WordPress Downtime: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 5:30 – 7 a.m.

VCU Technology Services has scheduled maintenance for the WordPress-based VCU Blog platform beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. This work is expected to be completed by 7 a.m. During this work all websites maintained through VCU’s WordPress installation will be unavailable for viewing and editing. Please contact the VCU helpIT Center (828-2227, helpIT@vcu.edu) with any questions.

We appreciate your understanding.

WordPress Downtime: Friday, Dec. 9, 6-7 a.m.

At 6 a.m. on Friday, December 9, the University Computer Center will be performing maintenance that will require WordPress (wp.vcu.edu) to be unavailable for about an hour. During this time, users will not be able to view blog entries or access the administrative back-end. The site and all blogs should be available again by 7 a.m.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

40 New Themes Added

4o new themes from WooThemes, a premier provider of themes for WordPress and other platforms, have been added to the VCU Blog. Users now can now customize the look and feel of their blogs to an even greater extent, pretty much ensuring that no two blogs will look alike.

When you activate a WooTheme, a menu will be added to the left sidebar on your dashboard from which you can access your theme options. The actual options will vary by theme, so try a number of themes and options before settling on one that’s right for you.

WooTheme Options Screen

Note: Always click the ‘Save All Changes’ button on the ‘Theme Options’ screen if you switch back and forth between themes, even if you have not actually made any changes. These themes use a common framework, and this will flush all of the options that were set for the last theme you activated.