The Death of the YouTube API v2 and Its Impact on TubePress

The Death of the YouTube API v2 and Its Impact on TubePress

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tl;dr;

  • YouTube will turn off their old API on April 20, 2015. Make sure to upgrade to at least TubePress 4.1.0 or your site may break.
  • TubePress is leaving the wordpress.org plugin directory. Get updates exclusively from tubepress.com.

On April 20, 2015, YouTube will officially shut down version 2 of their API in favor of version 3. TubePress 4.1.0 is the first version that supports version 3 of their API. This means that anyone running any older version of TubePress and showing YouTube galleries on their site will experience a severely broken TubePress installation. Vimeo users are OK for now, although Vimeo is also undergoing a massive upgrade to their API.

We aren’t giving you as much notice as we would’ve liked, and for that we sincerely apologize. Version 3 of the YouTube API was, for quite some time, not nearly as reliable as version 2 and it has been undergoing constant change. Even in some areas of the documentation of version 3, Google still refers to it as an “experimental API.” So we waited and waited for things to settle down and they never really did. Couple that with the fact that the new API isn’t as well suited for TubePress’s purposes, and hopefully you can understand why we waited as long as we did to update our code.

Most users shouldn’t see any major surprises when upgrading to TubePress. But just in case, here’s an abbreviated list of what you can expect if you are upgrading from the TubePress 3.x.x series:

  • TubePress 4.x.x will run 10 – 20 times faster than TubePress 3.x.x.
  • The free trial version of TubePress is limited to 3 videos per gallery. TubePress Pro doesn’t have this limitation.
  • Many YouTube-based galleries can’t be sorted nearly as finely. This is a limitation of the new YouTube API.

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This date will also mark a significant turning point in how we distribute the downloadable packages of TubePress. Since its inception eight years ago, TubePress has been available as a plugin from the wordpress.org plugin directory. This has offered huge advantages for us including great visibility and automatic upgrades for our users. However, over the years TubePress has evolved from a WordPress hobby into an enterprise with multiple products, platforms, and customers that rely on us to provide stable software and timely support. Maintaining a “parallel” distribution page on wordpress.org has become an unfortunate drain on our resources and distraction from our goal of proving excellent products and services. From here on out, you can download the latest versions of TubePress directly from tubepress.com. We will be updating our page on wordpress.org to reflect this change.

We are enthusiastic about a bright future ahead and look forward to serving you for years to come!

You can download the free trial version of TubePress from here, and TubePress Pro users can upgrade here.

Final Release Candidate of TubePress 4

The third and final release candidate of TubePress 4 is now available for download. Though we feel confident that virtually all of the bugs are worked out, we still advise you to use caution if deploying onto a production server.

TubePress 4.0.0 will be released in the very near future. Thanks for helping us test!

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First Release Candidate of TubePress 4

Today we are very excited to announce the availability of TubePress 4.0.0 Release Candidate 1. This is your first chance to test drive the next generation of TubePress that we have been working on for the past few months.

TubePress 3.x.x and below, while feature rich, has become slower over time due to the codebase outgrowing its original architecture. With TubePress 4, we have re-engineered the core of TubePress with the primary goal of improving performance. This work is now complete, and we are thrilled with the results. Most TubePress 4 installations will see a 10x – 20x performance boost!

In addition to the performance improvements, TubePress 4 also brings dramatically improved theming capabilities. You can now use the modern, powerful, and easy-to-use Twig templating language with TubePress. We have also rooted out any elements of TubePress that were not accessible to themes, e.g. page numbers, and made sure that they are fully themeable. Finally, TubePress 4 themes now allow you to specify custom JavaScript or CSS that should be loaded with your themes. This essentially throws the doors wide open for theme designers working with TubePress.

We are working to document the new features, but in the meantime we are requesting your assistance with stability testing. While TubePress 4.0.0.RC1 has been vetted thoroughly, we advise you to use caution if deploying onto a production server.

Thanks for helping us test!

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New Partnership with 1&1 Internet

New Partnership with 1&1 Internet

1&1 logoToday we are very proud to announce a new partnership with 1&1 Internet, a global leader in web hosting and Internet services. TubePress is now readily available to 1&1 customers as an official web application for MyWebsite.

 

What’s 1&1 MyWebsite?

1&1 MyWebsite is a powerful and full-featured website builder designed for small businesses. The service features a drag & drop editor that allows non-technical users to easily construct a gorgeous and highly functional website.

MyWebsite offers all the modern tools that any business would need for its website including a library of design templates, a built-in photo editor, social media integration, search engine optimization, and mobile-readiness. The full set of features is compelling, and it’s all offered at a low monthly cost.

TubePress Express as a Web App

Web Applications” add additional functionality to MyWebsite, often integrating with third-party services. 1&1 maintains a library of Web Apps, and we are thrilled that TubePress is one of its newest members.

Better yet, TubePress Express provides the heavy lifting for TubePress when used inside 1&1. This means that MyWebsite customers enjoy no downloads, no installation, and the ease of use that TubePress Express offers.

We encourage you to try 1&1 MyWebsite with TubePress Express today!