This update took place Friday 24th April 2015 between 8am and 9am. There was 4 minues downtime.
The server will be shut down only for a short period of time but there could be intermittent disruption to the service should be considered at risk for the hour. The previous update took only 12 minutes.
The Plans for this release are listed below, as usual this depends on the results of testing:
Upgrade of WordPress to 4.1.2
This will include the features added in WordPress 4.1
and bugs fixed in 4.1.1 and the 4.1.2 security release
Upgrade to new Akismet version for spam protection
The Twentyfifteen, yoko and p2 themes will be added to this release.
The Spectrum News Theme will be retired. Existing blogs that use the theme will continue to do so. It will not be able to be selected in the Theme chooser for new or existing blogs. We will turn this theme off completely in six month, blogs with the ‘Spectrum News’ will need to be changed to another before then.
Addition of Plugins
Jetpack is a multifunction plugin from WordPress.com
We will be installing a customised version of Jetpack which will remove features that require a WordPress.com account. Details of the modules Glow Blogs will be able to use are at the end of this post.
This will allow blogs to pull in, via RSS, content from other sites. For example a school with several department/class blogs could pull all posts (or a category of posts) onto one main blog.
This plugin will allow the search in a blog to be extended to attachments, files and images attached to a blog. This will provide more functionality for blogs that are for sharing resources.
You should not use this plugin if you are keeping content and file attachments behind a password protected post!
The deactivation of the Anarchy Media Player Plugin
This plugin is no longer supported so this means we would have to use scarce resources to keep it working, secure and up-to-date. As most of its functionality has been replaced and improved on by the built in WordPress media handling we are deactivating the plugin.
See https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/glowbloghelp/faq/replacing-anarchy-media-player/ for details of how to use the built in WordPress media embeds instead of anarchy.
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