- Updated service to WordPress 4.8.2
You can now add your Parent College/School Link in the top left-hand corner of the University Brand Bar. Visit our example site to see how this looks.
- Activate the University Brand Bar plugin from your site Dashboard
- Go to Settings > University Brand Bar
- Parent College/School Name: Enter your Parent College/School name as you want it to appear
- URL for Parent College/School: Enter the URL of your Parent College/School
The University Brand Bar can be used with any theme supported on UBS.
Please note: Since this plugin was customized for the UT Responsive Theme, you may need to make some minor adjustments in your site’s Additional CSS settings to ensure best viewing.
- Removed The Events Calendar plugin code from service
- Addressed issue while uploading certain files through media manager
- Updated UT Branding Bar ( now University Brand Bar )
Update UBS to WordPress 4.7.5
Installed Multisite Custom CSS to enable “Additional CSS” in theme customization network wide
Today we make available on the University Blog Service UT WordPress Theme. Site Administrators can activate the theme in their dashboards.
What is UT WordPress Theme?
UT WordPress Theme is based on the Genesis Framework and is bundled with branded CSS, images, and other web resources. Originally this was the theme available only through the CMS Hosting Platform, a service offered by ITS starting October 2016, in the WordPress for Texas upstream. We are making the UT WordPress Theme available on the University Blog Service in an effort to better support the UT Brand guidelines.
I want to use UT WordPress Theme on my site(s). What do I do?
If you are considering using UT WordPress Theme with your existing site, we recommend you evaluate UT Theme in the UBS Customer Acceptance Testing environment ( a.k.a., QUAL ) located at qual.sites.utexas.edu/<SITE URL> first. There you are free to make whatever changes you want without consequence to your live site.
Great! How do I get my site look like that?
What gives the theme’s design is the pages, posts, menu items, and widgets we preload into a site when it is created. We refer to this as “default content”. This is great for new sites created on UBS. Site administrators can make minimal changes to their new sites and see how we do design internally. However, existing sites will not have this content immediately available to them. This is to avoid corrupting the site’s existing content and configuration.
UT Theme relies on widgets for a number of elements of the overall design; mainly the footer and sidebars. We also recommend the following changes to achieve that look and feel;
- Check out how to create the footer areas using Widgets
- How to set up the Navigation Menu
- What the default settings for widgets and supporting plugins
You can find specifics about how to implement elements of UT WordPress Theme’s design in this Service Now knowledge article.
What About the UT Responsive Themes?
UT Responsive themes will remain on the service.
My New Site Looks Funny After Switching Away. What Gives?
WordPress Themes rely on sidebars for their function and design. UT WordPress theme is no different. Often times two different themes will use the same name for sidebars. When this happens, themes will pack their widgets into the same sidebar and set whatever widget there as “Inactive”. As UT WordPress Theme uses widgets heavily, this can be impactful if a number of themes are being evaluated for a site. We recommend referring to the theme implementation article to overcome this issue.
The University Blog Service will no longer accept requests for custom domain mapping. The stewardship team has made the decision to no longer provide custom domain mapping for new domains going forward. While we strive to provide additional functionality to UBS, this decision was made due to technical considerations and the internal support required for custom domain mapping.
Current sites in the service that already have a custom domain will not be affected. Those sites will continue to be served at the current custom domain URL.
The Simple Calendar Plugin is an easy way to add Google Calendar events to your WordPress site. This plugin is available to your site by default.
There are a few steps you must follow before embedding your Google Calendar onto your site page.
- Create a Google API Key
- Activate Simple Calendar from your plugin dashboard.
- Login to your site. From the Dashboard, click Plugins and activate Simple Calendar.
- Enter the Google API Key from your clipboard into the activated plugin:
- Calendar > Settings
- Set your Google Calendar to public
- Find and copy the ID for the Google Calendar you would like embedded on your UBS site
- Create and display a calendar in your site
For the full listing of help topics for the Google Calendar plugin, please go to – https://simplecalendar.io/
Update UBS to WordPress 4.7.3
Update the Events Calendar to 4.4.5
Update WordPress Importer Plugin updated to 0.6.3
Update to internal tools (WP-CLI)
Addition of PHP extensions required by incoming plugins
Hello Blog Owners,
Last week, on April 17th, the UBS stewardship team announced the retirement of the Events Calendar Plugin. UBS stewards have secured the plugin against the reported vulnerability with help from the Information Security Office. As a result, The Events Calendar plugin will not be removed from the service on April 27th as originally stated. However, the plugin will be retired from the service on June 29th, 2017 instead. This decision was made based on ongoing incompatibilities with other critical plugins on the service.
The impact of this change is that sites using the plugin will lose access to their calendar(s) unless site owners find an alternative to displaying calendar information before June 29th.
Stewards have made available the Google Events Calendar plugin which offers similar functionality. Current users will be provided documentation on how to make this transition. Assistance will be made available on a best effort basis during Web Publishing office hours (every Tuesday in FAC 30, between 1:00PM – 2:30PM).
All sites which have The Events Calendar plugin already activated will remain active until June 29th. Do not deactivate the plugin until you are ready to transition away from it as it will become immediately unavailable.
Hello Blog Owners,
Please note the following changes now in effect.
UBS Email Configuration Updates
UBS now relays email through the proper channels.
Apache Logging Format Configuration Update
UBS will now log access over HTTP(s) in the expected format.
Please do let us know if you should have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org.