Publish Upgrade and Feature Update

Publish.Illinois.Edu will be upgraded to the latest WordPress version Wednesday 10/12/2016 starting at 9pm. The publish service and websites hosted on Publish will be unavailable for part of the maintenance window between 9pm and 11:30om.

At the same time, we are also adding making some changes to available features, which I will summarize here.

  • Simple Custom CSS will now be available to all site owners from the Plugins menu

The following plugins will be installed:

  • Tumblr Widget – include tumblr feeds in your widget areas
  • HTML Widget Titles – Allows your widget titles to link to other content
  • Content Views – provides more options for organizing your content within your pages
  • All Meta Tags – provides options for improving your sites visibility to search engines
  • Site Last Modified – show the last modification date

WordPress updated to 4.1

WordPress has now been updated to version 4.1.

Some key highlights:

  • Distraction-free writing: Just write. Sometimes, you just need to concentrate on putting your thoughts into words. Try turning on distraction-free writing mode. When you start typing, all the distractions will fade away, letting you focus solely on your writing. All your editing tools instantly return when you need them.
  • Choose your language – Right now, WordPress 4.1 is already translated into 44 languages, with more always in progress. You can switch to any translation on the General Settings screen.
  • If you’ve ever worried you forgot to sign out from a shared computer, you can now go to your profile and log out everywhere.
  • Inline toolbar gives you quicker access to image editing tools.
  • Plugin installer suggests plugins for you to try. Recommendations are based on the plugins you and other users have installed.
  • Embedding videos from Vine is as simple as pasting a URL onto its own line in a post.