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Latest news about the Glow Blogs service, updates, issues, workarounds and fixes.

Glow Blogs infrastructure update 2

Glow Blogs are back after the weekend update, thank for your patience.

The upgrade should improve performance of blogs and allow us to continue developing the service going forward.

Featured image: All Systems GO! by Andrew Hart used under a Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic — CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Glow Blogs infrastructure update

The work for this will be carried out over the weekend of Friday 31st May and should be completed by the afternoon of Monday 3rd June. During this period the service will not be available for any users to either edit of view blogs. We have informed Glow Key Contacts of this in advance of the work being carried out and set this date so that the work did not take place during exam time.

More details: Glow Blogs Update – Glow Connect

GLOW BLOGS HOUSEKEEPING – Site Deletions

Back in January we explained that we had archived some older blogs that had not been updated  for a number of years. At that point these blogs were no longer accessible but could be restored on request.

We are now going to delete these blogs and then they will not be able to be restored.

If you have a blog that has been archived you need to let us know, via your  Glow Key Contact, that you would like this blog restored.

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.