VERSION 3.5.4 – Released 3/16/2018
Overview page shortcode usage instructions
Instructions on how to use the email template tags to customize the email template
addcontest shortcode support for custom category questions
VERSION 3.5.3 – Released 3/12/2018
Removed custom field data from front end code when field is set to hidden
Email shortcodes for customizing email templates
Responsive mobile image settings
Ability to embed SoundCloud player using SoundCloud URL for Music contest categories
Ability to assign custom questions to specific contest categories
VERSION 3.5.2 – Released 1/25/2018
Top 10 Contestant View HTML formatting Issues
All Contestant Page Ajax Loader
MP3 Patch for Firefox
New All Contestant Page
All Contestant Export
VERSION 3.5.1 – Released 12/15/2017
Rapid Composer Compatibility
User profile page now correctly loading from the contest navigation bar when enabled
YouTube video load time
Removed the file restriction field from the Music Upload form field since it only supports MP3
Faster loading of Photo to increase page load time
Bulk Approve option in Payment Pending and Payment Approval Status when Payment Extension is used
Description Notes and Email Notes text in the contestant form builder
Setting to open the Custom Link for Redirection in a new window if the link is set.
New style selections – Summer, Noel, Christmas, New Years, Cupcake
VERSION 3.5 – Released 11/8/2017
No Featured Image set in the admin end listing
Hide Vote Count issue in Admin Settings
PHP7.1 Compatibility Issues
Description duplicated for all contestants in the Music Listing
File Upload Issues and Display in Single and Listing Contestants
Licensing system changes
Wording change in the Email Activation Code window
Import / Export Features
– Exported Files can be imported directly in the Import System
– Will work based upon the category such as photo, video, music, essay
Contestant listing admin end design and fonts
Information about Contestants in the admin end listing
Preview of Video and Audio in the admin end listing
Taxonomy filter in the admin end listing
Image Source Hook Overriding
Email Address Field in Contestant Form Builder For the Email Notifications
– If “Must be logged in to submit entries?” is set to YES, Then the Email Address field will be automatically be set to No in the Contest form.
-If Its set to NO and “Contestant Success Notification” OR “Contestant Approved Notification” SET to YES, then the Email address field will be automatically be set to YES in the Contest form with required option.
Navbar Shortcode adds the ability to turn the navbar on/off
Ability for the admin to manually adjust votes in admin end and while Importing Contestants
Number of Votes displayed in Vote Log
Vote Log Export with shows of Votes
VERSION 3.4.2 – Released 10/16/2017
PHP7 Admin Issues and depricated functions
Show All Contestant Issue
Import Contestant for Video
Licensing and Upgrading process
Voted Button Messages
VERSION 3.4 – Released 9/1/2017
Grid / List Custom Fields Issue
Email Notifications for Contestants
Ability for Contestants to edit their contest entry with admin option to turn editing On/Off per Contest Category
Updated Profile Screen Layout
Video JS Support Youtube & Vimeo
Video JS Support for Multiple Video Types to Play/Pause
Short Category ID to Check whether the category ID exists or not and display error message
Success message when entering a contest is now a popup notification instead of a success message at the bottom of the submitted form.
VERSION 3.3.9 – Released 6/29/2017
Design issue in admin end
Video URL Display Fix in Admin End
Post Per Page Setting Option in Pagination Settings
Form Label Notes for Music, Video, Title and Description
Show All Contestant Style Settings
Style Settings – Maintained consistency in design
Grab EMail: Hide If Logged in Vote and Email Verification are set
Email verification Pop Design Change
Widget Styles & Design
VERSION 3.3.8 – Released 6/4/2017
Changed video player to video.js instead of FlowPlayer to remove watermarks, increase load performance, and support additional video types
Added support for video playback to showallcontestants shortcode instead of a thumbnail.
