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Major plugin and theme updates for December 26, 2017

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.5 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for December 26, 2017:

  • Author Avatars List (1.13)
  • Broadcast (42.1)
  • BuddyPress Docs (2.0)
  • Bulk Move (1.3)
  • Event Organiser (3.6)
  • Event Tickets (4.6)
  • Events Manager (5.8)
  • Jetpack by WordPress.com (5.5)
  • List category posts (0.74)
  • Media Library Assistant (2.65)
  • MediaElement.js – HTML5 Audio and Video (2.23)
  • Meta Slider (3.6)
  • Query Monitor (2.17)
  • Redirection (2.10)
  • The Events Calendar (4.6)
  • Twitter Widget Pro (2.9)
  • User Role Editor (4.38)
  • WP Retina 2x (5.2)
  • WP-PostRatings (1.85)
  • WP-RSSImport (4.5)
  • WPMU Plugin Stats (2.4)
  • Yoast SEO (5.9)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.5 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for December 26, 2017:

  • Hemingway (1.59)
  • Rowling (1.10)
  • Twenty Eleven (2.7)
  • Twenty Fifteen (1.9)
  • Twenty Fourteen (2.1)
  • Twenty Seventeen (1.4)
  • Twenty Sixteen (1.4)
  • Twenty Ten (2.4)
  • Twenty Thirteen (2.3)
  • Twenty Twelve (2.4)

In addition to these plugin and theme updates, WordPress itself will also be updated to a new major version: 4.9.

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

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Commons 1.12.3

I’ve just released version 1.12.3 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This is the last maintenance release in our old, thrice-monthly release schedule; future maintenance releases will take place on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. See the announcement post for more details.

This maintenance release includes performance fixes for the DiRT Directory integration, as well as a fix for the way that the Hypothes.is plugin accesses Commons PDFs.

For complete details, visit the 1.12.3 milestone.

Commons 1.12.1

I’ve just released version 1.12.1 of the CUNY Academic Commons. This maintenance release addresses a number of issues:

  • Usability improvements for Reply By Email, including better error messages when attachments cannot be posted
  • Improvements to ScholarPress Coins plugin
  • Fixes for the group cuny.is URL admin panel
  • Fix for a Social Paper bug that caused hidden groups not to be shown when associating a paper with a group

For complete details, visit the 1.12.1 milestone.

Major plugin and theme updates for November 21, 2017

The following plugins will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.2 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for November 21, 2017:

  • Author Avatars List (1.12)
  • Broadcast (41.0)
  • FeedWordPress (2017.1020)
  • Make Builder (1.1)
  • Media Library Assistant (2.62)
  • Password Protected (2.1)
  • Query Monitor (2.16)
  • Redirection (2.9)
  • ScholarPress Coins (2.2)
  • Super RSS Reader (2.6)
  • User Role Editor (4.37)
  • Yoast SEO (5.7)

The following theme will receive major updates as part of the 1.12.2 release of the CUNY Academic Commons, scheduled for November 21, 2017:

  • Basic (Themify.me) (1.8)
  • Reveal (Themetrust) (1.2)
  • Sydney (1.42)

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

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Commons 1.12.0

I’ve just released version 1.12.0 of the CUNY Academic Commons. Twice each year – once in the spring, and once in the fall – the Commons team prepares a “major” release, which generally includes some new features or large overhauls to existing functionality. Version 1.12.0 is our major release for Fall 2017.

Here’s a brief overview of the major improvements in 1.12:

  • The registration process has seen a substantial streamlining and redesign. Notable changes include the elimination of many profile fields from the registration page #8637, the addition of an improved avatar upload form #8639, and a new “progress” UI for newly registering members #8640.
  • When participating in group forums via email (“Reply by email”), it is now possible to attach files to the email. As long as these files meet our general size and filetype restrictions, they’ll be added as attachments to the forum post #8386.
  • Groups on the Commons are now automatically provided with cuny.is URLs. Group administrators who would like to customize the automatically-generated URL can request a new one on the group’s Manage panel #6241.
  • We’ve made some under-the-hood improvements to the way that uploaded files on non-public Commons sites are protected. First, we removed a layer of protection for public sites that have no need to hide uploaded images, etc; this change means significant performance improvements, especially on image-heavy pages like the Media Library. Second, we added additional tools that ensure that files uploaded to non-public sites cannot be accessed by guessing their non-public URLs #7997.

For complete details, visit the 1.12 milestone.

A small programming note. We generally do minor releases on the 1st, 11th, and 21st of each month. Because November 1 is only two days from now, I’ve slated 1.12.1 for November 11. This means there will be no release on November 1, unless there is some sort of urgent issue that must be fixed earlier.