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WordPress Updates – December 2017

The University’s WordPress network will be upgraded on December 8, 2017. Websites will be affected for less than a minute. The upgrade includes security patches and minor updates to the WordPress admin area with a few notable new features.

Schedule Changes to Site Appearance

You can now draft changes to your Header Image, Menus and Widgets and schedule them go live on your website at a later date.  You can also generate a preview link to share changes with others prior to go live.

How-to:

  1. In the WordPress admin area, go to Appearance–>Customize
  2. Select the area of your site that you want to edit (Header Image, Menus or Widgets)
  3. Make your changes – WordPress will refresh the page and show you a preview at this point
  4. Click the gear icon on the Publish button
    Screenshot - WP Customer Publish button with gear icon
  5. Select from options to Save Draft, Schedule and get a Preview Link
    Screenshot - WP Customizer Publish Options Open

New Sidebar Widget

Gallery Widget – add an image gallery to any widget-enabled area on your site


WordPress Upgrade – November 2017

The University’s WordPress network will be upgraded on November 2, 2017. Websites will be affected for less than a minute. The upgrade includes security patches and minor updates to the WordPress admin area.


WordPress Upgrade – September 2017

The University’s WordPress network will be upgraded on September 15, 2017. Websites will be affected for less than a minute. The upgrade includes security patches and minor updates to the WordPress admin area.


WordPress Upgrade – July 2017

The University’s WordPress network will be upgraded on July 3, 2017. Websites will be affected for less than a minute. The upgrade includes security patches and minor updates to the WordPress admin area with a few notable new features.

New Widgets

Audio Widget

Add an audio player to your sidebar area.  Note that while media file uploads to WordPress are not supported at Georgia Southern, you can add your audio by URL from a streaming service.

Screenshot of Audio widget

New Audio widget in Appearance–>Widgets

Screenshot of Insert Audio from URL option

Select “Insert from URL” to add your audio link

Video Widget

Add a video player to your sidebar area. Note that while media file uploads to WordPress are not supported at Georgia Southern, you can add your video by URL from a streaming service.

Screenshot of Video widget

New Video widget in Appearance –> Widgets

Screenshot of Insert Video from URL option

Select “Insert from URL” to add your video from YouTube or another streaming service

Improved Text Widget

The new Text Widget now includes a formatting toolbar so you can easily style text, add links and create lists in your sidebar areas.

Screenshot of Text widget

Text widget upgrade in Appearance –> Widgets


WordPress Upgrade – May 2017

The University’s WordPress network will be upgraded on May 26, 2017. Websites will be affected for less than a minute. The upgrade includes security patches and bug fixes.


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