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We Missed You!

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 16 September 2014 | 2:38 pm

IT Web Strategies just hosted our first Google Hangout On Air! If you missed the live broadcast, you can view a recording at https://plus.google.com/events/ct2b1a80ddobftvfggvblq33goo. The session covered the following:

  • WordPress Blogs Overview
  • Getting Started
  • Support Levels
  • Theme and Plugin Options

IT will continue to offer live Google Hangouts so stay tuned for information about our next broadcast! If you would like to request a specific topic for a future session, please email Helpdesk@cofc.edu.

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blogs.cofc.edu Service Restored

By John Turner
Posted on 11 July 2014 | 12:01 pm

The migration of the College of Charleston’s hosted WordPress environment blogs.cofc.edu is complete and service has been restored.

The College’s hosted WordPress environment has been migrated to a new hosting solution. The new environment improves performance and security through more robust infrastructure and services.

When you login at http://blogs.cofc.edu/wp-login.php to manage your blog, please click the button that reads “Choose My COFC” to sign in. We will update the text of this button later to read “Use Your Cougars ID.”

With the migration of WordPress, blog URLs will not change; however the migration may have affected some users who utilize the plugins feature. The new hosted solution manages an active list of allowed and disallowed plugins. Disallowed plugins often provide duplicate functionality or are known to cause security or performance issues. It is important to point out that blogs.cofc.edu is a shared hosted environment where plugins that negatively impact the system cannot be supported. Information Technology is actively notifying users affected by disallowed plugins and working with the host to find an alternate solution where possible. Please be aware that some plugins and their functionality may not be replaceable.

If you should have questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 953-3375 or helpdesk@cofc.edu.

WordPress Blogs Maintenance (blogs.cofc.edu)

By Monica Lavin
Posted on 7 July 2014 | 3:50 pm

SERVICE: WordPress Blogs Maintenance (blogs.cofc.edu)

IMPACT: Users will not be able to edit, add or delete new content on WordPress blogs during this maintenance window.

DATE: Starting – Tuesday, July 8 at 10am until Wednesday, July 9, 2014

OVERVIEW: Information Technology will be transitioning to a new hosting solution for WordPress blogs (blogs.cofc.edu) due to an increase in use. The new environment will improve performance and security through more robust infrastructure and services. During the migration, users will not be able to edit, add or delete content on the WordPress blogs.

With the migration of WordPress, blog URLs will not change. After the migration, you will continue to login and manage your WordPress blogs the same way. The migration may affect some users who utilize the plugins feature. The new hosted solution manages an active list of allowed and disallowed plugins. Disallowed plugins often provide duplicate functionality or are known to cause security or performance issues. Information Technology will notify users affected by disallowed plugins immediately after the migration, and work with the host to find an alternate solution where possible. Please be aware that some plugins and their functionality may not be replaceable.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

IT publishes all scheduled maintenance on the IT blog at https://blogs.cofc.edu/it/. We encourage you to check this site often to be aware of scheduled preventative maintenance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Information Technology Helpdesk at (843) 953-3375 or by emailing helpdesk@cofc.edu.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

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