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Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Blogs have been updated to WordPress 4.9 “Tipton”

New Core enhancements:

  • Customizer Workflow Improved
  • Coding Enhancements
  • Site Building Improvements

New Core Plugins:

  • The New Gallery Widget
  • Press a Button, Add Media

Contrib Plugins have been updated as well.

Upgrade to 3.5.1 completed

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

The upgrade to 3.5.1 of WordPress is complete.  We have introduced a new feature found on the OSU CWS blog page.

 

 

Upgrade to 3.5.1

Friday, April 26th, 2013

We will be performing an update to WordPress to bring it up to version 3.5.1 on Friday April 26, 2013 between 1:30 and 3:30.  Users will see  minimal downtime as the actual update will be less than 10minutes between this period.

OSU Blogs are Responsive

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

OSU Responsive ThemeWe have rolled out a new blog theme which is named OSU Responsive.  Why Responsive?

Responsive really means responsive web design.  The goal behind responsive web design is to have the design of a given web page be adjusted dependent on the size of the screen.  So on a phone, the look and feel changes to be more of a mobile experience where reading a full web page doesn’t necessarily make sense.

The theme is a two column theme, with only a main sidebar, and the bottom contact area as available areas to put widgets in.  Remember, not all widgets will look good in different areas so you will have to see what works and doesn’t.

Who can use OSU Responsive?  Responsive is available for everyone, however, there are some things to note.  The use of the OSU logo or tag is restricted to certain use.  The theme will display the tag or not based on the Organization Type as specified by the table below.

Organization Type Can Use Branded Theme?
Student No
Staff No
Faculty Yes
Department Yes
Sponsored Student Organization (SSO) Yes
Voluntary Student Organization (VSO) No
Non-Affiliated Student Organization (NSO) No

Student Organizations are governed by the policies of Student Leadership and Involvement.  If you are a student group and do not know which type of organization you are, please visit the Student Leadership and Involvement site.

What do you need to do to use it?

1.  If you are switching over from an existing theme, and you switch it immediately, it might seem that your site is broken in layout.  It isn’t.  It is simply that the widgets need to be removed and put back into the areas available for it.  So we recommend first removing all the widgets in use from the sidebars.

2.  Go to Appearance -> Themes in your WordPress dashboard, and select the OSU Responsive theme.

3.  Put your widgets back into the sidebar.

4.  Deactivate the Sociable Skyscraper plugin if you are using it.  Use of this inserts a thin horizontal line and makes the theme look broken.  Go to Skyscraper Options in the Select Sociable Plugin expanded menu to deactivate.

Skyscraper Option in Menu Settings

And that’s it.  Good blogging to you all.

Accessibility and Brand Guidelines

As part of the OSU Responsive use, the use of a different background image or color must adhere to OSU’s policies regarding Accessibility and Brand.  Any failure to do so may cause your blog to be disabled.  The net takeaway here is don’t change it if you don’t understand the policies, which is why we at Central Web Services, take care of these things for you in creating the default theme.  However, do remember within your articles, accessibility policies still apply if this is used in any official capacity for students, staff, or faculty or OSU.

Upgrade to 3.4.1

Monday, September 10th, 2012
  • WordPress core 3.4.1 plus updated theme and plugins.
  • Now uses CAS for login.
  • A new theme for the front page.

Upgrade to 3.1.2

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Upgrade to WordPress 3.1.2 and updated plugins and themes

Upgrade to 2.9.2

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Today we upgraded blogs.oregonstate.edu to WordPress MU version 2.9.2. The public facing portion of your blog should not be impacted by this upgrade.  Full details about the upgrade and added features can be found on the help blog.

As always, if you encounter any issues, please let us know by submitting a help ticket.

Upgrade to 2.8.4a

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Today we upgraded blogs.oregonstate.edu to WordPress MU version 2.8.4a. The public facing portion of your blog should not be impacted by this upgrade.

As always, if you encounter any issues, please let us know by submitting a help ticket.

Upgrade to 2.8.2

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Last night we upgraded blogs.oregonstate.edu to WordPress MU version 2.8.2. The public facing portion of your blog should not be impacted by this upgrade

As always, if you encounter any issues, please let us know by submitting a help ticket.

Upgrade to 2.7.1

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Last night we upgraded blogs.oregonstate.edu to WordPress MU version 2.7.1.   The public facing portion of your blog should not be impacted by this upgrade.

Along with the upgrade, we’ve added a new polling plugin.  You can activate it for your blog on the plugins page in the administrator interface.

As always, if you encounter any issues, please let us know by submitting a help ticket.