Commons 1.14.0

I’ve just released version 1.14.0 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is one of our twice-yearly “feature releases”, which are the focus for major new functionality built by the Commons team. For 1.14, we’ve emphasized the site creation and management process, introducing new tools that help Commons users get their sites up and running as quickly and painlessly as possible:

  • Our new “site templates” features allows you to spin up a site that matches a template that is pre-filled with a specific use case in mind. Powered by a custom plugin built by our team: http://github.com/cuny-academic-commons/cac-site-templates
  • “Plugin packages” are an easy way to offer grouped sets of plugins – such as the “Teaching Package” – for one-click activation. Powered by a custom plugin built by our team: https://github.com/cuny-academic-commons/cac-plugin-packages
  • Improved license management for Commons sites, with a focus on Creative Commons licensing. Powered by a custom plugin built by our team: https://github.com/cuny-academic-commons/cac-creative-commons
  • New widgets that support classroom use of the Commons, including widgets for CUNY campus affiliation, integration with CUNY OneSearch, and CC licensing.

The new Courses tab on the top-level navigation gives visitors a high-level view of the courses using the Commons.

We’ve also added some new functionality related to group and site management, including the ability for users to leave sites that they’d no longer like to be members of, and the ability to exit the group creation process.

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.14 milestone.

Commons 1.13.13

I’ve just released version 1.13.13 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release includes a large number of performance fixes, in addition to the following:

  • Fixed a bug that caused text entry to break when an apostrophe was entered into a text-entry Portfolio field
  • Improved PHP 7.2 compatibility in a large number of plugins and themes
  • Fixed a bug that caused some user subscriptions to appear incorrectly in some group listings
  • Improved the text of the confirmation email when deleting a site
  • Fixed a bug that caused group social media links to appear incorrectly in some cases

For complete details, visit the 1.13.13 milestone.

Major plugin and theme updates for November 27, 2018

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.13.14 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for November 27, 2018:

  • Accordion Slider Lite (1.4)
  • Broadcast (43.10)
  • Custom Post Type UI (1.6)
  • Customizer Export/Import (0.9)
  • FancyBox for WordPress (3.1)
  • FooBox Image Lightbox (2.6)
  • Geo Mashup (1.11)
  • Gutenberg (4.1)
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com (6.6)
  • List category posts (0.79)
  • MetaSlider (3.10)
  • OneTone Companion (1.1)
  • Redirection (3.6)
  • Shortcodes Ultimate (5.1)
  • Smush (2.9)
  • The Events Calendar Category Colors (6.0)
  • Yoast SEO (9.0)
  • YouTube (12.2)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.13.14 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for November 27, 2018:

  • Author (1.34)
  • Basic (1.9) (Themify)
  • Rowling (1.13)

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

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Commons 1.13.12

I’ve just released version 1.13.12 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is a major update release for plugins and themes, and includes fixes for the following:

  • Hotfixes for plugin incompatibilities with new server infrastructure
  • Improved messaging in reply-by-email error messages
  • Improved behavior of group Files filters

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.13.12 milestone.

System maintenance planned for Friday, October 19

The Commons will be undergoing important maintenance on Friday, October 19. We, along with other sites hosted at the CUNY Graduate Center, are migrating part of our server infrastructure, and upgrade which will include updated versions of PHP, MySQL, and other important system software. The migration will take place between 9am and 1pm.

We don’t anticipate that users will experience any downtime during this migration. But if problems do arise during this time, please monitor https://commonsstatus.wordpress.com for updates, and reach out to support@cunycommons.zendesk.com with questions. Thanks for your patience.

Commons 1.13.11

I’ve just released version 1.13.11 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release includes:

  • The “Try Gutenberg” callout, encouraging users to test out the new WordPress editing tool, Gutenberg.
  • An update to YOURLS, the software powering cuny.is shortlinks.
  • Toolbar-related fixes for the Academica theme.
  • Improvements to invitation email formatting.
  • Improvements to activity items created by non-authenticated blog comments.

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.13.11 milestone.

Major plugin and theme updates for October 23, 2018

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.13.11 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for October 23, 2018:

  • Advanced Custom Fields (5.7)
  • Blubrry PowerPress (7.4)
  • Broadcast (43.9)
  • BuddyPress (3.2)
  • Gravity PDF (5.0)
  • Gutenberg (3.9)
  • Instagram Feed (1.10)
  • MetaSlider (3.9)
  • NS Cloner – Site Copier (3.1)
  • Redirection (3.5)
  • User Role Editor (4.46)
  • Yoast SEO (8.3)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.13.11 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for October 23, 2018:

  • Author (1.32)
  • Basic (Themify) (1.9)
  • Hemingway (1.67)
  • Quadruple Blue (3.4)

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

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Commons 1.13.10

I’ve just released version 1.13.10 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release is also a major update release for themes and plugins. Fixed in this release:

  • Improvements to the registration process to avoid problems with commons username and email address confusion
  • Improvements to the email notification unsubscribing process
  • Removed unneeded “Topic Status” selector from group forum topic creation process

For complete details, visit the 1.13.10 milestone.