This month we deprecated a number of older, rarely-used themes and added seven modern and exciting ones. The Commons tries to limit WordPress theme choices to around 50 themes so that our Dev team can more easily manage their updates and monitor any vulnerabilities. If you have a particular theme you want, we can install […]
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Full Site Editing Now Available On The Commons
cc-licensed image “Cascada de colores in La Palma” by flickr user Sevenislands Photography Full Site Editing (“FSE“) lets you change every part of a WordPress post, page, or template, using the Block Editor. With a FSE-enabled theme such as Twenty Twenty-Two, you can build a page from scratch or edit the theme’s underlying templates so […]
Introducing Block Widgets
There is a big change in the way widgets are handled with the release of WordPress 5.8. Previously, Commons members added widgets to “widget areas” (sidebars, footers, etc.) by going to Appearance>>Widgets or to Customize>>Widgets. There they found an array of widgets, some provided by WordPress, some provided by the theme, and some provided by […]
CUNY Academic Commons Annual Report 2019-2020
The Commons Annual Report for 2019-2020 is now available to download! Released roughly six months later than usual due to the disruption of the pandemic, the report highlights the importance of the Commons to so many who are adapting to the world of remote teaching and learning. We have added 4,600 members since June (a […]
Changes to Group Email Notifications
Commons 1.16.8, released on March 24, introduces a small but important change to group email notifications that makes it easier to see their subjects in your inbox, especially if you use a mobile device. Prior to this change, the group’s name would appear before the subject, making it hard to see what the notification was […]
Commons Ten Year Growth
The Commons continues to see strong growth in members, sites, and groups. The three charts above attest to the vibrant community it continues to foster.
From The Beginning: A Commons Retrospective
The Commons Timeline documents the site’s ten year evolution and shows how new functionality is driven by member needs.
Thought Project Interviews Matt Gold and Luke Waltzer
Gold and Waltzer return to The Thought Project podcast to celebrate and discuss the 10th anniversary of Commons, which achieved their goal to establish a generative platform that enhances the intellectual life of CUNY. Tune in to hear about their plans for the next 10 years. –Thought Project News – Episode 75
CUNY Academic Commons Annual Report 2018 – 2019
Driven by intense interest across the CUNY system in using the Commons as a teaching platform, our 2018-2019 Annual Report shows how our site continues to provide a generative platform to showcase the intellectual life of the entire university.
Sutori, Padlet, and VoiceThread Embeds Now Supported on the Commons
The Commons Dev team recently implemented code changes to support Sutori, Padlet, and VoiceThread embeds on WordPress sites. Actively engaged with the pedagogical needs of the CUNY community, the Commons provides an open source infrastructure that integrates both proprietary and non-proprietary resources. Here is a list of custom file and content types which can be […]