Pro Pack Features
If you want to keep the legacy add-on, ProPack, do not upgrade the base plug-in to version 4.8. All individual $30-$50 legacy add-ons have been phased out over the past 2 years. Please follow the SLP news feeds for important information.
Remember, upgrades are optional. We do not auto-update the way WordPress has in the past. When you purchased the Pro Pack from Charleston Software Associates you purchased a product that does A,B, and C for $X. Those features do not go away and will work with the version of the core plug-in that was available at the time of your purchase. Remember updating to SLP version 4.8. is optional. If you already updated, you can downgrade the base plug-in to an earlier version (see documentation about downgrading and the steps you should take beforehand) or upgrade to the Power add-on.
You do not need to update the base plug-in unless you want the smart options capability in the newer add-ons using current technology that is more efficient and will use less of your server overhead. If there is a bug or a security patch needed those will be made as part of the regular service. The last stable version of ProPack worked with SLP version 4.7.11 but we could not continue to update ProPack without re-wrtiting a major piece of code, alternatively, those ProPack features (and more) already exist within the Power add-on. It was not efficient to continue to maintain two separate blocks of code to do the same job. Compatibility with other plug-ins, or with newer versions of the base plug-in, or your theme are not guaranteed in “perpetuity”. We endeavor to keep the plug-in and add-ons relevant and working smoothly, updates are needed occasionally.
As a side note: Website Developers who are providing a service to customers often tell us their customers upgraded without checking with them first.
Please remind your customers to read warnings, news posts, release specifications, change logs, and upgrade notes BEFORE hitting the update now button. Upgrading just for the sake of upgrading is not really a great idea on a production server. In fact it is a very bad idea! Production servers are meant to be stable. Ask them to stop upgrading their live production servers and require them to use a back-up service such as Vault Press or Jet Pack. You might mention they should hire an experienced site administrator if they want a stable and secure site.
Alternatively, take the worry out of updating with a MySLP plan. Check out the Power and import options under MYSLP SAAS