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Gutenberg – the new post editor for WordPress

WordPress was recently upgraded to version 5.0.3 on blog.ryerson.ca. With this upgrade came a new editor for posts and pages, known as ‘Gutenberg’.

Since August, blog administrators have been able to activate a Gutenberg plugin for their blog, to give them a preview of what was coming.

Gutenberg

In this post, we will cover some of the Gutenberg basics, and let you know how this change may impact your blog.


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Upgrade to WordPress 5.0 February 15, 2019

On Friday, February 15 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., we will be upgrading blog.ryerson.ca to version 5.0, “Bebo”. During this time, the system will not be available.

Welcome to ‘Gutenberg’

Last year, we announced that a new way of editing posts – a block editor called ‘Gutenberg’ – would be coming soon. WordPress 5.0 includes Gutenberg as the default content editor.

This may present a bit of a learning curve for some. It would be ideal if everyone could take some time to become familiar with this new editor, but we understand that not everyone has extra time. As such, there will be a new plugin called “Classic Editor” that each blog administrator can choose to enable if they would prefer to stick with the “old” post editor for the remainder of the term.

For details on the coming upgrade, please see the WordPress release notes: WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”.


How will my blog be impacted?

As always, we are conducting a broad range of tests to ensure the upgrade doesn’t negatively impact our network of sites. Unfortunately, we cannot test all combinations of plugins, themes and content types. If we find any issues related to the upgrade, I will update this post (see the list below).

After the upgrade is complete, please contact us if you have any issues with areas of your site that worked prior to the update.


Known issues with Gutenberg or WP 5.0x

Gutenberg issues

Impacted areaDescriptionStatus
Audio/video playlists – no blockThere is no audio/video playlist block at this time.

Workaround:
Use the “Shortcode” Gutenberg block, with the playlist shortcode. Details can be found on the WordPress codex.


blog.ryerson.ca: Outage December 18

On Tuesday, December 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., we will be upgrading the version of PHP that runs on blog.ryerson.ca. During this time, the system will not be available.

UPDATE December 5: Please note that this upgrade will not include an update to WordPress 5.0. This will be scheduled for the new year.

Recommendation for Fall 2018 course blogs

As this upgrade may impact the way that some of the blogs run, we strongly recommend that the grading of all Fall 2018 blogs be completed prior to the December 18 update.

An email has been sent out to all instructors who have course blogs running this term.


How will my blog.ryerson.ca blog be impacted?

Our initial tests have not shown much impact to specific blog functionality, however, we cannot test all combinations of plugins, themes and content types. If we find any issues related to the upgrade, I will update this post (see the list below).

After the upgrade is complete, please contact us if you have any issues with areas of your site that worked prior to the update.


Known issues after the PHP 7.1 upgrade

Impacted areaDescription
Theme: Under the influenceBroken after PHP 7.1 upgrade.
Few blogs are using this theme, and owners have been contacted. As this theme is no longer being developed, it will be removed from blog.ryerson.ca.

Upgrade to blog.ryerson.ca on Friday, December 01, 2017 – WordPress 4.9, ‘Tipton’

blog.ryerson.ca will be upgraded to WordPress 4.9 on Friday, December 01, 2017 between 6:00am and 8:00am.

blog.ryerson.ca users, and visitors to your sites, may experience a brief outage during this time.

This upgrade includes some feature changes, security fixes and performance updates.
For more information, see:
https://wordpress.org/news/2017/11/tipton/.

Please report any problems you may experience post-upgrade via the form linked on our Contact Us page.

What’s New in “Tipton”?

  • A new widget for easily adding a gallery.
  • An improved text widget, adding the ability to embed media.
  • Customizer updates that allow you to save changes as ‘draft’ or schedule them to release at a later date.

Upgrade on Friday, July 14, 2017 – blog.ryerson.ca to upgrade to WordPress 4.8, ‘Evans’

blog.ryerson.ca will be upgraded to WordPress 4.8 on Friday, July 14, 2017 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

blog.ryerson.ca users, and visitors to your sites, may experience a brief outage during this time.

This upgrade includes some feature changes, security fixes and performance updates.
Details can be found here.

Please report any problems you may experience post-upgrade via the form linked on our Contact Us page.

What’s New in “Evans”?

  • A few new media widgets, including widgets for easily adding images, video cliips, and audio.
  • A an improved text widget, adding Rich Text functionality for easy styling of text.


Problems reported during file upload – Resolved

Some blog.ryerson.ca users reported problems uploading images to their blog sites between April 6 and 13, 2017. We believe that the issue only impacted users who were posting from off-campus on Mac devices.

Our security team applied a fix on Thursday, April 13, which we believe has resolved this issue.

As usual, if you experience any problems using blog.ryerson.ca, please submit a report though the online form found on the Contact Us page.

blog.ryerson.ca SCHEDULED OUTAGE Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. [UPDATED]

Update on Friday, April 21: The change was successful, and blog.ryerson.ca was available to users again by 8:50 a.m.


blog.ryerson.ca will undergo an update on Friday, April 21, 2017 between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

blog.ryerson.ca users, and visitors to your sites, will not be able to access the blogs during this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause.

Please report any problems you may experience post-update via the form linked on our Contact Us page.

blog.ryerson.ca Outage 2017/03/17

The blog.ryerson.ca server became unresponsive on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5:42 AM. The service was restarted and returned to normal at 7:27 AM. We are investigating the root cause.

Please accept our apologies for any problems this outage has caused.