I’ve updated this site to the new WP 4 and it seemed to go smoothly. It did require a database update, so if you decide to upgrade soon, you may want to be sure you have a backup of your database (though we keep backups of them on the server and can grab them if you have a problem). The new features of WP 4 include some improved editing of both images and content and a new plugin gallery that will make finding and installing plugins easier. Otherwise, it seems much the same as before!
As always, be sure to contact Ryan or I if you have questions or concerns about the upgrading process!
I’ve just posted a new page, How-to: Create a static (non-blog) site, so that a fairly common question will be answered in a way that is viewable and useable by everyone using the KLOW site. I would invite you to send us (email@example.com) any questions you’d like to see featured in this section! I’ll answer them and post them for everyone!
After some testing, it appears that the update to WordPress version 3.9.1 is not causing problems on any sites that have done it. There are some benefits – mainly making images easier to edit and insert – and some improvements to widget and header previews in the theme customization side of WordPress. As always, let Ryan or I know if you all need us to help you out with the update! Happy posting!!
There is a list, organized alphabetically, of all the KLOW sites in Kansas. This was hand-crafted, so it is pretty basic, but if you had any questions about what libraries are and are not part of KLOW, this is the definitive list. Please let me (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if there are any libraries on the list that shouldn’t be or if you don’t find a particular KLOW site there.
Just a quick note for those of you who use this plugin – development on it has stopped and it hasn’t been updated in 2 years. Some folks who use it are finding it’s not working as the WordPress software updates and changes. No corresponding updates are being made to this plugin, so it’s not keeping up!
Here at NEKLS, we use the Events Manager plugin (http://wordpress.org/plugins/events-manager/) which is up-to-date and pretty robust. Please feel free to ask your system techs if you need help installing/configuring this plugin! As always, feel free to contact Ryan (email@example.com) or Robin (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions!
We may have spoken too soon – the new WordPress 3.8 admin design seems to be flawed! The main issue seems to be the new admin CSS styles – they aren’t loading properly some of the time, giving you a list of bulleted items that you have to scroll past, several pages down, to get to the page you want. Even then, because the CSS that lays out the pages in the admin area isn’t being loaded, the pages look and act “wrong” at times.
The best fix for this right now is to hold off on upgrading. If it’s too late for you to do that, you can click on the “Upgrades” menu item (it’s toward the top when the CSS hasn’t loaded) and scroll down past all the menu items until you find the “reinstall” button below. Click that button, wait for a few moments for the code to re-load and then refresh your page. This fixes it 100% of the time. For at least a day.
Please remember you can always ask us for help if you need it – email us at email@example.com if you would like us to do this for you – we’ll get to it ASAP! Thanks – and keep an eye out for an announcement that WP has released a patch and fixed the issue – we hope to see that coming soon!
When you go to the editing screens on your website, is your text gone? Have your editing buttons at the top of your page disappeared? You are not alone! We are seeing this happen to a few of our libraries websites today (and it just happened on this website 2 minutes ago!!). In every case, upgrading to WP 3.8 or, in the case of this site, reinstalling that update fixes the issue. To find the update page, hover your mouse over the Dashboard menu item – that will bring up the updates menu and the button to reinstall WP is right there at the top of the page.
According to my Internet sleuthing, this appears to be a common issue with a number of different causes. If updating or reinstalling WP doesn’t work for you, let Ryan or I know – we’ll dig into it further to see what might be causing the issue for you!
WordPress has a new update and the changes are pretty extensive – at least in the “how it looks” department. There are now admin theme colors that you can change by going to your user profile and setting them (you can have black, your coworker can have green and I can set all the admin themes to red – or whatever else sounds good at the moment!). Other changes include an easier-to-use Widget page and better layout/control of the themes page. As with many of the biggest updates, there is also a new theme that you all can check out to see if it will work for you! More information about the updates and the new theme can be found on the release notes page for this update.
So far, we’ve heard of no issues with the update, though one library had to re-apply the update once to get the admin pages to display correctly, but that was the only real problem we’ve encountered so far. Feel free to update your installs to the new WordPress 3.8 (please!!) and, as always, let us know if you have any questions or need any help with your KLOW site!
WordPress is updated again. This update, to 3.7, includes some security fixes that we strongly recommend you perform. The upgrade *may* require an update to your database (depending on your theme/plugin combinations that you have installed). Please let us (your system tech folks) know if you are uncomfortable with the install process and we will be happy to do it for you!
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact Ryan or Robin if you have questions, concerns or need help with your KLOW site!
We’ve updated several of our sites to the new WP 3.6 version with no problems, so I feel comfortable in recommending that the rest of our KLOW sites do the same. As always, please send any problem reports you have with the WordPress software to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.