Themes and Plugins to be Removed in October 2015

A large number of WordPress themes and plugins will be removed during the mid-October 2015 maintenance window. All site admins should review the following details, and contact the OIT Service Desk with any questions. Faculty may contact the Center for Instructional Technology for questions regarding using WordPress in teaching.

Themes

The following themes will be removed from the Sites@Duke system over Fall Break, in accordance with Sites@Duke policies. These themes were selected because they are retired, unsupported, outdated, broken, or little-used.

  1. Anubis
  2. Black-Letterhead
  3. Carrington Blog
  4. Commentpress
  5. Commentpress Default Theme
  6. Commentpress Modern Theme
  7. Connections
  8. Copyblogger
  9. Doc
  10. Fauna
  11. Freshy
  12. Fusion
  13. iBlog2
  14. Infinity
  15. iNove
  16. Journalist
  17. K2
  18. Poloray
  19. Pretty Parchment
  20. Reveal
  21. Rotary
  22. Tweaker3
  23. WP-bootstrap

All site admins should confirm whether their sites are using one of these themes. You can do this by logging into your site, going to Appearance > Themes in the left-hand black sidebar, and seeing which theme is labeled as “Active” in the top left corner.

How to find your active WordPress theme

 

If your site’s active theme is on the list above, you will need to switch to another theme that is NOT on this list before October 10, 2015. Instructions on how to change themes are available on sites.duke.edu. Any sites that have not switched to a new theme at that time will be changed to the Twenty Thirteen default theme.

If your site does not use one of these themes, you do not need to take any action at this time.

Plugins

The following plugins will be removed from the Sites@Duke system over Fall Break, in accordance with Sites@Duke policies. These plugins were selected because they are unsupported, outdated, broken, little-used, or redundant.

  1. Booking Calendar (recommended replacement: Event Calendar)
  2. CommentPress Core
  3. Flickr Photostream (recommended replacement: Flickr Justified Gallery)
  4. List Pages Shortcode
  5. Mapbox
  6. MathJax-LaTeX (recommended replacement: WP LaTeX)
  7. Onswipe
  8. Polldaddy Polls & Ratings (recommended replacement: WP-Polls)
  9. Really Simple Twitter Feed Widget (recommended replacement: Twitter)
  10. Register Plus
  11. Smart Youtube PRO
  12. Top Commentators Widget
  13. Twitter Tracker
  14. WP VeriteCo Timeline (recommended replacement: KnightLab TimelineJS)
  15. WPMU Custom CSS (recommended replacement: Simple Custom CSS)
  16. WTI Like Post (recommended replacement: KK I Like It)

In cases where retired plugins are actively used by Duke WordPress users, we have suggested alternative plugins with similar functions. Please switch to the new plugins before October 10, 2015 to avoid functionality issues.

All site admins should confirm whether their sites are using one of these plugins. You can do this by logging into your site, going to Plugins in the left-hand black sidebar, and clicking Active to see your list of active plugins.

How to check your active plugins list

 

 

 

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July 2015 Maintenance Update

The Sites@Duke system maintenance was successfully completed on Saturday, July 18.

Thanks for your patience as we performed this important maintenance, and please submit your suggestions for future improvements through our Feature Request Form: https://sites.duke.edu/feature-request-form. Any feature suggestions received by September 1, 2015, will be considered for our next maintenance window in October 2015.

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Sites@Duke Maintenance: Saturday, July 18, 2 to 9 a.m.

OIT will be upgrading the Sites@Duke system on Saturday, July 18, between 2 and 9 a.m. During this time, sites may be unavailable. 

For technical support questions about Sites@Duke or the upcoming upgrade, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 919-684-2200. 

On behalf of the Duke WordPress team, thank you for your patience as we perform this important maintenance. 

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March 2015 Maintenance Update

The Sites@Duke system was successfully upgraded to version 4.1.1 on Saturday, March 7.

Please note that the following plugins and themes were removed:

Plugins

  • Artiss Plugins List
  • Cron GUI
  • Link Manager
  • Panopto Embed
  • Unfiltered MU
  • WP Jquery Timelinr

In order to replace some functionality from Unfiltered MU and Panopto Embed, we are adding the Duke Media Embed plugin. Visit Settings -> Duke Media Embed on your site for instructions on how to use this new plugin.

