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).

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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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