Canvas theme ‘end of life’ notification

The developers of the commercial theme Canvas has issued a notification that the theme will no longer be supported after Aug 20th, 2018.

Further information can be found here: http://mailchi.mp/woocommerce/canvas-no-longer-selling?e=2994d2863b

Alternative themes are available from within the dashboard area. Plus you can request that additional themes are installed from https://wordpress.org/themes/

How to get Help

How can I add Javascript to a page or post

You can make use of a plugin ‘Simple Custom CSS and JS’, which will allow you to edit your custom Javascript directly in the WordPress interface.

You will need to be a site administrator of the website to enable and use this plugin.

  1. Log in
  2. Click Plugins
  3. Search for ‘Simple Custom CSS and JS
  4. Click Activate

More information can be found here https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/custom-css-js/

Gotchas when editting a site that has a custom domain

If you have a custom domain name for your blog there are two areas that currently will not work as expected:

  1. Previewing draft posts
  2. Using the Appearance > Customize preview part of the website

To work around this restriction:

  1. Temporarily change the primary domain for your blog:
  2. Go to Tools > Domain Mapping
  3. Under “Active domains on this blog
  4. Change the primary domain to be the original *.blogs.ilrt.org one.
  5. Make changes in the Appearance > Customize area or preview your draft blog posts
  6. Once changes have been completed, return to the domain mapping area
  7. Go to Tools > Domain Mapping
  8. Revert the primary domain to the custom domain previously used.

NB: Whilst this workaround is in effect your custom domain will still work, however in the address bar shown in the browser when a person visits your website will redirect to the *.blogs.ilrt.org version.

How do I add a new theme?

The task of installing and upgrading themes (and plugins) is done for you.  So you will not find the “Add New” button, which is normally under the Appearance > Themes section.

If you cannot find a theme you would like to use, from the ones already installed under the Appearance > Themes section, then you can request we install additional themes.

  1. First find the theme you would like to use
  2. Make an online request or by email service-desk@bristol.ac.uk.  Include the following information:
    • Name of the theme
    • Theme URL/website address. NB: If you want a custom developed or paid for theme installed you will need to supply the themes file
    • Link or name of your blogs/website