Themes

  • Constructor
  • Light
  • LightWord
  • MNML
  • monochrome
  • News
  • Titan
  • Writer’s Blog

If you were using one of these themes and did not switch to another theme before March 7, your site was changed to the Twenty Thirteen theme.

Thanks for your patience as we performed this important maintenance, and please submit your suggestions for future improvements through our Feature Request Form: https://sites.duke.edu/feature-request-form. Any feature suggestions received by May 30, 2015, will be considered for our next maintenance window in July 2015.

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Sites@Duke Maintenance: Saturday, March 7, 6 to 9 a.m.

OIT will be upgrading the Sites@Duke system to version 4.1 on Saturday, March 7th between 6 and 9 a.m. During this time, sites may be unavailable.

During this same maintenance window, we will also remove the following plugins and themes:

Plugins: Artiss Plugins List, Cron GUI, Link Manager, Panopto Embed, Unfiltered MU, and WP Jquery Timelinr. In order to replace some functionality from Unfiltered MU and Panopto Embed, we are adding the Duke Media Embed plugin. Visit Settings -> Duke Media Embed on your site on March 7 or later for instructions on how to use this new plugin.

Themes: Constructor, Light, LightWord, MNML, monochrome, News, Titan, and Writer’s Blog. If you are using one of these themes and do not switch to another one before March 7, your site will default to the Twenty Thirteen theme.

For technical support questions about Sites@Duke or the upcoming upgrade, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 919-684-2200.

On behalf of the Duke WordPress team, thank you for your patience as we perform this important maintenance.

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Duke School of Medicine Theme Now Available

Sites@Duke is pleased to offer a new Duke School of Medicine branded theme. Users affiliated with the School of Medicine may choose this template when selecting a theme for their sites.duke.edu WordPress sites.

The image below shows a sample site using the School of Medicine theme. Please note the logo in the top left corner can be changed to the School of Medicine or appropriate departmental logo, or group/unit name.

School of Medicine template

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December 2014 Maintenance Update

The Sites@Duke system was successfully upgraded to version 4.0.1 on Saturday, December 20.

Please note that the Flickrpress plugin was removed at this time. Users were advised to switch to either the Slickr Flickr or Flickr Photostream plugins.

Thanks for your patience as we performed this important maintenance, and please submit your suggestions for future improvements through our Feature Request Form: https://sites.duke.edu/feature-request-form. Any feature suggestions received by February 1, 2015, will be considered for our next maintenance window in March 2015.

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Sites@Duke Maintenance: Saturday, December 20, 6 to 9 a.m.

OIT will be upgrading the Sites@Duke system to version 4.0.1 on Saturday, December 20th between 6 and 9am. During this time, sites may be unavailable.

During this same maintenance window, we will also remove the Flickrpress plugin. In order to avoid functionality issues, users are advised to switch to either the Slickr Flickr or Flickr Photostream plugins before December 20th. (You can determine if you are using Flickrpress by visiting the Plugins tab after logging in to your site. If it’s active, deactivate it and then activate and configure either Slickr Flickr or Flickr Photostream depending on your specific needs.)

For technical support questions about Sites@Duke, the upcoming upgrade, or further assistance in switching Flickr plugins, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 919-684-2400.

Please note that all Sites@Duke site administrators will receive maintenance notification emails in accordance with our Terms of Use, linked from the Policies tab on the main Sites@Duke homepage. You can view your subscription information by logging in to the Mailing List Manager, available by searching the OIT site.

On behalf of the Duke WordPress team, thank you for your patience as we perform this important maintenance.

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Event Registration Plugin Removed

The Event Registration plugin was removed from the Duke WordPress system on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Users are advised to switch to the Events Manager plugin.

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October 2014 Maintenance Window Update

The Duke WordPress system was successfully upgraded to version 4.0 this morning (Saturday, October 11).

Please note that we removed 3 unused or unsupported plugins from the system. In cases where retired plugins were actively used by Duke WordPress users, we suggested alternative plugins with similar functions: http://sites.duke.edu/blog/2014/09/18/plugins-to-be-removed-during-october-2014-maintenance-window/.

Thanks for your patience as we performed this important maintenance, and please submit your suggestions for future improvements through our Feature Request Form: https://sites.duke.edu/feature-request-form. Any feature suggestions received by November 15, 2014, will be considered for our next maintenance window in December/January 2014.

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