UBS has been updated to WordPress 5.3, “Kirk”. This release focuses on improvements to the Block editor experience and introduces the Twenty Twenty theme. This theme is now available to be activated from your Themes dashboard.
UBS has been updated with the latest security and maintenance release.
The UT WordPress theme now has the ability to allow configuration of the UT branding bar with a “Secondary Identification” title. This area (top left of UT WordPress Theme) has typically been used to call out the specific school/group/lab related to the site.
To configure the secondary identification go to:
Customize -> UT Brand Bar -> enter Secondary Identification
On September 25th, 2019, the University Blog Service will be unavailable between 9:00AM to 10:00AM while stewards perform maintenance tasks. What this change encompasses is upgrading the main server software underlying each and every site on the service, PHP.
PHP is one of the oldest and most established programming languages for web development. WordPress is developed in PHP which dynamically generates everyone’s website on the service.
Why Are We Upgrading to PHP 7?
There are a number of reasons for this change. There has been many improvements over the current version of PHP (5.6) that have been implemented specifically for WordPress. We’ve reached a point where we can benefit from these improvements and stability that has gone into development of both the programming language and WordPress. WordPress has become more aggressive in the recommended versions of PHP that hosts should be running as well. Finally, the current version of PHP (5.6) will no longer be supported by our operating system vendor, Red Hat Linux.
What Should I Expect After This Change?
There is a wide range of potential issues you may encounter. You may notice different behavior or text on your page that sound like warnings or errors. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for support if you should have any questions or concerns.
With that said, please review your website prior to September 25th at 9:00AM to be more familiarized with it and after 10:00AM. This will help track down any bugs that were introduced.
For the last month, we’ve made the final build of this change available in the Quality Assurance environment ( off-campus access available via VPN only ). We’ve had a handful of bug reports during that time period and none have been related to the underlying update. At this point, we have a high level of confidence that this transition will occur without issue.
UBS has been updated with the latest version of WordPress. This maintenance release includes a fix for deprecated “preview” functionality when updating posts/pages with the Gutenberg editor.
With the release of Genesis 2.10 (UT WordPress framework), all theme settings have been moved into the WordPress Customizer. This change affects how the custom header logo is set.
Your UT WordPress header logo can now be set in the WordPress customizer. Just go to Appearance -> Customize -> Header Logo. See the page below for more instructions on customizing your header logo.
The UBS stewardship team will upgrade PHP 5.4 to 5.6 on June 13th, 2019. Maintenance will begin at 6 pm and is expected to last for one hour. The service will need to be restarted and a short outage is expected. No actions are required on your part.
UBS has been updated to WordPress 5.1.1. See the following link for more information about this maintenance and security patch.
UBS will be updated to WordPress 5.1.1 on May 23rd, 2019. You’ll notice a handful of changes throughout your Dashboard but one that we want to share is the new Page/Post editor called Gutenberg.
It’s a big change from the current, “Classic” editor you’re familiar with so far. The Classic editor will continue to be available by default for all current and new sites.
Site Administrators are welcome to try out the new Gutenberg editor at any time!
Just log into your site Dashboard, click on Plugins in the left-hand menu, then deactivate the “Classic Editor” plugin.
NOTE (7/25/19): There is a known issue affecting sites with a custom domain that are also using the Gutenberg editor which can cause an error creating/updating posts or pages. To avoid this error, make sure to always use your custom domain when accessing the site dashboard. Use this: customdomain.utexas.edu/wp-admin Not this: sites.utexas.edu/site/wp-admin
UBS has been updated to WordPress 4.9.10. See the following link for more information about this security patch.