Version 2.21 Release Notes - June 21, 2022

Please note that if WDS has customized your site (e.g. custom content types, theme, or other functionality), the improvements and fixes listed below may not be applicable to your site.

Design & Styling

  • #1794: Increased the content area width for News, Posts, Search Results, and Webform detail pages. They now all match the Events detail page width to improve design consistency throughout these content types.
  • #1829: Main menu drop-downs will now split the drop down items into two columns instead of one if there are more than 6 items. This was done to improve usability for menus with a long list of items, especially on laptop screens.
  • #1842: Reduced the text size of the Feature Block title and body when it is displayed in a narrow column. This was done to reduce the chance for long words overflow the container.


  • #1321: When entering the physical location for events, the form field will now offer suggestions of Princeton locations based on what is being typed. Selecting a suggested item will auto populate the Princeton Location ID field with the correct ID, which is used to link the location to Princeton's location map for visitors that view the event detail page. Previously, users were expected to manually look up this ID from a separate file.
  • #1792: Fixed an issue where it was possible to create an event without and end date. All events must have both a start and end date.
  • #1799: Sites with the Event Speaker A collection of features or functionality that can be enabled on sites. WDS has made several optional modules available to site administrators to enable on their site. For example, the "News" module enables the News content type and provide a News List Block for displaying news on a page. enabled (which provides a dedicated A collection of fields that describe a specific type of content, like a news article, a person, or an event. Site admins can add additional content types by enabling optional modules. WDS can also create custom content types for a site. for event speakers) can now choose to associate speakers to events using the original method. This works on a per-event basis by selecting either "Basic" or "Advanced" for the new "Speaker Type" field on the event form. Previously sites using this module were forced to use the Speaker content type for all events.

Feed Blocks

  • #1925: Feed Blocks can now display up to 30 items from a source feed, up from the previous limit of 10.


  • #895: An XML sitemap is now automatically generated. Sitemaps help search engines like Google discover published content on your website faster. Site owners are encouraged to review the published content items on their site to confirm they should be available publicly, as it's possible search engines did not include them in their search results if there were no links to them. Review the SEO documentation for more information about this feature.
  • #996: Google Analytics 4 is now supported. Sites using Google's "Universal Analytics" will need to upgrade to Google Analytics 4 before July 1, 2023. Google has more information on Google Analytics 4 and upgrading from Universal Analytics.


  • #658: It's now possible to independently control the display and behavior of the main menu in the header and sidebar regions. Previously, only certain header menu options allowed for sidebar menus. This change allows all header menu options to be paired with a sidebar menu. Visit the theme settings page to access the menu display configuration.
  • #1084: The mega-menu option for the header has been updated to include a new option for displaying a fixed number of columns, either 3 or 4. Previously, the drop-down would always output a column for every level 2 item. This new "fixed" flow option will fit all the items into selected number of columns. This option also repeats the label of the level 1 item prominently within the drop-down.


  • #1817: It's now possible to have individual news article detail pages redirect to their source website. This feature is enabled by using the new checkbox labeled "Redirect detail page to source website" and providing a URL for the source website in the existing "Source" field.
  • #1819: The date format used in news RSS feeds has been updated to comply with the RFC822 standard.


  • #1869: People List Blocks that are sorted by last name now have a secondary sort for first name. Multiple people with the same last names will now appear in the correct alphabetical order.


  • #1524: Publications list blocks now have the ability to output the abstract field. It is collapsed by default and can be toggled opened by visitors.
  • #1689: Fixed an issue with the Chicago Manual Style citation format where the publication date would display an erroneous "AD" after the date. Note that the publication date field is expected to be in the format MM/YYYY and validation has been added to enforce that. Existing references that don't align with this format may still display incorrectly.
  • #1719: Publication references can now indicate their publication status. Available options are Forthcoming, Submitted, In Preparation, In Press, or Working Papers. These statuses will be displayed as group headings in the Publication List Block when configured to group by year.
  • #1887: Fixed an issue with the Publications List Block where duplicate items could be displayed under certain circumstances.

Resource Links

  • #1920: Fixed an issue where Resource Link List Blocks and Resource Link detail pages would become broken if a resource link's referenced document was deleted. Such resource links will now display the text "[document missing]". Content managers should delete resource links that reference documents that no longer exist.