Tag Archives: Oct 2016 Release

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.

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.

Glow Blogs October 2016 Release News

We are getting close to a new release on Glow Blogs. This will consist of several enhancements and some behind the scenes fixes.

Although the final date and content of the release is, as usual, dependent on testing this an outline of what is planned.

This will happen on Tuesday 18th October, 2016 between 16:00 and 17:00. We expect that the service will be unavailable for only a few minutes but should be considered at risk for the whole period.

Some changes to the e-Portfolio plugin:

  • Ability to Edit Profile Tags
  • Profile Tags are Visible on Posts
  • Display Categories on Profiles
  • Removal of old ePortfolio Themes, the blogs using the old ePortfolio themes will be switched to the standard TwentyFourteen starting on Thursday 6 October in preparation for the release. More information: Removal of old e-Portfolio Themes

Other changes may include:

  • Contributors can Upload Files.
  • ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ buttons from Yammer can be added to posts.
  • Google Embeds, embed Google documents (docs, sheets, slides, forms, images, videos etc) on a post.
  • The Dashboard Message will Include Information About Storage Capacity of Sites

Removal of old e-Portfolio Themes

A reminder that the old ePortfolio Themes in Glow Blogs will be removed as part of our October release. Please share this widely with any schools that are using the old ePortfolio solution.

There is information on how to convert an old ePortfolio to use the new plugin here the help blog. Including a screencast.
NB you will not lose your old ePortfolio or any content, but the them will change to TwentyFourteen and the old profiling functionality will be lost.

More e-Portfolio Help