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Weekly Web Updates – April 27 📬 🎁 😻

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WordPress 4.2

  • You can now switch themes in the Customizer, making it easier to compare how new themes will look on your site.
  • Added Tumblr and Kickstarter to the list of services that can be embedded by just pasting a URL into the editor.
  • Extended character support, including native support for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters as well as mathematical and musical symbols. Also, emoji 👻

WordPress / Google Calendar support

In the past our sites.middlebury.edu and sites.miis.edu WordPress systems have offered a variety of plugins to support embedding Google Calendars in posts and sidebar widgets. Over time the authors of these plugins have moved on and not updated them to work with the latest versions of WordPress, leaving us with broken calendar support.

We are pleased to announce that we have now retired the old plugins and have replaced them with a streamlined pair of plugins, a Google Calendar Shortcode plugin that allows embedding of calendars in posts and pages and a Google Calendar Widget plugin that provides a sidebar widget which displays an “agenda” view of upcoming events from a calendar. These plugins can be enabled and used on any site in our systems.

See the LIS Wiki for instructions and more information on how use these plugins. For users of the old plugins, we will be going through your sites over the next few days and updating them to use the new plugins.

 Updates

Tweaks and Fixes

  • Google claims that the issue with embedded Google Calendars being blank has been fixed. Let us know if you notice this occurring again.
  • In Drupal, on the Middlebury site, RSS feeds and forms on pages with blank sidebars will now use the full width of the content region, rather than being confined to 450px. This mirrors an earlier fix for promotional calendars.
  • Also on the Middlebury Drupal site, Facebook buttons and boxes in sidebars won’t have a dotted line border around or beneath them any more.
  • Choosing to hide one field in a profile on the Middlebury Drupal site, such as fax number, will no longer also cause the photo to be hidden.

Weekly Web Updates – April 20

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

New WordPress themes available

The following themes are now available in sites.middlebury.edu and sites.miis.edu.

Updates

  • WordPress plugin updates:
    • WPtouch Mobile
    • Subscribe2
    • Schedule Posts Calendar
    • Resize Image After Upload
    • Redirection
    • Post Types Order
    • NextGen Gallery
    • MailPoet Newsletters
    • Akismet
    • Liveblog
    • Email Users
    • CM Tooltip Glossary
    • Blog ID In Site Admin Menu
    • BBPress
    • QTranslate-X

Known Issues

  • We’ve been noticing periodic stability issues with the web-server that hosts the GO application. We anticipate that these issues will be resolved by an upcoming system update.

Tweaks and Fixes

      Fixed a broken view that was preventing

faculty-housing listings

    from displaying.

Promotions

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I am so pleased to announce that Zach Schuetz and Brett Wells have been promoted from Computing Specialist 2 to Senior Technology Specialist.  Both Zach and Brett have earned their promotions by demonstrating leadership and initiative, each taking on projects and challenges and finding solutions to ongoing issues that have resulted in improved processes for ITS.  Brett and Zach are outstanding examples of one of ITS’ organizational values:

“3.Teamwork – no room for I don’t need to worry about that, that’s not my job.  Trust and value the team to be accountable for team’s results, not just your own.  Help find solutions to known issues, take the initiative, collaborate with colleagues, reach out to managers if need be but not by throwing colleagues under the bus.  Offer and take advantage of peer review, be open to other’s ideas, share your knowledge – teach.  Value different skills sets. Don’t be afraid to commit to a goal that makes you dependent on your colleagues.”

http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/technology/its

Please join me in congratulating Zach and Brett on their well-deserved promotions.
Lisa Terrier

Outlook Issue Resolved

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Wednesday, April 15th 5:35
The issue with Outlook has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Outlook Issue for Some Users

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Wednesday, April 15th 5:00 PM
We are experiencing a problem with Outlook email that effects approximately 25% of users. We are investigating the cause and will update this alert when more information is available. Webmail or OWA is working.

Weekly Web Updates – April 13, 2015

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Multi-File Uploads in Drupal

Thanks to some assistance from our colleagues at Amherst, we’re almost ready to allow multiple files to be uploaded into a File Upload content type in Drupal again. Please try out this feature on our development copy of the site and let us know if you run into any issues. It works just like uploading files does now, except that you can select multiple files when you click the Browse button. We hope to have this feature enabled in production this month.

Files on ‘user’ Pages

Back in 2009-2010, while we were still setting up the Middlebury site and getting used to Drupal, it was possible to upload files to your personal “user” page, rather than your site’s hidden File Uploads page. We’re removing the otherwise unused “user” pages, which aren’t used for anything else and take up a lot of space in the database. There were still about 170 files on those pages, so we moved those files to the appropriate department or office site. If you see a sub-page of your site’s File Uploads page with someone’s name on it, that’s where that came from.

Updates

Known Issues

Tweaks and Fixes

  • The Email share button on thewip.net was not working because we needed to add that domain to the allowed domains list for MIIS’s reCAPTCHA API key. If there are other WordPress domains that desire to use the Email share button aside from middlebury.edu, miis.edu, or thewip.net, please let us know.
  • Images in File Upload nodes where the Link URL field was not blank in the Carousel were hidden. We’ve fixed this so that the images are shown.
  • We have removed photos from the MIIS header, except on the homepage, and constrained the header width to 960px. This is part of an ongoing effort to do some work refreshing elements of that site’s design.

Systems Maintenance, Sunday April 12th

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, April 12th we have the following activities scheduled:

 

  • Middfiles will be patched to the latest vendor software release
    • Between 7:30am and 9:00am there will be two short service outages, together totaling up to 15 minutes
    • This will include the ORGS directories, user home directories, and all class folders
  • EZProxy will be updated to the latest vendor software release

 

We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

Regards,

Billy

 

 

Billy Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services