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Change Log

Updates to WordPress Core, Plugins & Themes

Updates: April 28, 2019 – WordPress 5.1.1 update

We will be pushing the WordPress 5.1.1. update on Sunday, April 28, 2019. This update is on a weekend and outside of our normal change window because:

  1. We expect this update may take a bit longer than usual, so we need a longer update window.
  2. There are minor updates to the database, which in rare cases may result in a few minutes of downtime.

We will begin updating all customers at 3am New York time (Eastern Daylight Time). You can see it in your timezone here. We should have all updates completed within 8 hours, and most likely much faster than that.

The important thing to note is that users will notice very little change after the update. You can read more about the update here. The classic editor plugin will be enabled by default which will allow your team to organize any needed updates to documentation on the new block editor after the upgrade and on your own schedule. This also means that customers can schedule the introduction to the new editing interface either slowly or at a time that fits their needs. We will send more information about this after the upgrade is complete, as it will be easier to consider all the options once you have access to the settings.

Our team has done extensive manual and automated testing in preparation for this update over the past 6+ months, and we don’t anticipate any issues. For any customers with any custom plugins or themes, this update has been available on testing networks, and many customers have already tested as well. We also welcome you to share our support email address (contact@campuspress.com) to end users in an admin message or communications in case we need to be alerted to anything directly during the upgrade while your help desk may not be open or covered given the weekend date. As always, please let us know if you have any questions at all.

Upcoming Updates: April 28, 2019:

  • WP Updates:
    • WordPress Core – Updated to 5.1.1. More details here. This update includes making the new ‘block’ editing experience available to users when creating and editing posts and pages.
  • New Plugins:
    • Classic Editor – This plugin will be network enabled by default as part of the update. It enables the WordPress classic editor and the old-style Edit Post screen with TinyMCE, Meta Boxes, etc.
  • Plugin Updates:
    • Join Multisite – Fixed bug with the “Invite Users” menu item visibility issue for Super Admins.
    • Divi Builder – Updated to 2.21.4.
  • Themes Updates:
    • Divi – Updated to 3.21.4.
    • Extra – Updated to 2.21.4.
  • General Updates
    • Improved file system handling, including no longer appending extra characters to the end of file uploads for all files uploaded by users going forward.

Planning For The WordPress 5.1.1 Upgrade

We are entering the final stages of upgrading to the latest channel of WordPress, currently version 5.1.1.

Here is a quick overview of the main changes and improvements that will happen with this update:

  • Option to enable the new WordPress ‘block editor’ (also known as Gutenberg). The Block Editor will not be enabled by default. However, we think that most users will find it easy to use and in the end, it is a better editing experience for WordPress.
  • The extra numbers and letters that have historically been added to all file uploads will no longer happen. This has long been a request from many customers. Horray!
  • The Theme Customizer will add the ability to save, revert, and send preview links of any changes made in the ‘customizer’ tool.
  • A new ‘Twenty Nineteen’ WordPress default theme will be available.

To help in the last stage of testing, customers with second test networks are encouraged to login and check functionality with any custom plugins or themes.

To do this, all customer test and development networks that are on our internal “beta branch” have been upgraded to WordPress 5.1.1 and are ready for clients to conduct their own testing.

The main change with WordPress 5.1.1 for users is the introduction of the new block editor (often referred to as Gutenberg).

Block Editor

It is important to note that when we push this upgrade to live production sites, by default, the ‘Classic Editor’ will be network activated. This means that your users won’t even notice this upgrade has happened. Unless you change the network settings, all users will be able to switch back and forth between the existing ‘classic editor’ and the new ‘block editor’ in Settings > Writing in the dashboard of their site.

Settings Reading

You can control which editor is enabled for all users, and if site admin users are able to switch between editors, in Settings > Network Settings under Editor Settings.

Network Settings

We’ve used this approach so you can decide when you want to switch your users over to the new block editor.

We recommend your team conducts your own testing of any custom themes or plugins you actively use on your own test network. If you do not have a test network or have any questions, please let us know.

We will announce the final date for when this upgrade will happen soon, but we expect it to be in 2 to 3 weeks time.

Updates: March 19, 2019

Published Updates: March 12, 2019:

  • Plugin Updates:
    • Jetpack – Updated to 6.8.1.
    • Live Shortcodes – Fixed some issues with shortcode editing.
    • WP SMO – Added filter for og:url meta.

Upcoming Updates: March 19, 2019:

  • No updates

Updates: March 12, 2019

Published Updates: March 05, 2019:

  • Plugin Updates:
    • Subscribe By Email – Fixed incorrect parameters in function that triggers manual subscriptions.
  • Theme Updates:
    • Divi Additional Modules – Fixed load more issues in “Blog Extra” module.

Upcoming Updates: March 12, 2019:

  • Plugin Updates:
    • Jetpack – Updated to 6.8.1.
    • Live Shortcodes – Fixed some issues with shortcode editing.
    • WP SMO – Added filter for og:url meta.

Updates: March 05, 2019

Published Updates: February 26, 2019:

  • Plugin Updates:
    • Elev.io Integration – Improvement compatibility.
    • Blogs & Users – Added information about menu item being hidden on class blogs.
    • CousePress 3.0 (beta) – Added as on request plugin.
  • New Themes:
    • Twenty Nineteen – It’s designed to be adaptable to a wide range of websites, whether you’re running a photo blog, launching a new business, or supporting a non-profit.
    • Tetris – Responsive Tumblog style WordPress theme.
    • Davis – Teeny-tiny WordPress theme that can be used a starter theme or a *really* lightweight blog theme.
    • Fukasawa – Minimal masonry style blog theme for photographers and collectors.
    • Hamilton – Clean WordPress portfolio theme for creatives.
    • McLuhan – Clean, simple and lightweight WordPress theme, featuring a front page with a complete post archive arranged by year rather than a traditional blog flow.

Upcoming Updates: March 05, 2019:

  • Plugin Updates:
    • Subscribe By Email – Fixed incorrect parameters in function that triggers manual subscriptions.
  • Theme Updates:
    • Divi Additional Modules – Fixed load more issues in “Blog Extra” module.

Updates: February 26, 2019

Upcoming Updates: February 26, 2019:

  • Plugin Updates:
    • Elev.io Integration – Improvement compatibility.
    • Blogs & Users – Added information about menu item being hidden on class blogs.
    • CousePress 3.0 (beta) – Added as on request plugin.
  • New Themes:
    • Twenty Nineteen – It’s designed to be adaptable to a wide range of websites, whether you’re running a photo blog, launching a new business, or supporting a non-profit.
    • Tetris – Responsive Tumblog style WordPress theme.
    • Davis – Teeny-tiny WordPress theme that can be used a starter theme or a *really* lightweight blog theme.
    • Fukasawa – Minimal masonry style blog theme for photographers and collectors.
    • Hamilton – Clean WordPress portfolio theme for creatives.
    • McLuhan – Clean, simple and lightweight WordPress theme, featuring a front page with a complete post archive arranged by year rather than a traditional blog flow.