We may need another service break soon due to some additional maintenance work, so we’re scheduling one for next Friday the 30th of April from 9 to 10 AM.
It seems that the translation plugin (that we installed several months ago) is still not operating correctly. In fact, when activated by admin, it may crash the whole blog by spamming database with failing operations. The current theory is that the activation runs in to some database locks whenever there are users present, so we’re going to try activation while blocking all access to the blog. Here’s hoping the issue will resolve this time!
Apologies for the inconvenience!
Hi there! The latest update went actually pretty well and there’s even some new (and highly requested) stuff available.
Here’s the rundown:
AddToAny Share Buttons
A very useful plugin that allows you to add social media sharing buttons to your blog. You’ll need to activate and set up the plugin via “Plugins” screen before using. The share buttons can be added/removed by editing a single page or by adding them as Widgets (“Appearance” -> “Widgets”).
Oh, and before you ask – Instagram does not allow sharing from external sources (although you can setup a “follow me at Instagram” button via Widgets menu).
Open Graph and Twitter Tags
Sounds way more technical than it should, but this is actually for editing social media preview. Activate and setup via “Plugins” screen. The general setup screen is harrowing, but the process of managing preview of a single page/post is very straightfoward. Just upload an image and write some nice words.
An analytics plugin that supports both Google Universal Analytics and Google Analytics 4. Activation process is a bit too complex to describe in a single post, but I did write some instructions: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/?page_id=568
Cookiebot Cookie Consent
Can’t have analytics without letting people to opt-out. Appears automatically, doesn’t require anything. If you want to review all the 100+ cookies on the site or revise your consent, you can do that here: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/cookiebot.html
WP Table Builder
A tool for building rather fancy tables. Must be activated via “Plugins” menu.
Other plugins and fixes
There are also Zero Spam anti-spam plugin and Multisite Custom CSS (which I wouldn’t necessary recommend activating, unless you know your way around CSS).
We also switched the Apache web server to NGINX and fixed some stuff around file access rights. This means essentially better performance, working embedded videos for Mac and iOS users + capability to install new plugins without breaking everything.
That’s pretty much it. Have a nice weekend everyone!
We’re running some updates and fixes to the blog service on next Friday between 9 and 11 AM. There will be several service breaks, so please refrain from working on blog service during the update.
Here are the most notable changes and fixes:
- Web server will be changed from Apache to NGINX which should fix the nasty issues when watching embedded videos on Safari or iOS-devices
- Some Rewrite-issues that have prevented us from installing plugins will be fixed
- WordPress core will be updated to version 5.7.1
- GDPR-compliant cookie consent dialog will be added to the site
We’re also adding some new plugins:
NextGenGallery – an image gallery plugin
- AddToShare – a plugin that adds social media sharing buttons
- Open Graph and OC Tags – a plugin that allows blog owners/editors to configure their Facebook/social media preview
- WP Table Builder – an easy table builder plugin (not the pro version though, sorry)
- Akismet anti-spam plugin will be replaced with Zero Spam
- Multisite Custom CSS for those who like to customise their CSS
We’re also adding an analytics-plugin called “Beehive Pro” that allows editors to track their blogs with Google Analytics. We’re still learning the ropes with this one, so it should be considered a “beta release” until we publish some instructions and implementation guidelines. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous (or simply know what you’re doing), feel free to try it out.
Edit: Unfortunately NextGallery doesn’t seem to play nice with multisite installations such as ours. We’ll try to find a suitable replacement.