On January 23, we released version 1.7.39 of the OpenLab. It included enhancements to existing functionality and design, a new theme, updates to all themes and plugins, and updates to WordPress and BuddyPress, the software that powers the OpenLab.
New Features and Changes
We made some adjustments to improve and standardize across all themes the grey menu that appears at the very top of group sites.
The new theme added in this release is Twenty Twenty. This “default theme for 2020 is designed to take full advantage of the flexibility of the block editor.”
We also added a new custom template for COMD student ePortfolio sites. These sites now have a theme and navigation menu designed for visual artists to display their work, and a custom site menu geared towards what COMD students will need to include in their portfolios. Students don’t need to do anything different. The template will automatically be used on new portfolio sites created by students who have chosen COMD as their major on their profile.
We also retired a few plugins that are no longer working or maintained by their developer:
- WP DPLA
- TinyMCE Comment Field
If they are currently activated on a site, they will continue to appear in the list of plugins, unless they are deactivated. They will not be available for activation on new sites.
We wish everyone a smooth beginning to the semester, and as always, please contact us with any questions!