MainWP Dashboard 3.2.2 along with the MainWP Child 3.2.5 introduces one significant change in site connection process. As of this version, MainWP plugin won’t allow users to connect child sites by using MD5 encryption. This means that OpenSSL Extension needs to be enabled on both, Dashboard and Child server(s).
If the PHP OpenSSL Extension is not available on a child site server, the MainWP plugin was designed to drop back to an MD5 encryption connection for securing the communication between the dashboard and child site. After an extensive review and security audit, it was shown that the MD5 encryption drop back is not as secure as we would like.
Since the security is the most important thing to MainWP team, we have decided to enable users with sites currently connected via MD5 encryption to see which sites are currently connected with MD5 encryption and disallow any new sites from being connected via MD5.
For more information about this tweak, please check this help document.
What else is new?
MainWP Dev team has been busy over last few weeks. They have been able to add a few feature requests submitted by our users on the MainWP Roadmap.
New Manage Sites Columns
Starting from the 3.2.2 version, users can see the number of available updates for Plugins, Themes and WP Core in the new Manage Sites table columns.
Same as with other columns, users can move them or completely hide columns in the Screen Options menu.
Feature Request submitted by elogicnz
Keeping site notes is important. From now, you ca easily preview notes by hovering a mouse cursor over the Notes link.
Feature Request submitted by wilkinsit
Trusted Plugins/Themes Indicator
If you use the Auto Updates feature, you can easily see plugins and themes that you have set as trusted.
Hide MainWP Tours
If you are experienced MainWP User, and you don’t need help tours anymore, you can use the new Dismiss button to hide unwanted tours.
Thanks one more time to all users that took a time to send us ideas and feature requests. We are looking forward to new ones 🙂