Cardinal WordPress Theme: Best Practices

September 16th, 2014

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University Communications has recently created the Cardinal WordPress theme, which enables eligible Stanford departments and administrative units to present their WordPress sites with a look and feel consistent with Stanford’s home page. This tech briefing introduces the new theme and covers the best practices for deploying it on your WordPress site.

Learn about:

  • The Cardinal theme’s look and feel
  • Installing the Cardinal WordPress theme
  • Customizing your site’s navigation
  • Customizing layouts
  • Customizing sidebar / footer contents
  • Configuring your home page
  • Displaying featured images
  • Displaying author information
  • Custom shortcodes
  • Getting help with the theme

If your department or administrative unit has a WordPress site, or if you’re considering creating one, please come learn what the new Cardinal theme can do for your site.

Bio

JB Christy is a Senior Web Developer in University Communications. She has been a software engineer for more than 30 years and has been developing commercial web sites since 2007. Since coming to Stanford in 2013, JB has helped launch Stanford’s new home page (December 2013) and has worked on several special projects for Stanford News and Stanford Arts. JB has been working with WordPress since 2011 and is the developer of Stanford’s new Cardinal WordPress theme.

Take the Fear out of Web Accessibility: How Your Small Changes Make a Big Difference

August 15th, 2014

Do the words “web accessibility” scare you? Do you imagine a major redesign resulting in an ugly site that looks like it was built in the 1990s? If so, then this Tech Briefing video is for you.

Learn how small changes in how you create content and write code make a big difference to site visitors with and without disabilities.

Upon the conclusion of the video, you will feel confident that you have what it takes to enable all those who come to your site to find the information they need.

Salesforce @ GSB

August 8th, 2014

This Tech Briefing focused on Salesforce — a cloud computing company best known for its customer relationship management product — now being used at the Graduate School of Business, and other departments around campus.

This talk covered:

  • Why Salesforce
  • Factors for success
  • What has GSB done so far
  • Road map
  • Learnings – Strategic, Business and Technical

Stanford Media Group: Digital Repository and Media

July 25th, 2014

This Stanford Media Group meeting discussed the Digital Repository and media.

Other topics covered include:

  • Resource Directory
  • Lynda.com
  • Sub-group happenings

Computers and Assistive Technology

July 18th, 2014

This presentation provided a brief introduction to Assistive Technology, covering these topics:

  • a definition of terms
  • demographics
  • goals of rehabilitation
  • perceptions of disability
  • the needs of people experiencing disabilities
  • political correctness
  • numerous examples of computer-based assistive technology devices and research projects

Presenter information: David L. Jaffe teaches a Winter Quarter course, “Perspectives in Assistive Technology”, that explores the design, development, and use of technology that benefits people with disabilities and older adults.

Stanford Digital Repository for Data

July 11th, 2014

Are you…

  • a grad student looking for somewhere to publish supplementary data for a journal article?
  • a faculty member looking for an easy way to make high-quality research data accessible to others?
  • an institute’s data manager looking for a robust and reliable means to preserve irreplaceable data?
  • a research grant administrator looking for a way to meet data sharing requirements for a grant proposal?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then The Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) may be the answer for you!

In this session, you will learn more about Stanford Libraries’ robust and secure preservation system, and how you can use it to preserve and share research data, creative outputs, and other types of scholarly works.

You’ll also find out about choosing materials for deposit, preparing data and metadata, how the online deposit tool works, and how to get started using the SDR now.

3D Printing in Education

June 27th, 2014

This Tech Briefing session provided an overview of 3D Printing, with an emphasis of use in education.

This session covered:

  • The technology and process of 3D Printing
  • Types of materials that can be used
  • Information about specific applications

Agile Project Management: Introduction to Scrum Methodologies

June 20th, 2014

Important viewing note: Unfortunately, due to a server glitch while recording, the audio for this Tech Briefing video repeats and skips occasionally. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Improve estimates and on-time completion of projects, keep your team happy and sane, and continue iterating on your process at regular intervals!

This Tech Briefing discussed:

  • The Agile manifesto
  • Scrum philosophy
  • The basics of creating and grooming a project backlog
  • The structure of a sprint
Relevant audiences include: all project managers, developers, and anyone who hires outside vendors to create software or websites.

The session was taught by Stanford Web Services’ project manager Linnea Williams, a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner.

High-End Computing Resources at Stanford: New Data Center, New Capabilities

June 6th, 2014

Need to analyze data or run simulations at a scale beyond that of what your laptop or lab group’s server can handle?

During this Tech Briefing, the technical team from the Stanford Research Computing Center talked about high-end computing systems, tools, and resources at Stanford and beyond.

For more information on Stanford Research Computing Center, please visit:

https://doresearch.stanford.edu/research-scholarship/computing-support-research

Stanford Hosted Websites: The Move from www.stanford.edu to web.stanford.edu

May 30th, 2014

Are you an administrator of a Stanford hosted website for your area? Does your website URL begin with www.stanford.edu/<site path>. Did you receive an email message on May 15, 2014 about a change to the address and are not exactly sure what to do or how this affects you and your sites?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you should view this Tech Briefing session.

On June 21, 2014, Stanford will change its web-addressing scheme of its free, self-service web-hosting environment from www.stanford.edu to web.stanford.edu.

If you need immediate assistance, visit: https://itservices.stanford.edu/service/web/centralhosting/www2web.

Presentation slides available.