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Commons 1.13.1

I’ve just released version 1.13.1 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release comes on the heels of yesterday’s major 1.13 release, and fixes a couple of bugs related to its rollout.

For complete details, visit the 1.13.1 milestone.

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Commons 1.13

I’ve just released version 1.13.0 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Twice a year, the Commons team prepares a “feature release”, which includes major new functionality in addition to routine upgrades and bug fixes. Version 1.13 is the feature release fer Spring 2018.

Below are some development highlights for the release. Read more about the user-facing improvements in the 1.13 post on the News blog.

  • A new system for invitations – The Commons has various entities that one can “belong to” – sites, groups, the Commons itself – and, historically, the process of inviting someone to “join” one of these entities was completely different for each entity type. For the 1.13 release, we reconceptualized the idea of “invitations” on the Commons, with an all-new unified invitation system. Invite friends to join the Commons, to join groups, to join sites, all from a common interface. As the Commons starts to welcome more students taking courses on the platform, we’ve included features that will make it easier for instructors to invite students in bulk to join course groups or sites.
  • HTTPS for all administrative tasks – For a number of years, we’ve forced HTTPS for all *.commons.gc.cuny.edu subdomains, which encompasses the vast majority of sites on the Commons. As part of the 1.13 release, we’ve made a change that forces “mapped domains” – those sites that are part of the Commons, but have a domain that doesn’t end in .commons.gc.cuny.edu – to be managed over HTTPS. This is another step in our ongoing project of making the Commons a platform that is as secure as possible for all members.
  • Reply-by-email for group sites – We’ve long supported reply-by-email for group forums, private messages, and other social content on the Commons. As part of this release, we’ve added reply-by-email functionality for posts and comments on Commons sites that are linked to groups.
  • An improved CSS editor – We’ve overhauled the custom CSS tool under Dashboard > Appearance on Commons sites, for better compatibility with modern CSS and a slicker interface.
  • Accessibility improvements – The Commons team is dedicated to making the site usable for all members, including those who use assistive technologies to engage with the Commons. In 1.13, we’ve made significant improvements to our accessibility standards across the main site, for better compatibility with screen readers and other assistive technologies. Stay tuned for more improvements in our ongoing accessibility improvements.

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.13 milestone.

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Major plugin and theme updates for May 22, 2018

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.13.2 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for May 22, 2018:

  • Author Avatars List (1.14)
  • BP Groupblog (1.9)
  • Better Search (2.2)
  • Broadcast (43.4)
  • BuddyPress Group Email Subscription (3.8)
  • Co-Authors Plus (3.3)
  • Embedly (4.9)
  • Enable Media Replace (3.2)
  • Event Tickets (4.7)
  • Events Manager (5.9)
  • Facebook Open Graph (0.0)
  • GD bbPress Attachments (2.6)
  • Gravity PDF (4.4)
  • Instagram Feed (1.8)
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com (6.1)
  • Knight Lab TimelineJS (3.5)
  • List category posts (0.76)
  • MailChimp for WordPress (4.2)
  • Media Library Assistant (2.73)
  • MetaSlider (3.7)
  • MetaSlider Lightbox (1.10)
  • PressForward (5.1)
  • Query Monitor (3.0)
  • Quiz And Survey Master (5.2)
  • Redirection (3.2)
  • The Events Calendar Category Colors (5.0)
  • WP Inventory (1.6)
  • Yoast SEO (7.4)
  • oEmbed Gist (4.9)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.13.2 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for May 22, 2018:

  • Author (1.29)
  • Basic (1.8) (Themify)
  • BusinessBuilder (3.7)
  • Customizr (4.1)
  • Hemingway (1.63)
  • Klean (1.26)
  • OneTone (2.5)
  • Sixteen (1.7)
  • Sydney (1.45)

For more details on major update releases, please visit our release schedule and procedures page.

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Commons In A Box 1.0.17

Commons In A Box 1.0.17 is now available.

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Commons 1.12.13

I’ve just released version 1.12.13 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a minor maintenance release, and is the last scheduled release in the 1.12.x series; 1.13.0 is scheduled for the first week in May.

For more details, visit the 1.12.13 milestone.

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Commons 1.12.12

I’ve just released version 1.12.12 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release includes:

  • A maintenance/security update for WordPress
  • A new plugin (customizer-export-import)

For complete details, visit the 1.12.12 milestone.

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Commons 1.12.11

I’ve just released version 1.12.11 of the CUNY Academic Commons.

This maintenance release addresses the following:

  • Fixes a problem with certain profile fields being hidden in some cases
  • Fixes an issue with attachment links not showing up in group forum emails
  • Re-implemented Akismet’s anti-spam feature for those using the Contact Form 7 plugin
  • Omits revision edit logs when quoting a group forum post

For complete details, visit the 1.12.11 milestone.

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Commons 1.12.10

I’ve just released version 1.12.10 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release fixes a problem in the Leaflet plugin, and also adds a plugin for modifying Open Graph tags.

For complete details, visit the 1.12.10 milestone.

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Commons 1.12.9

I’ve just released version 1.12.9 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is a major update release for plugins and themes. It also fixes a bug when editing forum topics, and disables the functionality that causes friend requests to be sent when an email invitation is accepted by a new Commons member.

For complete details, visit the 1.12.9 milestone.

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Major plugin and theme updates for February 27, 2018

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.9 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for February 27, 2018:

  • Broadcast (42.4)
  • Category Posts Widget (4.8)
  • Contact Form 7 (5.0)
  • Email Before Download (5.1)
  • Instagram Feed (1.6)
  • MediaElement.js – HTML5 Audio and Video (4.2)
  • Redirection (3.1)
  • User Role Editor (4.40)
  • WP Document Revisions (3.1)
  • Yoast SEO (6.2)

The following themes will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.9 release:

  • Imbalance2 (wordpress.com)
  • Manifest (wordpress.com)
  • DailyNotes (Elegant) (5.8)
  • ArtSee (Elegant) (5.0)
  • 13Floor (Elegant) (4.4)
  • eNews (Elegant) (4.9)
  • Lucid (Elegant) (2.6)
  • Basic (Elegant) (6.5)
  • Cion (Elegant) (6.4)
  • AskIt (Elegant) (4.1)
  • BusinessCard (Elegant) (4.4)

For more details on major update releases, please visit our release schedule and procedures page.

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