false"

Option to Hide SPP Logo

When the player loads, the default is that it shows the Smart Podcast Player logo as the player is loading. It's only brief, but a few users wanted the option of removing the SPP branding. To hide the SPP logo when your player loads, go into your WordPress dashboard > Settings > Smart Podcast Player > Advanced > SPP logo when loading and toggle the option to "No."

Miscellaneous Fixes in Version 2.5

  • Fixed text selection bug when clicking controls
  • Fixed downloading issue for some browsers
  • Fixed issue with Constant Contact email integration
  • Fixed conflict with Ninja Forms

Gutenberg Editor—Compatibility Coming Soon!

In addition to the above updates and fixes, we are actively working on compatibility with the new Gutenberg WordPress text editor that will be the default editor with the upcoming WordPress 5.0. You should expect full Gutenberg compatibility soon. In the meantime, you can still use SPP with your Gutenberg editor, you will just not see the track player (STP) and full player (SPP) buttons in the text editor menu; you will need to manually add your player shortcodes. 

For reference, here are the player shortcodes for the full player, and the track player.

However, if you don't want to switch Gutenberg yet, and want to wait until we have full compatibility, this article will walk you through how to easily roll back to your previous text editor.

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