Author Archives: Jonathan Maddix

Weekly Web Updates – November 12, 2018

 

Updates

  • Fixes and Tweaks

    • MediaWiki: Fixed an issue where the “enhanced editing toolbar” wasn’t working for some users.
    • MediaWiki: Wiki URLs that end in ‘/’ will now resolve instead of giving 404 errors.
    • WordPress: Art19 podcasts and NBC News videos can now be embedded using the Middlebury-iFrame plugin.
    • WordPress: PrivateFeedKeys now allow subscription to RSS feeds for blogs that are limited to authenticated users, but not a particular group.
    • Fixed issue with the Non-College Housing site not saving locations.

    Ongoing Work

    • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
    • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
    • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
    • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
    • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

Weekly Web Updates – November 5, 2018

Following a recent upgrade to MediaWiki, we’ve updated its configuration to correct a long-standing issue with the upload image button in its WYSIWYG editor. You should now be able to use this to add images to your wiki posts, rather than needing to use the separate upload page.

Updates

  • Drupal features 7.x-2.11
  • WordPress responsive theme 3.13
  • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.19.14
  • WordPress wptouch plugin 4.3.31

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Added issue categories to the Communique newsroom with a custom field that shows up in the editing interface when an editor assigns a story to that newsroom.
  • Fixed an issue with MiddSTART and MiddGOAL’s project list which wasn’t printing the donation / participation amounts correctly.
  • Corrected formatting for single quotes in addresses on the new office list page.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

Weekly Web Updates – October 29, 2018

This week we deployed a new Call-to-Action management system for the Institute site that allows site editors to define transitions for upcoming deadlines ahead of time and without developer intervention.

Updates

    • Drupal media 7.x-2.2
    • WordPress ml-slider plugin 3.10.0
    • WordPress nextgen-gallery plugin 3.0.16
    • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.19.13
    • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.6.25
    • WordPress wptouch plugin 4.3.30
    • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.7

Fixes and Tweaks

  • MiddSTART and MiddGOAL can now show either a participation goal or a total dollar amount as the contribution needed for a project.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

Weekly Web Updates – October 22, 2018

This week we upgraded MediaWiki to its latest “Long Term Support” (LTS) release, 1.31. This release provides a number of changes and improvements. Two of the most notable for users are that images will now open in a “lightbox” overlay rather than a separate page and the availability of a new search and replace plugin.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Real Time SEO module for the Drupal 8 Institute site was causing a conflict for editors that would sometimes cause edits to pages not to save. We have removed this feature until it can be resolved.
  • Lists of profiles on the Institute site can now be added to Basic Content pages, rather than requiring their own special content type.
  • MiddSTART and MiddGOAL can now show either a participation goal or a total dollar amount as the contribution needed for a project.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

Weekly Web Updates – October 15, 2018

All of our Drupal servers were upgraded to run on PHP 7.1. This is part of ongoing, and nearly complete, work to ensure that our servers are on the newer version of PHP before PHP 5.6 reaches its end of life date at the end of the year.

Updates

  • Drupal ckeditor_abbreviation 8.x-1.4
  • Drupal libraries 7.x-2.5
  • WordPress foobox-image-lightbox plugin 2.6.0
  • WordPress foogallery plugin 1.5.9
  • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.4
  • WordPress jetpack plugin 6.6.1
  • WordPress nextgen-gallery plugin 3.0.13
  • WordPress social-icons-widget-by-wpzoom plugin 3.0.11
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.6.24.1

Fixes and Tweaks

  • All traffic to the Middlebury and MIIS Course Hub sites now goes over the secure HTTPS protocol. This includes background connections to third-party platforms like Canvas.
  • Added an SEO tool to the Institute site which allows editors to enter a keyword and see how well the page they are creating utilizes that keyword.
  • Fixed an issue with the Chat plugin for WordPress where the GMT offset was being applied time to the timestamp of chat posts.
  • The Easy FAQ with Expanding Text plugin now works when the post is viewed in an aggregated list of posts or pages.
  • Enabled the metatag module for the Davis UWC website so that information about the pages can be added to ensure they look right when posted on Facebook.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

Weekly Web Updates – October 8, 2018

Staff Changes

  •  The Web team is now down to 2; Unfortunately Corey Selover decided to pursue another career and her last day with us was Sept. 28.  We will miss her!
  • Please be patient with us as we now have fewer human resources than before.  We are finding ways to be more efficient in getting work/tasks done.

Updates

  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.6.24
  • WordPress osm plugin 4.1.2
  • WordPress nextgen-gallery plugin 3.0.9
  • WordPress yoko theme 1.2.3
  • Drupal multiblock 7.x-1.6

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Added UserPrincipalName attribute to CAS in order to allow integration with O365 from the Course Hub.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

Weekly Web Updates – October 1, 2018

Twice during September the nightly process to update the Course Catalog from Banner failed to complete due to a separate, conflicting database process. This prevented the keyword index from being generated, so searches on the catalog failed until the process ran again. We have moved the catalog’s database to our high availability database cluster and removed the conflicting process, which we believe will prevent this in the future.

We identified and resolved the issue affecting our new PHP 7 cluster for Drupal and will be completing that upgrade this coming Thursday, October 4.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The nightly process to update the Online Donor Roll from Banner is now disabled. The donor roll will move into Raiser’s Edge when that service launches.
  • Events on the Institute website will now use a JSON+LD format that just includes the location name if they don’t have a street address associated with the location, to pass Google’s parsing check. Additionally, there is a report available for admins listing the event locations which do not have address information so those can be filled in.
  • Added support for awesome-table.com embeds using the Middlebury iFrame WordPress plugin.
  • Set up the redirects to move the Office of Risk and Compliance website to its new home as Enterprise Risk Management.
  • Minor type proofing edits to the BLSE homepage.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.

Weekly Web Updates – September 24, 2018

 

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • Creating a new “Offices” site for institution-wide anchor functions.
  • Upgrading applications to run on PHP 7.1.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
  • Providing O365 Groups to classes via the Course Hub.