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Increasing security on UCalgaryBlogs

UCalgaryBlogs has grown organically for 10 years now – a whole decade of amazing things published by the University of Calgary Community. Through those years, we’ve slowly added a very long list of plugins (it had grown to over 200… Continue Reading →

Custom Content Types Manager plugin removed

I just discovered that the Custom Content Type Manager plugin has an apparent “back door”, meaning it is a gaping security vulnerability. As a result, I have deleted the plugin and all supporting files. I will check to see if… Continue Reading →

New feature in progress: BuddyPress

One of the real benefits of using WordPress rather than Blackboard or Desire2Learn is that connections can be easily made between people, and across courses and programs. The BuddyPress social platform unlocks a bunch of potential for this, so I’m… Continue Reading →

new feature: avatars for authors of posts

When using a blog site for a class discussion, it can be nice to display an image of the author of a blog post, so it’s easier to see who’s “talking.” Previously, doing this involved hacking code into themes, so… Continue Reading →

New feature: post excerpts on archives

On an active blog site used in a course, the archives pages can get a little unwieldy. To help manage that, I just added a new plugin called “Auto Excerpt” – if you enable it on your blog site, it… Continue Reading →

Importing users to your site

I’ve just enabled a new and powerful plugin for batch-adding users to a blog. It’s much simpler than the previous one, and only requires the email addresses for people to be added to your site. On any of your UCalgaryBlogs.ca… Continue Reading →

browsing ucalgaryblogs from mobile devices

I just rolled out a mobile interface for UCalgaryBlogs.ca – if you’re accessing the site from a mobile device such as iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, or Android, you should now see a sleeker, optimized interface. It’s not perfect, but it’ll… Continue Reading →

New antispam countermeasures – reCAPTCHA

The evil spammers just keep on hitting our little blogging platform. I apologize to those of you who have had the nasty spam comments published on your blogs. The spammers are truly the filth of the internet, and we’re locked… Continue Reading →

New anti-spam software: WP-Spamfree

Since it launched, UCalgaryBlogs.ca has been running the Akismet anti-spam plugin, which has worked reasonably well but has been acting up lately – having the audacity of blocking comments from ME (and others). So, I’ve disabled Akismet and switched to… Continue Reading →

new feature: private and group blogging

I’ve installed a new plugin here to provide some great new features for you to use on your blogs and websites. The plugin is called “WP-Sentry” and it lets you create groups of members on your blog, and to specify… Continue Reading →

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