We are working hard to have everything working smoothly, and while WordPress may have infinite possibilities, the time and personnel to implement them is finite. Below are some of the more bothersome issues we are tracking:
- Guest Account Provisioning accounts are not able to authenticate on any of the blogs in the network. The problem has to do with the @ signs in the usernames. Currently, only normal Princeton netIDs can log in.
- We do not yet have a simple solution for adding videos that use the PUVOD Flash streaming server.
- We have some documentation, but not nearly as much as we would like.
- Https works just fine, but forcing https by redirecting from http to https causes our load balancer to infinitely loop the redirect.
- Our Movable Type users will have to suffer with that aging platform just a little while longer as we migrate dozens of sites.
- There is not a separate server for staging content or a multistage workflow as with Roxen CMS. Posts and pages are either unpublished (draft) or published, and you can revert to any previously saved version.
- The Sharing buttons at the end of posts and pages do not have a Google Plus option.
Although there are thousands of WordPress themes out in the wild, we will be initially making available only a small collection of “curated” themes. These themes will have a small amount of Princeton University branding. Most will be minimalist, with neutral colors, and some will have configurable options. As the service grows, so will our theme offerings.
However, site owners sometimes want to deviate from the default appearance of the themes, or they might (for some inexplicable reason) want to eliminate all traces of orange and black. Sites in our Roxen CMS environment have the custom.css file, and we wanted to offer a similar option with WordPress.
Fortunately, Automattic, the commercial entity behind WordPress.com, created a plugin that provides this feature. Site admins will find an “Edit CSS” menu under the Appearance section in the left navigation of wp-admin.
In this WordCamp San Francisco 2011 presentation, Sheri Bigelow talks about the “Top
10 12 Features You Aren’t Using – But Should Be!” (27:24).
This is an excellent presentation for new WordPress users, but it includes a few things that WordPress veterans may not know about, like the Post Revisions Easter egg at 18:30.
The travel funds aren’t always available to go to conferences, but at least most of the sessions from the regional and national WordPress conferences (aka WordCamps) are posted online. I will occasionally repost some of the germane ones here. Presentation slides are after the break.
The first four minutes do not apply to a multisite blog, so you can skip ahead.
In this first one, Hanni Ross from Automattic talks about the “Top 5 Ways to Break Your Blog – and Fix It” (21:32)
Code without community is like a car without roads. It might hum beautifully, but it can’t go anywhere.
Drupal 7 New Features
Welcome to Princeton University’s highly-available, multi-server, multisite WordPress network.
If you can’t find what you are looking for, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our legacy Movable Type blog is still at blogs.princeton.edu/main.
If you have questions about the migration away from Movable Type, check the FAQ page.