Well, I thought that version 2.7 was going to be the next release, but an astute user pointed out that there was a bug that needed to be addressed from the 2.6 series of releases. I thought about cutting the 2.7 project list down and releasing what was complete so far along with the bug fix. But after giving that much consideration, I felt that the bug release was ready to go and I would really like to get all of the new features for 2.7 into the final product.
So, this evening there will be a bug fix release. This will be version 2.6.6. What is corrects is this: If you are using fields that are not set to display (used on the admin side only), if a user updates his data on the front end, it will clear the admin-only data fields. The 2.6.6 bug fix release will correct this problem.
As far as releasing 2.7, I expect to have it out before the end of the year. The primary new feature of 2.7 is admin customization of the email messages that are sent by the plugin. This will allow you to set the wp_mail ‘from’ address if necessary and will allow you to customize any of the emails that the plugin sends out. This feature is essentially complete and in final testing.
Some other new features that are pending completion are support in the field management panel to add dropdown lists, an option to allow users to set their own passwords at registration, and making the TOS option a page rather than a dialog.
After the first of the year, I intend to focus development time on the completion of two premium add-ons for the plugin: a subscription module with payment gateway, and a user stats package. Both of these have been in development, but I just haven’t had the time to complete them. I expect them both to be available before the end of Q1 2012.
That’s all for now. I’ll have more information regarding plans for 2012 soon.