Blog Network Updates and a new plugin

WordPress released a minor security fix in v5.0.2

Plugins
Caldera Forms v1.7.5.1
Elementor v2.3.8
Essential Addons for Elementor v2.8.7
iframe v4.4
Nextgen Gallery v3.1.5
Regenerate Thumbnails v3.1.0
Very Simple Event List v9.3
Wordfence v7.1.20

Themes
Astra v1.6.2
Panoramic v1.0.67
SiteOrigin North v1.6.5
Twenty Ten v2.7
Twenty Eleven v3.0
Twenty Thirteen v2.6
Twenty Fourteen v2.4
Twenty Fifteen v2.2
Twenty Sixteen v1.7
Twenty Seventeen v1.9
Twenty Nineteen v1.1

New Plugin
I added Smush by WPMU.  This plugin watches images that are being uploaded to blogs and shrinks them down to a more reasonable size.  This is good for a couple reasons.  First, WordPress doesn’t even use full size images. At least, not really.  So, having a photo straight off your phone that is the size of a building just takes up a lot of space and, if, for some reason, you tell WP to display that image on a page, it takes FOREVER for the image to display.  This plugin will limit the max size of an image stored on the server to 2048×2048 pixels.  That should be big enough to fit any needs.  The second reason is simply disk space.  I’m running the plugin now to “smush” images that are already on the server and one blog is 15% of the way through its images and has already saved over 200MB of disk space.  Doesn’t sound like a lot, but if we can save a gig here or a gig there, that’s a big difference to a web server.

As always, if you notice any issues, just let me know.  There were a lot of updates today.

12-18-2018 Blog Network Updates

Big updates today.  It’s been a while because WordPress had a major upgrade to version 5.0. Never a good idea to upgrade a network to a new major version until it has had some time to percolate.  V5.0.1 was released this week, so we have taken all the steps…

Read the next post for information about all the new bells and whistles.

WordPress v5.0 & v5.0.1

Plugins
Elementor v2.3.6
Essential Addons for Elementor v2.8.6
WP Force Login v5.3
Multisite Clone Duplicator v1.5.3
Nextgen Gallery v3.1.2
PDF Embedder v4.0
Really Simple SSL v3.1.3
TinyMCE Advanced v4.8.2
Very Simple Event List v9.2
Wordfence v7.1.18
WP Latest Posts v4.5.4

Themes
Panoramic v1.0.66
Twenty Ten v2.6
Twenty Eleven v2.9
Twenty Twelve v2.6
Twenty Thirteen v2.5
Twenty Fourteen v2.3
Twenty Fifteen v2.1

New Themes
Astra v1.6.1 – Elementor Certified
Ocean WP v1.5.32 – Elementor Certified
Twenty Nineteen – Latest from WordPress

New Plugin
Classic Editor v1.3 – Replaces the new Gutenberg editor in WPv5 with the classic editor

9-7-2018 Blog Network Updates

Plugins
Elementor v2.2.1
Essential Addons for Elementor v2.7.8
Nextgen Gallery v3.0.8
PDF Embedder v3.2
Wordfence v7.1.11
WP Latest Posts v4.4.2

Themes
SiteOrigins North v1.5.1
Weaver XTreme v4.06

Added Disable Admin Notices plugin

Disable Admin Notices allows site admins to disable those annoying nag messages in Dashboard.  Whenever a nag pops up you will now see a red “Hide notification forever” link (like this).

 

Just click it, and you won’t have to deal with that one again.

8-14-2018 Blog Network Updates

Did a lot of cleaning on the blog network this week.  Archived several blogs that had not been updated in at least 6 months. (If yours is missing, email me and we’ll talk about putting it back.)

Also removed a number of unused plugins and added a few that will be useful going forward.

Over the next few months I’ll also be adding more updated themes and changing out the old themes that are no longer being updated so that the blog network stays safe and secure.  If your site is using one of these old themes I will contact you directly and will be happy to help you make the change.

As always, if you see anything that doesn’t seem right, feel free to let me know.

8-6-2018 Blog Network Updates / PHP Upgrade

We found some issues with the older version of PHP that was running the blog network, so our sys admin has upgraded the server to PHP v7.1. That should keep us current for many years.  Thanks Dave for getting that done.

WordPress v4.9.8 came out last week.  More info here.

Plugins
Authorizer v2.8.3
Caldera Forms v1.7.2
List Category Posts v0.78.1
TinyMCE Advanced v4.8.0

Theme
Twenty Seventeen 1.7

4-23-2018 Blog Network Updates and New Plugin

Plugin Updates
Caldera Forms v1.6.1
SiteOrigin Page Builder v2.6.5
Simple Page Ordering v2.3.1
SiteOrigin Widgets Bundle v1.11.8
Wordfence v7.1.3
WP Accessibility v1.6.3
WP Latest Posts v4.4.0

Theme Updates
Panoramic v1.0.47
SiteOrigin North v1.4.6

I also added a SiteOrigin CSS plugin that lets you point and click to edit the style sheet in your theme.  Very simple to use.  More info here.

1-26-2018 Updates and New Look

Lots of changes to the blog network today!

Plugin Updates
Caldera Forms v1.5.9.1
Wordfence v7.0.1
XCloner v4.0.7

New theme: SiteOrigin North

The blog network was looking a little dated, so I installed a new theme by SiteOrigin called North.  SiteOrigin also makes a plugin called PageBuilder that gives you a lot of control over layout of pages.  Their theme is responsive, clean and very easy to manipulate.  I think the blog network now has a very clean and professional look.  

Wordfence also had a major update to v7.0.1 with many changes to the framework they use for display and the way they scan for issues.  More info here.

Added Subscribe2 to Lane Blog Network

If you would like to be updated when things happen on the blog network, you can now subscribe to an email list and receive an email whenever something is posted to the blog network.

Don’t worry, you will only receive emails when updates happen to blogs.lanecc.edu and not when updates happen to sub-blogs on the network.  

If you decide you no longer want to receive notices, it’s easy to unsubscribe as well.  Just use the same form you used to subscribe.

No email will be sent other than to keep you up to date on updates and changes to the blog network.  

To subscribe / unsubscribe, just use the form to the right.  It looks like this…

Subscribe2 Subscription Form Image

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