Weblog maintenance

The SSC-ICT has a maintenance window every Thursday' from 18-22h. We will try to inform you as soon as possible when maintenance is planned. Due to security we have to stay up to date with our Wordpress version and update the plugins regularly. We will update approximately 4 times a year. Dates depend on the Wordpress releases and can't be scheduled in advance.

Last Maintenance:
Thursday May 8th 18.00-20.00h
Wordpress update to 3.9 and plugin update
Downside: Tiny MCE plugin had to be replaced by the much simpeler WP Edit plugin. For more information see the maintennace blogpost.

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Weblog Maintenance Thursday May 8th 18.00-22.00

May 8th we had a weblog maintenance window. We updated WordPress to the newest version: WordPress 3.9.

Due to security reasons we have to stay up to date with our WordPress version. Updating however also has its disadvantages. WordPress uses plugins to add extra functionalities to the weblogs. These plugins are mostly open source, and therefor we rely on the developers to stay up to date with their (free) plugins. One of the plugins we used was the Ultimate Tiny MCE to make it easier for most users to edit your post text or add for instance you tube video’s. Since WordPress changed its framework in this version, the developer had to start building his plugin from scratch, therefor in this new version of WordPress, the edit functions are less extensive. If you like more information about why, please read this article from the developer. We will do our best to replace the missing functions. The changing of the framework could also affect other functions within WordPress.

Another change is that the invasive TU cookie wall is replaced by a small banner. We are obliged to have a cookie message, but this small banner is more user friendly.

We will be informing you about a few new plugins in the near future. (we are looking into 3 new social plugins, to replace the Sociable plugin)

 

WordPress Manual

WordPress is very user friendly. If you need any assistance, there are many manuals available on the internet. Check out: codex.wordpress.org

How to get to the admin Dashboard

When you are visiting your site and you cannot return to your dashboard: type /wp-admin behind your site name and you return to your dashboard. In your dashboard you can choose to make the metadata widget visible on your site. This widget contains links to log in and to return to the site admin panel (dashboard).

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Weblog migration this Thursday September 20th

There are no more obstacles to prevent us from migrating this weblog to WordPress. The migration will take place this week on Thursday September 20th. In the morning at 9 o’ clock we will freeze all weblog content. This means the weblogs can be read, but it will not be possible to add any content. In the morning we will start migrating the weblogs behind the scenes. The last preparations will take place during the ICT Maintenance Period (starts at six o’ clock). Around seven o’ clock we will do a last check and if all goes well we will be online again around eight.

As stated before. Alle content of the current weblogs will be migrated, styling however, will not be migrated. All weblogs will be placed in the same TU Delft Weblog theme. After the migration you can choose a new theme and personalize it to your wishes.

All weblog users will receive an e-mail with this information. We will also keep you informed via this blog. We will give you advise on settings and where you can find what.

In short:

Thursday September 20th

9.00: Content Freeze – weblog available as Read only
9.00-19.00 Work behind the scenes
Around 20.00 Weblog online in new WordPress environment

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