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Upcoming Change: Archive Old Blogs

Please consider this as an advanced notice: on March 5th, 2019, Technology Services will archive any blog on the 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

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 by navigating to the Dashboard > Tools > Export or visiting<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

New Blogging Platform

Web Services is happy to announce a new blogging platform at VCU, 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 has been shut off at this time. All new blogs will need to be made on the platform.

Upcoming maintenance, August 23rd, 2016

This is a notice that the 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 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 will be unavailable on the morning of Friday, November 7th, as the University Computer Center will be working on the database servers.

Content on 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, with any questions.

We appreciate your understanding.