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Maintenance work on June 1th and 2nd 2011

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Due to maintenance work on the NAS (Network Attached Storage), the weblog service  will be unavailable on June 1th from 19:00 until 07:00 on the following morning.

Weblog Service System Maintenance

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

System maintenance is scheduled on 13 May 2011 from 06:00 until 06:30. During this time, the Weblog Service will be down and all Blogs are inaccessible.
We hope to get somewhat better response times in WordPress 3.1.2 with this maintenance work.

Update WordPress 3.0.2 –> WordPress 3.1.2: date fixed

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

We will update the productive instance blogs.ethz.ch to WordPress 3.1.1 on Thursday, 28th April 2011. While the update is in progress, blogs.ethz.ch will be offline between 6 am and 8 am.

Update WordPress MU 2.6.5 –> WordPress 3.0.1: date fixed

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

We will update the productive instance blogs.ethz.ch to WordPress 3.0.1 on Monday, 11th October 2010. While the update is in progress, blogs.ethz.ch will be offline the whole Monday.

Update WordPress MU 2.6.5 –> WordPress 3.0.1

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Currently we are heavily testing the new version 3.0.1 of our WordPress blog system. If the tests are successful, we plan to update on October 4.

The update schedule within the next days:

  1. 27. September 2010: A copy of the whole blogs.ethz.ch installation will be done which will be accessible on blogt.ethz.ch. We will then perform the update procedure on blogt.ethz.ch.
  2. 27. September 2010: All Weblog-owners will receive a mail asking them to test their updated blog(s) on blogt.ethz.ch. Please report immediately any issues to us regarding the update.
  3. 4. October 2010: We will update the productive instance blogs.ethz.ch to WordPress 3.0.1 if we don’t face any serve issues during the test week. While the update procedure is going on, blogs.ethz.ch will be offline the whole day

If we should have to change the schedule, we would inform you with a new posting on this weblog.

Weblog Service System Maintenance from 15th to 16th of April 2010

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

A system upgrade on the server infrastucture which hosts this Weblog Service is scheduled from 15 April 2010 18:45 until 16 April 2010 00:15. During this time, the Weblog Service will be down and all Blogs are inaccessible.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

Weblog service a little bit faster

Monday, January 12th, 2009

With the system maintenance work on this morning (migrating the WordPress MU database back form MySQL 5.x–>MySQL 4.x) , we could not solve the performance problem completely. Nevertheless, we could speed up the response times of our weblog service noticeably 🙂

Weblog service offline on Monday 12th January 2009 from 5 am until 8 am

Friday, January 9th, 2009

The performance problem of our weblog service is still persistent.
With the scheduled system maintenance work on Monday, we hope to get the
service as fast as it was before the update to WordPress MU 2.6.5.

German, English and a little bit faster

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

We managed to speed up our weblog service slightly, although the performance problem is not solved yet. Besides that, we implemented a long awaited feature: the German language pack. Choose between English or German as your weblog language in the “Settings” section of you blog.

WordPress MU 2.6.5 update finished successfully

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Today, we have successfully updated our weblog infrastructure to WordPress MU 2.6.5. Within the next days, we have to to some more small adjustments which should not interfere with your work on this service. Unfortunately, we observed a performance problem with the new WordPress version on our infrastructure which slows down the response time of our service. We try to solve this issue as soon as possible.

What’s new in WPMU 2.6.5. ?

Quite a bit! I quote the feature list from the posting “WordPress 2.6” in the official blog of www.wordpress.org:

  • A new standard layout
  • Version numbers of WordPress standard edition and WordPress MU are now the same
  • Post Revisions: Wiki-like tracking of edits
  • Press This!: Post from wherever you are on the web
  • Blgging with your iPhone
  • Shift Gears: Turbo-speed your blogging–> See the link “Turbo” on the header of your dashboard
  • Theme Previews: See it before your audience does
  • Word count! Never guess how many words are in your post anymore.
  • Image captions, so you can add sweet captions like Political Ticker does under your images.
  • Bulk management of plugins.
  • A completely revamped image control to allow for easier inserting, floating, and resizing. It’s now fully integrated with the WYSIWYG.
  • Drag-and-drop reordering of Galleries.
  • Plugin update notification bubble.
  • Customizable default avatars.
  • You can now upload media when in full-screen mode.
  • Remote publishing via XML-RPC and APP is now secure (off) by default, but you can turn it on easily through the options screen.
  • Full SSL support in the core, and the ability to force SSL for security.
  • You can now have many thousands of pages or categories with no interface issues.
  • Ability to move your wp-config file and wp-content directories to a custom location, for “clean” SVN checkouts.
  • Select a range of checkboxes with “shift-click.”
  • You can toggle between the Flash uploader and the classic one.
  • A number of proactive security enhancements, including cookies and database interactions.
  • Stronger better faster versions of TinyMCE, jQuery, and jQuery UI.
  • Several bug fixes…

We are looking forward on your comments!