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Academic.evergreen.edu End of Life

As of 12/26/2017, academic.evergreen.edu will no longer provide web services. Data owners will still be able to access their files and should make arrangements to migrate their content to a supported web hosting platform.

Please submit a help ticket if you have any questions or need assistance.

Blogs and Sites WordPress update

wordpress-logo-32-blueWordPress sites running on http://blogs.evergreen.edu and https://sites.evergreen.edu have been updated to security patch 4.1.2.

New Features:

Media Library

Explore your uploads in a beautiful, endless grid. A new details preview makes viewing and editing any amount of media in sequence a snap.

Embeds

Paste in a YouTube URL on a new line, and watch it magically become an embedded video. Now try it with a tweet. Oh yeah — embedding has become a visual experience. The editor shows a true preview of your embedded content, saving you time and giving you confidence.

They’ve expanded the services supported by default, too — you can embed videos from CollegeHumor, playlists from YouTube, and talks from TED. Check out all of the embeds that WordPress supports.

New Theme

Twenty Fifteen, is a blog-focused theme designed for clarity.  The straightforward typography is readable on any screen size. Your content always takes center stage, whether viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

WordPress images automatically resize on upload

With a 100MB upload quota, running out of space has been a problem for many site owners using images on blogs.evergreen.edu. For most, the issue lies with uploading high resolution, unprocessed images straight from a digital camera to the image library. These images then get scaled down by WordPress for the web but the original still hangs out in the media library taking up valuable space. We often see image files uploaded to WordPress in excess of 7MB in file size and over 5000 pixels wide. When people view your images on your blog however, WordPress is delivering a scaled down version,  typically at 500 pixels wide max.

For Fall of 2014 we’ve implemented a fix that will hopefully solve this issue. We’ve activated a network-wide plugin that automatically resizes  images on upload to a max of 1200 pixels wide and discards the original high resolution version (site owners are responsible for keeping copies of original images somewhere safe). With 100MB of file space you should now have room for over 600 images . The settings to control the image resize on upload are found in Settings > Resize Image Upload.

WordPress Upgrade to 3.9.2

What’s New at blogs.evergreen.edu

General

  • The “update” message has been restored to the dashboard
  • Posts
  • Add “Return to post editor” link from Revisions screen
  • A “View Post” link will now show for any post an author can read
  • Distraction Free Writing mode is now responsive to any size device

Media

  • Edit images from the Add Media modal
  • Improvements to the “Attach Media” pop-up interface
  • Better support for auto-playing videos
  • Drag and Drop files into the editor
  • Full-screen Drag and Drop zone in Distraction Free Writing
  • oEmbed support added for imgur and meetup.com
  • Comments
  • Small improvements to comment administration screens, link colors, language tweaks

Appearance

  • Widget Customizer management
  • Upload header images with cropping in the Customizer
  • Improved theme install workflow

Users

  • Admin auto-complete improvements
  • Make sure the “Send this password to the new user by email” toggle option value is remembered

Accessibility

  • Improved focus styles for form elements throughout the admin
  • Keyboard accessibility added for theme install screen and theme action buttons

Update to campus wikis

Campus wikis are in the process of being updated to the latest version of Mediawiki 1.20. In addition to the updated version, we are now using a more mobile friendly theme.

helpwiki-homeTo see what the new wikis look like, check out the updated version of Evergreen’s Help Wiki. In addition to the theme changes, perhaps the most noticeable update is the improved wiki editor feature that allows you to create pages without having to remember wiki syntax.