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Super cache!

No, it has nothing to do with tights and a cape, it’s actually a special plugin built to speed up blogs. The idea is for blogs to serve up a copy of popular web pages that get multiple hits in a short time. This saves the server work and helps the page load quicker. We hope you see a difference!

Users that are logged in do not get served cached pages, and new posts or blog changes should update the cached page version immediately. If you are browsing blogs without logging in and seem to be missing content updates, login to view the latest content or check back in a few minutes.

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Fresh and Organic Longwood Blogs!

On December 13, 2012, we will be upgrading Longwood Blogs!  Below are some of the exciting new features.

Media Upload Icon

The single media icon is meant for all file types and the new drag and drop interface makes uploading easy.

Theme Customizer

Theme Customization allows you to try on new themes in real time and changing the header, background, title and menus all in one place.

Twitter Embeds

Twitter Embedding feature allows you to add the URL of a tweet on a line of its one and it will automatically be embedded in a clickable way for easy replies, re-tweets, and following.

HTML Caption


HTML Image Caption allows you to include basic HTML in image captions, so you can give credit for the image or link to relevant information.


Longwood Blogs January 2012 Update

In this update, we have a huge selection of new themes and plugins that you might be interested in using as well as some system addons that everyone will benefit from.


To begin with, we have 16 new themes for you to choose from.  Most of these themes are oriented towards individual student blogs, but some are also suitable for faculty / course blogs or administrative / departmental blogs.

These themes also received updates: Bluebird, Graphene, Lightword, and PrimePress


These plugins are now available for activation:

  • Image Auto-Resize: This plugin will automatically better compress and resize your uploaded images for the web.  Great for uploading photos or scans!
  • Subscribe to Comments Reloaded: Lets visitors subscribe to email updates of new comments on your posts.  It’s easy to enable for your users but includes plenty of management options as well.

    Subscribe to Comments Checkbox

  • SyntaxHighlighter Evolved: This plugin is great for Computer Science and CIMS students and faculty that need to post code on their blog.  More information on supported languages and how to use.
  • Twitter Widget: After activating this plugin, you can add a widget to your blog’s sidebar that will show your latest tweets.
  • WP-Polls: This plugins allows you to add polls as widgets or in posts and handles the collection and display of results.

Usability Enhancements

We’ve made the following changes based on usability testing to help users create their first blog, get help managing their blog, and access Longwood Blogs features.

  • Longwood Blogs Admin Bar Menu: This menu will (by default) appear in the admin bar whenever you’re logged in and provide quicker access to helpful Longwood Blogs features such as course blog lists and support.

    Longwood Blogs Admin Bar Menu

  • Dashboard FAQ Widget: You’ll now see a list of popular blog FAQ questions in your dashboard.  See example.
  • Blog Creation Help: The page displayed after a new blog is created is now more helpful about how to get started with your new blog.  See example.
  • Home Blog: The Longwood Blogs home blog has been modified to be more intuitive and helpful.  For example, the login box in the upper right is now easier to see.

Longwood Blogs Update

The aforementioned update to Longwood Blogs has been applied and our testing shows that all is well with the system. If you do see any new problems with your blogs, please report it to us.

With this update comes a number of changes, some of which you won’t see, such as security fixes.  Here’s a list of major changes that you will see:

  • The Admin Bar — this is a new bar that you’ll see at the top of the page when logged in.  It provides access to some commonly used functions and is especially useful for managing multiple blogs.  If you don’t care for the admin bar, you can disable it on your profile page, which you can find under Users > Your Profile.

    The New Admin Bar

  • Theme Filtering — if you’re having trouble finding the right theme, click the “Feature Filter” link and a dialog appears letting you show only themes with certain features.
  • Improved Links Dialog — the links dialog is less complicated-looking and helps you link to other posts or pages on your blog.

The Updated Add Link Dialog

  • CSS Editor — those familiar with CSS can now edit their blog’s stylesheet to make any changes to the appearance desired. would normally charge users for this added functionality, but you get it here for free!  Activate the “Custom CSS” plugin to use.
  • 3D Tag Cloud — it’s a tag cloud with all the tags arranged around a sphere that you can rotate to browse.  More about looks than functionality, but it looks awesome. Activate the “WP-Cumulus” plugin to use.

3D Tag Cloud

  • Theme Updates — the following themes received updates:  Arjuna X, Graphene, Oilipo, Snowblind, Titan, and Traction.
  • Plugin Updates — the following plugins received updates:  Blogger Importer, FeedWordPress, Viper’s Video Quicktags, and WordPress Importer.
  • Fixes
    • Image Embedding — embedded remote images (“From URL”) will now correctly resize.
    • Anarchy Media Player — this handy plugin that added buttons for embedding videos to the post editor has been fully replaced with Viper’s Video Quicktags, which we’ve already enabled on your blogs for your convenience.
    • WordPress App — it’s now working with your LancerNet IDs for login.  Now you can post with ease from your iPad, iPod, and iPhone.
Arjuna X

Update and downtime! Thurs – July 28th

Funny how those two words are often found together! We will be updating blogs from 8-9:30am on the 28th. Your blog content will still be viewable during that time; however we will temporarily disable logins (and editing) at some point to complete the update.

Here are a few new features you will see after the update:

Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Official Launch Update

In preparation for a hopeful official launch of Longwood Blogs next week, we’ve applied some updates to further refine the blog system.

Unless this is your first time visiting the blogs, you’ll notice a brand new “home blog” look built by Greenwood Library in cooperation with Web Communications and based on the theme for the Friends of the Library blog.  The home blog has the following major new features:

  • Login fields have been moved to the top of the page to make them more prominent; links to manage and create your blogs also appear here once logged in.
  • Featured Longwood Blogs news posts are automatically cycled at the top of the sidebar.
  • Recent images from all the blogs appear lower in the sidebar.

In addition to the home blog changes and other minor fixes, we’ve also made some changes to the backend of your blogs such as:

  • Your dashboards now display feeds of the latest site-wide blog posts and blog system news.
  • You can now see how popular a theme is when choosing one for your blog (Appearance  > Themes).