blogs.princeton.edu relaunch

The blog published to blogs.princeton.edu/main took a two-year hiatus. This was mostly thanks to a flood of Roxen-related development projects and because I had never had a chance to migrate this site to Movable Type Enterprise (MTE) 4.

Stay tuned for more frequent postings about system updates, outages, and tutorials for improving your blog. The top five headlines from this blog also publish to the dashboard of the MTE administrative interface.

I based the new site design on the Professional Website template set. I also created a new logotype treatment for the Princeton University Blog Service logo.

Here are a few hints about what is coming in the next few months:

  • We will migrate the database from MySQL to MySQL Enterprise, with automatic restarting after failure and a mirrored database server that can be brought online in the event of compete failure.
  • We will migrate the blog service from its original server box to two virtual machines in separate locations that will provide load balancing and redundancy.
  • The MTE 4.x admin interface will switch from blogs/mt4 to /mt, and the legacy MTE 1.5 instance will switch from /mt to /mt3.
  • We will eventually migrate the last of the blogs off of the MTE 1.5 server (probably just in time for the next major version, renewing the cycle).
  • We will bring the News Hybrid template set into production, which is a slick template set for publications.

Recent Entries

Expired guest accounts
[09 Aug 2011] A few dozen non-Princeton users are using the Guest Account Provisioning Service to access the blog admin interface.…
Syntax highlighting disabled
[16 Jun 2011] By default, Movable Type template editing screens load a JavaScript that dynamically adds line numbers and color-coding to the code…
RSS feeds and Roxen CMS
[21 Apr 2011] Some University organizations with sites in both Roxen CMS and blogs.princeton.edu have tried to use Roxen’s RSS component…
Brief outage 3/28, Mon. morning
[25 Mar 2011] There will be a brief emergency outage of the blogs.princeton.edu server on Monday, March 28. It will be…