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Change Log

Updates to WordPress Core, Plugins & Themes

Updates: January 2, 2020

On January 2, 2020, we will be upgrading all sites we host to the WordPress 5.3 branch (currently, 5.3.2).

The most significant improvements in these updates include minor changes to the user experience in the Block Editor and WordPress Dashboard for improved accessibility.

We have completed significant amounts of automated and manual checks during the preparation process and we don’t anticipate any downtime during this update. Please let us know should you notice any issues or have any questions.

Published Updates: December 10, 2019

Published Updates:  December 10, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates:
    • Support Admin: security improvements.
    • Author Widget: added option to list authors in drop-down.
    • Classes: grouped class blogs in “My Sites” admin bar menu item.
    • Advanced Settings: added ability to change default post order for selected post types.
    • Join Multisite: fixed validation for “Site URL” so hyphens are allowed. (WordPress blocks hyphens on front-end signups)
    • Shibboleth: improved UX and added manual blog creation eligibility.
    • Simple Tips: fixed compatibility issues with Divi.
    • Calendar Plus: fixed possible iCal import issue related to time zone setting.

Upcoming Updates:

  • No updates due to holiday break.

Updates: December 10, 2019

Published Updates: November 26, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates:
    • Join Multisite: changed from “blogs” terminology to “sites”.
    • Google Analytics Plus: updated to version 3.2.1 known as “Beehive”.
    • Author Widget: Fixed users post check.
    • Subscribe By Email: disabled ability to hide unsubscribe link and improved notice about subscriber count limit.
    • Divi Builder: updated to 4.0.3.
    • Jetpack: updated to 7.9.1
  • Themes Updates:
    • Extra: updated to 4.0.3.
    • Divi: updated to 4.0.3.
  • WP Updates:
    • Additional File Types – Added support for: JNB, TWBX and KML.

Upcoming Updates:  December 10, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates:
    • Support Admin: security improvements.
    • Author Widget: added option to list authors in drop-down.
    • Classes: grouped class blogs in “My Sites” admin bar menu item.
    • Advanced Settings: added ability to change default post order for selected post types.
    • Join Multisite: fixed validation for “Site URL” so hyphens are allowed.
    • Shibboleth: improved UX and added manual blog creation eligibility.
    • Simple Tips: fixed compatibility issues with Divi.
    • Calendar Plus: fixed possible iCal import issue related to time zone setting.

Additional details for Published Updates:

  • Google Analytics Plus

If “API Project” has been configured, it will require tweaks in Google Console. Old API is being deprecated by Google and its very likely that new one is not enabled. This means project now need to have “Google Analytics API” and “Google People API” enabled for it to continue working correctly. The process of enabling required APIs is explained here (starting from “Enable the Google Analytics API”).

This also means that it is very likely that users will need to re-authenticate with google inside WP admin area.

Please keep in mind that it is only related to stats access inside dashboard and it won’t impact stats collection.

Updates: November 26, 2019

Published Updates: November 14, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates:
    • Site Privacy: Changed “blog” labels on front-end to “site”.
    • Subscribe By Email: Removed ability to hide unsubscribe link.
    • Image Optimizer: Improved compatibility with importer.
    • Signup TOS: Removed inline styles from checkbox on signup.
    • Reader: Fixed issues with private comments being hidden for post authors when they don’t have edit caps.
    • Advanced Settings: Added option to automatically set featured images and added ability to disable network activated plugin per site (super admins only).
    • WP LaTeX: Updated to 1.9.2 and moved from mu-plugins to network activated.
    • Lock Posts: Moved from mu-plugins to being regular plugin (It will need to be reactivated manually).
    • Calendar Plus: Updated to 2.2.6.3.
  • New Plugins:
    • Formidable Recapcha V3: Adds reCAPCHA V3 to all forms for logged out users. Validation happens in background but links to Google privacy policy are added before submit button as it is legally required.
  • Themes Updates: Bushwick: Accessibility improvements.
    • Twenty Twelve: Accessibility improvements.
    • Twenty Eleven: Accessibility improvements.
    • A11Y’all: Accessibility improvements.

Upcoming Updates:  November 26, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates:
    • Join Multisite: changed from “blogs” terminology to “sites”.
    • Google Analytics Plus: updated to version 3.2.1 known as “Beehive”.
    • Author Widget: Fixed users post check.
    • Subscribe By Email: disabled ability to hide unsubscribe link and improved notice about subscriber count limit.
    • Divi Builder: updated to 4.0.3.
  • Themes Updates:
    • Extra: updated to 4.0.3.
    • Divi: updated to 4.0.3.
  • WP Updates:
    • Additional File Types – Added support for: JNB, TWBX and KML.

Updates: November 14, 2019

Published Updates: October 22, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates:
    • Advanced Settings: Added auto featured image function.
    • Blogs And Users: Fixed possibility to create multiple blogs with same URL.
    • Blog Directory: Entry insertion and removal fix.
    • Admin Message: Added ability to hide message on selected blogs.
    • WP Mega Menu: Removed “Go Pro” link and fixed saving issue.

Upcoming Updates:  November 14, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates:
    • Site Privacy: Changed “blog” labels on front-end to “site”.
    • Subscribe By Email: Removed ability to hide unsubscribe link.
    • Image Optimizer: Improved compatibility with importer.
    • Signup TOS: Removed inline styles from checkbox on signup.
    • Reader: Fixed issues with private comments being hidden for post authors when they don’t have edit caps.
    • Advanced Settings: Added option to automatically set featured images and added ability to disable network activated plugin per site (super admins only).
    • WP LaTeX: Updated to 1.9.2 and moved from mu-plugins to network activated.
    • Lock Posts: Moved from mu-plugins to being regular plugin (It will need to be reactivated manually).
    • Calendar Plus: Updated to 2.2.6.3.
  • New Plugins:
    • Formidable Recapcha V3: Adds reCAPCHA V3 to all forms for logged out users. Validation happens in background but links to Google privacy policy are added before submit button as it is legally required.
  • Themes Updates:
    • Bushwick: Accessibility improvements.
    • Twenty Twelve: Accessibility improvements.
    • Twenty Eleven: Accessibility improvements.
    • A11Y’all: Accessibility improvements.

Updates: October 22, 2019

Published Updates: October 8, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates:
    • Live Shortcodes: Fixed toggle height issues + accessibility improvements.
    • Classes: Fixed possibility of wrong student blog url on student list.
    • Slide In: Fixed some CSS issues.
    • Site Privacy Options: Fixed saving of selected privacy option on front-end signup.
  • New Plugins:
    • WP Mega Menu: Beautiful, responsive, highly customizable, and user-friendly drag and drop menu builder plugin for WordPress.
  • Themes Updates:
    • Dynamic News Lite: Updated to version 1.6.
    • Nouveau Riche: Removed author link from footer.
    • Diginews: Fixed SSL issue.

Upcoming Updates:  October 22, 2019:

  • Plugins Updates:
    • Advanced Settings: added auto featured image function.
    • Blogs And Users: fixed possibility to create multiple blogs with same URL.
    • Blog Directory: entry insertion and removal fix.
    • Admin Message: added ability to hide message on selected blogs.
    • WP Mega Menu: removed “Go Pro” link and fixed saving issue.