All posts by John Johnston

I am a teacher, currently working in Banton Primary for North Lanarkshire Council. I also act as Product Owner/provide support for Glow Blogs. I like Blogs.

Retirement of WP-Andreas01 theme

The WP-Andreas01 theme has not been updated for 10 years and is becoming increasingly incompatible with our version of WordPress.

We have decided to retire the theme. This means it will be no longer available to select in the Themes section of your dashboard or through the customizer.

If your blog currently uses WP-Andreas01 it will continue to do so unless you change to another theme. You will then not be able to switch back.

We would suggest that switching to another theme to take advantage of the many changes and improvements in WordPress over the last 10 years.

Glow Blogs Housekeeping Update

In December we let you know about a Glow Blogs housekeeping exercise we’re carrying out to free up some space and keep the service running well.

Work is progressing and we have now archived older Glow Blogs that haven’t been used for a number of years. Following this, around the end of April 2019 we will permanently delete these from the system to free up space and help improve overall performance.

If your Glow Blog is archived but you want to continue using it you have the opportunity to restore it back to the live environment. Simply email your Glow Key Contact before the end of April 2019 and they will raise a service call on your behalf. Otherwise there’s nothing you need to do.

from: Glow Blogs Housekeeping Update – Glow Connect

Jetpack sharing IE 11 Bug

We have discover a small issue with the Jetpack sharing module on Glow Blogs.

If Facebook and Twitter are selected to hide behind the share button they don’t show in IE11 it doesn’t work with Official buttons so the other option needs selected or they have to be shown individually.

We use the Icon Only setting here on the help blog.

 

We hope to fix this in a update soon.

Glow Blogs Cleanup details now on connect

Around the second week of January 2019 we’re going to archive older Glow Blogs that haven’t been used for a number of years.  Following this, around the end of April 2019 we will permanently delete these from the system to free up space and help improve overall performance.

More details:

Glow Blogs Announcement

If your Glow Blog is archived but you want to continue using it you have the opportunity to restore it back to the live environment. Simply email your Glow Key Contact before the end of April 2019 and they will raise a service call on your behalf. Otherwise there’s nothing you need to do.

Creating a School Website Videos

Mr Feist, a Principal Teacher & Digital Leader of Learning in Mosspark Primary School in Glasgow, has produced a series of videos on creating a school website. The video are hosted on YouTube and displayed in Mr Feist’s Glow Blog:

Creating a School Website for FREE! | The Digital Revolution

You can Follow Mr Feist 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@mrfeistsclass) on Twitter.

Glow Blogs Clean Up

There are now well over 200000 blogs in Glow Blogs. Many have now fallen into disuse.

We are going to be removing some inactive blogs to help with the performance of those in use – this will include private blogs with no users and blogs with no updates for over 2 years. Further information will be issued in the next two weeks.

So if you have a blog you use, but it has not been updated for a couple of years it might be an idea to update it.

Twitter Widget on Glow Blogs Change

Twitter has changed their API and no longer allow you to embed a twitter search on a webpage.

This means the option to use a twitter search via a Widget ID in a blog widget will not work any more. The option to embed a profile will still work.

There may be some blogs that used the Widget ID to embed a profile as before a previous change  the Widget ID was the way to embed a profile too. These sites will need to be updated to use the profile option.

Glow Blogs Start of Session FAQ

A few quick tips that might help in a new session.

Forgotten username or password

Your RM Unify Admin, who may be in your establishment or Local Authority will be able to help.

I need to access a blog where I do not have a role. For example you have moved school.

An Admin of the blog should be able to add you.

No one in school can access a blog (perhaps staff have moved or retired)

You need to get your Local Authority to raise a call with theRM help desk.

Make sure you include the usernames you want added to a blog and the URL of the blog.

I can log on to Glow but I can’t access a blog where I have a role.

You need to get your Local Authority to raise a call with theRM help desk.

Make sure you include your username and the URL of the blog.

I can’t work out how to…

  1. Search the help blog
  2. Use the contact form to get personal help.
  3. Leave a comment on one of the pages if you think that is appropriate.
  4. Chek the Yammer Group Yammer : Glow Blogs – Community Support Group
  5. email gw09johnstonjohn4@glowmail.org.uk

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Glow Blogs Maintenance Thursday 26th July

There is planned maintenance due to take place on Glow Blogs at 8am on Thursday 26th July. This is likely to take around 4 hours during which time Blogs may not be available.

Unfortunately this has to be done during working hours due to the type of work being done.

Glow Blogs Summer News

In November we ask Glow folk for Glow Blogs suggestions for the next release of Glow Blogs. These are listed on the side bar of the suggestions page.

At that time we expected the release to be over Summer 2018. It had been decided to move this back to winter. The next major version of WordPress will include a radically different editor: Gutenberg.

Gutenberg looks like fulfilling a lot of the suggestions, but it is a big change. It will need a great deal of testing for us to understand how it will fit in with existing Glow Blogs functionality.

If you are interested in taking Gutenberg for a test drive you can do so on frontenberg. This site gives you a way to test the editor without having an account.

You can find out more about Gutenberg.

We will update the blog with any news about Gutenberg and other new features over the coming months.