Category Archives: Releases

All the latest news about new releases of the Glow Blog Service.

Glow Blogs Update

Glow Blogs had a small update this week:

WordPress – 4.9.2 > 4.9.4
event-organiser plugin – 3.6.2 > 3.6.3
google-language-translator plugin – 5.0.33 > 5.0.43
wordpress-importer plugin  – 0.6.3 > 0.6.4

These were small maintenance and bug fixes. They should not affect the majority of Glow users.

Glow Blogs Update WordPress 4.9.1

We will be having and update of Glow Blogs this afternoon/evening.

Work will start at 16:00 and service will be restored as soon as possible thereafter.

Here is an overview of the update, we will be posting details of any changes to the help ASAP.

Name Current Version Update Version
WordPress 4.8.3 4.9.1
Event-organiser 3.4.1 3.6.0
Wp-postratings 1.84.1 1.85
twentyfifteen 1.8 1.9
twentyfourteen 2 2.1
twentyseventeen 1.3 1.4
twentysixteen 1.3 1.4
twentythirteen 2.2 2.3
twentytwelve 2.4 2.4

Help Pages related to this release:

Gallery Widget


WordPress Update

Glow Blogs have been updated from WordPress 4.7 to 4.8.2

The main features in this update:

New Widgets

There are new Text, Image, Audio & Video widgets More details and examples.

Improvements to adding links

Adding and editing links is now a better process.

See the Version 4.8 on WordPress Codex for more details.

Glow Blog Release June 2017

There was a new release on the Glow Blogs Service on Wednesday 07th June 2017.
Following are the main components of the release in addition to bug fixes and routine backend maintenance work.

  • ePortfolios – Ability for teachers to bulk create ePortfolios. Bulk Creation of e-Portfolio Blogs
  • ePortfolios – Ability for LAs to Determine Default Profile Tags at Network Admin Level
  • Auditing – Addition of wp_stream plugin that will audit various activities on blogs (this will not affect blog users).
  • Addition of MakePlus plugin that accompanies the Make theme
  • Ability to embed files
  • Ability to use embed codes and short codes in widgets (this will include YouTube videos) More information…

Help is being added for these features and will be linked above as it is created.

e-mail Notification for comments

Glow Blogs now supports email notification for comments.

To enable email notification:

  1. Dashboard
  2. Settings
  3. Discussion
    1. Email me whenever:  A comment is held for moderation √
    2. Before a comment appears: Comment must be manually approved √

Glow Blogs February 2017 Release

There was a new release on the Glow Blogs Service on Tuesday 28th February 2016.
Following are the main components of the release in addition to minor bug fixes and routine backend maintenance work.

  • Blog admins will receive email notifications of any comments on their blog posts if they have chosen to receive them.
  • Blog admins will be able to view Google analytics data related to their blog.
  • Upgrade to WordPress version 4.7.2.
  • New themes – WordPress 2017 and Make Designer
  • Retiral of Default and Classic themes
  • Syntax highlighting Plugin, will allow pretty display of source code in posts.


Glow Blogs January 2017 Release

NB, the Add Users feature this release has been rolled back. A bug in the RM unify api prevented the selection of pupils via year group. We will reinstate the change when the bug is fixed.

There will be a new release on the Glow Blogs Service on Monday 09th January 2017 between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

We expect that the service will be unavailable for only a few minutes but should be considered at risk for the whole period.

The main focus of the release is a change to the data that is available on the Add Users screen. Blog administrators will now be able to bulk add users to a blog by selecting and adding year groups and registration groups in addition to the existing teaching groups, if they have been setup in SEEMiS.

This will be particularly useful in primary schools as they generally do not have teaching groups in Glow.

Manual addition of users to blogs will continue to be available as now. Help will be added for this change in the Glow Blogs Help blog once the functionality is live.

We will update the Adding Users, Setting Roles page here on the help blog as soon as possible after the release.


Glow Blogs December 2016 Release

A small release with a few features added:

  • Fix the JetPack contact form where maps stopped working
  • New Embed UCAS Widget
  • New Captcha Plugin on Public Blogs, a Captcha system has been added for non-logged on users on public blogs, this should cut down on spam.
  • New Yammer for comments, you can now switch to using Yammer instead of the built in comments. Commenters need a Yammer account, example: Yammer Comments – Yammer Comments

October 2016 Release

The October Update for Glow blogs has arrived.

It includes the following, help will be added for these features over the next week and this post updated.

Some changes to the e-Portfolio plugin:

  • Ability to Edit Profile Tags. In the Dashboard go to Posts-> Profile tags. This will only be available on blogs with the e-Portfolio plugin activated. The e-Portfolio Tags help page has been updated with details.
  • Profile Tags are Visible on Posts
  • Display Categories on Profiles
  • Profile tags can be displayed on the sidebar with the tags widget.
  • Removal of old ePortfolio Themes, the blogs using the old ePortfolio themes has switched to the standard TwentyFourteen More information: Removal of old e-Portfolio Themes

Other changes include:

  • Contributors can Upload Files. There is a new Role Contributor + Uploads
  • ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ buttons from Yammer can be added to posts. See Settings->discussion to add these buttons. You will see them on this post.
  • Google Embeds, embed Google documents (docs, sheets, slides, forms, images, videos etc) on a post. We have some examples
  • The Dashboard Message will Include Information About Storage Capacity of Sites
  • A rating plugin. Add [ratings] to a post to show a ratings facility. See below.
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Old e-Portfolio Themes Switched Off

In preparation for the October 2016 release, when the Old e-Portfolio themes will be switched off, all blogs using those themes have been switched to the TwentyFourteen theme. No content is lost. The features of the theme which produced the profile has been lost. We recommend using the new e-portfolio plugin for creating e-Portfolios and profiles.

This screencast shows how to add the new functionality to an old e-Portfolio, tidying up the old site.