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.

Duke WordPress Maintenance: Saturday, October 11, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

This is a notice that on Saturday, October 11, we will be upgrading the Duke WordPress system to version 4.0. This upgrade will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sites may be unavailable during this timeframe.

We will also be removing 3 plugins from the system at this time. A list of affected plugins is available at http://sites.duke.edu/blog/2014/09/18/plugins-to-be-removed-during-october-2014-maintenance-window/. 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 11 to avoid functionality issues.

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 November 15, 2014, will be considered for our next maintenance window in December 2014. For any technical support questions about Duke WordPress, please contact the OIT Service Desk (see http://oit.duke.edu/help/ for contact options).

Plugins to be Removed During October 2014 Maintenance Window

Duke WordPress users have access to a list of plugins that provide extra functionality to their sites. These standard plugins are actively reviewed by the Duke WordPress team, and those that are not being used, are no longer supported, or provide duplicate functionality will be retired.

During our October 2014 maintenance window (currently scheduled for Saturday, October 11), the following plugins will be removed from the service:

  1. Table of Contents Creator: users of this plugin should switch to Table of Contents Plus
  2. Share This: users of this plugin should switch to Share Buttons by AddToAny
  3. Really simple Facebook Twitter share buttons: users of this plugin should switch to Share Buttons by AddToAny

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 plugin before October 11 to avoid functionality issues.

As always, if you would like to request a particular plugin be added to Duke WordPress, fill out the Feature Request Form. Your suggestions will be reviewed according to Sites@Duke policies for possible inclusion in an upcoming maintenance window.

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July 2014 Maintenance Window Update

The Duke WordPress system was successfully upgraded to version 3.9.1 this morning (Saturday, July 12).

Please note that we removed 12 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/2014/06/12/plugins-to-be-removed-during-july-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 September 1, 2014, will be considered for our next maintenance window in October 2014.

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Duke WordPress Maintenance: Saturday, July 12, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

This is a notice that on Saturday, July 12, we will be upgrading the Duke WordPress system to version 3.9.1. This upgrade will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sites may be unavailable during this timeframe.

We will also be removing 12 unused or unsupported plugins from the system at this time. A list of affected plugins is available at http://sites.duke.edu/blog/2014/06/12/plugins-to-be-removed-during-july-2014-maintenance-window/. 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 July 12 to avoid functionality issues.

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 September 1, 2014, will be considered for our next maintenance window in October 2014. For any technical support questions about Duke WordPress, please contact the OIT Service Desk (see http://oit.duke.edu/help/ for contact options).

All Duke WordPress site administrators received this maintenance notification via email, in accordance with our Terms of Use: http://sites.duke.edu/policies/.

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Plugins to be Removed During July 2014 Maintenance Window

Duke WordPress users have access to a list of plugins that provide extra functionality to their sites. These standard plugins are actively reviewed by the Duke WordPress team, and those that are not being used or are no longer supported will be retired.

During our July 2014 maintenance window (currently scheduled for Saturday, July 12), the following plugins will be removed from the service:

  1. Broken Link Checker: users of this plugin can use the free link checker tool available at http://validator.w3.org/checklink
  2. Cron GUI
  3. Facebook Like: users of this plugin should switch to Share Buttons by AddToAny
  4. FlickrRSS: users of this plugin should switch to FlickrPress or Flickr Photostream
  5. OpenID
  6. Submittable
  7. Tweetblender: users of this plugin should switch to Really Simple Twitter Feed Widget
  8. Voicethread
  9. WordPress.com Stats
  10. WP SIMILE Timeline
  11. WP-CodeBox: users of this plugin should switch to SyntaxHighlighter Evolved
  12. WP-SimpleViewer

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 plugin before July 12 to avoid functionality issues.

As always, if you would like to request a particular plugin be added to Duke WordPress, fill out the Feature Request Form. Your suggestions will be reviewed according to Sites@Duke policies for possible inclusion in an upcoming maintenance window.

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.

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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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