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#1 Anwar


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 07:01 AM

Hi Alex,


I don't know if asking on the forums is the appropriate way, but what's going on behind the scenes of MD?


We haven't heard from you for a while now. No blogs or email updates.


Any big changes coming MD's way?

#2 Alex


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Posted 10 October 2017 - 12:45 PM

Hey Anwar, no problem for asking here and I'm glad you asked!


To cut right to the chase, I've been working all summer long on MD4.7, which is a massive rewrite of how Marketers Delight stores and uses data in the WordPress database. The challenge that has taken so long is making sure that when this update is ready for your site, all of your existing data will be safely moved to the new data format. I'm finally getting this wrapped up and am getting closer to making an announcement.


What are the benefits of MD4.7 and why did I make this a priority now?

  1. MD4.7 will dramatically drop the number of database queries made per page load from upwards of 100's+ to less than 30 in most cases, which is a significant performance/speed gain. This needed to be done so higher-traffic sites can run MD without crashing, and to make all of our sites run better on any server.
  2. The new data structure sets MD up to be less random and more predictable/organized, meaning new features and options can be added in a more robust manner and easy to move across sites. Also, import/export systems will now be able to exist so installing things like Drop-ins and other MD addons I have planned for the new year can be as easy as installing a plugin.

All in all, MD4.7 will be sure to speed up all of our sites and lay the groundwork for adding new Drop-ins, page templates, and other cool features I mentioned here without worrying about ugly technical details. Again, the big undertaking has been to make sure this update can hit your sites smoothly without deleting your data, and it's something I'm testing a lot and making sure to get perfect.


As for me, this summer I took some time to travel after a year of releasing many updates. While on the road I worked on some cool MD projects that launched (I'll do a blog post roundup to show you all), and of course build out MD4.7 (95% done). I have been quiet on the blog, which is a bad tendency of mine, but there's always something in the works for MD!


MD4.7 has been exhausting because of how gritty these details are, and frustrating because we won't see the benefits of it (outside of performance) until new features like MD Optins and Drop-ins are released.


Until then, I'm always checking the forums for any new questions you post. I hope you've been keeping busy with new websites as well! Thanks again for the post, these kinds of discussions are what keep me going!

- Alex
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#3 Anwar


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 06:36 AM

Thanks you for taking the time to reply!


Well I'm glad you were able to do those behind the scenes updates. Keeping MD a fast template is very important to me and I think many other customers that have some high traffic websites.


ps. Hope you enjoyed the travels! You should head over to Europe one day!

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