Author: Erik Runyon

Erik is the Technical Director for University Communications.

Logging in with Okta

A log in with Okta button appearing above the standard WordPress login form

The summer the University migrated from CAS for authentication to Okta. Starting today, you can log into your Notre Dame Sites account using Okta. Instead of filling in your NetID and password, click on the “Log In with NetID/Okta” button. This will take you through the standard Okta workflow and redirect you back to your admin dashboard.

If you run into any issues logging in with Okta, please let us know.

WordPress updated to 5.2

The Notre Dame Sites network has been updated to 5.2.

About the release

Accessibility Updates

A number of changes work together to improve contextual awareness and keyboard navigation flow for those using screen readers and other assistive technologies.

New Dashboard Icons

Thirteen new icons including Instagram, a suite of icons for BuddyPress, and rotated Earth icons for global inclusion. Find them in the Dashboard and have some fun!

Plugin Compatibility Checks

WordPress will now automatically determine if your site’s version of PHP is compatible with installed plugins. If the plugin requires a higher version of PHP than your site currently uses, WordPress will not allow you to activate it, preventing potential compatibility errors.

WordPress updated to 5.1.1

This morning we updated WordPress to 5.1.1 which is a maintenance and security release.

The primary focuses of 5.1.1 are:

  • A pair of security fixes that handle how comments are filtered and then stored in the database.
  • Hosts can now offer a button for their users to update PHP.
  • The recommended PHP version used by the “Update PHP” notice can now be filtered.
  • Several minor bug fixes.

WordPress updated to 5.1

The Notre Dame Sites network has been updated to 5.1.

About the release: Following WordPress 5.0 — a major release which introduced the new block editor — 5.1 focuses on polish, in particular by improving the overall performance of the editor. In addition, this release paves the way for a better, faster, and more secure WordPress with some essential tools for site administrators and developers.

WordPress updated to 4.9.8

This morning we updated WordPress to 4.9.8 which is a maintenance and security release.

The primary focuses of 4.9.8 are:

  • Introduce “Try Gutenberg” callout
  • Privacy fixes/enhancements

This version includes 18 Privacy fixes focused on ensuring consistency and flexibility in the new personal data tools added in 4.9.6, including:

  • The type of request being confirmed is now included in the subject line for all privacy confirmation emails.
  • Improved consistency with site name being used for privacy emails in multisite.
  • Increased the test coverage for several core privacy functions.
  • Pagination for Privacy request admin screens can now be adjusted.