On April 28, the Dartmouth WordPress platform was updated to the latest 5.1.1 version. This added the option for an improved "block editor", introduced with WordPress version 5.0. By default, the familiar "classic" editor remains active. However, site administrators can choose to allow the use of the new editor, as shown with these new options available under Settings / Writing:
Another new update is that uploaded images and files no longer have a random 6-character string added to the file name. In the past, if you uploaded my-article.pdf to your website, the file name might be something like my-article-2zsikp.pdf instead. This no longer occurs, so the file name remains the same.
Last week, we upgraded the WordPress software that runs the sites.dartmouth.edu environment at Dartmouth College.
WordPress 4.8.3 includes important security updates for the WordPress 4.8 "Evans" release that came out in out in June. We updated many of our themes and plugins, and added these two new plugins based on requests from users:
Disable Comments - allows you to disable all comments on a site in one step. For newer sites, comments are off by default, but for older sites, it is a chore to get rid of comments.
TinyMCE Advanced - adds additional editing functionality with an expanded toolbar. This adds support for tables, font types, font sizes - but just because you can do those now doesn't mean you have to!
We have just upgraded the WordPress software that runs the sites.dartmouth.edu environment at Dartmouth College.
WordPress 4.7.2 includes important security updates for the WordPress 4.7 that came out in December. In particular, there are administrative improvements for menus and PDF media, along with custom CSS for themes.