After almost 2 years of development, the long-awaited OptimizePress 3.0 platform is finally here! As you may already know, OptimizePress 1.0 was launched in 2010 as the pioneer in building landing pages, sales pages, and membership portals for WordPress.
Then version 2.0 was launched in 2013. Over time, many find OP 2.0 is too cumbersome to work with and started to opt for other options. That’s why the OP Team is committed to invest tens of thousands of hours into developing a more modernize page builder.
Excited For The New OptimizePress 3.0 Page Builder?
I’m not going to bore you with the bells and whistles of the new builder (you can find them here), but I’m going to answer some top FAQ’s that existing customers have on mind.
I’ve been a long time OP user since the early days. I’m also one of the few selected beta testers for OP3 in Dec 2018, and I had provided some valuable feedback during the beta testing phase. So I pretty much understand the concerns that existing customers will raise and the questions you’re going to ask when OP3 is publicly released. Shall we start?
Q) When is the new OptimizePress 3.0 going to be available?
A: OP3 will be released on first week of May 2019 to Club members. After that, existing customers with an active support and updates license for OP2 will get access. OP3 will not be available to general public until ALL active customers have access.
Q) What will happen to my existing OP2 pages? Will OP3 replace OP2?
A: Existing OP2 pages will not be affected. The good news is you can run both OP2 and OP3 platforms on the same website if you wish, perhaps creating new pages in OP3 or gradually rebuilding your existing OP2 pages in your own time.
OP2 will still be supported for some time so that it will work with the latest WordPress versions. Keep in mind that there won’t be new features added.
Q) Is the new OP3 backward compatible with OP2?
A: No. OP2 pages will not be editable with the OP3 page builder. The reason is because OP3 is created on a faster and more flexible framework compared to OP2.
The components that make up the pages are new, that means incorporating backwards compatibility would risk slowing down new pages as the developers need to bring in all the previous elements plus the bloat that comes with some of those.
Q) Will OP3 work with OptimizeMember (or my current membership plugin)?
A: In order to use OptimizeMember with OP3, you’ll need to keep OP2 activated on your site. The reason is because OPM is heavily involved on the code level with OP2 and that is not something that can be changed easily.
It’s also worth mentioning that there won’t be any membership features during the initial launch of OP3. However, just like other page builders, OP3 will be compatible with most of the WP membership plugins out there.
Q) What about the marketplace templates? Do they work with OP2?
A: As mentioned, OP2 pages won’t automatically work in OP3, but worry not. I’m planning to recreate many of my best-selling templates in OP3, so keep an eye out for them.
Q) The current OP2 header and footer are dated. Will it change in OP3?
A: Yes. In OP3, the header and footer will be from the WordPress Theme you’re using (e.g. SmartTheme), and the rest of your page created with the new builder.
Q) Making OP2 pages to look good in mobile is quite tricky. What about OP3?
A: In OP3, you’ll be able to customize how your page look for desktop, tablet, and mobile separately in the editor. You no longer have to deal with CSS media queries anymore.
Q) What do I need to be aware of when using the new OP3 page builder?
A: You need to make sure your web host (server) meets the minimum requirements of OptimizePress 3. It’s important to note that OP3 requires PHP 7.0 or higher to work. If you’re still running PHP 5.6 or below, you need to upgrade to PHP 7.0 or above.
If you’re looking for an affordable and reliable web hosting provider that will work out of the box with OP3, I highly recommend you choose between InMotion and SiteGround (affiliate links) WordPress hosting. I’m using them and they worked well with OP3.
Q) Will OP3 work seamlessly with the previous SmartTheme?
A: If you want to use the optin form integrations from the SmartTheme, you need to install the newer SmartTheme v3 in order for it to work with OP3.
To switch over to the newer SmartTheme v3, the only thing you need to do is to setup the optin form integrations again. All the previous settings will automatically carry over.
Q) Will OP3 work with the existing PlusPack, Experiments, and Urgency plugins?
A: No. All these additional features are on the roadmap, and will be included straight into the new Optimize Suite, most likely required a specific package to unlock.
Q) Will there be more marketing tools for OP3 further down the line?
A: Yes. The Optimize Builder is just the first step in a new suite of tools that the OP Team will be releasing. Keep an eye on the Official Blog where the team will publish a roadmap to give you an overview of the new features and tools they are working on.
Q) What’s the best way for me to learn how to use the new OP3?
A: I strongly recommend you spend time watching ALL the tutorial videos in the OP3 members hub. Get your hands dirty by launching the editor with a Blank Template, and familiarizing yourself with the page structure, settings, and various elements available.
You can also load a pre-made template from the cloud library and mess with it from there.
I guess that’s all I’ve for now. If you need further help or support, you can always ask in the official OptimizePress facebook community or reach out to the support team.