Author Archives: Ian McBride

About Ian McBride

I'm a web developer at Middlebury.

Weekly Web Updates – September 25, 2017

We’ve added support for embedding Theta360 panoramic images in Drupal and the L&ITS MediaWiki site. The shortcode for Drupal is available in our documentation.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We’ve applied a back-end performance tweak to the script that syncs users and groups between the directory and Drupal sites, dropping the time it takes for this task to run from a couple hours to about twenty seconds. Course Hub syncs still take a few hours since they need to fetch updates from third party course sites.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – September 18, 2017

We have finished moving from MySQL to MariaDB as the database backend for the Drupal, Course Catalog, CAS, and GO systems. The new database cluster is set up to enable automatic failover to a secondary server should the primary database fail. We’ve now had an opportunity to test this out a couple times and it works quite well, giving us additional stability for these services.

There were a few issues with the initial cutover which are now resolved. Our apologies for these problems and thanks for your patience as we make these changes.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Handbook has been updated for 2017 and we’ve added in several redirects to ensure links to major sections of the old handbook still work.
  • Long datelines in Arts events will no longer cause the event information to drop below the right sidebar.
  • We’ve updated the Help documentation for the online Directory to reflect the current state of the system, removing several sections which no longer apply and noting that commons affiliation is now shown publicly.
  • The embed URL for the Middlebury TimelineJS WordPress plugin is updated so it works with the new version of that service.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – September 11, 2017

 

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Resolved an issue with one of the Drupal front-end servers that caused intermittent page errors between the morning of Sunday, September 3, and Monday, September 4 and interfered with the SiteImprove crawl.
  • Increased the page cache lifetime for the Course Catalog to 24 hours, which gets cleared nightly when importing new information from Banner. This should increase application performance.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – September 4, 2017

 

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Updated all the Google Custom Search Engines to run under a single account that is centrally managed and has the correct permissions to disable advertising on search results pages in conformance with Google’s new guidelines.
  • Added Bing Webmaster tools to the Drupal sites for Middlebury and MIIS sites, their forms sites, and their WordPress versions.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – August 28

We’ve added the Velvet Blue Update URLs plugin to WordPress. You can use this when migrating a WordPress site from one URL to another to fix any broken links or images in the content of the site.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – August 21

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Updated the styles for left and right aligned Vimeo video embeds in Drupal to resolve an issue that was causing them to disappear in the latest version of Chrome.
  • Fixed an issue that preventing the WYSIWYG editor from appearing in WordPress if the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin was enabled.
  • The bbPress plugin for WordPress no longer permits sites to allow anonymous posting.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – August 7th

Updates

  • WordPress core (4.8.1).
  • WordPress Redirection plugin.
  • WordPress JetPack plugin.
  • WordPress NextGen Gallary plugin.
  • WordPress Akismet plugin

Fixes and Tweaks

  • GO redirects to BannerWeb now won’t include GoogleAnalytics tracking codes that might cause errors in BannerWeb.
  • Assisted in deploying the new Middlebury Magazine site to its new URL.
  • Improved image caching for the Drupal sites.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – July 31

We’ve added the Mathematica Toolbox plugin to WordPress, which allows you to embed animations and graphics from that application. We have also added the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin, which lets you create podcast feeds that will work in iTunes and embed playlists of your podcast in your posts. This replaces the TSG Podcasting plugin, which can no longer be enabled.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • If you are using the FlatOn theme in WordPress and set your homepage to be a single page, rather than a list of posts, the theme will now display that page without all the boilerplate content that the theme used to add.
  • Users of the L&ITS Wiki are now able to delete pages.
  • When viewing a single event in the Arts section of the Middlebury Drupal site, the featured image no longer wraps below the sidebar. Additional fixes made to the ArtsMail newsletter, removing the Google Tag Manager code and moving body content back into the short description.
  • Annual update to the Language Schools interest form to enable an additional graduation year.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.