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Blogs Update

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

An update has been released on Thursday, March 1st, 2018. The following updates have been applied:

Major Version

  • none

New Plugins Added

  • none

Plugin Updates

  • Akismit 4.0.3
    • Added a scheduled task to remove entries in wp_commentmeta that no longer have corresponding comments in wp_comments.
    • Added a new akismet_batch_delete_count action to the batch delete methods for people who’d like to keep track of the numbers of records being processed by those methods.
  • Disqus 3.0.13
    • Added a new option for rendering comments javascript directly into page markup
    • Fixed warning that stated “cannot access private method Disqus_Rest_Api::dsq_get_settings_schema()”
    • A few small copy changes in plugin’s admin UI
  • Simple Calendar 3.1.14
    • Fix: Issue where navigation to next month would be disabled when multi-day events extended to future months.
  • Yoast SEO 6.3.1
    • Fixes a bug where a non-existing JavaScript chunk file was loaded, causing a console error. This only affected users using a locale different than en.

Blogs Update

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

An update has been released on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. The following updates have been applied:

Major Version

  • none

New Plugins Added

  • Z URL Preview
    • This plugin fetches an excerpt of an external website link. The excerpt contains the title, description and image.

Plugin Updates

  • Aesop Story Engine
    • FIX Updated leaflet.js.
  • Disqus comment system 3.0.12
    • 3.0.12
      •  Disabled browser autocomplete for site configuration form
      •  Fixed an issue where admin JavaScript bundle was missing for sites with WP_DEBUG enabled
      • Implemented a dsq_can_load filter for custom control of when Disqus loads
    • 3.0.11
      • Improved UX on updating the site configuration manually
      • Fixed an issue causing a site crash with PHP version 5.2
      • Added additional information to support diagnostics
    • 3.0.10
      • Lowered minimum-supported version of PHP to 5.4
      • Fixed a syntax issue in PHP version 5.3
    • 3.0.9
      • Added a check to deactivate plugin if PHP version is earlier than the minimum-supported version 5.6.
    • 3.0.8
      • Fixed a bug that prevented automatic installation when upgrading from version 2.86 or earlier.
    • 3.0.7
      • Plugin has been completely rewritten to support modern and secure WordPress features.
      • Added new Automatic Installation for installing Disqus on your site. This also creates the API application required for enabling comment syncing.
      • Completely redesigned plugin settings page. Disqus replaces the Comments menu link in your WordPress admin and includes shortcut links to popular settings.
  • Simple Calendar
    • 3.1.13
      • Fix: Issue where calendar event pop-ups would display without content.
  • Jetpack 5.8
  • User Role Editor 4.40
    • Update: use wp_roles() function from WordPress API instead of initializing $wp_roles global variable directly.
    • Fix: Bug was introduced by version 4.37 with users recalculation for “All” tab after excluding users with “administrator” role. Code worked incorrectly for Japanese locale.
  • Yoast SEO 6.3
    • Bugfixes:
      • Reverts the shortlink in the HTML comment back to the hard link it was before.
      • Fixes a bug where the Local SEO for WooCommerce extension was not shown on the licenses page.
      • Fixes a bug where the `current_user_can()` function was not called with the post ID as argument.
      • Fixes a bug where the auto-generated meta descriptions were not using the new 320 characters limitation.
      • Fixes a bug where specific external links were not filtered from the post_type sitemap.
      • Fixes a bug where trashed posts were displayed in the bulk editor overview.
      • Fixes a bug where old meta values were not deleted during import.
      • Fixes a bug where only 10 posts when executing meta robots import from wpSEO.de.
      • Clears the sitemap cache when the Site URL is changed.
    • Enhancements:
      • Adds an importer for the SEO Ultimate plugin SEO data.
      • Adds an importer for the SEOpressor plugin SEO data.
      • Adds links to explanatory articles on the features tab.
      • Adds additional explanation for entries on the features tab.
      • Improves Open Graph copy for Facebook and Twitter in the Social settings to better explain what it does.
      • Improves Content Analysis and Publish box copy for better translations.
      • Applies design changes to the Help Center support tab for Premium.
    • Other:
    • Removes “meta keywords” from the plugin as this has had no search result value for at least 7 years.
    • Removes the “noindex subpages” feature as Google has gotten much better at paginated series, and it’s now actually detrimental to use.
    • Removes the “Other” tab from the Titles & Metas settings screen, as all options have been moved or removed.
    • Security hardening.
  • Mailchimp for WP 4.1.15
    • Fixes
      • Dropdown fields with special characters were not properly passed to MailChimp.
      • Interest groups with an all-numeric ID were not properly passed to MailChimp.
    • Improvements
      • Various minor code optimizations
      • Do not redirect when showing “already subscribed” warning.
      • Improved scroll to form handling after a form is submitted without AJAX.
  • Pretty link 2.1.4
    • Fixed IP conflict with Flywheel
    • Fixed wp_redirect race condition

Blogs Upgrade to 4.9.2

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

A minor security update to WordPress Core has been release on OSU Blogs. For more information check the release notes.

Blogs Upgrade

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.