Weekly Web Updates – February 18, 2019

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • WordPress: added documentation of issues and workarounds for Gutenberg editor.
  • WordPress: Fixed fatal errors in TwentySixteen theme that prevented some sites from loading.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Weekly Web Updates – February 12, 2019

We have set up a new training website for Drupal 8 to help people who support that platform get acquainted with its new features.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • When deleting a WordPress Resource in the Course Hub, instructors are now given a link to WordPress to also delete the site.
  • Fixed an issue with WordPress were error messages for some administrative actions weren’t displayed and users only saw a generic “503 Internal Error” message.
  • MiddSTART and MiddGOAL projects with non-percentage participation goals will now provide links to the donors page.
  • Resolved issue in the Offices and Services website where group slugs were being duplicated in sub-page URL paths.
  • Updated Drupal 8 sites to use the Advanced Link widget in the WYSIWYG editor.
  • Fixed an issue in the Searchable catalog where some Course Sections displayed titles that duplicated their Course title. Section-specific titles are now ignored if they are the same as the title of the parent Course.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Welcome to the Libraries, Febs!

Welcome Febs!

Come to the Research Desk to claim your free unicorn!*

(*Ahem. No actual unicorns are available at this time.)

But please do come and say hello to a friendly librarian! We provide expert research help, bookmarks, collectible library pins and (sometimes) candy! Find us at the Research Desk on the main level of the Davis Family Library.

Spring Research Desk Hours
(February 11 – May 21)

  • Sunday 1pm-5pm
  • Monday 11am-5pm and 7pm-9:30pm
  • Tuesday 11am-5pm and 7pm-9:30pm
  • Wednesday 11am-5pm and 7pm-9:30pm
  • Thursday 11am-5pm
  • Friday 11am-4pm

And online anytime!
go.middlebury.edu/askalibrarian

No one’s at the Research Desk?
Visit us in our offices! Librarians are conveniently located right behind the Research Desk.

What about the Armstrong Library?
A librarian is available most days at the Armstrong Library in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, too. Just ask!

WordPress Upgraded to Version 5.0.3

We have completed the upgrade of WordPress, which is used for sites.middlebury.edu and sites.miis.edu to version 5.0.3. WordPress 5 is a complete redevelopment of the editor, named “Gutenberg”, which now features a new “block” system for working with media assets and complex markup.

Here is a Lynda course on WordPress 5 to help you get started with this new editor. Skip ahead to section 2, Content Management, as the introductory sections don’t apply to our environment. There is more information about the new features of WordPress 5 in the official announcement blog post. This version also includes a new theme, Twenty Nineteen, which is available for you to use.

Workaround: Get the Classic Editor Back

The new Block Editor has a block for the Classic Editor. Here’s how to add it to your post.

Weekly Web Updates – February 4, 2019

Course Hub/GoogleApps: Google recently changed its application authorization for web-applications connected to Drive, causing errors for instructors who try to create Google Drive resources from the Course Hub. We’ve submitted a reauthorization request however we are waiting on Google to approve it with no timeline for completion.

At this point, if users choose to authorize the unverified application then the Course Hub will be able to successfully create their class folders and assign the class-groups the correct permissions. However, bypassing security warnings is not a good practice and should not generally be recommended.

An alternative work-around for users who need to create Google Drive folders for their spring-semester classes:

  1. Go to Google Drive at go/gdocs
  2. Create a folder for the class.
  3. Go to sharing settings for the folder and search for the class-groups and grant edit or view permission to the class group[s] as appropriate.
  4. Copy the URL to the folder.
  5. Go to the Course Hub and create a Link Resource pointing at the Google Drive folder so that students can easily find it.

Infrastructure: This week we completed the process of migrating all of our web applications to new server nodes running PHP 7.1 and no longer are running PHP 5.6, which reached its end-of-life in December. This was a long process of verifying compatibility, patching incompatible code where found, and rebuilding webserver nodes. The latter process of rebuilding webserver nodes was greatly aided by the use of the Chef configuration management system, greatly reducing the effort needed to build a new server with slightly different configuration.

Updates

  • The Omeka exhibition service was migrated to a new host node running PHP 7.1.
  • The Concerto media archive service was migrated to a new host node running PHP 7.1.
  • Drupal field_collection 7.x-1.0-beta13
  • Drupal recaptcha 7.x-2.3
  • Drupal telephone_formatter 8.x-1.0
  • WordPress akismet plugin 4.1.1
  • WordPress embed-webmap plugin 2.0.4
  • WordPress enable-media-replace plugin 3.2.8
  • WordPress ml-slider plugin 3.11.1
  • WordPress subscribe2 plugin 10.26
  • WordPress wp-accessibility plugin 1.6.5

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Course Hub: Updated Google Drive authentication URL to temporarily use old redirected URL to bypass 403 error.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Creating new Drupal 8 sites for our schools and programs.
  • Upgrading the Course Hub to Drupal 8.
  • Improvements to the Service Catalog.

Issue RESOLVED – 503 errors when attempting to open links to websites sent via email

We are pleased to report that the Safe Links service issue is now resolved and we have re-enabled Safe Links. To recap, Safe Links provides extra protections for the Middlebury community from phishing attacks and other malicious email activity by providing time-of-click verification of web addresses (URLs) sent via email.

Thank you for your patience while we worked to resolve matters. Again, we apologize for the disruption.  Please contact the Help Desk if you have any outstanding issues or questions.

Kindly,

ITS Help Desk

Issue UPDATE – errors when attempting to open links to websites sent via email

Microsoft is making significant progress towards resolving the issue with the Safe Links service. In most all cases now, clicking on a link sent to you via email works on the first try. If it doesn’t work, you can typically try again, and the linked website will open.

We are sorry for this disruption in service and any inconvenience. Thank you once again for your patience. We will provide an update as soon as we have more information.

ISSUE – 503 errors when attempting to open links to websites sent via email

We are experiencing an issue with the Microsoft Safe Links service which means you may receive a “503” error if you attempt to click on a link someone outside the organization sent to you via email.

We are working closely with Microsoft to resolve this issue as swiftly as possible. Microsoft has confirmed that this is an issue with their service impacting customers globally. We do not currently have an estimated resolution time.

We have temporarily disabled Safe Links for new, incoming email messages. We will re-enable the Safe Links service after Microsoft has solved the problem.

We will provide an update as soon as we know more. We apologize for this disruption. Thank you for your patience.

Kindly,

ITS Help Desk