VERSION 3.3.7 – Released 3/8/2017
Admin CSS will now only load on Voting Contest Plugin pages
Voting log download files showing ip instead of voter email
Text area field character limit for contestant form fields
Admin end on/off option for character limit on contestant form fields
VERSION 3.3.6 – Released 2/22/2017
Multisite Form Issue
Facebook/Twitter/WP Email Capture in Vote Log for logged in users
MP3 Uploads now accepted in entry form
Created custom FILE for mp3 upload while installation or activation
Flow Player for the site Video
If Video is not from YouTube, Vine or Vimeo , then FLowPlayer will play the video
Admin UI redesigned
Support for upcoming Video Upload Extension
VERSION 3.3.5 – Released 12/23/2016
Fully PHP7 and WordPress 4.7 compatible
Changed the deprecated functions on the widget controller
PHP7 deprecated mysql_query changed to mysqli_query
Spaces no longer converted to dashes for custom question choices
Added unique classes to form questions for advanced styling
Added Voter email address prompt option for “User Not logged in” exclusively for IP and Cookie tracking
VERSION 3.3.4 – Released 11/01/2016
MySQL Compatibility Update
VERSION 3.3.3 – Released 10/28/2016
Calendar Frequency Adjustment
Custom Form Fields Form
Social Share – Remove the + and use spaces
W3C Total Cache admin-ajax.php issue
VERSION 3.3.2 – Released 10/15/2016
Per Calendar Day Frequency
Option to Disable PrettyPhoto in Single Contestants Post
Origin IP Address to Vote Log and Vote Log Export
Ability to Format Notification Email
VERSION 3.3.1 – Released 10/05/2016
Long Titles in Video Contest Grid View
Style Settings for Mobile Menu Font Color
Choose the default state of mobile menu in Common Settings: Open/Close
VERSION 3.3 – Released 9/22/2016
Close/Open Form Setting
Multiple Contestant Page with Three Design Looks (Normal View, Samsung Grid Flow & Masonry CSS Grid)
Max Size for the File Upload
Category Select Add Contestant Form
Single Contestant Redirection URL
Sort Filter in the Multiple Contestant Page
Search function for the Multiple Contestant Page with Post Meta + Category and Sort filter
Voting Upgrade Option in Admin end for the Post Meta indexing in database
TinyMCE Editor Button for adding shortcodes on a Page
Video Thumbnail for Vimeo & YouTube
Show/Hide Option in All Contestant Page
VERSION 3.2.3 – Released 7/15/2016
Moving contestants from published to pending or draft via the bulk edit will delete the custom fields information.
VERSION 3.2.2 – Released 7/14/2016
Contestant Pending display issue with the Paypal Entry Fee Extension
Styling in prettyPhoto view
Contest category setting styling for Image mandatory
Top 10 Contestants page design
Image & Video Width control settings in Common Settings for Single contestant page
Title position control setting in Common Settings for Single contestant page title
Single contestant page styles controlled in Style Settings
prettyPhoto styles controlled Style Settings
Hide or Show Grid/List setting controlled in contestant category setting
VERSION 3.2 – Released 6/20/2016
Cookie tracking issue
VERSION 3.1.9 – Released 5/23/2016
Added back refined features that we released in 3.1.6 and 3.1.7 that were temporarily taken out in 3.1.8
ShowRules Shortcode Attribute to turn Rules and Prizes on and off
DatePicker Field in the Contestant Form Builder
Option to hide the WP Registration in General Settings allowing you to force Facebook and Twitter Logins only
Resolved Login Bugs on the Profile Screen
VERSION 3.1.8 – Released 5/13/2016
Open Login Form with Logged In Option
Updated Twitter Login API
Updated Facebook Login API
Login Form Mobile friendly adjustments
Count Down Timer
Audio Contest Settings
Essay Contest Width Setting
Ability to change the permalink slug for SEO purposes
Ability to show the Rules and Prizes while using the addcontestants shortcode
VERSION 3.1.7 – Released 3/2/2016
Audio Player on mobile devices
Critical error on activation with rare themes
Alert check for 777 permissions on the css file that saves changed styles
VERSION 3.1.6 – Released 2/19/2016
Contestant photos now show on contestant profile screen
Choose position of Title / Category above or below the contestants Photo/Video/MP3
Additional support for new PayPal and Stripe Entry Fee extensions (extensions sold separately)
Ability to upload photo to MP3 contest for player background
Ability to set the width and height of audio player
Grid layout for MP3 contests
Audio Player on Top 10 page for MP3 contests
3 Audio Player Skins to choose from
Sorting of Title, Author, Voter Email and Vote Date in the Vote Log
Changed settings buttons and wording to be more intuitive of what the settings do
New audio player for expanding format support in future versions
VERSION 3.1.5 – Released 1/21/2016
Voting per category issue has been fixed
Facebook login issue during account creation
Color changes on voting button for 1 per calendar day issue
Category settings added for essay / video / audio (Upload Image & Image Mandatory)
Image field on submit form enable and disable
Category setting to Show author email in contestant listing and single contestant page
Category setting to show author name in contestant listing and single contestant page
Video contestant: video URL will be shown first, description will be shown on contestant listing and single contestant page
Title moved to the top of Photo Contest Contestants Page
Custom Fields will not be shown with blank values
VERSION 3.1.4 – Released 12/15/2015
Email verification bypass
Start time null form not shown
Registration fields not shown on creating account
Style save button issue
Support for Paypal Entry Form Payment System Extension
Support for Stripe Entry Form Payment System Extension
VERSION 3.1.3 – Released 11/5/2015
Sort selection doesn’t hold through pagination.
