Drupal Updates — April 2019


It’s been a while since you’ve received a Drupal update from us. We have mostly been making changes to the code behind the scenes and those changes didn’t affect our site editors so we didn’t want to bother you with them.

Here are the changes and updates from this month:

  • FIX: We made image sizes consistent across all collection displays. This fixed the photo display issue with “Two by Grid” layout on collection pages

  • FIX: The “Featured Image” style photo galleries should now work properly.

  • NEW / UPDATE: We added the option to create 6 column grids

  • NEW / UPDATE: If you are using the calendar widget on your site to automatically display events from calendar.uoregon.edu, we can now remove “Featured Events” from being displayed first in your calendar feed. Previously, any event labeled a “Featured Event” on calendar.uoregon.edu would automatically display first in your feed regardless of the date.

  • NEW / UPDATE: For websites that use the CAS Profiles system to display faculty, staff, and student profiles, we have added instructions for how to use that system to update profiles. There are instructions for the faculty, staff, and students who are updating their own profiles. There are also instructions for administrators who may oversee the updating of profiles for your faculty, staff, and students.


With every code update, we try and test for any problems and make changes before we make the update. Unfortunately, sometimes issues and bugs can arise. Please look over your site and let us know if you find something that looks different or isn’t working properly.

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We have moved our code update schedule to 8 p.m. to midnight the third Wednesday of each month. This change better coordinates with any Drupal core security updates.

Exceptions can be made if arrangements are made with Marketing Communications by the Monday prior to maintenance. Contact us if arrangements need to be made.


Information Services will be upgrading the UO Blogs platform to Version 5.1.1 during the early morning on Sunday, April 28. We expect there to be 5-10 minutes of downtime while this upgrade is performed.

This major version update includes the new WordPress “block editor” which streamlines content creation. We recommend that you use the default editor – NOT the block editor – for content updates at the present time. If you do opt to use the block editor, you are doing so at your own risk.

If you encounter any technical issues related to this upgrade, please submit a help request through the Information Services Service Portal. Thanks for your patience.


If you would like to set up training for yourself or someone in your department who needs to learn our Drupal system or needs help beyond the basic instructions, please complete the request form and select training.

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Just a reminder that we have written instructions for almost everything in our Drupal platform available on the University Communication website – from functionality for editing pages, adding links and images, embedding responsive videos, and using our templates, to photo tools and writing for the web guidelines, to accessibility information and using Google analytics. We’re never more than a click away.

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