News

January WordPress Upgrade

EDIT: Maintenance complete!

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.

For more information please submit a help request to Computer Services.

Old Users Cleanup

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

If there’s any questions or problems, open a ticket!

Old Sites Cleanup

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.

If there’s any questions or problems, open a ticket!

Moving to New Servers

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.

As always, if there are any questions or problems, please open a support ticket.

Announcement for Gravity Forms Users

Gravity Forms is a plugin that allows site admins to create contact forms, polls, quizzes, and other types of HTML forms on their site. Learn how to create a form using Gravity Forms.

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:

  1. Navigate to the edit page for the existing or the newly created form.
  2. On the right, select Advanced Fields.
  3. Click the CAPTCHA button.
  4. Click the Update Form button.

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Below are images that show an example CAPTCHA.

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For any questions or additional support, please open a ticket at TUHelp. Happy blogging!

September Maintenance

EDIT: All maintenance has been completed successfully.

Sites.temple.edu will undergo scheduled maintenance at the following times:

Friday, September 16th, 2016 from 6 PM to 7 PM. No downtime is expected.

Tuesday, September 20th from 7 AM to 8 AM. Brief downtime may occur.

Tuesday, September 27th from 7 AM to 8 AM. Brief downtime may occur.

We will be increasing the size of the disk that stores media uploads (images, documents, etc), making a hardware change on the database server, and upgrading WordPress to the latest version.

For more information please submit a help request to Computer Services.

Site Updates for June 23, 2016

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 4.5.3
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:


WordPress 4.0 and the Visualizer Plugin

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.

Visualizer Plugin

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.

A screenshot of the Visualizer plugin
The Visualizer plugin offers an easy way to embed interactive charts into your website

Introducing the My Sites Page

Today, I am proud to introduce the My Sites page. There is now one place to view all of the websites that you have access to, and quickly get where you need to go to manage your sites.

We have also upgraded WordPress and all plugins and themes to their latest versions, and added support for the BadgeOS and Fourteen Colors plugins.

As always, please submit a help request to Computer Services if you have questions or issues.

Site Updates for June 19, 2014

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.

Update: the upgrade is now complete. Please submit a help request to Computer Services if you still have questions or if you are noticing any issues.

WordPress 3.9

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:

New Plugins

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.

Introducing a completely updated Temple University Sites

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

WordPress will be upgraded to version 3.8.1. This update features a a great new modern design, improved typography and improved customization.

Overview of new WordPress design for version 3.8

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.

Themes

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.

Templates Re-imagined

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.

Plugin Updates

All WordPress plugins have been updated to their latest versions.

Updates: WordPress 3.5.1, Gallery theme, and more

The following changes will implemented on March 15th, 2013. If you notice any issues after this update please submit a help request to TUHelp.

WordPress Core

WordPress will be updated from version 3.4.2 to version 3.5.1. You can get a quick overview of the new features in WordPress 3.5.

Themes

We will add the Gallery, and Hum to our growing list of supported themes.

Gallery theme screenshot

Plugin Updates

All plugins will be updated to their latest versions. Additionally, site administrators will have the option of disabling the WPTouch plugin by going to Plugins and then clicking Deactivate. This plugin is currently active on all sites without the option of disabling it.

Updates: WordPress 3.4, Twenty Twelve theme, and more

The following changes will implemented on November 26th, 2012.

WordPress Core

WordPress will be updated from version 3.2.1 to version 3.4.2. There are a lot of changes between these releases. You can get a quick overview of the new features in WordPress 3.3 and WordPress 3.4.

Themes

The new default theme for WordPress, Twenty Twelve, will be installed. We also have updates ready for Twenty Ten, Twenty Eleven, and Viscous.

Plugin Updates

In addition to updating all plugins to their latest versions, we will install some new plugins:

  • Ensemble Video: Allows for easy ensemble video embeds.
  • QuickLogin: Press esc key to login to WordPress from anywhere on your site.
  • Jetpack: Adds many new features. Visit http://www.jetpack.me for details.
  • The Events Calendar: An advanced calendar plugin.
  • WP Super FAQ: Easily create a dynamic FAQ section on your site.

Plugins Removed

In an effort to keep this service as simple as possible we will be retiring the following plugins:

  • Blog in Blog
  • Google Analyticator (users will be automatically migrated to another Google Analytics plugin)
  • My Category Order
  • Blubrry PowerPress