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Major plugin and theme updates for December 24, 2019

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.16.2 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for December 24, 2019:

  • Broadcast (45.6)
  • Custom Post Type UI (1.7)
  • Gravity PDF (5.2)
  • Gutenberg (7.0)
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com (8.0)
  • MC4WP: Mailchimp for WordPress (4.7)
  • Media Library Assistant (2.81)
  • Page Links To (3.2)
  • Query Monitor (3.5)
  • Redirection (4.5)
  • Smash Balloon Custom Facebook Feed (2.12)
  • WP Retina 2x (5.6)
  • Yoast SEO (12.6)
  • bbPress (2.6)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.16.2 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for December 24, 2019:

  • Author (1.39)
  • Sydney (1.56)

The 1.16.2 release will also include a major WordPress update, to the 5.3 series.

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

Commons 1.16.0

I’ve just released version 1.16.0 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Version 1.16.0 is our “major release” for Fall 2019, one of two yearly releases that focus on the introduction of new features.

Major features for 1.16.0 include:

  • An overhaul of the Courses tab. This includes a Featured Course slider at the top of the page, a set of tools for fine-grained filtering and searching of the Courses directory, and display improvements for the items in the directory.
  • Group calendar subscription and import tools. It’s now possible to perform a one-time event import to a group calendar, by uploading an .ical file. You can also configure a group calendar to subscribe to an external calendar feed, so that new items on that external feed are automatically detected and added to the group calendar.
  • A tool that enables users to request membership to a non-public site. Previously, these sites could only be joined via invitation, an obstacle for student onboarding.
  • Interface improvements to the Reckoning plugin, including the display of post categories when viewing user summaries.
  • Improvements to the group file folder interface, including a tool to delete folders.
  • Design improvements to Sites and Groups directories.

For complete details, visit the 1.16.0 milestone.

Commons 1.15.14

I’ve just released version 1.15.14 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release, which is also a major update release for plugins and themes, contains the following fixes:

  • Better failsafe logic for the incorrect triggering of invitation emails
  • Fix styling for password reset screen

For complete details, visit the 1.15.14 milestone.

Commons 1.15.13

I’ve just released version 1.15.13 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release includes the following fixes:

  • Removed incompatible User Role Editor plugin
  • Improve formatting of text fields in the public portfolio
  • Ensured that group Files allowed filetype list matches that of WP sites

For complete details, visit the 1.15.13 milestone.

Major plugin and theme updates for November 26, 2019

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.15.12 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for November 26, 2019:

  • Add Categories to Pages. (1.2)
  • Author Avatars List (1.18)
  • Blubrry PowerPress (8.0)
  • Gutenberg (6.8)
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com (7.9)
  • MetaSlider (3.15)
  • Query Monitor (3.4)
  • Shortcodes Ultimate (5.6)
  • Smash Balloon Instagram Feed (2.1)
  • Smush (3.3)
  • Subscribe2 (10.31)
  • WP-PostRatings (1.87)
  • Yoast SEO (12.4)

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

Commons 1.15.12

I’ve just released version 1.15.12 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release, which is also a major update release for plugins and themes, includes the following fixes:

  • Add new Tour link to account intro page
  • Fix bug that could cause incorrect post content to appear in groupblog email notifications

For complete details, visit the 1.15.12 milestone.

Commons 1.15.11

I’ve just released version 1.15.11 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release includes the following fixes:

  • Prevent group notifications from being triggered on blog edit
  • Fix bug in rich-text-excerpts plugin that triggers autosave notices
  • Improve polling for reply-by-email
  • Deprecate Braille plugin
  • Improve interface for subscribing to group calendars

For complete details, visit the 1.15.11 milestone.

Commons 1.15.10

I’ve just released version 1.15.10 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release includes major updates for plugins and themes, as well as the following fixes:

  • Improve appearance of privacy message when users are redirected from non-public sites
  • Ensure that site name always appears in invitation modal, regardless of site configuration
  • Fix problem with JS libraries in Reveal theme
  • Ensure that private group calendar RSS feeds are accessible to RSS readers

For complete details, visit the 1.15.10 milestone.

Deprecating the Braille plugin on the Commons

For a number of years, the Commons has offered the Braille WordPress plugin to its users. This plugin allows content in site posts, as well as content exported via Anthologize, to be transliterated into a visual representation of Braille text.

Beginning October 8, 2019, the plugin will no longer be available on the CUNY Academic Commons. The plugin works only when connected to a running installation of LibLouis, and the Commons is no longer able to maintain its LibLouis instance.

In the upcoming days, the Commons team will reach out to owners of sites running the Braille plugin, to offer any necessary assistance.

Commons users who need visual Braille transcription and are able to provide their own LibLouis service may reach out to the Commons team for integration support. (See https://github.com/AccessibleFuture/braille/blob/master/USING-REMOTE-LIBLOUIS-AMI.md for information on provisioning an AWS instance running LibLouis.)

For questions, please contact the Commons via the Help link at the upper-right of each Commons page.