On Thursday, April 20th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Temple University Sites will be switched to a new login screen. After the change is made, you will log in using the TUgateway screen. Please continue to use your AccessNet username and password to log in.
As usual, please open a TUHelp ticket if you have any questions or concerns regarding the new login system.
Sites.temple.edu will undergo scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 from 6 PM to 6:30 PM. WordPress core will be upgraded to the latest version. There may be brief intermittent access during this time.
Sites.temple.edu will undergo scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 from 6 PM to 7 PM. Several plugins will be upgraded. All upgrades are minor. There may be brief intermittent access during this time.
Sites.temple.edu will undergo scheduled maintenance on Friday, February 3rd, 2017 from 6 PM to 7 PM. WordPress core and several plugins will be upgraded. All upgrades are minor. There may be intermittent access during this time.
Sites.temple.edu will undergo scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 from 6 PM to 7 PM. WordPress core, plugins, and themes will be upgraded. There may be intermittent access during this time.
WordPress core will be upgraded to 4.7. This version of WordPress has video header support, PDF preview, editor improvements, and other updates under the hood. Read more about WordPress 4.7.
All plugins and themes will be updated to their latest stable version. Additionally, the Juicer plugin has been installed.
As mentioned in a previous post, an old users cleanup was executed last night. Users who no longer have an AccessNet account were deleted. If they authored any content (posts or pages), the content was reassigned to another admin on the site. If there were no other admins, the site was deactivated. We always avoid deleting any content if possible.
Here’s some stats from the cleanup process:
Total Users: 11032 Users Deleted: 2063 Sites Deactivated: 31
According to the Sites policies, sites that have not been updated in two or more years will be removed. Recently, an old sites cleanup was executed. Sites that had been previously deactivated* were permanently deleted. Sites that had not been updated in two or more years were deactivated and will eventually be permanently deleted. All users of deactivated sites were given several email notifications prior to the cleanup.
Here are some numbers from the cleanup process:
Total Sites Before Cleanup: 2,423 Sites permanently deleted: 302 Sites deactivated: 804 Active Sites: 1317
Another cleanup to delete users who are no longer at the university will be run within a few weeks. Keep an eye out here for details!
* When a site owner deletes their own site, it becomes “deactivated” within WordPress.
Edit: The server move was successful! Please open a ticket if any problems are noticed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
On Wednesday, November 9th from 6 to 10 PM, the Sites.temple.edu infrastructure will be moved to new servers. The URL will not change and all sites will be moved to the new servers. No action is needed by site administrators or users.
Starting at 6 PM, all logins will be disabled while the data is moved to the new servers. Downtime will be minimal. Please note that any Gravity Forms on your site will be temporarily disabled to prevent any submissions from being lost.
The new servers are more powerful, have an updated operating system, and have the latest version of PHP installed. The site will also automatically use secure HTTPS connections.
In addition to the new server infrastructure, all plugins and themes will be updated to the latest stable versions. The login code will also be updated and, as a result, departmental accounts will no longer be able to login. Please use individual AccessNet accounts instead. Multiple users can be added to a site if required.
We strongly recommend that site admins add a CAPTCHA to all forms that are publicly accessible.
A CAPTCHA is a test to determine if a user is a human or not. Automated bots/scripts can submit forms, which can spam your email address with invalid form submissions. A CAPTCHA will prevent this from happening. It can also prevent valid users from accidentally submitting a form multiple times.
To add a CAPTCHA to an existing or a new form:
Navigate to the edit page for the existing or the newly created form.
On the right, select Advanced Fields.
Click the CAPTCHA button.
Click the Update Form button.
Below are images that show an example CAPTCHA.
For any questions or additional support, please open a ticket at TUHelp. Happy blogging!
This site is scheduled to be updated on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 6pm to 7pm. No downtime is expected. Many plugins will be updated and a few will be installed or uninstalled. For more information please submit a help request to Computer Services.
EDIT: The maintenance has been completed successfully.
EDIT: The maintenance has been completed successfully.
This site is scheduled to be updated on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 6pm to 7pm. During that time you may not have access to view or update your websites. For more information please submit a help request to Computer Services.
WordPress will also be upgraded to version 4.5.3 (a security update to WordPress 4.5 which provides a number of improvements, such as inline linking, formatting shortcuts, and responsive previews so you can see what your site looks like on various screen sizes – like tablets and phones – all from your desktop). Some of the new features of WordPress 4.5 are described in this video:
This site is scheduled to be updated on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 from 6pm to 7pm. During that time you may not have access to view or update your websites. For more information please submit a help request to Computer Services.
Temple University Sites has been updated to WordPress 4.0. This release features easier embeds, a new visual media browser, and many subtle improvements that should make posting to your website even easier.
We have also installed the Visualizer plugin, which allows you to quickly generate charts and embed them within your sites. You can activate this, and a number of other plugins for your website by visiting the Plugins page within your site’s admin area.
This site is scheduled to be updated on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm. During that time you may not have access to view or update your websites. For more information please submit a help request to Computer Services.
WordPress 3.9 comes with lots of great improvements, such as live widget and header image previews, better image and gallery editing and built-in audio playlists.
Here is a quick video overview of what’s new in 3.9:
This update includes the GD bbPress Attachments plugin, which adds support for attachments within bbPress forums. We are also proud to announce support for new add-on plugins for Gravity Forms to use surveys, quizzes, polls, and user signatures with your existing Gravity Forms.
With over a dozen new themes to choose from, and a completely redesigned website we are hoping to make creating WordPress websites at Temple as easy as possible. You can now quickly sign up for a new site with one click in our simplified signup form.
WordPress will be upgraded to version 3.8.1. This update features a a great new modern design, improved typography and improved customization.
New menu, theme, and widget pages make customizing your site easier than ever.
The new, robust post editor features an elegant new way to browse through revisions and view the changes to your articles line-by-line.
Visit our new themes page to browse and preview over 20 available themes now available for use. Click on any theme to view a live preview of the theme or to create a site with that theme.
Our new quick-start templates allow you to begin making your site with sensible defaults that match your needs. Once you create a site with one of these templates they will have some plugins and sample content pre-loaded to guide you through the site creation process. And these templates still offer complete customization; feel free to try them with a different theme, or new plugins.
All WordPress plugins have been updated to their latest versions.