Author Archives: Adam Franco

About Adam Franco

Senior Application Developer

Weekly Web Updates – October 31, 2016 🎃 👻 😱

Our WordPress sites now support embedding media from the Panopto pilot project, after enabling a plugin.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed an issue in the MiddCORE email subscription widget that prevented it from notifying site admins of new subscribers.
  • Added MyEmma to the list of domains allowed in the iframe shortcode for Drupal.
  • Resolved several issues with the process that syncs groups lists between the Active Directory and Drupal related to empty groups.
  • The search results page on our Drupal sites can now display results from any of a set of whitelisted custom search engines, allowing us to, for example, show results from the newsroom archive search on the main results page.

Ongoing Work

  • A small redesign of the Middlebury News Room to bring it more inline with the newsletter.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Weekly Web Updates – October 24, 2016

New! Instructors can now provision Google Apps folder via the Course Hub.Google Apps folders in Course Hub

We have added the Sydney WordPress theme as a theme option. We removed the Trevilian way theme, which was not in use and had a few issues.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • When you see the “Authorization Required” message on forms.middlebury.edu or forms.miis.edu, the page title will now match the title of the page you were trying to reach.
  • The Sustainability site now has drop-down menus for its top navigation.
  • The Online Donor Roll is now displaying information from FY 2017. Additionally, donor names are only printed once on each list.
  • Updated the destination of the Bread Loaf School of English inquiry form.
  • Links in the “Related Links” section of news stories on the Middlebury Drupal site will now open in a new window or tab.
  • The “Faculty” link in the Middlebury School of the Environment site navigation will now read “People”.

Ongoing Work

  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.
  • Providing Course Hub access for Schools Abroad courses.

Google Apps now available through the Course Hub

We are pleased to announce that instructors can now create Google Apps folders for their classes via the Course Hub. The following short video shows the process:

The Course Hub will create the class folder and share it with the instructors, students, and audits groups for your course section. The Hub also makes it easy to set the default role for students/audits: either “Reader” which can only view documents and files or “Writer” which allows students/audits to create and upload documents and files.

As recently announced, we hope to provide a similar integration for Office 365/OneDrive in the coming months.

 

Weekly Web Updates – October 17, 2016

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Occasionally, when updating content on our Drupal sites, the front-end Varnish cache was not cleared on save because the script handling that event had Windows-style rather than UNIX-style line endings and silently failed. This was corrected.
  • We dropped SSLv3 support in favor of TLS on Drupal and WordPress sites.
  • Removed a duplicate page title above the breadcrumb on the Sustainability site.

Ongoing Work

  • Adding integration with Google Drive folders for the Course Hub.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.

Weekly Web Updates – October 10, 2016

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We made numerous improvements to page performance on the MiddSTART site, which now loads much faster.

Ongoing Work

  • Adding integration with Google Drive folders for the Course Hub.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.

Weekly Web Updates – October 3, 2016

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Internships are now a course type in the Course Hub.
  • We’ve made the “access denied” text on the Course Hub more clear to let people know when they can log in to view course materials and when no content is available.
  • Added some emphasis to the text on the Directory advertising the “Department Directory“, which is a PDF of central phone numbers and addresses for offices and organizations.
  • Fixed an issue with the administration interface for the Middlebury homepage story bars.

Ongoing Work

Beginning this week, we’ll include some highlights of the work we’re currently doing to keep you informed of upcoming changes.

  • Adding integration with Google Drive folders for the Course Hub.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.

Weekly Web Updates – September 26, 2016

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Bread Loaf School of English site has a new header.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing the group permissions dialog from working on Drupal Webform “who can view data submitted to this form” screens.
  • ESL courses in the MIIS Course Hub now show links to the class roster and properly sync their rosters to linked Canvas sites.
  • The Library & ITS Internal blog will now show syndicated posts locally so that in-site navigation doesn’t bump you out to an external site. The bottom of each syndicated post will have a link labelled “Read more and comment” for those who wish to view the content at its source.
  • Removed 2016 and added 2019 as enrollment year options on the LS and MSOE inquiry forms.
  • MiddSTART now displays the total amount donated to the project, rather than the amount remaining to reach the goal.
  • The Middlebury and MIIS GO sites now use the Google Tag Manager, rather than the Google Analytics code.
  • We removed the Drupal Google Analytics module, which is no longer in use on any of our sites.

Weekly Web Updates – September 19, 2016

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed a web server configuration setting that was causing the WordPress Jetpack Site Stats graphs to break on the plugin’s main page.
  • Students who drop a course are now properly removed from both the course and section groups in the associated Canvas site.
  • The Middlebury shield favicon will now display in browser tabs when looking at PDF files on the site, instead of the old “M” favicon.
  • The Kurogo Mobile sites (m.middlebury.edu, portal.middlebury.edu, m.miis.edu, students.middlebury.edu, and facstaff.middlebury.edu), the Online Directories, Course Catalogs, and Athletics site now have the correct Google Tag Manager code on them.
  • Social media icons in stories on the MIIS website will now always begin on a new line.
  • The in-page sidebar on basic content posts on the MIIS website now also displays on sub-sites using the “blue” theme.
  • The Athletics History Wall in the Peterson Family Complex now authenticates to flickr in order to pull in a more complete set of the images.