First up, many thanks to all of you that completed our annual Super Admin survey a few weeks ago. We read every single response carefully and have already worked to implement changes as a result of the feedback. We greatly appreciate it!

And on that note, I wanted to highlight a few recent entries from our change log in case you may have missed it.

New Plugins!

These plugins have recently been added, and a Super Administrator will need to enable them to make them available to all users.

Upcoming Events

Our team is looking forward to two of the biggest events of the year coming up soon!

ISTE – San Antonio, TX – June 25 – 28

Look for us at booth #2356. We’ll post soon on recommended presentations and more about our plans for the largest EdTech annual conference in the world.

WPCampus – Buffalo, NY – July 14 – 15

We’re proud to be the lead ‘President’ sponsor of the only conference dedicated to WordPress in Higher Education. We will be speaking on choosing plugins and themes too 🙂

We hope to see many of you at one of these two events!

Do You Use Canvas?

Thanks to the ideas and beta testing by the good folks at edblogs.columbia.edu and voices.uchicago.edu, we are excited to make a new and improved LTI integration with Canvas available to all of our customers.

This new tool makes it simple for course instructors to add a link in their Canvas courses that will help auto-provision and assign students to course blogs and sites within your WordPress Multisite network.If this sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, please get in touch and we’ll get it going for you.

Behind The Scenes Preview

We have quite a few big projects and improvements that we are currently working on, but there are two in particular that I wanted to share. Both of these should be available in the coming months, and we think that these will be worth the wait…

An Overhaul To Help & Support

We’re putting the finishing touches on moving all of our end-user and Super Admin support materials right inside the WordPress dashboard. This will mean a fully white-label and unbranded experience. And if you look closely, there is also an improved ticketing system and even live chat built in for our Super Admins.

 

Finally, A Calendar Plugin To Be Proud Of

We’ve known for a long time, and it was confirmed in the recent surveys, but a polished Calendar plugin has been one of the areas where we’ve been lacking for far too long. We actually have 3 existing plugins available, one of which we created, but none have quite met the needs of what many customers have been looking for. We’re beta testing a completely re-worked version of the plugin currently with our friends at sites.wustl.edu. It looks good, is mobile friendly, is easy to setup, integrates with Google Calendar, and more. The current ETA is late July 🙂

 

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything we can help with!

About Ronnie Burt

Manages the Edublogs, CampusPress, and WPMU DEV Hosting services. Former secondary math teacher and wannabe musician. Follow @ronnieburt on twitter!