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Welcome to the VCU Blog

If you are a member of the VCU Community, sign in with your eID to edit your blog.

Please keep in mind VCU Blogs’ primary objective is to provide a space for continual blog updates. For official VCU business, VCU Blogs is not to be used as a replacement to having a primary organizational website.

Upcoming Change: Archive Old wp.vcu.edu Blogs

Please consider this as an advanced notice: on March 5th, 2019, Technology Services will archive any blog on the wp.vcu.edu platform that HAS NOT been updated or modified since January 1, 2017. At the time of writing this message, there are 4,047 blogs which meet this criteria and will be archived. The full list of blogs scheduled to be archived is available upon request by submitting a Service Desk ticket to go.vcu.edu/webhelp.

After this change, public visitors and blog users will not be able to access the blog any longer and will be prompted with a “This site is no longer available” message and HTTP 410 response code.

Prior to March 5th, blog content can be exported and moved to another WordPress platform such as blogs.vcu.edu by navigating to the Dashboard > Tools > Export or visiting http://wp.vcu.edu/<blog path>/wp-admin/export.php. After generating an exported .xml file you can import this file into other wordpress platforms following that platform’s instructions.

This change request has followed Technology Services’ Change Management protocol and was approved by the Technology Services’ Change Advisory Board on February 7th, 2019. Details of this change request are documented in Change Request #9008062.

No service disruption is expected for blogs that HAVE been modified since January 1, 2017.

If you have any concerns or questions prior to March 5th, please submit a Service Desk ticket at go.vcu.edu/webhelp.

New Blogging Platform

Web Services is happy to announce a new blogging platform at VCU, blogs.vcu.edu. This new iteration of blogging at VCU is more secure and focuses on strictly blogging. It features an all new set of plugins and beautifully designed VCU theme.

The ability to create new blogs on wp.vcu.edu has been shut off at this time. All new blogs will need to be made on the blogs.vcu.edu platform.

Upcoming maintenance, August 23rd, 2016

This is a notice that the wp.vcu.edu blogging service will be undergo maintenance on Tuesday, August 23rd from 6-7 a.m. This change has been approved and is detailed in the Change Request #9000762.

During this time all blogs and website hosted on the platform will be unavailable for an estimated 40 minutes.

Upcoming maintenance, August 18th, 2016

In an effort to get everything ready for the new school year, the wp.vcu.edu blogging service will undergo maintenance on Thursday, August 18th from 5:30-6 a.m. This change has been approved and is detailed in the Change Request #9000517.

During this time all blogs and websites hosted on the platform will be unavailable for about 10 minutes.

Current status of Jetpack plugin

In an effort to harden the security of WordPress and at the request of the Information Security Office, we have removed a component that is used to connect the VCU WordPress Jetpack plugin with the Jetpack service. The Jetpack plugin is commonly used to allow users to subscribe to your blog’s posts and show statistics about visits.

At this time we are unable to recover this functionality even temporarily due to how it was maliciously being targeted.

Web Services is currently working on a new WordPress configuration in an effort to secure the platform and maintain the university’s reputation. We hope to regain this functionality in the near future, but do not have a definitive timeframe at this time.

Thanks for your understanding.

Update: The Jetpack functionality has been restored as of 9/27/2016

WordPress Dashboards Will Be Unavailable on November 7th, From 6 to 9 a.m.

The administrative dashboards for all sites on VCU’s instance of WordPress on wp.vcu.edu will be unavailable on the morning of Friday, November 7th, as the University Computer Center will be working on the database servers.

Content on wp.vcu.edu that is CAS-restricted will also be unavailable. All other published content will remain publicly accessible.

The upgrade is scheduled to last from 6 to 9 a.m. Please contact the VCU helpIT Center (828-2227, helpIT@vcu.edu) with any questions.

We appreciate your understanding.

Major Facelift for wp.vcu.edu Dashboards

Update: This change has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 a.m.

The dashboards for sites on wp.vcu.edu will soon be getting a major facelift. We will be upgrading WordPress to version 3.8, which “brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard,” according to its makers.

We normally update WordPress quietly, and you likely don’t notice when we do. However, this update overhauls the dashboard so significantly that we wanted to make you aware of the changes. Read the blog post announcing WordPress 3.8 to read about these changes in more detail.

At the same time, we will be making some tweaks and adjustments behind the scenes. These should provide wp.vcu.edu with a performance boost.

Unused Personal Blogs to be Deleted on February 18

As part of routine maintenance on VCU’s WordPress installation, a number of unused personal blogs will be deleted on Tuesday, February 18. The following criteria were used to identify the blogs that will be deleted:

  • the blog’s path (the first part of the URL after wp.vcu.edu/) is the same as the owner’s eID; AND
  • the blog has no published posts, pages or attachments, or there is only the default ‘Hello World!’ post or ‘Sample Page’ page; AND
  • the blog has not been updated since September 1, 2013.

Owners of these blogs will be notified by email that their blogs are scheduled for deletion. If there are any questions, please email the VCU Webmaster.

Update: Additionally, blogs belonging to former students or former employees will also be deleted. These former users will not be notified by email.

WordPress Dashboards Will Be Unavailable on June 15, From 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The administrative dashboards for all sites on VCU’s instance of WordPress on wp.vcu.edu will be unavailable on the morning of Saturday, June 15, as the University Computer Center increases the RAM in one of its database servers.

Content on wp.vcu.edu that is CAS-restricted will also be unavailable. All other published content will remain publicly accessible.

The upgrade is scheduled to last from 9 to 10:30 a.m., though the official Change Management entry says it may be completed in less time. The change has been scheduled to minimize any disruption. Please contact the VCU helpIT Center (828-2227, helpIT@vcu.edu) with any questions.

We appreciate your understanding.

WordPress Downtime: Saturday, March 9, 6 – 10 a.m.

VCU’s instance of WordPress on wp.vcu.edu will be unavailable on the morning of Saturday, March 9, as the University Computer Center upgrades its database server. During this time, published content and administrative functionality will be inaccessible.

The upgrade is scheduled to last four hours, though the official Change Management entry says it may be completed in less time. The change has been scheduled to minimize any disruption. Please contact the VCU helpIT Center (828-2227, helpIT@vcu.edu) with any questions.

We appreciate your understanding.