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Web Communication Releases: WSUWP Platform 1.2.0, WordPress 4.1.1

Releases: WSUWP Platform 1.2.0, WordPress 4.1.1

WordPress 4.1.1 was released today and the WSUWP Platform was immediately updated to match. There are no big changes in WordPress as this is only a maintenance release. 4.2 is slated for April.

While we have deployed several versions of the platform into production over the last couple months, this is the first official release in a bit. What follows here is the full release information from the open source project on GitHub.

This is the eighth production release of the WSUWP Platform. There have been 10 deployments to the WSU production environment since the last release. The official tag of this release is 1.2.0.

A full changelog is available. Here are some notes:

Enhancements

  • Updates to WordPress 4.1, then 4.1.1.
  • Upload limit is now 200MB, added .eps as an allowed filetype.
  • Initial steps at an enhanced “My Networks” screen.
  • Make new site creation a bit more friendly.

Bugs

  • Resolve PHP errors where a screen type was being checked before we knew a screen was there.
  • Clear domain/path request cache on new site creation.
  • Allow the extended network option to be set when editing a network.
  • Display the correct value for extended network in some cases.
  • Avoid using Batcache for WP Document Revisions

New Plugin: Duplicate and Merge Posts

One of the most requested features for the WSUWP Platform has been the ability to work on a draft of an existing post over time without saved changes overwriting the original until it was ready. There are several options out there for WordPress that meet various workflow requirements, but it was the Duplicate and Merge Posts plugin that seemed to fit the average workflow the best—and it works.

As of today, you’ll see this plugin in your dashboard available for activation. Once activated, any saved posts or pages will have an option to Duplicate and Edit the item.

Duplicate and Edit
Duplicate and Edit

Clicking this button will create a copy of the post or page with “[Duplicated]” in front of the title. A new series of options will then be available in the Publish box for Go to original post, View Side-by-side difference, Merge back to Original Post, and Save as New Post. You can probably imagine what each one of these does, though we’ll have expanded documentation up shortly.

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Merging back to the original post is key. This overwrites the original post or page with the content of the duplicated item. An entirely new home page can be built out in secret and then merged back in when you are ready to launch.

If you go to Settings -> Duplicate & Merge in the dashboard, you’ll see options to restrict the capability for duplicating and merging posts to certain roles. In the future we’ll enable the ability to submit items for review, we just need to figure out the right workflows for that.

We’re excited about this plugin as it solves one of the key questions we’ve been asked since starting our effort to bring everyone to WordPress. It is a new addition, so please let us know if you see anything that looks like a bug or if there’s a feature you’d like to see.

Spine Parent Theme 0.19.0 Released

Version 0.19.0 of the Spine Parent Theme has been released and deployed to the WSUWP Platform. This release makes major modifications to the page builder interface to resolve some of the issues we’ve seen since our December release of 0.17.0.

  • Revert builder interface to align with upstream Make 1.3.2
  • Consolidate single admin template into the columns admin template.
  • Improve the old interface a bit to match some nicer parts while retaining the TinyMCE behavior we expect.

Now that the interface has returned to something less buggy, we’ll be focusing on incremental improvements to some key portions. As always, stop by Open Lab in ITB 2025 on Friday morning from 9:30am to 11:30am to get the earliest previews of these elements as they are being developed.

Spine Parent Theme 0.18.2 Released

Version 0.18.2 of the Spine Parent Theme has been released and deployed to the WSUWP Platform. This release contains several items worth noting.

  • Provide support for BU Navigation as a navigation option. If this plugin is enabled on your site, default navigation will be replaced by that provided by the plugin. We’ll write up more on using this plugin shortly.
  • Add a.more-link and a span.more-default classes when a more link is added to an excerpt.
  • Depending on the source of an excerpt add one of summary-divided, summary-truncated, or summary-unabridged as a post class to the article container.
  • Merge upstream Make 1.4.8 with the custom builder.

We have been working with several issues related to the page builder interface recently. If you are using shortcodes or automatic embeds, it is likely you’ve noticed at least one issue. Within the next few days, we’ll be reverting to the interface that was used before the 0.17.0 release in December. Doing so will allow us to revisit some of our goals from the page builder and then move forward a bit slower. We’ll be keeping some of the look and feel of the interface, but most of the functionality will return.

If you’d like to see a preview of this, please come to ITB 2025 tomorrow morning from 9:30am-11:30am. I’ll be discussing some of the changes that will be deployed soon.

WSU Spine 1.2.3 Released

The latest version of the WSU Spine framework has been released as 1.2.3. This is a much smaller release than usual, a practice we hope to continue.

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

Please visit the WSU Spine release page for a list of all changes made in this release. Thanks!

Spine Parent Theme 0.18.1 Released

It’s only been a day, but we’re back with a 0.18.1 release of the Spine Parent Theme. This is a very small release overall.

Editor styles have been updated from the upstream theme Make. We’ll be changing these over time to better match the Spine defaults. Right now this improves the image experience quite a bit.

The default share text used when sharing by Twitter or by email in the Spine is now dynamically populated with the title of the current page. The via text added to the Tweet will now look for the URL stored in your social options in the Customizer if it has been set. More options for changing these defaults will be added in the future.

Spine Parent Theme 0.18.0 Release

Version 0.18.0 of the Spine Parent Theme has been released and is now in place on the WSUWP Platform. It contains multiple improvements over 0.17.0. The list below covers some very minor releases for versions 0.17.2 through 0.17.4 as well.

