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WordPress Upgrade – 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.


  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


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