New Theme, New Options, Security Updates!

The PWP team has been hard at work at some new features as we prepare for an open-pilot to all of Georgia Tech’s campus, tentatively scheduled for Summer 2015.

Security Update

First and foremost, PWP and all the plugins have been automatically updated to address some security issues.

PWP was updated as soon as the vulnerabilities were released to the community.

New Plugin

Simple Social Icons has been added to the plugin list on PWP.

Simple Social Icons is an easy to use, customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles. With it, you can easily choose which profiles to link to, customize the color and size of your icons, as well as align them to the left, center, or right, all from the widget form (no settings page necessary!).

PWP users can now add social media icons to anywhere on their website that allows widgets to be placed.

GT Boilerplate Update

GT Boilerplate, the standard Georgia Tech theme for WordPress, has been updated with the following new options:

  1. Advanced mobile styling (header, footer)
  2. Addition of top user bar (Georgia Tech links, social media placement)
  3. Removal of unnecessary backend code
  4. Addition of custom logo options that override the Georgia Tech logo

These features are immediately available and should not impact any current website using GT Boilerplate. If you are already using GT Boilerplate, you will not need to do anything – the theme has been automatically updated.

Please contact PWP administrators with any issues.

Future GT Boilerplate Changes

A few changes are available on the roadmap to expanding GT Boilerplate:

  1. Placement of Font Awesome integration into a CDN to match Institute Communications practices.
  2. Importing of mobile menu created by Institute Communications.
  3. Refinement of header styling for mobile.

New Plugin: MCE Table Button

We have added a new plugin to PWP: MCE Table Button.

Adds table editing controls to the visual content editor (TinyMCE).

A light weight plug-in that adds the table editing controls from the full version of TinyMCE, optimized for WordPress.

Note that the table controls are contained in the “kitchen sink” toolbar, toggled with the last button on the first row of controls.

Administrative Updates

As part of the continued maturation process of PWP, we have rolled out a few new features for all PWP websites.

Enabled Plugins for PWP Websites

Plugin enabling/disabling is now a feature for PWP websites.

This allows PWP website administrator(s) to add new features to their WordPress installations, such as:

  • Google Analytics
  • Simple Share
  • Google Language Translator
  • Google Calendar
  • Twitter

Please contact us for any requests for plugins or features, as we’re always looking to add new plugins for usage.

Sign Up Page Redesign

After some initial feedback, we have adjusted the sign-up page to be more aesthetically-pleasing and have sensible descriptions.

Sign Up Page
The brand-new sign up page for new blogs.

For those who did not see the original page, see below:

The old PWP sign-up page. Note the confusing and non-intuitive text.
The old PWP sign-up page. Note the confusing and non-intuitive text.


Upcoming WordPress Maintenance Window – February 24

We will perform an update to the WordPress software that runs all PWP sites at 2pm on Tuesday Feb 24. This is a minor update — we expect that it will take no more than a few minutes. You do not need to take any action — we simply want to make you aware that the update will happen and ask that you let us know if you notice any problems with your site(s) afterwards.

Genesis Accessible Enabled


As part of our initiative to have an accessible-friendly web infrastructure here on campus, we have enabled the Genesis Accessible plugin across all websites.

This module will add accessible features to any website that enables these features. To locate these features, please log in to your website and browse to Admin -> Genesis -> Accessibility Settings.

We are looking at ways to enable these settings by default for all websites.