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SFU Blogs

Information and news about SFU's WordPress blogging service

Server move complete

April 29th, 2012

SFU Blogs has been moved to its new server. No problems were noted during the move; please report any issues to blogs@sfu.ca.

SFU Blogs moving to a new server

April 28th, 2012

SFU Blogs will be moved to a new server on Sunday, April 29 at approximately 6:30 AM. We’re piggybacking on some scheduled maintenance in the Burnaby data centre that would have already resulted in an outage of all SFU online services, including SFU Blogs, so there won’t be any additional downtime.

For a period of a few hours after the server switch, you may receive a “service outage” page when attempting to view a SFU Blogs site (see the page here). If you see this page, it simply means that your Internet Service Provider’s DNS servers have not updated their records to point blogs.sfu.ca at the new server’s address. Simply try again later; most ISPs should catch the change very quickly.

If you encounter any issues with your site after Sunday, please email blogs@sfu.ca for assistance.

Upgrade to WordPress 2.9.1 complete

February 10th, 2010

The upgrade to WordPress 2.9.1 is complete. No issues were reported during the test phase, but please check your blogs.sfu.ca site and report any problems to blogs@sfu.ca.

Impending upgrade to WordPress 2.9.1

February 3rd, 2010

IT Services is preparing to upgrade the SFU Blogs service from WordPress version 2.8.4 to the latest release, version 2.9.1. To help facilitate a smooth upgrade, we have created a test environment so that you may check your sites and ensure they continue to work.

The test environment is a clone of the current blogs.sfu.ca server, as of this morning (Wednesday, February 3), upgraded to WordPress 2.9.1. The test environment is completely separate from the production blogs.sfu.ca; changes made to the test environment will not affect your normal site.

The URL for test environment is http://blogdev.its.sfu.ca. If your current site was, for example, http://blogs.sfu.ca/clubs/basketweaving, the test address is http://blogdev.its.sfu.ca/clubs/basketweaving.

Please take a few moments and check your test site — do the things you would normally do on your regular site (create posts, pages, etc.). Please let us know (at blogs@sfu.ca) as soon as possible if you encounter anything amiss. For those who have third-party plugins installed, please note: upgrades can often cause issues with plugins. IT Services doe not provide support for third-party WordPress plugins. If you encounter plugin-related issues with in the test environment please let us know so that we can disable the plugins before upgrading your production site.

There is one important bug-fix being included in this update: right now, if an editor attempts to edit the Settings > General page (e.g. change the blog title or tagline), the site will be rendered inaccessible. We’ve fixed this bug in this release. Please try to change the title or tagline in Settings > General in your test site (AND ONLY THE TEST SITE) and let us know if there are any issues.

We would like to perform the upgrade a week from now (Wednesday, February 10th). Please test out your site on blogdev.its.sfu.ca and report any issues you may find before next Wednesday.

Changes to SFU Blogs – Upgrades and New Features

September 7th, 2009

Some major changes were made to SFU Blogs this weekend. These changes have been planned for quite some time but were accelerated due to a critical security vulnerability in earlier versions of WordPress.

  • Upgrade to WordPress 2.8.4
  • More capabilities for Editors
  • Better user management

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WordPress upgraded to 2.6.2

September 11th, 2008

WordPress 2.6.2 was released on September 8, 2008. 2.6.2 is a security and bugfix release. See the linked post for full release notes.

All SFU blogs have been upgraded to 2.6.2.; no problems have been noted.

WordPress upgraded to version 2.6

July 23rd, 2008

All blogs hosted under blogs.sfu.ca were upgraded to WordPress version 2.6 on July 22. No problems were noted.

Read more about WordPress 2.6 here.