Site down, and downgraded, for beautiful math

Readers of this blog may have noticed a gap in our coverage this week, for which I apologize. Our coverage will resume today.

As you probably suspect, we use a platform called WordPress to manage our content. More sites on the internet use WordPress than any other single content management system, so the developers do an excellent job of keeping things updated.

And as a good site administrator, I keep this site up to date as well.

So, when I got a little notification from WordPress that one of the plugins I use to keep the Voxitatis Blog, hosted on our own servers, connected to WordPress’s main servers needed to be upgraded, I naturally hit the button to upgrade the plugin, which is called JetPack.

Administrative view after I fixed the problem (screenshot).

JetPack is a very complete package, which reports on reader statistics like what articles you all are reading and on what days, and so on. I look at the stats, but I don’t really depend on them to make decisions, since I use my sense of newsworthiness to decide that.

However, JetPack also provides a feature called “Beautiful Math.” This feature allows me to type in mathematical equations in a language called LaTeX, which is what old textbook writers, like myself, used for writing math in textbooks. It lets me write out equations as math, rather than in typewriter language, which would be much more difficult for students to read, since they’re used to seeing math as math, not as typewriter-script.

Unfortunately, when I upgraded this time, the Beautiful Math wasn’t working anymore. So, after a few days of back and forth with the support engineers at WordPress and at my hosting company (I also had to upgrade the version of PHP running on our server), I finally got it working, thanks to a team of four of those support engineers—and a little reversion to a previous way of connecting to WordPress, provided by the support team.

And, we’re back in business.

Regular news stories have been accumulating in my editorial hopper, so during the next few days, as I complete the research on those, I’ll get them posted up to the site.

I apologize for the brief hiatus, but my attention was needed to get the math operational, since those stats tell me the algebra 1 articles are the most commonly read group of pages on this site. More of those are coming soon.

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Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.