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Archive for September, 2014

New Plugins!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Central Web Services has updated some existing themes and plugins as well as added several new plugins.

  • Slideshows – slideshow-jquery-image-gallery
    Slideshows allows for adding multiple slide shows to a post or as a widget to the side bar, contact info section or in the main post itself.
  • Instagram – simply-instagram
    Instagram pictures and slide show emables embedding Instagram pictures as a widget in the various parts of a blog page.
  • Prezi – prezi-embedded
    Prezi online presentation creation is simple with free accounts to students and educators. This plugin allows for embedding a prezi presentation into a post or page. Very simple and straightforward. We have added instructions for embedding a prezi in a blog at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/osucws/
  • MailChimp – mailchimp-for-wp
    MailChimp allows tying mailing lists to your blog. Add a newsletter for people who want updates on what you are going. Mailchimp-for-wp allows for creating custom signup forms for a given mail list created on your MailChimp account.

Other updates:

  • TwentyTen
  • TwentyEleven
  • TwentyTwelve
  • TwentyThirteen
  • TwentyFourteen


  • wordpress-seo
  • wp-polls
  • wp-postratings

Upgraded to 3.9.2 and new infrastructure

Monday, September 15th, 2014

An upgrade to WordPress 3.9.2 has been completed.  New WordPress and new infrastructure!  This upgrade is a significant jump.  Below is a list of the version that we skipped over and the improvements that have been incorporated.  The two most noticeable areas are the Admin menu has been revised and the Media experience has been enhanced.

An event a long time in the making, we have completed moving blogs.oregonstate.edu to a new set of servers.  This upgrade will result in a more responsive upgrade path for themes, plugins and WordPress itself.  Newer machines, new PHP and newer database system has resulted in better responsiveness.  Wordpress’ underlying structure has at times lead to issues with other Web sites being affected leading to slowness and sluggish response times.

In the near future, we will be adding new plugins with additional capabilities – Instagram, slideshows and more. If you have suggestions, let us know and we will be happy to evaluate them for general use for everyone.