In the near future, web.unc.edu will be performing a WordPress Core update to version 3.8.1. This update features a significant style change to the WordPress Admin interface; as well as the addition of a new magazine style theme – Twenty Fourteen. For more information on these updates, check out the links below:
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)
In Chrome – Click “Proceed Anyway”
In Firefox – Click “Add Exception”
In Internet Explorer – Click “Continue to this website”
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.
You can now create and upload custom favicons for your site. After creating a favicon, site administrators can upload it to their site in Settings > Custom Favicon. Simply upload the image, insert it into the post, and it will then appear in the URL bar, browser tabs, and other places to help give your site a unique identity.
Web.unc.edu is pleased to announce the addition of Avada (pronounced like Nevada without the “n”); a powerful, highly flexible and customizable WordPress theme that gives the user control over many style and layout options. Its modern design includes a responsive layout, Retina ready graphics and five different sliders.
Some of Avada’s features include:
100% fully responsive (theme and sliders)
High resolution graphics
Advanced admin panel that allows for customization of layouts, styles and colors
2D/3D Layer Slider
Theme Fusion Slider
Boxed and wide layout possibilities
Font Awesome icon integration
Advanced blog and portfolio options
Advanced font options
Many custom widgets
Avada acts, in many ways, as blank canvas of design layouts without the need for any coding knowledge. Check out some web.unc.edu sites using Avada:
The P2 WordPress theme is specially designed to transform a standard WordPress site into a Twitter-like microblogging platform complete with a posting form on the homepage for logged in users. It’s also combined with threaded inline comments that display under each post on the homepage. The best part is, you never have to refresh your site and you rarely need to visit the Admin area.
The P2 theme is perfect for group, class or team projects or for any collaboration when face-to-face meetings are impractical or logistically impossible.
Check out the video below to learn more about the P2 theme.
Lynda.com offers a vast collection of online courses and tutorials on topics such as video production, photography, computer software, business applications, leadership, and much more. The University is now providing Lynda.com training resources available — free — to all faculty and staff. There are many videos available on WordPress site configuration, themes, and so on which can be helpful for learning more about the web.unc.edu site publishing system, which runs on WordPress. In addition, there are many other related videos on content strategy, user experience, information architecture, design, etc. which may aid in planning and building your web.unc.edu website.
Faculty or staff member? Get started with Lynda.com. (Note that some WordPress videos may not be applicable to the configuration of the campus WordPress service.)
12/17 Update - WordPress version upgrade to 3.7.1 completed.
WordPress is scheduled to be updated Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. Here are important things to know:
WordPress will be updated to version 3.7.1. Most of the changes are “under the hood” (security, bug fixes, architecture) and will be unnoticed by administrators and content editors though there are minor changes in how menus are organized in the administrator (i.e – menus are selected via a dropdown instead of horizontal tabs).