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Weekly Web Updates – December 11, 2017

We upgraded WordPress to version 4.9 recently, but it didn’t make it into the updates post. You can review the changes in this new version of WordPress here. The most important changes are better previews for site design changes you make in the customizer and easier-to-use image and gallery widgets.

The Online Directory is temporarily not available off-campus. We have finished an update to this that hides email address and phone number from lists of results (they are still shown on individual records) for off-campus users and are waiting for a review before this is deployed. This change should make it more difficult to automatically harvest this information.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • The Panopto video embed plugin for our WordPress sites now works on both sites with http and https protocol URLs.
  • We deployed a new version of the New England Review site for our colleagues in Communications.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – December 4, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Fixed bug in Course Catalog that caused the current catalog to randomly switch when switching term.
  • Fixed bug in Course Catalog where stylesheets were requested with http instead of https, causing them not to load.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – November 27, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – November 20, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Patched WordPress to support byte-range file requests, allowing videos directly uploaded to WordPress to play in Safari, which improperly makes such requests even when they are unsupported by the server.

Added a minimum time-before-commenting in the Midd Drupal site to address an influx of spam comments.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – November 13, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

Added a minimum time-before-commenting in the Midd Drupal site to address an influx of spam comments.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – November 6, 2017

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Drupal 8 authentication is now based on the unchanging Middlebury College UID field, rather than email addresses.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.

Weekly Web Updates – October 30, 2017

Phone numbers in Banner are now stored in the E164 format. For the Online Directory, the number will appear in the local format of the country it’s from. For US phone numbers, that is (###) ###-####. The numbers are now linked in the Directory and clicking on them will initiate a phone call on your mobile device, machine-connected headset, or application like Skype or FaceTime.

If a third-party application reads information from the Directory to display contact information, as our Drupal sites and Kurogo mobile application do, the number will appear in the correct formation, but may not include a link.

Updates

Fixes and Tweaks

  • Updated the name of the Department of Japanese Studies in the print export of the Course Catalog and changed the markup so that it is better at retaining formatting when copied into Word.

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.