Upgrade to WordPress 5.5 October 16, 2020.

On Friday, October 16 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., we will be upgrading blog.ryerson.ca to a new version. During this time, blog creators and visitors may experience a brief outage.

WordPress 5.5 “Eckstine”

This upgrade introduces lazy image loading, and improvements to the block editor, including accessibility enhancements and new block patterns.


How will my blog be impacted?

As always, a broad range of tests will be conducted to ensure the upgrade doesn’t negatively impact the blogs on blog.ryerson.ca.

Unfortunately, not all combinations of plugins, themes and content types can be tested in advance of the upgrade. If any issues related to the upgrade come to light, they will be added to the bottom of this post.

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 this WordPress upgrade

No issues specific to this upgrade have been found yet.


If you have any questions or concerns, please submit an inquiry to the online form found on the Contact Us page.

MAINTENANCE WINDOW August 27, 2020

On Thursday, August 27 10 p.m. to Friday, August 28 2 a.m., blog.ryerson.ca will undergo maintenance. There may be a brief interruption of service during this time.

How will my blog be impacted?

Your blog should not be impacted by the maintenance being performed, and we do not expect a significant interruption of service during this maintenance period.

If your blog behaves differently after the maintenance, please be sure to let us know right away.


If you have any questions or concerns, please submit an inquiry to the online form found on the Contact Us page.

blog.ryerson.ca mentioned in Ryerson Today

An article featured in Ryerson Today highlights class blog use by Professor Lydia Chen, who used blog.ryerson.ca to deliver activities in CHY 102, General Chemistry, in Winter 2020.

The article provides some insight into the reason for selecting the blog tool for these activities, as well as some of the results.

Anyone considering using a blog activity in their class should read this!

New learning tool gets top marks from students

Article by: Emily Graham

Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash

Maintenance Window July 20, 2020

On Monday, July 20 from 8 to 9 a.m., blog.ryerson.ca will undergo maintenance. There should be no interruption of service during this time.

How will my blog be impacted?

Your blog should not be impacted by the maintenance being performed, and we do not expect any interruption of service during this maintenance period.

If your blog behaves differently after the maintenance, please be sure to let us know right away.


If you have any questions or concerns, please submit an inquiry to the online form found on the Contact Us page.

Maintenance window June 19, 2020

On Friday, June 19 from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m., blog.ryerson.ca will undergo maintenance. During this time, blog creators and visitors may experience a brief outage.

How will my blog be impacted?

Your blog should not be impacted by the maintenance being performed.

We do not expect any major service impact to occur as part of this maintenance period. Some users may experience a very brief moment of unavailability during this time.


Upgrade to WordPress 5.4 May 29, 2020.

On Friday, May 29 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., we will be upgrading blog.ryerson.ca to a new version. During this time, blog creators and visitors may experience a brief outage.

WordPress 5.4 “Adderley”

This upgrade includes improvements to the block editor, including accessibility enhancements and two new blocks for adding social icons and buttons.


How will my blog be impacted?

As always, a broad range of tests will be conducted to ensure the upgrade doesn’t negatively impact the blogs on blog.ryerson.ca.

Unfortunately, not all combinations of plugins, themes and content types can be tested in advance of the upgrade. If any issues related to the upgrade come to light, they will be added to the bottom of this post.

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 WordPress 5.4 upgrade

No issues specific to this upgrade have been found yet.


If you have any questions or concerns, please submit an inquiry to the online form found on the Contact Us page.

Upgrade to WordPress 5.3 January 31, 2020.

On Friday, January 31 from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., we will be upgrading blog.ryerson.ca to a new version. During this time, blog creators and visitors may experience a brief outage.

WordPress 5.3 “Kirk”

This upgrade includes improvements to the block editor, including accessibility enhancements and a new “group” block for combining blocks into their own unit.

In addition, the new Twenty Twenty theme will come with this upgrade.


How will my blog be impacted?

As always, a broad range of tests will be conducted to ensure the upgrade doesn’t negatively impact the blogs on blog.ryerson.ca.

Unfortunately, not all combinations of plugins, themes and content types can be tested in advance of the upgrade. If any issues related to the upgrade come to light, they will be added to the bottom of this post.

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 WordPress 5.3 upgrade

No issues specific to this upgrade have been found yet.


If you have any questions or concerns, please submit an inquiry to the online form found on the Contact Us page.

Important changes to blog.ryerson.ca

blog.ryerson.ca is now hosted outside of Ryerson

On August 20, 2019, Ryerson’s WordPress network, blog.ryerson.ca, was moved from local campus servers to an external provider that hosts servers in Canada.


No visible impact to your blog sites

Your blog site has the same web address (URL) and content as it had prior to the move. You will be able to update your site as usual.

A change to the way we add new users

From now on, new user accounts can only be created by the blog.ryerson.ca administrators. If a user already has an account, you will be able to add them to your blog.

If you are having difficulty adding someone to your blog, and suspect they may not have an account on the blog system, please submit an inquiry to the online form found on the Contact Us page of our website. Be sure to include the usernames and roles of the people you wish to add to your blog, along with your blog address.

For more information, please see: Add users to your blog


If you have any questions or concerns, please submit an inquiry to the online form found on the Contact Us page.


Extended outage for blog.ryerson.ca on August 20 – 21, 2019

blog.ryerson.ca will be unavailable from 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20 until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21 for maintenance on our hosting platform.

Blogs hosted on blog.ryerson.ca will not be available to visit nor update during this outage.


Updates:

August 23 AM: We believe that the bulk of the login issues have been resolved. Please let us know if you have any issues logging in or accessing your blogs! Thank you again for your co-operation!

August 21 AM: As you can see, blog.ryerson.ca is up and running again! Please note, however, that we are still working on some issues around logging in. Thank you for your ongoing co-operation!


blog.ryerson.ca will now be hosted outside of Ryerson

During this outage, blog.ryerson.ca will be moved from local campus servers to an external provider that hosts servers in Canada.

No visible impact to your blog sites

After the move, your blog site will have the same web address (URL) and content as it had prior to the move. You will be able to update your site as usual.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about the required outage, please submit an inquiry to the online form found on the Contact Us page.