WordPress 3.8 Update for Sites and Clubs & Orgs is now live

If you recently logged into the admin area for Clubs & Orgs (clubs.sju.edu), or Sites (sites.sju.edu), you may have noticed the log in page has an updated “SJU” feel, with new background imagery and logo. Once you are logged in, the interface is new with updated colors, graphics, and typography.

New Log in Pages:

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This is all due to the latest WordPress OS upgrade, version 3.8.Read about some of the highlights of the new version upgrade below.

If you have any questions, or issues with the new update, or want to get a site or blog for your club, org, or department, please send them to techhelp@sju.edu.

Introducing a modern new design

Modern aesthetic

The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.

Clean typography

The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.

Refined contrast

We think beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.


WordPress on every device

We all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.


Pick a color

We’ve included eight color schemes so you can pick your favorite. Choose from any of them below to change it instantly.

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To change your color scheme later, just visit your profile.

Refined theme management

The new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got.

Smoother widget experience

Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, we’ve worked to streamline the widgets screen.

Have a large monitor? Multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. Using a tablet? Just tap a widget to add it.


*Drumroll Please*

At long last, we have finally implemented the project we’ve called “Distributed Content Management.” What does this mean? It means that we are finally allowing (very selective) access to the Drupal layer of the site – this is a huge step towards getting a site full of up-to-date, really dynamic content. The site is integrated with LDAP, allowing users to log in with their SJU credentials. Right now we have just one role set up, but are anticipating more in the future (including a very special setup for faculty to edit their own profiles). Also, this update fixed an issue we were having with creating custom aliasing – we were able to replace the Workbench Module with the Revisioning module and the conflict is now gone. Of course, Drupal being Drupal, a couple other things broke along the way, but we’re used to that by now!

 

Project Management & Projects in the Works

We’ve all now attended the Project Management Essentials training, so we’re hoping that the processes we learned through that will help  us to be super-efficient. We’re also using some new project tracking and wiki/collaboration software, so expect a post from Matt on that soon.

Currently in the works:

Distributed Content Management – allowing users to authenticate to the site through LDAP and edit/create content. This is tricky because we need many levels of permissions and roles, and we need to make sure that the publishing workflow is set up correctly to notify content managers of new and updated content. We’re hoping to roll this out soon because it’s been a long time coming, but we’re switching from Workbench to Revisioning because of a conflict with the Workbench module, so that’s set us back some.

Map & Virtual Tour – Fixing and vastly improving/developing a new campus map and virtual tour. This project is in its infancy but promises to be really great for prospective students.

Updates to Majors & Programs – Fixing some issues, rearranging some content, and improving the search/filtering functionality so that site users can find what they’re looking for more easily.

 

We’ll also be working on some Cascade updates, WordPress additions, a new social feed for Admissions, a revamp of our internal menu system in Drupal, and a responsive design for our Drupal site. Not to mention the coming of Luminis 5! It’s definitely going to be a busy summer in Web Services.

Site Updates!

We’ve been very busy here in Web Services, and you might notice a few changes on the website – most of what we’ve been doing is on the backend in Drupal, but we’ve made some features of the site a little snazzier – and the entire site should be running a little faster. If you take a look at the pods that pop open when you get to the site, you should be seeing some great dynamic content – different videos and profiles loading every time you look at the site, including a great new video from Joe Lunardi  – keep an eye out for it on the front page!

 

So take a look around the site, learn some more about our faculty and students, and let us know what you think! There is also a great series of videos on Our Multicultural Campus, which you can see here – http://www.sju.edu/home/undergraduate/our-multicultural-campus.