Web Communication

Intro to WordPress – August Edition

When: August 17th @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Where: ITB 2025

This will be a general introduction training. Anyone who is new to WordPress here at WSU, or who may need a refresher, is welcome to attend.

Intro to WordPress – July Edition

When: July 21st @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Where: ITB 2025

This will be a general introduction training. Anyone who is new to WordPress here at WSU, or who may need a refresher, is welcome to attend.

WSU Spine 1.4.3 Released

The latest version of the WSU Spine framework has been released as 1.4.3.

As always, if you are using a manual build of the WSU Spine, we recommend updating as soon as possible.

To automatically receive the benefits of bug fixes like this, we recommend using the latest version of the Spine from the centrally hosted repo.wsu.edu server. A full explanation of the hosted repository is in the project’s readme file.

https://repo.wsu.edu/spine/1/spine.min.js

https://repo.wsu.edu/spine/1/spine.min.css

Here’s a recap of the changes from this release.

Enhancements

  • Adjust Spine colors for various themes and nav elements. See #353 for the discussion and #381
  • Allow multiple nav sections to be open at the same time in the Spine. See #367
  • Allow the current nav section to be toggled closed. See #386
  • Several adjustments to test HTML markup to help better describe expected conditions of the Spine.

Bug Fixes

  • Only apply box shadow to #glue on .spine-mobile-open. See #374
  • Remove spine-mobile-open from html on resize to full screen. See #375
  • Apply a max width of 100% to figure. See #382
  • Allow other HTML tags inside anchor elements in the Spine navigation. See #385

If you run into any issues with the Spine or have suggestions, please feel free to open a new issue on the GitHub repository, stop by Open Labs on Friday morning, or bring it up on the WSU Web Slack.

New WordPress Plugin: WSUWP Content Visibility

Management of page visibility has long been on the list of features in progress for WordPress at WSU. Today, the WSUWP Content Visibility plugin is available for activation on your site!

WSUWP Content Visibility is a WordPress plugin used to control the visibility of content for groups of authenticated visitors. The interface for managing the visibility of content is built into the Publish area of a page or post.

Four groups are provided by default:

  • Members of this site include anyone that appears in your site’s list of users. They can be subscribers, authors, editors, or administrators.
  • WSU Network ID (NID) includes anyone that has a valid WSU NID. They do not have to be members of the specific site.
  • WSU Students includes anyone that has a WSU NID and is a student.
  • WSU Employees includes anyone that has a WSU NID and is an employee.

If a non-authenticated user arrives on a page restricted by WSUWP Content Visibility, the user will be redirected to a login screen. If an authenticated user arrives on a page and is not a member of an assigned group, that user will be redirected to the home page.

For more details, check out the plugin documentation. If you have any questions or run into issues, please stop by open lab, join our Slack team, or open an issue on the GitHub repository.

Open Lab in Spokane on May 4

The web team will be making a trip up to Spokane on Wednesday, May 4th for another open labs session. Stop by PBS 118 from 10am to 12pm or SAC 313 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm and join the fun. Bring any web related questions, we’ll bring a thing or two to talk about as well.

See you there!

 

Heads up – previous generation template outage

Just a heads up for everyone –

On Monday, April 18, 2016 there will be a short outage of the previous generation template. All sites that use templates from designer.wsu.edu will be affected. IT will start work on a server starting at 7:30 am, and the outage should only take 10-20 minutes.

This will not affect any site using the current Spine template.

 

Spine Parent Theme 0.26.2 Released

Version 0.26.2 of the Spine Parent Theme has been released and deployed to the WSUWP Platform. We released 0.26.1 last week with one change that is included in the enhancements list below. Enjoy!

Bug Fixes

  • Remove some over-bearing flexbox rules from slideshow content styles. This solved a content issue, but also created some bugs for those who had already styled their slideshow content.

Enhancements

  • Adjust the Twitter share text to only be the post/page title and not the full HTML title of the document. This makes sharing more comfortable and less likely to overrun the 140 character limit.
  • When naming a section through its configuration, show the title immediately in the builder interface rather than waiting until after the page is saved.
  • Process mobile section background images properly on page load when the window width is less than 792px. Mobile section background images can be added through the section configuration. These should ideally be much smaller in size to enabled speedier loading on mobile devices.
  • Section deletion confirmations! Now it’s less easy to accidentally delete a section from the page builder interface.

Spine Changes

  • Deprecate lightest, lighter, gray, and darkest color selections for the Spine. If you have already selected one of these colors, it will remain. If not, these will no longer be available. We would suggest switching to one of the supported color options—White, Dark, Darker, and Crimson.
  • Change the naming of “Default (white)” to “White” to put less stress on it being a default. It’s actually a really great option.

WSU Spine 1.4.1 Released

The latest version of the WSU Spine framework has been released as 1.4.1.

An initial release with the most major changes went out as 1.4.0 and then a bug fix went out about an hour later to correct a regression.

As always, if you are using a manual build of the WSU Spine, we recommend updating as soon as possible.

To automatically receive the benefits of updates like this, we recommend using the latest version of the Spine from the centrally hosted repo.wsu.edu server. A full explanation of the hosted repository is in the project’s readme file.

https://repo.wsu.edu/spine/1/spine.min.js

https://repo.wsu.edu/spine/1/spine.min.css

Please visit the WSU Spine 1.4.0 release notes for a list of all changes made in this release.