Wasabi Theme Updates

Everything is ever-changing in the SEO and online monetization world. And we know it. That is why we constantly improve the product so that you can enjoy an updated, robust product with constant improvements.

Here you will be able to check the significant updates, improvements, and new features developed from the feedback from all of you. If you want to see a complete changelog for each version, you can check the detailed list of changes.

📅 AUGUST – NOVEMBER 2022

🆕 Compatibility with WordPress 6.x

⚡ Support for PHP 8.1

🛠️ Other improvements

  • You can now change the anchor and color of alternative affiliate CTAs in comparisons and products.
  • Compatibility with WebP image optimization plugins.
  • Fixed minor glitches and bugs.

🥳 JANUARY – AUGUST 2022

MAJOR UPDATE: Functionalities to allow more than one affiliate URL on products, comparatives and best seller lists.

Over 5,000 lines of code have been changed over 8+ months of continuous development.

Best sellers block

  • You can now generate a mixed product listing from various affiliate APIs.

Product block

  • You can now add alternative URLs and products, manually or automatically with the APIs.
  • Option to change the anchor of alternative URLs.
  • Option to show/hide alternative URLs.
  • Options to change the styles and position of alternative URLs.

Product comparison block

  • You can now show alternative URLs for each product in the comparison, they are automatically obtained from the product blocks, as it currently does with the rest of the data.
  • Options to change the styles of the alternative URLs.

🥳 APRIL – DECEMBER 2021 – Wasabi Theme 2.0

Wasabi Theme 2.0 is here, the biggest update so far…

What does this update include?

🔝 New «Best-selling products» or «Best seller» Block

  • Perfect for automatic websites or to complement manual websites with lists of best-selling products according to a search query.
  • Compatible with Amazon, AliExpress, and eBay.
  • Configurable product limit, from 1 to 30 products.
  • Four different styles.
  • Configurable number of columns (from 1 to 5 columns).
  • Information obtained and displayed from the API (the style of each element can be changed):
    • Product name (3 styles). You can restrict the maximum number of words.
    • Product image.
    • Two CTAs (5 styles, configurable text, and colors) with affiliate links.
    • Product features list (3 styles). You can restrict the maximum number of features and the maximum number of words per feature.
    • Current price (5 styles).
    • Discount (5 styles).
    • Price before discount (5 styles).
    • Amazon Prime / eBay Top Seller logo.
    • Amazon / eBay / AliExpress icon or logo.
  • Each element mentioned above can be enabled/disabled globally or in individual blocks.

🚀 Substantial Web Performance Optimization (WPO)

  • Whole PHP code rewritten from scratch in order to optimize performance and RAM memory management. We are not exaggerating, we changed 98% of the lines of the code. The ZIP weight has dropped from 3MB to 1.7MB. The code is now more efficient and robust.
  • Wasabi Theme no longer depends on jQuery (too heavy). If you do not use other plugins that do require jQuery, it will no longer load.
  • Option to defer JavaScript loading for some seconds or until user interaction. Very useful to improve Core Web Vitals on sites with Google AdSense.
  • Option to defer JavaScript execution, thus avoiding block rendering to complement or supplement the option we offered to not block said rendering: move scripts to the footer.
  • Option to automatically add width and height attributes to images that do not have them to improve visual jumps and, therefore CLS.
  • Option to inline critical Wasabi Theme scripts, slightly reducing latency.
  • Option to change the loading type of Google Fonts: swap, auto, optional (recommended).
  • Optimized Google Fonts loading with preload and prefetch, whether they are loaded asynchronously or not.
  • Updated Google AdSense auto ads codein order to improve loading speed.

🔖New data, styles and options in product blocks and comparison tables

  • You will see the product data obtained from the API in the block editor itself (name, pros, description, image, price, etc.) in real-time.
  • More elements are now obtained from the API and the style of each can be changed:
    • Product name (3 styles). You can restrict the maximum number of words.
    • Product image.
    • Two CTAs (5 styles, configurable text and colors) with affiliate link.
    • List of features. (3 styles). You can restrict the maximum number of features and the maximum number of words per feature.
    • Product description.
    • Current price (5 styles).
    • Discount (5 styles).
    • Price before discount (5 styles).
    • Amazon Prime / eBay Top Seller logo.
    • Amazon / eBay / AliExpress icon or logo within the CTAs.
  • You can individuallyshow or hide any previous element, either globally or in individual blocks from Wasabi settings.
  • Review, features and CTAs dynamic variables: you will be able to use the variables {wasabi_price}, {wasabi_discount}, {wasabi_source} and {wasabi_name} that will be replaced by the price, discount, data source or product name in real time.{wasabi_source}{wasabi_name} {wasabi_price} {wasabi_discount}

  • Only in the product block:
    • Possibility to add other blocks, shortcodes and HTML within the description field of the product block.
    • Option to change the maximum number of features’ columns (pros/cons) in the product block.
    • Added two extra styles.

🎨 Style upgrading and general design improvements

  • We have updated all the styles to achieve a more modern result, with more stylized borders and shadows. If you wish to go back to an older look, you can disable both the shadows and rounded edges from Wasabi Theme settings.
  • Options to change the shadow, text and background color of all CTAs globally.

