Author Archives: Ian McBride

Weekly Web Updates – May 30, 2016

Updates

Tweaks and Fixes

  • A recent update to MediaWiki caused an error when looking at the difference between revisions, which we’ve now fixed.
  • The “GObacktionary” now lists GO shortcuts alphabetically by URL.
  • Fixed an issue where the term lookup for new MiddFiles resources in the Course Hub wasn’t working.
  • Canvas Resources in the Course Hub for the Language Schools course sites now auto-update.
  • Sub-page lists on the Middlebury Drupal site, like the table of content for the Handbook, where more than one level of the site tree is displayed will now indicate the depth of a page in the tree using indentation.
  • Several photo syncing issues with the Athletics History Wall were resolved.
  • All of our Drupal sites can now store user names up to 254 characters in length, increased from the default length of 60 characters.

Weekly Web Updates – May 9, 2016

The Office of Communications & Marketing has reorganized the Student Life portion of the site, ensuring that information for students is front-and-center. The URL of the site has changed from /studentlife to /student-life, which is slightly better for search engine optimization. We have put in place redirects for most of the old paths, changed the links in the global site header on many services, and are working with that office to review our logs for broken links and 404s.

We also worked with that office to implement a redesign of the Middlebury Language Schools homepage, header, and footer.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Our WordPress sites now use the GD library to process images, rather than the ImageMagick library. This was already the case on other services we run. We do not anticipate any issues, but please report any trouble manipulating images in WordPress through the Heldpesk.
  • The amount of funding received for a MiddSTART project is now cached locally if the funding deadline has passed, rather than being read out of Banner for each page load, in an attempt to improve site performance.
  • Upgraded the ol2 library for Omeka to resolve an issue with Google Maps.
  • Support for the course list content types on the sites forms.middlebury.edu, forms.miis.edu, davisuwcscholars.org, davisprojectsforpeace.org, and davisfellowsforpeace.org was removed. This feature was not being used on those sites.

Weekly Web Updates – May 2, 2016

New Features

This week we’ve completed and begun testing an integration between the Course Hub and the Canvas LMS that provisions user accounts and course spaces on request (as we do with Moodle, SANSSpace, etc). This integration is in preparation for a July 1 budget decision on Canvas and will also be in place for an LS pilot of Canvas earlier in the summer.

Upgrades

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Added a “News Tags” taxonomy to the News content type on the Middlebury Drupal site. This will be used by College Communications to tag stories for the MiddNews newsletter.
  • The custom Middlebury MailChimp plugin for WordPress was replaced with the official MailChimp plugin and the two sites using the old plugin were transitioned to the new one.
  • We moved the Policies and Procedures pages in the Language School site, adding server-side rewrites to the new location.
  • When embedding images in content while selecting the option to show the image at full size on click, the image title and image alternate text tag are used to populate the caption, if not empty.

Weekly Web Updates – April 25, 2016

We’re currently working on some back-end tasks, like integration between the Course Hub and Canvas, a tool to audit usage of plugins and themes across multiple WordPress installations, updating our RSS caching tool to work with newer versions of the PHP HttpRequest library, and the initial migration of the Davis program sites to Drupal 8.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • We have updated the MiddSTART site, adding an index on several columns in the database which dramatically improves load time of the lists of donors from about 50 seconds to about five seconds.
  • Removed a restriction on guest accounts, allowing them to log into the Course Hub, which creates a local account that instructors can then add to course sites for the purpose of granting them access to Canvas.
  • The roll year in the Online Donor Roll was set to FY 2016 so that class agents and reunion committee members would properly appear.

Weekly Web Updates – April 11, 2016

New Features

The WordPress video embed plugin now supports streaming videos from archive.org.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The link to class rosters in the MIIS version of the Course Hub now matches the rest of the site styles, making it easier to see.
  • The ListManager subscription plugin for WordPress now allows lists with hyphens in their names.
  • The interest form on the School of the Environment site now has a field to indicate how you heard about the program.
  • Configured our Canvas pilot installation to prevent users from accidentally creating accounts that would never be able to log in.

Weekly Web Updates – April 4, 2016

New School of the Environment Homepage

Designed by College Communications and coded collaboratively between our two offices, the Middlebury School of the Environment has a new homepage. The header and footer designs also carry through to the interior pages.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Weekly Website Updates – March 28, 2016

New Features

We have added the TwentyTwenty plugin to WordPress, which can be used to show before and after images with a slider to compare.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • When you look at course information on the Course Catalog, the instructors will now be listed with the “primary” instructor, according to Banner, listed first, followed by additional instructors in alphabetical order.
  • We have re-enabled multi-file uploads in Drupal webforms that are behind authentication. There is an error that affects multi-file uploads in unauthenticated forms, but works when you’re logged in. This will allow files to be replaced in webform submission drafts for authenticated forms.
  • The MediaWiki API URL is now required when setting up Scripto in Omeka and there is better messaging on the form to indicate this and avoid error messages when creating new sites.
  • Fixed the GO shortcut dropdown for quick search results on the Middlebury Drupal site.
  • You should no longer see an SSL error when viewing a site using the responsive theme over HTTPS. Paths to the logo image file and the blue gradient background are now protocol agnostic.
  • If you add a page on the Middlebury website to your home screen on an iOS device you’ll now see the shield icon, rather than a styled blue “M”.