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

6-28-2017 Blog Network Updates and Additions

Several updates as well as a couple additions today.

Theme Update
Weaver Xtreme v3.1.7

Plugin Updates
Weaver Xtreme Theme Support v3.1.7

Plugin Additions
Google Docs Shortcode v0.4
Inline Google Spreadsheet Viewer v0.12.4

With Lane’s transition to GSuite, it seems like a good idea to give the ability to embed GSuite documents in blogs.  I found two that look to be well supported and stable.

Google Docs Shortcode is by CUNY, the City University of New York.  They do quite a lot of open source WordPress work and they generally keep their plugins updated and secure.  This plugin lets you embed most Google Docs (Docs, Sheets, Slides…) so they simply display in your post or page.  If you remember <iframe>’s, it’s a lot like that.  You’re basically looking at a GSuite doc through a window in your page or post.

Inline Google Spreadsheet Viewer is more focused on Sheets and turns your GSuite Sheet into a datatable.  Datatables automatically add sorting by click, header rows, pagination and some other niceties to a spreadsheet making it much more usable in a website.

As always, if you have any questions, let me know

4-5-2017 Blog Network Updates

Plugins:
Auto Post Thumbnail v3.4.1
Gravity Forms v2.2
List Category Posts v.72
Nextgen Gallery v2.2.3
WP Latest Posts v3.9.6

Added Theme:
Panoramic – Panoramic is a well designed, fully responsive theme with a homepage slider that’s easy to customize and offers 5 star support. The subtle design features give it a premium feel and the wide range of flexible theme options help you create a variety of sites from a simple blog to a fully functional online eCommerce store. Used in conjunction with SiteOrigin’s drag and drop Page Builder plugin, you can easily build beautiful page layouts with no coding knowledge to create any website from travel to business to food, decor, lifestyle, sport and more. Panoramic integrates seamlessly with the following popular free plugins: SiteOrigin’s Page Builder, Contact Form 7 and WooCommerce.

1-26-2017 Added Plugin to Blog Network

Based on a request, the Posts in Page plugin has been added to the blog network.  This plugin lets you embed posts from categories, id’s or several other criteria in a page on your blog.  The posts must come from your own blog, but it is useful for instructors trying to get student posts organized in a central blog.

Let me know if there are any questions, but it’s a pretty simple plugin to use and is available to all blogs on the network.

1-25-2017 Blog Network Updates & Additions

I had a request this morning for the ability to display a list of posts from a different blog.  In particular, Student Success wanted to show the TIPSS posts from Achieving the Dream.  I installed a plugin that lets you do this.  If you would like some help doing something similar, please let me know.

Installed
Post Content Shortcodes v0.5.6

Updated
SSL Insecure Content Fixer v2.2.2

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