WC Password Strength Settings Plugin 2.0 Release

At long last, I’m happy to announce the release of WC Password Strength Settings version 2.0.0 – a major overhaul to the original WooCommerce Password Strength Settings plugin I released over a year ago. Here, I’ll give a brief overview of the plugin and what’s changed since the initial release.

WC Password Strength Settings – what is it?

WC Password Strength Settings is a free plugin on the WordPress.org respository that gives WooCommerce site owners more control over the minimum password strength for their users. By default, WooCommerce requires rather strict passwords with an uncertain strength algorithm, and this plugin aims to change that and clarify what makes a strong password.

In WC Password Strength Settings, if users go to their WooCommerce Account settings, they’ll see a new set of fields:

WC Password Strength Settings - Field Display

In these fields, you can change your site’s messaging, colors, and display.

What’s new in Version 2.0?

Version 2.0.0 of WC Password Strength Settings was a complete rewrite of the source code. While version 1.1.0 allowed for site owners to change the strength requirement and add custom messaging, users consistently asked for more. After a lot of Googling, thinking, failing, and head-banging (not the rock kind), we finally have all that and more!

New features and changes in version 2.0 include:

  • Clarified messaging regarding levels 1-4 of zxcvbn (the password meter in WordPress)
  • Built-in JavaScript colorpicker to change the text color of each level
  • Ability to change the Hint Text from it’s original misleading message to whatever you’d like
  • Ability to hide the hint text and emoji display entirely
  • Future flexibility for more features (now added via a standard format)

FAQ & Links

Who is this plugin for, and what do I need to use it?
This plugin works for anyone using an updated WooCommerce site (version 3.1+).

Where do I go to download the plugin?
You can freely download WC Password Strength Settings in the WordPress.org repository, or by searching through the Plugins menu in your site.

Where do I go for support regarding the plugin?
First, be sure to check out the Plugin Documentation. If that doesn’t help, you can post on the WordPress.org repository support, though it’s not as fast as using the Support form here.

How does the plugin determine Password Strength?
This is covered pretty extensively (with examples) in the “How Password Strength is Determined” section of the Documentation.

Where should I go if I want to request a feature or if I want to contribute an update?
Post on the GitHub Repo! I’d love you forever if you helped me add multilingual support.

This is great – how do I review it?
If you use the plugin and like it, then please leave a review!

I’d love to hear from you, so if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions that don’t fit in the places above, feel free to leave them in the comments. Have fun! 🙂

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