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Change Log

Updates to WordPress Core, Plugins & Themes

Updates: May 28, 2019

Published Updates:  May 14, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates
    • Lean Captcha – Change conditions to load the scripts so it happens only when necessary.
    • Batch Create – Added My Class support and fix password emailing issue.
    • Network Admin Scripts – Added option to index custom data and add My Class support
    • Dashboard widgets – Remove storage information.
    • Jetpack – Update to 7.2.1.
    • S3 Plugin – upgrade
  • WP Updates
    • Additional File Types – Add support for CDF, SLDPRT, SAS7BDAT.

Upcoming Updates:  May 28, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates
    • Join Multisite: Added support for blog templates and class invite code while creating blogs when logged in.
    • Duplicate Post: Updated to 3.2.2.
    • Formidable: Updated to 3.06.
    • Blog Categories: Fixed possible PHP 7 compatibility issue.
    • New Blog Templates & Cloner: Improved S3 compatibility.
    • TablePress: Integrated “Responsive Tables” extension into the plugin.
    • Google Connect: Fixed possible error on login.
  • WP Updates:
    • Additional File Types – Added support for SAS.
  • New Plugins
    • Advanced Custom Fields Pro – Version 5.8.0 added.
    • Press This – A little tool that lets you grab bits of the web and create new posts with ease. This feature was built into WordPress but has been removed in recent versions.

Additional details for Published Updates:

  • Network Admin Scripts > Usage Reports

Add option to index custom data allows the super admin user to run a script on options tables or theme mods.

For example you can download a list of all Class blogs on your CampusPress as follows:

1. Go to Dashboard > Scripts > Usage Reports in network admin.

Scripts

2.  Select Option from Index additional data and add Is_class

Index Option data

  • For networks that host over 10,000 sites we recommend you index in 1-2 year date ranges and download a series of reports.

3.  Click Run Index to Generate Report.

4.  Once you’ve finished indexing you click download the Options Usage list to obtain a list of the class blog.

Options usage list

You run a new report to obtain a list of student blogs attached to the class blogs via My Class as follows:

1. Click on Clear Index.

2.  Select Option from Index additional data and add class_blog

Student blog options

3.  Click Run Index to Generate Report.

4.  Once you’ve finished indexing you click download the Options Usage list to obtain a list of the student blogs.

The student blog ID is listed in Column A under ID and the Class blog ID the student blog is attached to is listed in Column E under Data.

Student blog data

You can cross reference the Student blog data with the Class blog data to identify the class blog URL or search sites using the class blog ID.

Site search in network admin using blog ID 6 returns the following class blog URL.

Searching by blog ID

  • Network Admin Scripts > Batch Edits

My Class support allows a super admin user to batch add a list of student blogs to a class blog and bulk remove student blogs from a class blog.

You add student blogs to a class blog as follows:

1. Go to Dashboard > Scripts > Batch Edits in network admin.

Scripts

2.  Add the blognames, blog IDs or the blog URLs of the student blogs you want to attached to the class blog via My Class.

Student blogs

Example of adding using the blognames

3.  Select Attach blogs to class from Actions drop down menu and add the class blog ID.

Select add to class

4. Add the class blog ID by searching using the blog path.  When you type in the blog path into the ‘search by blog path’ field it automatically searches for the blog URL.

Search for class blog ID

  • My Class must be set up on the class blog using My Class > Create Class before it can be used as a Class blog.
  • If the student blogs are already attached to a class blog you need to first remove their blogs from that class blog before you can add their blogs to a new class blog.

Once it has found the blog URL click on URL to add the blog ID.

Add class blog ID

5.  Click Submit.

You remove student blogs to a class blog as follows:

1. Go to Dashboard > Scripts > Batch Edits in network admin.

2.  Add the blognames, blog IDs or the blog URLs of the student blogs you want remove from a class blog.

Remove from class

Using Blog URLs

3.  Select Attach blogs to class from Actions drop down menu.

Remove from class action

4.  Click Submit.

  • Batch Create – Add My Class support

My Class support in batch create allows the super admin to attach blogs to a class blog when a batch create file is processed.

The final step in Batch create if My Classes is network activated is an option to connect student blogs to a class blog.

Add the class blog ID by searching using the blog path.  When you type in the blog path into the ‘search by blog path’ field it automatically searches for the blog URL.

Select Class blog

  • My Class must be set up on the class blog using My Class > Create Class before it can be used as a Class blog.
  • This option is used to add new student blogs to a class blog.  To connect existing blogs to class blog you need to use Scripts > Batch Edit.

Once it has found the blog URL click on URL to add the blog ID.

Add class blog

Updates: May 14, 2019

Upcoming Updates: May 14, 2019:

  • Plugin Updates:
    • Lean Captcha – Changed conditions to load the scripts so it happens only when necessary.
    • Batch Create – Added My Class support and fixed password emailing issue.
    • Network Admin Scripts – Added My Class support and added option to index custom data.
    • Dashboard widgets – Removed storage information.
    • Jetpack – Updated to 7.2.1.
    • S3 Plugin – Upgraded to 2.1.0-RC2.
  • WP Updates:
    • Additional File Types – Added support for CDF, SLDPRT, SAS7BDAT.

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