Posts Tagged ‘Stanford’

Techie Tip of the Week: Installing WordPress Plugins on Stanford’s Web Servers

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Because the Stanford web servers require encryption using SFTP, and WordPress’s built-in method of installing and implementing a plug-in uses FTPS, you cannot install plugins from directly within WordPress.

Instead, you need to manually install the plugin.

Here’s what you need to do:

1) Download the plugin to your Desktop.

2) Unzip the plugin.

3) Open an SFTP program like SecureFX or Fetch, log in, and change the plugin directory for your WP instance:

The directory should be something like “/afs/ir/group/groupname/cgi-bin/wordpressdirectory/wp-content/plugins” (substitute groupname for your real group name; wordpressdirectory for your real WP directory name)

4) Drag the plugin folder from your Desktop to the Remote Site side of SecureFX/Fetch.

5) In WordPress, go to your Dashboard (

6) Click Plugins.

7) Locate the installed plugin and click Activate.

Your plugin is now activated!

Techie Tip of the Week: WebEx Training on Demand

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Hey, Stanford people! Do you need to put together a WebEx session but aren’t sure where or how to begin? Tried creating a session but got stuck?

As part of the Tech Briefing series, IT Services Technology Training offers an on-demand video demonstration of WebEx.

In this closed-captioned video, you’ll learn how WebEx software can facilitate:

  • Holding “virtual meetings” without traveling across campus
  • Effectively involving staff members who are working remotely
  • Gathering groups quickly to review materials
  • Leveraging colleagues at other institutions
  • Delivering real-time lectures, demonstrations, and presentations
  • Providing virtual office hours
  • Administering quick-response remote desktop support assistance
  • Encouraging cross-functional group collaboration
  • Follow this link to watch the video:
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