The RM Unify switch over went live at 2:30 this afternoon, and the blog service DNS was changed. New tiles have been deployed on the RM Unify dashboard pointing to the new blog instances.
The DNS propagation took a while this afternoon but it seems to have finished. The scripts are rolling out tile changes to all schools Unify launch pads.
You now should logon to Glow at https://glow.rmunify.com/ and once you log on you should see a blog tile for your LA on the shared dashboard:
Clicking on this tile will take you to the home page of blogs for your Local Authority.
There you should see a slightly different screen. In addition to the list of the last 40 updated glow blogs there are now links to: Create a Blog, My Blogs and the Glow Blogs Help.
The Changes in the service at present are around Blog creation, User Management and privacy settings. There were previous controlled through the old glow groups and are now in WordPress. Details of these changes and help are available Main Changes » Glow Blog Help
What happens next
For the next couple of weeks we will be letting the service ‘bed down’ hopefully not making any changes, but phase 2 of the project will start behind the scenes. This second phase will involve fixing the known issues and upgrading WordPress to version 4 (from 2.9.2).
I would expect this second stage to take at least a couple of months, it should then be followed by stage 3. By this time the project will be in agile development where we hope to have a fairly steady out pup of new features principally through the addition of themes and plugins.
Please get in touch if you have any observations about the new service.