0.18.0:

  • Improve the single template for individual people in the University Center Objects plugin.
  • Improve the archive template for a list of people in the University Center Objects plugin.
  • Add missing padding to the footer section on the standard single layout.
  • Add default editor styles for larger images, making them easier to manage.
  • Fix a bug where social icons were not appearing in the Spine by default.
  • Fix a bug where section configuration was not available in page builder for single sections.
  • Merge upstream changes from Make 1.4.7

0.17.4:

  • Add a later priority when enqueueing styles and scripts to cascade on top of plugin styles.
  • Enable Health Sciences Spokane campus signature.
  • Use a campus specific home URL in the Spine.

0.17.3:

  • Fix issue with duplicate titles appearing in <title>
  • Add actual support for Thumbnail Image on archive views, fall back to Featured Image.

0.17.2:

  • Address bug (#145) that caused the removal of <p> tags when updating existing content.

As always, please reach out if you have any issues or questions! Issues on GitHub for the Spine Parent Theme can be created by anyone. A general forum for community support will be coming soon.

WSU Spine 1.2.2 Released

The latest version of the WSU Spine framework has been released as 1.2.2. Over the last several weeks since 1.2.1, we’ve been able to focus on several minor bugs related to various layout issues in both cropped and mobile views.

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

This specific release is available and cached for 120 days at these URLs:

https://repo.wsu.edu/spine/1.2.2/spine.min.js

https://repo.wsu.edu/spine/1.2.2/spine.min.css

Please visit the WSU Spine release page for a list of all changes made in this release. Thanks!

WSUWP Platform upgraded to WordPress 4.1

WordPress 4.1 “Dinah”, named for jazz-singer Dinah Washington, was released today. Around 10:30am, the central platform server was updated to coincide with the release. This was a very smooth cycle with some great progress and included contributions from a record 283 people!

Many improvements will be unnoticeable on the surface at WSU, as much of the work was done to improve code we will take advantage of while building the platform. Look for those that are missing from the list below on your own personal installations of WordPress as they are pretty fantastic.

Log Out of All Other Sessions

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New session tracking will watch for other browser and computer sessions that are using your credentials when logged into the platform. If you are concerned about what other machines are currently logged in, you can check your profile by clicking on your name in the top right. At the bottom of your profile page will be one of the two screenshots above, allowing you to clear all sessions.

In the future this will be expanded to list all of your sessions so that you can see what computers may be logged in.

Just Write

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As you can see in the screenshot above, the distractions around the post editor have been removed as I write this post. If I’d like access to other options at any point, a move of the mouse outside of the editor will cause the screen to re-fill so that I can save, add categories, or update the post as needed.

This feature is off by default, and can be enabled in many contexts by clicking on the distraction-free writing icon in the upper right of the editor.

A new default theme – Twenty Fifteen

Most of the sites at WSU will be using our Spine Parent Theme to be a part of the overall brand presence. We do have sites being used by students and classes that will now have access to the new default theme—Twenty Fifteen—as part of their suite. As a blogging focused theme, Twenty Fifteen does a great job of allowing you to focus on your content while also offering many customizations to the look and feel on the front end. I’ve been using it on my personal site for months and have been happy thus far!

Feedback

We’re always looking for feedback around the WSUWP Platform, the Spine, and anything else web related. Please reach out over email (jeremy.felt@wsu.edu) if you have any questions. We also have a great open lab session in ITB 2025 every Friday morning from 9:30am-11:30am where we discuss the web at WSU.

WSU Spine Parent Theme 0.17.0 Released

A major cornerstone of WSU’s Spine Parent Theme for WordPress is the open source theme, Make. For several months we’ve been behind on some great upstream changes from that theme, focused more on our own customizations. Today we’re happy to announce that version 0.17.0 of the Spine Parent Theme mirrors the builder functionality provided by Make 1.4.6.

You’ll likely notice the change immediately if you use page builder for creating pages in WordPress as there have been several improvements to the interface.

The section layouts available in version 0.17.0
The section layouts available in version 0.17.0

When you choose a section layout, you’ll see a couple different configuration icons available. As demonstrated in the animation below, clicking on these will bring up an interface for adding custom classes or other options to the sections and the columns within.

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While the ability to add custom classes and wrappers to sections has been in the page builder for a while, adding custom classes to individual columns is new. We hope interfaces like this allow designers and front end developers to stretch the bounds of the page builder and the WSU Spine framework while continuing to make it easy for those who manage content.

The interface around the banner/slideshow feature has been improved quite a bit as well. There are still some areas which will require custom CSS on the front end, and we’ll be tackling a default set of styles for that in the near future.

Also worth a mention, from 3 previous minor releases that did not get a full post:

  • In 0.16.1, we added a class to main for search results pages to help with targeted styles.
  • In 0.16.2, we added template support for the very much in alpha University Center Objects plugin.
  • In 0.16.3, we corrected an overlapping media query that caused the WordPress admin bar to jump at the wrong time.

As always, please reach out if you have any issues or questions! Issues on GitHub for the Spine Parent Theme can be created by anyone. A general forum for community support will be coming soon.

Update – 0.17.1 Release (3:40pm)

  • The option to set Slide URLs was not appearing properly in the builder. This has been resolved.
  • Campus signatures are now available for most campuses in Appearance -> Customizer.