Jan 10

New features in WordPress v2.9

This afternoon we upgraded all of our WordPress based sites to the current version – v.2.9.1.   As usual, the upgrade consists of a mix of improvements and bug fixes. Here is an overview of the new features (copied from the official announcement) most likely to be of interest to you:

  1. Global undo/”trash” feature, which means that if you accidentally delete a post or comment you can bring it back from the grave (i.e., the Trash). This also eliminates those annoying “are you sure” messages we used to have on every delete.
  2. Built-in image editor allows you to crop, edit, rotate, flip, and scale your images to show them who’s boss. This is the first wave of our many planned media-handling improvements.
  3. Easier video embeds that allow you to just paste a URL on its own line and have it magically turn it into the proper embed code, with Oembed support for YouTube, Daily Motion, Blip.tv, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Qik, Revision3, Scribd, Google Video, Photobucket, PollDaddy, and WordPress.tv (and more in the next release).

Humanities Computing is still testing whether all of our supported WordPress themes will be able to take advantage of the easier method to embed videos introduced with this release. For now, it looks like not all themes will immediately be compatible. For this reason, it’s best to continue to use the multimedia plugins you’ve employed in the past for embedding video and audio on your site (ideally in conjunction with Podcast Producer).

We’ll send out an announcement soon about a special hands-on session for new WordPress users to acquainted with web publishing and for returning users to learn about new features. Until then, please take a look at the short video introducing the new features in WordPress v2.9.

Jan 10

Blog based websites in the Humanities Division

Humanities Computing is able to provide free, WordPress based blogs and websites to all Humanities Division faculty and staff in support of research, academic events, graduate workshops and other collaborative projects. On this site you will find examples of model websites built with WordPress in use throughout the division as departmental sites, for conferences and colloquia, graduate workshops, exhibitions or for event-driven online newsletters and blogs.

The individual model sites on the site are cross-listed by type and by the amount of effort and know-how that were required to build them. Almost all of the sites presented here were built by staff, faculty or students in the division with no experience at all in web design or development. The design notes accompanying each example are intended as helpful hints to others wishing to build something similar.

Please take a look around. On occasion we’ll also post announcements & updates about WordPress beneath this post with reports on new features, plugins and themes. Please contact Humanities Computing if you think you would be interested in building your own WordPress site or would like us to build one for you. Further information can also be found on the Blogs FAQ.

Finally, for more collaborative and documentation oriented projects you may also want to consider using the humanities wiki.