This morning all University blogs were upgraded to the new 3.1 version of WordPress. Some of the new updates include a new top admin bar, streamlined posting interface as well as new developer tools. Read the WordPress Development blog for more details in this new release.
Oct 6th, 2010
We’ll be moving all of our WordPress blogs to a different server on the morning of Friday, October 7, 2010. Things should go smoothly and there won’t be any downtime; however if you experience problems or notice a brief downtime that morning, please keep in mind that we are probably in the middle of the server migration. If you notice problems after noon on Oct. 7, please let me know by calling the Web Help Desk at 836-5271.
Posted in System upgrades.
Sep 30th, 2010
As you can see, this page has been updated and made into a blog intended to host news and updates about Missouri State blogs. Important links can be found at the top of this page, along with the option to log in to your blogs. On the right, you will find categories and archives for this administrative site, along with a directory of all Missouri State blogs.
If you are the administrator of one or more blogs, please subscribe to this site, as any news about WordPress blogs will be posted here. Examples of content you can expect are:
- new or updated plugins
- changes or updates to the Missouri State blog themes
- upgrades to our WordPress installation
- server moves, downtime, etc.
Posted in Updates.
Jul 15th, 2010
We recently completed upgrading all of the Missouri State Blogs to the new version 3.0 of WordPress. You should notice some small differences in the layout and functionality of the dashboard of your blogs at this time, but no changes in the look of your actual blog.
This new version of WordPress has some great new features, including better menus and navigation, custom post types and taxonomies and a better back-end interface. We plan on updating the themes available to users during the fall 2010 semester to better take advantage of these new features, so stay tuned. We will also be updating our support pages in the fall to better reflect the changes and updates in 3.0.
If you’re curious about the changes and updates made to WordPress 3.0, please watch the video tour below:
Mar 11th, 2010
This morning we updated the Missouri State blogs to better work with the WordPress threaded commenting system. We have been using a third-party plugin to allow for threaded comments, but our themes now work with the integrated WordPress threaded comments and thus the plugin is no longer needed.
To turn on threaded comments on your blog:
- On your blog’s Dashboard, navigate to Settings > Discussion.
- Under ‘Other Comment Settings,’ check the box labeled ‘Enable threaded (nested) comments.’
- Select the number of levels deep you would like the threaded comments to go.
- Click the Save Changes button on the bottom of the page.
We have also integrated a Tiny MCE Comments plugin into all of the blogs, allowing for commenters to add links, format text, etc. This plugin works on both threaded and un-threaded comments.
Feb 8th, 2010
We’ve added two new features to the Missouri State University blogs: the MSU Calendar widget and the Inline Media Tool plugin.
The MSU Calendar widget allows you to pull in a calendar of your events directly from the Missouri State University Master Calendar. You can see a working example of the new widget to the right on the sidebar of this blog, labeled ‘Web and New Media Events.’ You can add the calendar widget to your blog’s sidebar by going to your blog’s Dashboard, then navigating to the Widgets page under the Appearance tab. Drag the MSU Calendar widget from ‘Available Widgets’ to the sidebar and then fill in the necessary info.
The Inline Media Tool plugin allows you to embed Flickr slideshows, YouTube videos, and video or audio from iTunes U directly into any post or page in your blog. To use the media plugin, click on the button on the top far-right of the editor for any post or page.
There are four tabs within the Inline Media Tool: a Flickr slideshow, YouTube video, iTunes U video file or iTunes U audio file. Follow the directions on each tab to embed that particular media on your blog.
Both of these new tools are now live on all Missouri State University blogs and ready for your use. Below is a video showing you in-depth how to use the new Calendar widget and Media plugin, with step-by-step instructions and examples for all options within these new tools.
Mar 27th, 2009
The WordPress upgrade to the new version 2.7 was successful yesterday. If you now login to your blog, you will see that the Dashboard is significantly different. We are currently working on updating all of our Blog Setup and Instructions pages to mirror the changes made to the Dashboard. These new instructions should be updated next week. *The instructions are now updated as of 3/30/09*
Our anti-spam plugin, Defensio, was not working correctly with the new upgraded version of WordPress, so it has been replaced with the WP-SpamFree plugin. I activated it on all of the blogs in our system, so you shouldn’t really see any changes. I also added the SI-Captcha plugin to all of the blogs that were not using it, just as an extra precaution. If someone is logged in the Captcha won’t show up on the comments, but if someone isn’t logged in it will appear.
The other two new plugins are WPtouch and the KB Advanced RSS Widget. WPtouch reformats your site with a mobile theme when viewed with an Apple iPhone, Apple iPod touch, Google Android or Blackberry Storm touch mobile device. It does not affect the look of your blog when viewed in a normal web browser. You can look at this blog on a mobile device to see an example of how it works (it’s really neat). The KB Advanced RSS Widget allows you to pull in RSS Feeds into a Sidebar Widget. You can add multiple widgets for different feeds. The ‘Media’ widget on the right sidebar of this blog is a working example of this new plugin.
Mar 18th, 2009
We will be doing a significant upgrade to our WordPress system at 8:30 AM on Thursday, March 26th. We will be upgrading all blogs in blogs.missouristate.edu to the new 2.7 version of WordPress.
You won’t see any changes to the look of your actual blogs after the upgrade, but you will see major changes to the Dashboard of your blog. Features will continue to be organized as they currently are (Write/Manage/Design/Comments/etc) but the layout of the Dashboard will be different. Once we have the upgrade completed we will update all of our online instructions to be compatible with the new system.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to get in contact with me. Thanks!
Posted in System upgrades.
Feb 9th, 2009
Some new plugins have been added over recent weeks, and I wanted to highlight them to all of our WordPress users in case you would like to add them to your blog:
- Counterize II – this plugin will show you a simple counter on your Dashboard of how many visitors you have per day on your blog.
- SI CAPTCHA – this plugin requires a reader to fill out a CAPTCHA form before they can comment on your blog. This will help to protect your blog from spam comments.
To enable these new plugins, simply click on the ‘Plugins’ link on the right side of your Dashboard, and then click on the ‘Activate’ link on the plugins you would like to add to your blog.
Posted in Plugins.