Category Archives: Updates

Upcoming Gutenberg Release for Sites

WordPress will soon be undergoing a major update to the visual editor system for posts and pages.  The “Gutenberg“update will introduce blocks as a modern way to add content to posts and pages and this will enrich the overall design and flexibility of your content.  The WordPress core update to 5.0 is set to include Gutenberg and its tentatively scheduled to release on Nov. 27th, 2018.

Technology Services will be updating  WordPress core to 5.0 and implementing Gutenberg on Saturday March 2nd, 2019 during the maintenance weekend.  To prepare for the change to the visual editor interface please review the articles below or watch this short video from LinkedIn Learning:

Introducing Gutenberg

Learn about Gutenberg

Gutenberg FAQs

Coraline Theme Retirement / Replacement

Greetings WordPress Admins, Editors, and Authors:

This post is intended for site owners currently using the Coraline WordPress theme.  The Coraline theme code is one of the oldest theme installations available to WordPress community and it is being retired by the WordPress development group Automatic.  Since Coraline is retiring and has not been updated in 3 years, our team will need to remove it as a theme option in the sites network so it will not pose a vulnerability risk.

LSA Web Services has installed a similar, yet modernized replacement, for the Coraline theme called “Astra.”  We know it’s important to keep the minimalist and academic appearance of the Coraline theme and Astra fits that aesthetic.

Beginning this summer, LSA Web Services contact  Coraline theme site owners to start the process of updating the site’s theme to one of our available options.  We will assist in this process and support any additional work involved in transferring themes.

Site owners can also feel free to switch from the Coraline theme to one of our 5 other theme options (including Astra) at any time using the customizer.

If you have any questions about this process please feel free to contact us at lsa.web.support@umich.edu

Thank you!
Jessica Wolking

New WordPress Theme Addition! Introducing Astrid.

Web Services announces a new WordPress theme, Astrid, developed by aThemes.  To get an idea for the look and feel of this new theme, check out the Astrid demo sites built by Web Services: Ocean Impacts and Prof. Haywood. This theme will be available to any site currently in the WordPress network and for new requests.

Astrid features:

  • Splash header image
  • Modern design
  • “Fixed background” image scrolling features
  • “Widgetized” pages / templates
  • Fully mobile responsive
  • Language / Translation ready

Examples of sites that are utilizing the full potential of the Astrid theme features:

icc bsb learn  iranian   green

Astrid relies heavily on the customizer and widgets to build out the optional scrolling pages and you may find that you need some guidance if you’d like to make a switch.  If you’re interested, Web Services staff will be available in Open Labs to talk about the theme and assist with transitioning sites.

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