Sort selection, shortcode and sort admin settings functions repaired which got bumped in 3.1.2.
VERSION 3.1.2 – Released 11/3/2015
Vote button now changes color giving better indication on which contestant you voted for.
Added style setting to change “Voted” button color under Settings > Style Settings > Voting and Sharing.
VERSION 3.1.1 – Released 10/28/2015
Image preview added to entry form
New Login & Register Tabs in login popup
Random sort order issue in infinite scroll
When deleting a contestant entry, the contestant entry count did not reduce by 1
Order by Date issue when set from the admin end
All voting buttons change to voted when multiple categories are displayed on the same page
VERSION 3.1 – Released 10/12/2015
CSS fixes for Social Login area
Entry form display based on start timer
Clear votes per category
Facebook user email display in vote log using new Facebook API calls
Facebook account creation using new Facebook API calls
VERSION 3.0.9 – Released 10/8/2015
Infinite Scroll Pagination.
Ability to disable PrettyPhoto popup on main contest page and go directly to the single contestant post.
Revamped Social Login area.
Deleting vote from vote log not working
Using drop down to change pagination count in vote log results in blank page
Deleting single record from vote log caused blank page.
Unable to submit entry form from iPhone
Voting Contest image url error posting to Pinterest
VERSION 184.108.40.206 – Released 7/28/2015
Exporting the Contestants in the format csv, html, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Open office – ods
Exporting the Voting Log in the format csv, html, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Open office – ods
WP Mail function fixes for certain servers while using the AJAX
Facebook Share Title added + sign
VERSION 220.127.116.11 – Released 6/26/2015
Additional vote count Security Methods using Encryption and Decryption in Data Passing
Voting frequency when vote count equals 1 with Per Category (Single) Selected
Multiple Photo Contests on a single page now shows correct Additional Information form contestant entry form questions
VERSION 3.0.7 – Released 6/12/2015
Email verification vote tracking method
New Vote Frequency features with Single, Multiple and Multiple Split
Per Category option to hide photos until contest starts
Tool tips for longer descriptions on admin settings
Music and video enhancements including entry form support
Option to turn related videos for youtube on and off
Option to set Width for the Videos
Color setting for for Title Grid View, Title List View and the Title on the Single Contestants page
Honeypot anti-spam technique to stop spam on the contestant entries
Missing random sort order option in the drop down in common settings
Stripping of P tags and Br tags issue in the Contestant Description
Vote frequency for single/all contestants
Fully Multisite Compatible
VERSION 3.0.6 – Released 5/3/2015
Ability to auto approve contestants.
Alt attribute added back to photos.
Editing the default Summer Theme will prompt for Save As.
Adding showform=1 or showform=0 to your shortcode will override the default form handling which is based on the start timer.
Added shortcode function displayform=1 and displayform=0 to the addcontestants shortcode.
Plugin scripts will only load on pages where the shortcode is used.
Color theme setting enhancements so styles are not overwritten by WordPress themes or other plugins.
Overall responsive CSS improvements
When screen size is less than 450px, Contestants Listing will be listed in GRID View
Sort order issue in 3.0.5.
