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.

Per-Site ‘Add New User’ Issue

In our development of the Professional Web Presence, we have learned a lot about how WordPress handles user accounts.

The Issue

Currently, individual site owners or administrators cannot add new or existing users to their website, as WordPress is requiring an additional level of authorization through an email confirmation link.

We had disabled these email links to reduce inbox clutter, so these newly added users were being stuck in limbo (neither authenticated nor anonymous).

The Solution

We are working on a solution that will bypass default WordPress user authorization and approval processes to better work with the Georgia Tech Login Service, as we do not anticipate spam accounts having a valid Georgia Tech account to log in as.

Once a solution is in place and working, a mass email will go out to each PWP owner.