By now all of the CTools Course sites have been migrated to Canvas. ITS is currently piloting the plan to decommission CTools Project Sites and developing a timeline to migrate project sites to other platforms. You may already be aware of ITS’s plans to decommission CTools Project sites. However, if this is news to you, check out this post from ITS for more information: Have a CTools Project Site? Time to Move it!
Thanks to the LSAIT Infrastructure team, our WordPress multisite network has been updated to version 4.6.1 and set to PHP 5.4 to accommodate several plugins.
If you notice any unexpected changes to your site please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve added a new Michigan Branded theme to our WordPress website theme selection!
Feel free to explore the new theme on the LSA Sparkling Theme Demo Site.
Our WordPress multisite network uses the Shibboleth Plugin to authorize new Umich users in the network upon signing in. The person logging in uses their uniqname and kerberos password as their WordPress login credentials and their user profile is created automatically. WordPress Multisite is set up this way for security reasons and to be compatible with UM’s network. This allows for a single sign on when using UM web resources. For example, if your are in one browser signed in to your UM gmail account and then open another tab to log into your WordPress site, you will automatically be authenticated and logged into WordPress.
However, because WordPress is set up this way – all new users must initially log into the network to have their profile synched with the UM network. Then after logging in, they can be successfully added to a site as an “existing user.”
Steps to Add a New User
** UPDATE: This issue has been resolved **
The plugin update 2.1.5 for the All-in-one event calendar by Timely has conflicted with our system. Clicking into an event takes the visitor to a missing link page. We are currently working with their support team to get this issue resolved and to bring back the event detail pages. Because this plugin updates the database we are not able to roll it back at this time. We’ll keep you posted on updates and also let you know when the issue is resolved. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Web Services & LSA-IT
The WordCamp Conference will be hosted in Ann Arbor on Oct. 4th this fall at the Michigan League. Tickets are available online now for $12. Please check out the WordCamp Ann Arbor site for more information. WordCamp is open to all WordPress users with any level of experience – from beginners to advanced users.
The following videos provide an introduction to the Widgets, Menus, and Heading Styles, which are found under the Appearance tab in our Multisite system. Continue reading
This group of short videos might a good place to start for anyone just beginning to use WordPress. In our multisite network there are a couple of things that differ slightly from the dashboard and admin bar discussed in the video.
- In the Dashboard video it will demonstrate where themes and plugins are found under appearance – these are not seen in the multisite network we have.
- In the Admin Bar video the WordPress icon is replaced by the block M in our system and the “your blog” link is not found in the admin bar at the top to the right of “my sites.” Continue reading
Luckily, WordPress is pre-set to have excellent search engine optimization (SEO). This means that when a search engine like Google crawls for web content, your WordPress site has built in tools that make it visible to Google. There is a great deal of information on SEO and WordPress found in the WordPress.org Codex. Each of the sites in the LSA multisite network are recognized by search engines as being their own separate entity – so your search would results are not tied in with the main LSA WordPress website. Continue reading
We have installed the Google Analytics plugin by WPMUDEV for WordPress multisite to help site owners track, monitor, and explore the visitor activity for their site. If you are interested in accessing the Google Analytics for your website we two options for set up. Find more information on Google Analtyics at www.google.com/analytics. Continue reading