VERSION 3.0.5 – Released 4/15/2015
Ability to create and switch themes (colors/font size).
Hide the Most Voted and Least Voted sort option in the front end drop down when the vote count option is set to hidden the contest category settings.
Admin Settings tab now responsive.
Query monitor Execution PHP Warning and Errors with X Theme.
VERSION 3.0.4 – Released 3/28/2015
Per Contestant Frequency
Ability to set voting frequency rate per hour
Order By random to global contest settings drop down
Updated CSS for responsive videos
Shortcode display on contest category screen
Custom Contestant Question not shown if label is cleared and saved.
W3C Total Cache deprecated function caused vote processing window to get stuck.
Windows Fast/CGI Server receives 500 Internal Server or Image resize issue.
VERSION 3.0.3 – Released 3/04/2015
Ability to pass HTML Links in the Custom Fields.
Contestant post layout compatibility with Salient theme and a few others.
Hide the Image field when the contest category is Music or Video.
Image overlay size in mobile view.
Max image width in mobile on contestants post.
Video contest form would ask for image upload on some installs.
VERSION 3.0.2 – Released 2/26/2015
Added back multilingual support which was missing in 3.0
Added new Vote Frequency options
Music / Essay Category Options
Search Engine Friendly URL’s for Contestants custom posts
Social sharing notice in vote message window
Voting log timezone now based off set WordPress Time Zone
Updates notices now display properly
VERSION 3.0.1 – Released 2/19/2015
Drop down for contest Type (Photo, Video, Music) for expanding functions in the future.
Hover effect on images showing that clicking the image will show the larger image.
CSS improvements on for long descriptions and plugin fonts.
Load CSS/Fonts last for better compatibility.
Sort Order in Multiple Contestants Page effecting other contests displayed on the page.
Fatal error on activation with some themes.
VERSION 3.0 – Released 2/12/2015
Completely redeveloped from the ground up (6 month project).
Show/Hide Top 10 per category.
Ability to choose your sidebars or ours.
Sort Contestants by category.
Cleaner more efficient code.
Eliminate script conflicts.
Ability to use Action Hooks.
Cleaner user interface.
Responsive Register/Login Form.
Setting entry limit per person now applies per category instead of to all categories.
License activation issues for some users.
VERSION 2.5.7 – Released 1/22/2015
Clearer descriptions on Overview Page to be more helpful.
Contest Rules and Prizes Tab with Multiple Contests on Single Page
Addcontestants shortcode entry form when required to login to submit entry
VERSION 2.5.6 – Released 1/14/2015
Hiding vote count now hides – Sort by votes and Top 10 Tab
Hiding vote count list/grid display
Hiding vote count on contestants page and prettyPhoto
VERSION 2.5.5 – Released 1/13/2015
Submit Entry on Page with Multiple Contests.
Sort Option on Page with Multiple Contests.
Entry Form display in Chrome.
Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ on Profile Page.
Contest Category to Profile Page.
VERSION 2.5.4 – Released 1/09/2015
Improved the overall design of the contest page, list view, grid view and contestants page.
Better responsive design.
Consolidated the Contest Entry, Sorting Options, list/grid change, and contest link into a navigation bar.
Top 10 and Contest Rules and Prizes Section.
New Contestants Page Widget in default WordPress Widget Area.
Top Contestants Widget.
Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ Sharing.
Contestant Page Views.
URL displayed via sharing feature on contestants page.
Custom Java scripting written to avoid possibilities of conflicts with other frameworks.
Overall performance increase for contests with 100+ contestants and 100k+ votes.
VERSION 2.5.3 – Released 10/14/2014
Line breaks no longer create new column in export file.
Export now includes the Author Email and Author Username.
VERSION 2.5.2 – Released 9/19/2014
Bulk approve would remove contestant url from title
VERSION 2.5.1 – Released 9/16/2014
Bulk approve feature
Email notification issue when the contest category contestant limit not set
VERSION 2.5 – Released 8/13/2014
Export Contestants Feature
Better German translation – Thank you Fabian!
Better Spanish translation – Thank you Lucas!
Bulk approve feature clears contestant custom fields
Working on: Italian translation
VERSION 2.4.9 – Released 7/2/2014
Latest WordPress TinyMCE prevents embed code from being passed through description.