🛠️ Other improvements

  • Option to hide the cart from the header in WooCommerce.
  • Adapted the integration with the latest version of eBay’s API.
  • New page in the administration panel to control and empty Wasabi Theme’s products cache. It can be accessed from the Wasabi menu.
  • You can now enable automatic updates if you have activated a Wasabi Theme license on your website.
  • The «quote» field of the «testimonial» block already allows HTML.
  • Many other performance, usability and design improvements.
  • Many bugs have been fixed.

📅 MARCH 2021

Monetization with affiliates

  • You can now highlight any product in the comparison tables, choosing any color and text for the featured badge.

Web Performance Optimization (WPO)

  • We have improved the CLS by optimizing the CSS loading of Wasabi Theme Gutenberg blocks.

SEO and information architecture

  • You can now tag pages.

Design and customization

  • You can now set which colors should appear in the Gutenberg editors’ color pickers and the Wasabi Theme configurator.
  • Added support for responsive videos.

Compatibility

  • Wasabi Theme is now compatible with WP Recipe Maker.

📅 FEBRUARY 2021

Web Performance Optimization (WPO).

  • AMP has arrived: Wasabi Theme is now compatible with Accelerated Mobile Pages.
  • We have reduced the weight of the template by almost 70%.
  • We have improved the connection speed with affiliate APIs.
  • Cluster load time has been further reduced.
  • Now you can enable lazy load of iframes and images (videos, google maps, etc.) even for browsers that don’t support native lazy load (like Safari).

Layout and customization

  • Option to change the footer copyright text.
  • New menu space available in the copyright.

📅 JANUARY 2021

Monetization with affiliates

  • You can now connect to the AliExpress API to create AliExpress products and comparison tables.

Design and customization

  • Now the main menu allows up to 4 levels of nesting.
  • Added several options to change the styles of the subheader or secondary menu.

📅 DECEMBER 2020

Web Performance Optimization (WPO)

  • You can now load Google Fonts without blocking rendering.

Monetization with Google AdSense

  • You can now enable or disable ads depending on what the user decides in the cookie consent.

Design and customization

  • General design improvements in the main menu.
  • Option to remove h1 from individual posts or pages.
  • You can now remove the search bar from the header.
  • Options to change the colors and position of the cookie consent.

📅 NOVEMBER 2020

E-commerce

  • Wasabi Theme is already compatible with WooCommerce.

Monetization with affiliates

  • You can now restrict the number of products in the automatic comparison tables.
  • You can also disable specific products from the comparison tables.
  • Added an option to hide or show the affiliate logo in comparison tables.

Web Analytics

  • Support for Google Analytics 4.
  • You can now enable or disable analytical cookies depending on what the user decides in the cookie consent.

SEO and information architecture

  • Added an option to exclude categories from category clusters.
  • Added an option to only show sister categories in category clusters.
  • Added an option to exclude subcategories from category clusters.
  • Added an option to only show subcategories in category clusters.
  • Added an option to change the order of posts and pages in the clusters.

Design and customization

  • You can now hide the header and footer in specific posts or pages (aggressive landings).
📅 JULY 2020 Automation
  • You can now create automatic websites using all Wasabi blocks in their shortcode variant.
SEO and information architecture
  • WebPage and Author structured data.
Design and customization
  • You can now use 8 new styles for clusters.
  • You can now set a fixed header (sticky) when scrolling.
  • Optional custom “Back to Home” button.
  • Added an option to insert the featured image at the beginning of posts or pages.
  • You can now change the size of subtitles h2, h3, h4, h5 and h6.
Usability
  • Revamped cluster editor for a real-time creation experience.
Compatibility
  • Added infinite scroll plugins compatibility.

📅 JUNE 2020

Monetization with affiliates

  • Integration of affiliate APIs for Brazil, Australia, Canada, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Spain, United States and Germany.
  • New design available for product blocks.

Web Analytics

  • Option to add the Google Tag Manager code.

Design and customization

  • Added an optional left/right sidebar.
  • Added an option to adjust column width.
  • Options to change background color, text, links, headings, header, footer, and breadcrumbs.
  • Added an option to change the search bar text.
  • Added an option to disable breadcrumbs.
  • Added an option to use Yoast SEO or Rank Math breadcrumbs.
  • Enabled the upload of SVG icons.

Compatibility

  • Wasabi Theme is now compatible with Content Egg.
📅 MAY 2020 Monetization with affiliates
  • You can now enable cloaking for affiliate links.
  • You can now mark affiliate links as no-follow, sponsored or without rel attribute (do-follow).
  • You can now obfuscate affiliate links.
  • Easily export out-of-stock products from configured affiliates to a CSV file.
Monetization with Google AdSense
  • Added a module for the insertion of ads oriented to AdSense niches and other advertising companies.
  • Added an option to insert automatic Google AdSense ads.
SEO and information architecture
  • You can now assign categories to pages.
Design and customization
  • You can now use the new testimonials block.
Compatibility
  • Wasabi Theme is now compatible with Elementor.