April 2014 Security Updates

In response to recent security upgrades, the Duke WordPress team will be making an upgrade to the service outside of our regularly-scheduled quarterly maintenance windows.

The team is currently testing the latest WordPress core upgrade (3.8.3), as well as all plugins and themes that have been updated since our March 2014 maintenance window (this list does include the Jetpack plugin). We plan to make the updates system-wide later this week (week of 4/14/14). We do not expect a significant interruption of the Sites@Duke service during this upgrade.

Additionally, the Duke OIT Security and Systems teams have been working to secure all OIT servers from potential vulnerabilities. There is nothing you will need to do at this time to ensure your Sites@Duke site remains secure.

March 2014 Maintenance Window Update

The Duke WordPress system was successfully upgraded to version 3.8.1 this morning (Saturday, March 8).

Please note that the TweetBlender plugin has been removed, and we have added Really Simple Twitter Feed Widget as a replacement.

Thanks for your patience as we performed this important maintenance, and please submit your suggestions for future improvements through our Feature Request Formhttps://sites.duke.edu/feature-request-form. Any feature suggestions received by May  1, 2014, will be considered for our next maintenance window in July 2014.

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Duke WordPress Maintenance: Saturday, March 8, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

This is a notice that on Saturday, March 8th, we will be upgrading the Duke WordPress system to version 3.8.1. This upgrade will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sites may be unavailable during this timeframe.

One plugin change of note is that we will be removing TweetBlender and replacing it with Really Simply Twitter Feed Widget.

On behalf of the Duke WordPress team, thank you for your patience as we perform this important maintenance. As always, if you have any suggestions for future improvements, please submit them via the online form: https://sites.duke.edu/feature-request-form. Any feature suggestions received by May  1, 2014, will be considered for our next maintenance window in July 2014. For any technical support questions about Duke WordPress, please contact the OIT Service Desk (see http://oit.duke.edu/help/ for contact options).

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Spring 2014 Maintenance Window

The next maintenance window for Sites@Duke is currently scheduled for early March 2014. All plugin and theme requests received by February 1 will be evaluated for possible inclusion. You can place your request through our Feature Request Form.

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Maintenance: Saturday, October 15th, 2011, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.

The Duke WordPress system will be offline temporarily between 6 am and 9 am this Saturday, October 15, 2011, which is our standard maintenance window. During this time we will make some minor changes to the system, including the addition of a new plug-in, called Top Contributors.  During this time, visitors to your sites may not be able to view the sites’ pages, and you may not be able to access the dashboard to administer your sites. Access to all sites and dashboards will be restored as soon as the maintenance is completed.

From now through November 1st, we are accepting suggestions or feature requests for consideration for our next upgrade to Duke WordPress, which will happen in mid-December, after fall semester classes conclude. Suggestions already under consideration include improved mobile access and a plug-in to allow WordPress user profiles to include a photograph. More about the feedback process and our overall schedule for making improvements to Duke WordPress is available at http://sites.duke.edu/about/governance/.


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Maintenance window

The Duke WordPress service is scheduled for regular weekly maintenance from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturdays. During that time, the service may be unavailable for some users. Users will be notified of additional maintenance windows.

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