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Weekly Web Updates – December 10, 2018

WordPress 5.0 was released this week, but we have not yet applied this update to the sites.middlebury.edu and sites.miis.edu network. This release includes a significant change to the editing experience and we want to get feedback from the community before making this change. We have set up a copy of the live site on one of our development machines which you can use while on-campus or using a VPN client. As this is a development copy, it’s not as fast as the live site and you may encounter some glitches or things which didn’t copy over from the live site.

Please try the new editor on the copy of some of your sites and let us know how it works. We’re especially interested in whether there are technical issues we need to remediate before applying this to the live site, but are also interested in hearing from you about its ease of use and accessibility concerns.

Updates

  • WordPress appointments plugin 2.4.1
  • WordPress jetpack plugin 6.8.1
  • WordPress liveblog plugin 1.9.4
  • WordPress ml-slider plugin 3.10.3
  • WordPress social-icons-widget-by-wpzoom plugin 3.0.13
  • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.7.1
  • WordPress accelerate theme 1.3.8
  • WordPress garfunkel theme 1.17
  • WordPress hemingway theme 1.70
  • WordPress sydney theme 1.53
  • WordPress twentyeleven theme 2.9
  • WordPress twentyfifteen theme 2.1
  • WordPress twentyfourteen theme 2.3
  • WordPress twentyseventeen theme 1.8
  • WordPress twentysixteen theme 1.6
  • WordPress twentyten theme 2.6
  • WordPress twentythirteen theme 2.5
  • WordPress twentytwelve theme 2.6

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We’re investigating an issue which may have caused the All Faculty and All Staff groups to be dropped from the permissions list on some Drupal pages and forms, preventing people in those groups from being able to log in and access the content. We have restored permissions to several pages and expanded the documentation on how to add these permissions for those who need to going forward.
  • Added new inquiry call to action menu items for the Middlebury Institute academic programs.
  • As we previously announced, MiddMedia will no longer allow new video and audio uploads. Panopto is available and can be used for most of the needs MiddMedia was meeting. Existing videos in MiddMedia will remain available until January 1, 2020 and you can log into the service and delete media you no longer need.

Ongoing Work

  • Sunsetting MiddMedia.
  • 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 – December 3, 2018

Updates

    • Drupal admin_toolbar 8.x-1.25
    • WordPress disqus-comment-system plugin 3.0.16
    • WordPress instagram-feed plugin 1.10.2
    • WordPress jetpack plugin 6.8
    • WordPress nextgen-gallery plugin 3.1.1
    • WordPress seriously-simple-podcasting plugin 1.19.15
    • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.7.0.1
    • WordPress wptouch plugin 4.3.34
    • WordPress accelerate theme 1.3.7
    • WordPress garfunkel theme 1.16
    • WordPress hemingway theme 1.69
    • WordPress hueman theme 3.4.9

Fixes and Tweaks

  • WordPress: Users can now add Timeline JS shortcodes to their sites.
  • Course groups in Panopto that are populated by the Course Hub can now be found and granted permissions. They had originally been unsearchable.

Ongoing Work

  • Sunsetting MiddMedia.
  • 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 26, 2018

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Corrected the Snow Bowl website’s call to action widget to link to the order form for season passes.
  • Updated the Google Analytics tracking code on the David Fellows for Peace site so that it accurately records site traffic.

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 19, 2018

Updates

    • Drupal config_filter 8.x-1.4
    • Drupal file_entity 7.x-2.25
    • WordPress akismet plugin 4.1
    • WordPress dropdown-menu-widget plugin 1.9.7
    • WordPress redirection plugin 3.6.3
    • WordPress social-icons-widget-by-wpzoom plugin 3.0.12
    • WordPress the-events-calendar plugin 4.6.26
    • WordPress hemingway theme 1.68

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Changed the info page for GO shortcuts to require you to log in before reporting a shortcut as inappropriate to cut down on spam. Removed the reCAPTCHA widget from this page.
  • Added a Basic Content type to the Service Catalog which is editable by Site Admins.
  • The number of past years of courses shown in lists in Drupal 8 is now configurable.
  • Updated the Offices and Services site to show the name of the office in the header and take the title of the office homepage from the content assigned as the front page of the office, rather than the office name itself.
  • Added a menu system to the CTEC program on the Institute site.
  • Added a video the School of the Environment homepage layout.

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 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.