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  • jarbenne 4:47 pm on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: links, menu, plugins   

    Deactivating the Links Menu 

    Back in 2012 WordPress removed the “Links” menu from the admin dashboard. This menu still exists on the Commons. In order to use it, you needed to add links through the Links menu, then go over to Appearance/Widgets and activate the Links widget on your sidebar. This is pretty convoluted, and the same functionality can be created by creating a custom menu of custom links (there’s a Custom Menu widget that will display any menu you build, including menus full of custom links that point to other websites).

    As WordPress adopts the Customize functionality more and more to avail a simple way to build how your site looks, holding onto functionality like the links menu creates a disconnect that I’m hoping to rectify (you can build a custom menu in the customizer, but you can’t leverage the old links menu). I think we held onto the Links functionality for too long. I don’t know of anyone who is using it, and it adds an additional menu item in the admin panel that seems superfluous now.

    All of that to say that I’m deactivating the links functionality today. If you were using it, you can re-activate it on your own site by going into the Plugins menu on your site and Activating the “Links Manager” plugin. If you would like help migrating over to a custom menu, here’s a quick video:

  • jarbenne 2:51 pm on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: feedback, plugins   

    Provide Feedback on a Draft Post 

    We have a new functionality within the Commons that allows users to add feedback to a post prior to it being published on the site.

    Here are the steps.

    This could also be useful to submit a blog post to a dropbox within the HUB prior to publication. Comment below if you have any additional questions or run into any issues.

    Thanks to Automattic for sharing this plugin on Github.

  • jarbenne 9:10 pm on February 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: plugins, s3,   

    Some Changes to File Storage 

    We’ve instituted a change to how we store files on Commons. We’ve done extensive testing on a staging server, but there are always scenarios we may not foresee in our testing, so I’m hoping you’ll let us know if you run into issues with imagery in the next few days.

    This change should allow us to provision a larger storage capacity to all of you avid photo-bloggers out there. Please let @jarbenne know via the comments below, or via email, if you are seeing any strange behaviour with uploaded files.

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