UBC Blogs Updates

WordPress 3.9.1 Maintenance Release

UBC Blogs has been updated to 3.9.1

From WordPress.org :

This maintenance release fixes 34 bugs in 3.9, including numerous fixes for multisite networks, customizing widgets while previewing themes, and the updated visual editor. We’ve also made some improvements to the new audio/video playlists feature and made some adjustments to improve performance. For a full list of changes, consult the list of tickets and the changelog.


XML-RPC Disabled

We have disabled XML-RPC across the network. This is is to prevent the UBC Blogs service from becoming a launch pad for DDOS attacks

Any WordPress site with Pingback enabled (which is on by default) can be used in DDOS attacks against other sites. Note that XMLRPC is used for pingbacks, trackbacks, remote access via mobile devices and many other features you’re likely very fond of. But, it can also be heavily misused like what we are seeing.

–Source: “More Than 162,000 WordPress Sites Used for Distributed Denial of Service Attack

How will this impact users?

Users who have been using services like HootSuite or the native WordPress mobile apps will no longer be able to remotely post to UBC Blogs. Sites that have had pingbacks and trackbacks enabled will no longer be able to receive notices when someone has mentioned blog posts or has linked to your site.

Bushwick and Fastr themes added.

Couple new themes added both responsive both clean and modern, so give one of these a go and get rid of your old non responsive theme already!

Bushwick inspired by Medium. Bushwick is a lightweight, responsive blogging theme, designed to show beautiful content alongside beautiful imager. *Add a featured image to your post to show on the left.

Bushwick Theme

Fastr Clean and minimalistic content-oriented responsive theme for faster sites suitable for your personal blog. Fastr uses absolutely no javascript and has a very minimal CSS for its layout and responsiveness.


Book Lite and McKinley themes added.

Couple new themes added. Both themes are responsive so ditch the old school theme and give your mobile visitors a proper experience.

Book Lite

One column classic book style blog theme. Fully responsive, large fonts and very easy to read. Clean and Minimalist design with focus entirely on content — Content First.


McKinley is a sleek responsive theme based on the awesome TwentyThirteen theme from WordPress.

New themes added.

We’ve added a couple new responsive themes to the mix check them out.


For blogs and websites. Sleek design and solid code. Suits make you look good.

Features: black, custom-background, custom-header, custom-menu, dark, featured-images, full-width-template, gray, microformats, one-column, right sidebar, threaded-comments, two columns, white


Flounder is a flat, minimally styled theme for bloggers which features colorful support for post formats and a clean, responsive layout.

Features: blue, custom-header, custom-menu, dark, editor-style, featured-images, gray, green, left sidebar, orange, pink, post-formats, purple, right sidebar, threaded-comments, three columns, two columns, yellow

UBC Blogs Upgraded to 3.8 “Parker”; Some legacy themes and plugins removed

UBC Blogs has been upgraded to WordPress 3.8 “Parker”.  Please see video overview on changed and new functionality. Enjoy!

We have also removed a number of outdated themes and plugins due to performance and security issues.

If your blog is affected, please contact us (blog.support@ubc.ca) or come to one of our support clinics:


UBC Blogs October 2013 Facelift

We have updated UBC Blogs to WordPress 3.6.1 and during the upgrade we also decided to update the look and feel (which had not been refreshed since 2011).

From the functional perspective, everything remains the same, except that we are making access to groups and forums slightly less obvious as part of the long term plan to phase them out. These features have had very limited use while significantly adding to the complexity of running the service. Groups and forums can still be accessed through links in the footer.

We are planning to add more features that will not only provide better alternatives to groups and forums, but also add to the usability and application of this service for teaching, learning and for other needs.


New Theme: Twenty Twelve

Twenty Twelve continues to improve over Twenty Ten and Eleven. Twenty Twelve theme for WordPress is a fully responsive theme that looks great on any device. Features include a front page template with a its own widgets, an optional display font, styling for post formats on both. Check it out.

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