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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.

PUBS welcomes ETC, etc.

The Princeton University Blog Service is gathering momentum, and many of our users (and their commenters) are publishing some amazing content.

In order to accommodate the explosive growth of the blog service, the Educational Technologies Center (ETC) will now be working closely with the New Media Center to provide back-end administration, draft blog service policy, support our users, produce content for the blogs.princeton.edu main site, and promote the blog service.

We have a number of exciting features planned as we upgrade the level of service.

One of the first planned additions will be a directory of weblogs authored by members of the Princeton University community. If you are a Princeton University blogger and would like to be part of this directory, please send an e-mail to blogs@princeton.edu.

About this site

The intent of this site is to provide news updates about the Princeton University Blog Service and its server, as well as make available tips, tricks, and tutorials for the community of Movable Type users at Princeton.

You can reach this page via blogs.princeton.edu or www.princeton.edu/~blogs. In the event of a prolonged server outage, we will attempt to redirect the latter address to a page on another server in order to continue to update our users about the status of the outage. You can always check the Current Outages list on the OIT Help Desk main page for emergency outage information and scheduled future outages.

If you have any tips or techniques for using Movable Type at Princeton, feel free to use the comments, or contact blogs@princeton.edu with an idea for an article, and we may make you a guest author.

The Princeton University Blog Service is collaborative effort of the New Media Center (NMC) and the Educational Technologies Center (ETC), both part of OIT Academic Services at Princeton University. OIT Academic Services reserves the right to limit this blog service to weblogs that are academic-related and/or related to the mission of Princeton University.