VERSION 2.4.8 – Released 6/23/2014
Confirmation when clearing votes
Better compatibility with WP Super Cache
Read more button disappears when contestants viewed in prettyPhoto
VERSION 2.4.7 – Released 6/17/2014
Facebook Login Framework (support not available until 7-15-2014)
Twitter Login Framework (support not available until 7-15-2014)
New Contestant Profile Screen via shortcode
Contestants are now set as the post author when required to log in to enter contest
prettyPhoto Gallery now has option to display entry date and excerpt
Bulk Contestant Approve Feature
Bulk Vote Log Delete Feature
Cookie Voting Option (Less Secure!)
Vote Log default sort order shows latest date
Vote Button/Single Contestant Vote Color Change
Logged in and non logged in voting
Clear Vote Entries without the Start and End Date
Contest ended prettyPhoto display buttons
Missing Div when contest ends
Removed the Date Selector from Clear Voting Entries – Now Category Based and working
VERSION 2.4.6 – Released 5/22/2014
German Language Translations
Vote count and vote button to prettyPhoto Gallery
Facebook and Twitter Share to prettyPhoto Gallery
Facebook Share now uses the contestant image
Option to add contestant form fields to prettyPhoto Gallery
CSS Adjustment for improved Responsiveness
VERSION 2.4.5 – Released 5/13/2014
Theme compatibility with Avada Theme
VERSION 2.4.4 – Released 5/8/2014
Delete Button in Vote Logs
Description Field to prettyPhoto
Copyright Notice and GPL
Blank index.php file for security (Silence is Golden)
prettyPhoto attribute changed to data-gal to pass HTML Validation
Add space to Twitter Share Link
Grid Issue While moving between Pages
Need to click Submit entry button twice on occasion
Admin notification sent if contestant reached entry limit
Removed the Visual tab from entry form.
VERSION 2.4.3 – Released 4/28/2014
Multilingual support via .MO and .PO files.
New Vote Log under Contest > Contestants > Vote Log Tab (at top).
prettyPhoto Gallery to expand upon for future development.
Display details in grid view, list view, both or none contest category option.
Optional display description field on contestants entry form and on contestants page.
Ability to turn pagination off via pagination=0 shortcode.
Moved Contestant related menus to Tabs under Contest > Contestants
Removed Topcontestants and Bottomcontestants shortcode.
Show large image in prettyPhoto when image is clicked.
Fixed Total Contest Category votes count calculation.
Addcontestants form display error when required to login to submit entry.
VERSION 2.4.2 – Released 3/18/2014
Contest Category Option to show total votes per contest category.
Labeling of functions in control panel to read more clearly.
Support for Internet Explorer.
Grid View improve when “No Image” available.
Theme compatibility with many themes.
Video Contest Custom Post alignment.
Fixed bug where checking vote for multiple contestants and once per category allowed many votes per contestant.
Fixed HTML Validation Errors.
VERSION 2.4.1 – Released 3/02/2014
Support for Homepage Pagination.
Import / Export Feature now supports custom form questions.
Settings descriptions labeled more accurately.
Fixed bug where vote count on admin contestants page was only showing the 1st digit.
VERSION 2.4 – Released 2/12/2014
Images now fully integrated with WordPress Media Library and Global Media Size Settings
(gives you the ability to crop and resize thumbs for your contest!!)
Pagenavi scripts updated to latest version
Global setting image size selection which auto populates all image sizes WordPress and Themes create
Global Option “Once Per Category” allowing voting once per contest category, per contest or multiple contestants
Global Option to set number of entries allowed per person
Global option to turn scripts on and off
Global option to turn off “More” button
Global option to set title truncation size limit for both Grid & List view
Contest Category option to turn off the vote count display for a specific contest category
Once the contest ends, the timer changes to “CONTEST ENDED” and the voting button is removed giving “gallery” display
WordPress commenting on Contestants Post Page.
Global IP checking for Origin IP Address for better Internal Network Contests
CSS for Video and Photo Contestants Page
Email from name and notification E-Mail
Improved HTML Validation
Admin navigation display
Export feature for Mac’s
Chrome timer display
Start and End Timers based off WordPress set Time
Contestant Page Navigation
VERSION 2.3.9 – Released 12/16/2013
Added optional admin notify on entry submission.
