Themes Repaired, Duplicates Deleted

As you may have noticed there were a number of duplicate themes in our theme directory, as well as templates that were not working or previewing correctly. Some of these duplicate themes were being maintained for testing purposes, while others were there in error.

However, theme issues should now be resolved. There should no longer be any visible theme errors or duplicate themes. If you see any, please report the errors via the support tab in your backend.


Uploads Now Working

All media uploads should once again be working as normal.


Media Uploads Not Working, How to Upload Anyway

Due to onMason’s switch to a new server, our file upload system is not working. If you are intrested in posting a video or audio file, you can upload them to Drop.io and use the embed functionality to place code in your post that will display your media.

Here’s how to get your media online during our temporary outage for the media library:
–Go to the URL
–Click Add Files
–Click Create a Drop
–Allow the file to upload
–Roll over the area with the file name on the site.
–Click the arrow.
–Select the embed option
–Copy the code
–Paste the code into your post (but make sure the post is in HTML mode).


Help Now Helpful

You may have noticed the Help menu pull-down on the top of your administrative dashboard. Previously, this was filled with non-specific content that applied to all WordPress users and systems.

The Help pull-down now contains solutions and help files relevent to onMason along with some more general content.

Hopefully this will better serve onMason users.


Repairs: Logout, Avatar Echo, Uploads

Today onMason administrators have completed the following essential system repairs.

  1. You can now logout without any error from the site front page (onMason.com)
  2. You can now upload media to your site and link it without encountering any errors.
  3. Your User Avatar (if assigned) will now properly echo on the onMason front page when you sign in. This means that your user avatar will be visible on sign-in.

Now in 36 Languages

Today onMason has initiated support for 36 languages within the blogging system.

Users can select a language when they create their account. If you already have an account or would like to change your language at some future date, the option can be accessed in your dashboard under the Settings tab from the General link.


Anti-Spam Powers Increased

Users may have noticed the significant increase in spam comments on onMason blogs over the past few days. This issue has been brought to our attention and we have taken steps to solve the solution.

As of today, non-users and users alike will face a significant barrier to spam comments or trackbacks. onMason now has a four step solution to blocking spammers.

Our core system is TypePad Anti-Spam, a plug-in based on WordPress’s Akismet anti-spam system but with a greater compatibility with MU. This system allows a networked ability to catch spam. Posts on any blog with the plugin active and marked as spam will be marked as spam in the future for any blog deploying the plugin. This is a significant advantage over the default system.

We will be filtering Trackback spam using the Simple Trackback Validation Plugin. Follow the link to see just how the Trackback Validation works. Essentially this system will check to make sure trackbacks are linked from a legitimate site and are actually tracking back to you.

The Simple Spam Filter will be checking all comments for certain patterns and an excess of links and blocking any comment that falls into those patterns (as documented on the linked site).

The Anti-Spam Image plugin generates a CAPTCHA that all non-users are required to fill, in order to prevent bots from massively spamming the onMason network.

Thanks also to WPMUDev.org which distributes many of these plugins together in one package.

It should be noted that if you are using an advanced commenting system such as DISQUS or BackType (both of which are available from your plugin tab), some of these precautions may be bypassed and you will instead be reliant on the anti-spam systems that those services require.

Note: Though all these systems should work as expected, there may be errors. Please tell us if you encounter any problems.


Share Your onMason Content

We’ve activated universal content sharing functionality accross all current and future onMason blogs.

Using the ShareThis button users and their readers can share onMason content with their friends on a huge number of services, including Facebook, MySpace, Digg, Twitter, Delicious, FriendFeed, Live, Diigo and Current.

You can also sign up at ShareThis and use their ShareBox to connect with the people who are interested in it.


Add Users

We’ve activated the ability to add users to your blog as subscribers, writers, administrators, etc… 

Right now this feature is under testing as we consider it for use. Please report any bad or exceptionally good experiences you have using the feature. 

You can access the add user function from the Add New link under the Users tab of your dashboard.


Email Notifications

The onMason administrative team can now send out e-mails to users. Any user who has opted out of receiving email from onMason will not receive admin emails.