Commons 1.15.1

I’ve just released version 1.15.1 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release addresses the following:

  • Fix a bug from the 1.15 release where certain metadata fields were mistakenly styled as links
  • Fix a bug in the 1.15 feature that caused the “You are the sole administrator of this site” message to show incorrectly on site directories in some cases
  • Fix bug that prevented site metadata from being saved in some cases
  • Introduce embedding for Tableau projects
  • Fix onboarding incompatibility with IE11

For complete details, visit the 1.15.1 milestone.

Commons 1.15.0

I’ve just released version 1.15.0 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Version 1.15 is one of our twice-yearly “feature releases”, which include major new functionality (in contrast with our twice-monthly “maintenance releases” that focus mainly on bugs).

The primary focus in 1.15 is on group and site creation: making the process simpler, more consistent, and better documented. Toward that end, we’ve made a couple key changes:

  • All Site and Group creation happens via our new Create portal, which outlines the differences between Groups, Sites, and Group+Site combinations.
  • We’ve reduced the number of steps in the group creation process by more than 50%.
  • The “Add Site” tab on the Group creation process has been overhauled, for better consistency with the standalone Site creation process.
  • When creating Groups and Sites, we ask for information about your project – affiliated campuses, primary purpose, etc – to help us with future features that will surface work on the Commons.

In addition to this overhaul, we’ve introduced some smaller features:

  • Site owners can now add their own Google Analytics ID, to track site usage on their personal GA account.
  • Remove the “last active” timestamps from the Members widget on the home page, for better readability and privacy.
  • Fix a bug that allowed Papers to be created without titles.
  • Added a “more actions” dropdown to group and site directories, as well as a “Leave Site” button, available for sites where you’re not the sole administrator.

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.15 milestone or read the announcement on the Commons News blog.

Major plugin and theme updates for April 23, 2019

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.14.10 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for April 23, 2019:

  • Auto-Close Comments (2.0)
  • Broadcast (43.17)
  • BuddyPress Group Email Subscription (3.9)
  • FancyBox for WordPress (3.2)
  • Front Page Category (3.3)
  • GD bbPress Attachments (3.1)
  • Gravity Forms (2.4) (GravityForms)
  • Gutenberg (5.4)
  • Instagram Feed (1.12)
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com (7.2)
  • Mailchimp for WordPress (4.5)
  • MetaSlider (3.12)
  • Redirection (4.1)
  • Smush (3.2)
  • Yoast SEO (10.1)
  • YouTube (13.1)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.14.10 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for April 23, 2019:

  • Author (1.38)
  • Sydney (1.54)
  • Twenty Ten (2.8)

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

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Commons 1.14.8

I’ve just released version 1.14.8 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release addresses the following issues:

  • Increase the number of items shown per page on the Courses directory
  • Improved performance for certain post queries
  • Fix bug in Lucid theme that prevents social icon markup from appearing
  • Fix bug in Reckoning plugin that prevents certain UI options from working properly
  • Improvements to the appearance of the sitewide footer

For complete details, visit the 1.14.8 milestone.

Commons 1.14.7

I’ve just released version 1.14.7 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release, which is also a major-update release for plugins and themes, includes the following fixes:

  • Fixed broken timestamps on some homepage widgets
  • Fixed regression that caused blog title metadata associated with activity items to be improperly modified in some cases
  • Fixed bug that caused Docs comments to be held in moderation queue incorrectly
  • Add embed handler for Piktochart

For complete details on the release, visit the 1.14.7 milestone.

Commons 1.14.6

I’ve just released version 1.14.6 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release fixes a number of bugs, including:

  • Fix bug that caused Teaching Template not to be applied properly to new sites in certain cases
  • Fix BuddyPress “Export Data” screen
  • Add new embed support for Padlet, Sutori, Voicethread
  • Sort Courses directory primarily by course term, with alphabetical as a secondary sort
  • Fix some formatting errors in groupblog emails

For complete details, visit the 1.14.6 milestone.