VERSION 2.3.8 – Released 12/02/2013
Fixed pagination bug.
Improved support for multiple contests on a single page.
Removed redundant global settings.
Added global setting to disable sidebar on custom post page.
Ability to override middle custom post navigation button URL per contest category.
“Vote Now” button now changes to “Voted” after you vote.
VERSION 2.3.7 – Released 11/20/2013
Date picker updated.
Added option for video contests.
VERSION 2.3.6 – Released 11/18/2013
Fixed bug where a contestants votes would be cleared after updating the contestants post.
VERSION 2.3.5 – Released 11/12/2013
Removed dependency of Tim Thumb.
VERSION 2.3.4 – Released 11/21/2013
Improved coding based on official code review to maximize performance, compatibility and security.
VERSION 2.3.3 – Released 11/20/2013
Improved image upload compatibility.
VERSION 2.3.2 – Released 11/08/2013
Resolve Jquery conflict for sites with many plugins.
Adjust CSS for IE7 grid view.
VERSION 2.3.1 – Released 10/28/2013
Maintenance release to improve compatibility with various themes and plugins.
VERSION 2.3 – Released 10/24/2013
Add section to build custom fields for Submit Contestant Form
Add section to build custom fields for Registration Form
Add option to mark fields as Admin View ONLY in both forms
Export Contestant Details to CSV
Show Contestant Registration Fields in Users section
Show Custom Fields in Registration Form
Show Custom Fields in Submit Contestant Form
Show User Profile with Custom Fields
Custom Post Navigation
Contestants or voters required to register will automatically be logged in once they register.
VERSION 2.2.2 – Released 10/21/2013
Link Photo in List View, Grid View and on Custom Post Page to large image with prettyPhoto effect.
VERSION 2.2.1 – Released 10/20/2013
Maintenance release to improve compatibility with various themes and plugins.
Fix bug where in some cases sorting by votes did not display contestants with zero votes.
VERSION 2.2 – Released 10/09/2013
Display Read More button that links to Contestant Page
Social Media Integration – Facebook & Twitter Share
Add option to allow only logged in users to submit contestants
Vote button and Facebook/Twitter share on custom posts page
Shortcode to display the contestants list in grid / list view
Integrate User Login / Register / Forgot Password forms
Maintenance release to improve compatibility with various themes and plugins.
Optional Front end user uploads for contest entries with admin approval.
Optional Number of Contestants to be reached to make it Active.
Editable Entries Closed Description
Contest Start Time
Countdown timer for contest start
Editable To Be Started Description
Countdown timer for contest end
Editable Closed Description
Voting Type to determine whether voter is allowed to vote for 1 contestant or multiple contestants
Votes Timer Text color picker
Votes Timer Background color picker
Added new short codes to control options
Improved compatibility on certain server/theme configurations.
Update blockUI for WordPress 3.6 compatibility.
Add support for PHP 5.2+
Now compatible with ‘Query Multiple Taxonomies’ plugin
Added coding to avoid possible menu position conflicts with other plugins.
Added support for automatic updating.
Ability to set contest expiration date and time.
Ability to change voting frequency and options: no limit, once every 12 hours, once every 24 hours, once per calendar day.
Choice to Store/Delete all data in database if plugin is deactivated.
Improved overview screen with short code examples.
VERSION 1.6 – Released 10/12/2017
Plugin Update Notifications
VERSION 1.5 – Released 2/22/2017
Currency Selector for all 136 currencies supported by Stripe.
VERSION 1.4 – Released 12/23/2016
Thank you URL field
Improved mobile support
“Awaiting Admin Approval” status for paid contestants only
Currency Selector for USD or EUR
VERSION 1.3 – Released 10/12/2017
Plugin Update Notifications
VERSION 1.2 – Released 2/23/2017
Currency Selector for all 136 currencies supported by PayPal.
Thank you URL field
VERSION 1.1 – Released 8/08/2016
Pending Status missing on contestant entry after submission.
VERSION 1.0 – Released 2/19/2016