May 2005 Archives
May 24, 2005
We are dilligently working on upgrading UThink to use Movable Type 3.16, the most recent version of the Movable Type software. So far so good. We have successfully configured MT 3.16 to use the U of M Central Authentication Hub (Internet IDs and Passwords), and we have brought the software to a level of functionality that users currently enjoy through MT 2.661. This includes the ability to easily create new blogs and the ability to add authors to a blog using Internet IDs. Right now, we are working on allowing users to add multiple authors to a blog at once, rather than adding authors one at a time. This should be a big time saver for people managing class blogs.
In testing MT 3.16 I've noticed some nice features of the software which should make our switch a welcome adjustment for all UThink users. First of all, the interface is much smoother and hopefully easier to understand. Secondly, the comments management functionality is wonderful. By default, comments must first be approved by the blog author before they are displayed. This default can, of course, be turned off enabling comments to display immediately. Also, as I've mentioned before, MT 3.16 includes categories and the ability to create sub-categories. Of course, there is more, but this is what has immediately struck me as especially useful. We will also be installing a few useful MT plugins, and I hope to alter the main UThink site to bring the Blog Directory information up to the home page making it easier for people to see new entries and/or entries that may have generated a lot of discussion. All in all, UThink users should be very happy with this upgrade.
As is the case with any software upgrade it is important to vigorously test the new installation. We have already caught numerous bugs with our configuration and I'm sure there are more. If you would like to help us test the new version of UThink, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will let you know when we will be ready for other people to test. Let me know if you have any questions!