Weekly Web Updates – May 28, 2018

We have set the data retention policy in Google Analytics for the 58 properties we manage to “Do Not Automatically Expire“.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We’ve removed some of the redundancies in the Institute site’s use of events and now have only one (down from four) component to list related events and one fewer display mode for events.
  • The “List of Programs” and “List of Centers” components on the Institute site can now only be added by the admin user. These components are only needed on a single page and have already been added to the site, so this de-clutters the editing UI slightly.
  • Users with the Web Editors role can now edit Newsroom content on the Institute site.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • 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.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.9
  • Creating a photo sharing platform for the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference

Weekly Web Updates – May 21, 2018

The WordPress project has just provided a new release focused on Privacy and GDPR compliance. Read all about it.

GDPR

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed content-caching for the Institute site that broke last week and was preventing edits from being visible to anonymous users.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • 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.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.9
  • Creating a photo sharing platform for the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference

Weekly Web Updates – May 14, 2018

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Reorganized the Institute site’s file structure for easier updates and improved security.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • 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.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.3
  • Creating a photo sharing platform for the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference

How to use library databases from off campus

Going away this summer? Take the library with you! Take the library with you

You can search library databases from off campus. Just start at the library site: go.middlebury.edu/lib.  From there, JSTOR, ebooks, audiobooks, Summon and all of our online journals, magazines and newspapers are available to you…no matter where you are!

When you’re off campus, links that are on library web pages (a few examples of library web pages include Research GuidesSummon and the Journals list) will ask you to log in with Midd credentials. It’s as easy as that!

Seniors: Here’s how to get alumni access to library databases!

Enjoy the summer!

Weekly Web Updates – May 7, 2018

Changes to the Google Maps API Licensing

Google has announced that after June 11 they will require additional verification and possibly cost for using the Google Maps API. If you signed up for an API key you should have received an email with information about this change. We recommend moving to the OpenStreetMap (OSM) plugin in our WordPress environment.

If you are using the Google Maps API and will need it to continue working after June 11, please contact us with the URL of the site where you’re using it.

Uploading Large Images to WordPress

We’ve recently received reports from several people having trouble uploading large images to our WordPress sites. If your image is larger than 4500×4500 pixels in dimension, our WordPress sites may not be able to generate a thumbnail of it with the resource limits we allow. The image will still appear in your media library and can be used in posts, but some features may not work without a thumbnail, like image gallery plugins.

After the end of the current semester, we’ll be working on some performance improvements to WordPress that may allow us to increase the resources available. Until then, we recommend resizing your image to less than 4500×4500 pixels in dimension before uploading it to WordPress.

Updates

These updates were applied in development, put are waiting until Thursday, May 10 for a database update to be applied to production.

Fixes and Tweaks

  • MediaWiki was moved to a new server with PHP 7.1 installed.
  • SiteImprove had trouble crawling our site on Tuesday, April 17 and has had intermittent crawling since then. We’ve worked with them to increase their crawl rate and fix issues. SiteImprove reports should be going out as normal now.
  • We’ve fixed a glitch that was preventing course groups in the Course Hubs from updating from Banner so add/drops should be flowing through to the Hubs again.
  • Added CAS support for PeopleGrove.

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • 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.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.3

24/7 exam hours at the Davis Family Library

The Davis Family Library will be open 24 hours a day starting Sunday morning, May 6th. Regular hours resume for Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th, then 24/7 resumes until 11 pm on Friday, May 18th. Saturday’s hours are 9 am – 11 pm, then 24/7 resumes at 9 am on Sunday, May 20th and the library will close at 8 pm on Tuesday, May 22nd. During this period, you will need your ID to access the building after 9 pm. After 1 am, there will be no circulation services provided – the library will only function as a quiet study space.

Armstrong Library will have regular hours.

A full calendar of the hours can be found at go/hours

Weekly Web Updates – April 30, 2018

This week we applied another round of critical security updates to both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8.  There is more information about the upgrades here.

This week we experienced issues with the printable course catalog going offline.  A temporary fix has been issued but we are waiting for the end of class registration to tamper with the live version.

Updates

Ongoing Work

  • Fixes and tweaks for the new Institute site https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/
  • 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.
  • Upgrading CAS to 5.2.3