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.

Announcing a new way of authoring posts: Gutenberg

If you’ve logged into blog.ryerson.ca lately, to edit your blog, you may have noticed a new announcement from the WordPress team about a new feature called ‘Gutenberg’.

20181205 UPDATE: WordPress version 5.0 (with the Gutenberg block editor) is scheduled to be released on December 06, 2018.

We do not plan to update blog.ryerson.ca immediately, as we will take the time to fully test the new version. A communication will be sent to blog.ryerson.ca blog administrators prior to the update. Please stay tuned!

This is a screenshot of the message inviting blog authors to try the new 'Gutenberg' editor.
Continue reading Announcing a new way of authoring posts: Gutenberg

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.

 

Network outage affects access to blog.ryerson.ca 2017/03/12

An outage in Ryerson’s core network on Sunday morning prevented access to blog.ryerson.ca. Please see the details below.

From servicealerts.blog.ryerson.ca:

On Sunday March 12, 2017 at 3:00 AM, a core network device failed. This prevented all access from/to the Internet. Network services team resolved the issue and services resumed at 11:00 AM.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

-Computing and Communications Services