On Tuesday, July 1st, web.unc.edu will be performing a WordPress Core update to version 3.9.1. This is a relatively minor release although you may notice an improved widget interface and visual editor. Learn more:
Tuesday, July 1 between 6:00AM and 8:00AM. There will be a brief outage of websites (both web.unc.edu and sites.unc.edu sites) including front-end and back-end.
Web.unc.edu support staff test key enterprise sites, representative sites on web.unc.edu, and stock plugins interoperability. As there are a vast number of web.unc.edu configurations (themes/plugin combinations, etc.), site administrators are encouraged to test their sites in the testing environments we have setup for this purpose. A few things to consider first:
- The test site (your site domain with a ‘webdev.unc.edu’ address… websites on sites.unc.edu should go to http://sitename.sitesdev.unc.edu). ) is not a production site. Any and all changes made on webdev.unc.edu will be deleted on or before the beginning of the next upgrade cycle. In addition, site content may not be current since this is a testing environment.
- If you are off campus you will need to use VPN to access the test site.
- Content on test sites is approximately 3 weeks old.
- When viewing your Dev site through SSL (https), you may see a message stating that:
- “This connection is untrusted.” (Firefox)
- “The site’s security certificate is not trusted.” (Chrome).
- “There is a problem with this website’s security certificate.” (Internet Explorer)
Since this is a testing environment and not open to visitors outside of UNC, it is okay to proceed to the site. Steps to sign-in and test your test site:
- If your website is http://sitename.web.unc.edu, then you can test by going to http://sitename.webdev.unc.edu (Note: websites on sites.unc.edu should go to http://sitename.sitesdev.unc.edu). All you have to do is add the ‘dev’ into the URL to get to your site.
- After signing-in, perform common tasks such as adding and editing posts, pages, menus, and media.
- View changes on the front-end of the website.
Feedback and Help:
If you have any other questions, please contact the Web.UNC group at webdotunc[at]groups.unc.edu. You should also feel free to post issues you come across on the Web.UNC support forums. It is likely if you are seeing something that we’ve missed in our testing then others might be experiencing the same thing.