Welcome to the Empire State College Commons blogging system! Here faculty, staff and students can create, manage, and experiment within the WordPress platform.

As of 6/22/14, the Commons migration has been completed.

If you find that your site has not been migrated, submit a ticket at http://techinfo.esc.edu with your name and the site’s URL. We will import your site as soon as possible.

Any news relating to the Commons system will appear below this welcome post. This will include announcements about system updates, scheduled or unscheduled maintenance, and new training material announcements. All these posts will be searchable in the sidebar and categorized.

Before you begin working in the Commons, take a moment to read about the goal of the Commons on the About tab, linked to in the navigation bar above and the sidebar. Then, take a look around our Commons Learning Center, which provides FAQs and guides to help you work in the Commons successfully.

If you have questions about how to accomplish something in the Commons, check the Commons Learning Center. If it’s not there or you find something is broken, submit a ticket at http://techinfo.esc.edu.

Good luck!


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New Plugin Added – Show/Hide Author

After requests and research, we have installed a new plugin that will allow you to control if the author of posts/pages will be displayed on the site. To control this, hover over the Plugins button in the left sidebar and click “Show/Hide Author.” You will be taken to a menu that allows you to decide whether or not, by default, the author will be displayed on posts and pages via check boxes and clicking the Save Changes button.

NOTE: This setting is all or nothing. All posts/pages will display an author or not, based on your decision in the menu.

This can be useful if more than one administrator uses the site. Keep in mind, authors will still be attached to posts/pages in the dashboard. They just won’t display on the public site.

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Theme and Plugin Updates

The following themes have been updated as of 7/22/14.

  • Eclipse
  • Ignite
  • P2
  • RedLine

The following plugins have been updated as of 7/22/14.

  • Akismet
  • Category Posts Widget
  • flickrRSS
  • Share Buttons by AddToAny
  • User Role Editor

If you use any of these themes or plugins and notice any change in functionality, submit a ticket to techinfo.esc.edu.

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Customizing Themes/Live Preview – RESOLVED

We are aware of an issue that is preventing users from Customizing their themes  and viewing a Live Preview of another theme with your site. We are working on fixing this issue and we apologize for any inconvenience.

We have fixed the issue regarding previewing themes and customizing themes. We appreciate your understanding during this time.

Guides in the Commons Learning Center related to this topic:

Customizing Your Theme

Choosing a Theme


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