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New Server for UCalgaryBlogs!

You may have noticed the insanely frustrating series of downtimes and server crashes over the last few days. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and stress this will have caused – it’s not fun to be left wondering if your… 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 – video tutorials

I’m going to be able to spend more time tweaking UCalgaryBlogs and adding new features to make it easier to use. There have already been a bunch of changes that have been mostly invisible – including updating to the latest… Continue Reading →

Upgrades galore!

I finally got around to upgrading the software used by our humble blogging platform. I had to buy a new subscription to the plugin that we use to connect to the database, but that’s well worth it. We’re now running… Continue Reading →

WordPress updated to 3.2

There’s a whole bunch of updatey goodness in the latest version of WordPress – including a revamped and prettified Dashboard interface. UCalgaryBlogs.ca got updated to 3.2 this morning, so you should be seeing the goods now. For a quick tour… 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 →

minor issue with text display

During the move to the new server, it looks like some of the WordPress configuration may have altered, causing some text to be displayed oddly. I’m currently working on a fix for this, and will post an update ASAP.

UCalgaryBlogs is moving

The move is happening right now – the data was moved to our own database server long ago, and the files have now been moved to the new webserver. Once the DNS updates have been sent out, we’ll be officially… 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 →

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