Commons 1.3.1

I’ve just released version 1.3.1 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Commons 1.3.1 is a bugfix release, with the following issues addressed:

  • Improves HTML document titles throughout main site
  • Fixes ability to uncouple a groupblog from a group
  • Fixes issue that caused edited blog posts to appear at the top of the activity stream
  • New WP plugins: WP-Print, WP Hide Post, Custom Sidebar
  • New WP theme: Modularity Lite

For complete release details, visit the 1.3.1 milestone.

Commons 1.2.5

I’ve just released version 1.2.5 of the CUNY Academic Commons.

Commons 1.2.5 is, nominally, a bugfix release. But because of a few personal issues (two new daddies among the team members!), the release got held up in the pipeline for a lot longer than anticipated. During that time, a fair number of improvements got rolled into 1.2.5 than we’d originally planned.

Chief among these improvements is a major WordPress upgrade. We’ve gone from WP 3.1.3 to WP 3.2.1. If you have a Commons blog, you’ll notice the change right away – in WP 3.2, the Dashboard was given a bit of a facelift. WordPress 3.2 also means a beautiful new theme (Twenty Eleven), a great fullscreen writing experience in the Dashboard, and a host of other performance improvements and new features. Read more about WordPress 3.2.

A few other highlights of Commons 1.2.5:

  • New WP themes: Twenty Eleven, ThreatToCreativity, Byline, PressWork, Brunelleschi, Chunk
  • New WP plugins: Disable Trackbacks, Google Plus One, Facebook Page Photo Gallery, Spam Free WordPress, WP-SyntaxEvolved, Fancybox, Text Expander, Soundcloud Embedding
  • Some bugs fixed in BuddyPress Docs

You can read more about the release at the 1.2.5 milestone.


I’ve just released version of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a stopgap bugfix release until we can release the (rather large and overdue) Commons 1.2.5. Commons highlights:

  • Modified the way that the Featured Content widget on the home page selects an avatar for featured Blogs and Blog Posts
  • Removed the WordPress Hit Counter plugin, which was causing performance issues with some sites.
  • Updated the TimThumb script where necessary

Full release details are available at the milestone.

Commons 1.2.4

After a few weeks of relative inactivity (with good reason), I’ve just tagged version 1.2.4 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Version 1.2.4 is a bugfix release, with a number of fixes. Highlights:

  • The appearance of our 404 page has been improved
  • A WordPress bug regarding adding users to blogs who have apostrophes in their email addresses was located and solved
  • Some security hardening of BuddyPress Docs

See the 1.2.4 milestone for more information on this release.

Commons 1.2.1

I’ve just released Version 1.2.1 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is a bugfix release for the Commons, comprising a number of fixes and small improvements. Of note:

  • LaTeX support for MediaWiki (just embed your TeX in <math>TeX</math>
  • Improved support for group invitation autocomplete in newer versions of IE
  • Fixed bugs in WP Flickr Photo Album plugin
  • New WP theme: Erudite
  • New WP plugin: Twitter Blackbird Pie

For full details on the release, see the 1.2.1 milestone.