Maverick Blogs Upgrade Notes

We have upgraded the Maverick blogs. A few things have changed as a result of the upgrade. Please read the notes below pertaining to any features you may have been previously using.

New Features

Plugins

Other Notes



New Features

More Privacy Options

We have added a much-requested feature: you can now restrict your entire blog to be viewable only by certain users or a certain group of users. For more information, see:

http://blog.uta.edu/faq/#visibility-groups

New Dashboard

We have upgraded to a new version of the blog software, and this version has a completely redesigned dashboard. One major difference is that the menu is now on the left-hand side of the screen instead of at the top. Each menu option is collapsed by default. To expand a menu and see all of that menu’s options, simply click on the down arrow to the right of the menu name that will appear when you put your mouse over the menu name. For instance, if you wish to add a new post and the Posts menu is collapsed, simply put your mouse over the word “Posts” in the menu, and a down arrow will appear to the right of the word. Click on it, and it will expand the menu. From there you can click on the “Add New” link to add a new post to your blog.

If you maintain more than one blog, changing blogs is slightly different. You will now click on the “My Blogs” link in the Dashboard menu. There you will see all the blogs that you are subscribed to. You may view a blog by clicking on the “Visit” link under the blog’s name, or go to that blog’s dashboard by clicking on the “Dashboard” link. Remember: when you are making changes to a blog, always make sure that blog’s name appears in the upper-left corner of the screen. If it doesn’t, that means you are on another blog’s dashboard. Change to the correct blog by using the steps listed above. This will probably only occur if you manage or are subscribed to more than one blog.

New Themes

As part of the upgrade, we have added some new themes. These themes are compatible with the latest version of the blog software and support features such as avatars and threaded comments.

  • Aeros
    Aeros screenshot

    Aeros has a transparent header and sidebar. It also has 27 different backgrounds to choose from. To change your background, first make sure the Aeros theme is activated (go to “Themes” in the Appearance menu), and then go to the “Change Background Image” link in the Appearance menu.

  • Arclite
    Arclite screenshot

    Arclite includes many options such as 8 header images to choose from, upload a custom image header, custom CSS, sidebar placement on the left or right, 3 columns, a speed-improving imageless layout, as well as CSS code examples.

  • Mandigo
    Mandigo screenshot

    Mandigo has 7 different color schemes, as well as the option to change color schemes randomly. It can have 2 or 3 columns as well as 3 split columns. It features the ability to insert custom CSS or HTML into your blog, and has collapsible posts and sidebars.

  • Monochrome
    Monochrome screenshot

    Monochrome is a simple black and white theme which features page navigation and multi-level dropdown menus.

WordPress Super Cache

We have implemented a new site-wide plugin called Wordpress Super Cache that will improve performance of the blogs. If you make a change to your blog and do not see the change immediately, it is because you are seeing a cached version of your blog. Once the cache expires, you will see your changes.



Plugins

Brian’s Threaded Comments

This plugin was removed because this functionality is now built-in to Wordpress. Threaded comments must first be activated before they can be used. To use them, log in, go to “Site Admin,” and then look for the Settings menu on the left-hand side of the screen. Make sure it’s expanded (click the down arrow to the right of the word “Settings” if it isn’t), then click “Discussion. Click the box to put a check next to “Enable threaded (nested) comments,” and then scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and click “Save Changes.”

Threaded comments is a feature only supported by certain themes. Before the upgrade, only two themes supported threaded comments. Now, the following themes support threaded comments:

  • Aeros
  • Arclite
  • Cutline 3-Column Split
  • K2
  • Mandigo
  • Maverick (the Maverick Blogs default theme)
  • Monochrome
  • WordPress mu Default (WordPress default theme)

MyCSS

If you were previously using this plugin, you will have to manually reactivate it. See here for more information on using the MyCSS plugin:

http://blog.uta.edu/faq/#custom-css

Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam

If you were previously using this plugin, you will have to manually reactivate it.

Registered Only

This plugin has been replaced by a new feature. To get the same functionality as the old Registered Only plugin, see:

http://blog.uta.edu/faq/#visibility

Simple Trackback Validation

The functionality of this plugin is now provided by Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam. If you were previously using this plugin, please use Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam instead.

TanTanNoodles Spam Filter

This plugin has been removed because it has the same functionality as the Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam plugin. If you were previously using this plugin, please use Peter’s Custom Anti-Spam instead.

User Permissions

This plugin has been replaced by a new feature. Instead of having to manually set restrictions on each post, you may now limit viewing of your blog to registered members of your blog. To enable this feature, see:

http://blog.uta.edu/faq/#visibility-groups

Wordpress XML Export

This plugin was removed because this functionality is now built in to Wordpress.



Other Notes

K2 Theme

The K2 theme has been upgraded to be compatible with the latest version of the blog software. If you are using the K2 theme, your blog may not look exactly the same in the new version. To change the look of your blog, you can go to the “K2 Options” link in the Appearance menu. You may also go to the “Custom Image Header” link in the Appearance menu to change your header image and colors.

You will likely have to reconfigure your K2 sidebars. To do this, go to the Widgets link in the Appearance menu, and under “Current Widgets,” select the sidebar you wish to configure. You may add widgets, and drag them up or down to change their position. Don’t forget to click “Save Changes” when you’re done.

If you had your blog set up so you had 3 columns (2 sidebars), and the sidebars were on either side, you may have to reconfigure the sidebars. To do this, first go to the K2 Options link in the Appearance menu and make sure the Columns option says Three Columns. Then, if you want your sidebars to be on either side (instead of both being on the right side), scroll down to the Styles section of the K2 Options page. Look for the Styles Directory option, and make sure “K2″ is selected from the dropdown menu and the word “styles” is in the text box to the right of the dropdown menu. If it isn’t, you’ll have to click Save Changes and then return to the Styles section. Lastly, look for “Dueling Sidebars” in the styles table, place a checkmark in the box beside “Dueling Sidebars,” and then click Save Changes at the bottom of the page. Now when you view your page the sidebars should be on either side.

Widgetbox Widgets

If you were previously using a widget from widgetbox.com, you may have to set up your widget again. To do so, first go to widgetbox.com, find the widget you want to add, click Get Widget, click Wordpress, and click Copy to get the widget code.

Then, use the instructions from this link to add the widget to your blog (note that you’ll want to create a Text widget and paste the code you got from widgetbox.com):

http://blog.uta.edu/faq/#add-widget

There are also instructions available at widgetbox.com, although they are somewhat outdated:

http://docs.widgetbox.com/help/installation/wordpress/

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