Archive for the ‘Internet and Web’ Category

Cardinal WordPress Theme: Best Practices

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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.

Stanford Media Group: Networking

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

This Stanford Media Group meeting discussed IT Services Networking.

There were also short sub-group reports on:

  • Storage
  • Media Asset Management
  • Streaming
  • Archiving
  • Student Services

Qualtrics: Tips, Tricks, and What’s New

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Qualtrics survey tool has changed the landscape for colleges and universities, introducing features to help academic users run more successful surveys and gather quicker insights.

This session highlighted tips and tricks for the everyday user as well as introduced new features, including the offline survey app, pivot tables, and SMS survey capability.

More information about Qualtrics at http://survey.stanford.edu

CAP and the New Stanford Profiles Website

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The new Stanford Profiles website is part of a University initiative to expand the CAP (Community Academic Profiles) website used by the School of Medicine to other schools and admin units at Stanford.

The site is intended to allow convenient updates of academic and professional profiles and to enhance communication and collaborations across the University.

Topics covered during this session included:

  • an overview of the new Stanford Profiles site
  • the CAP API, and how data can be accessed and used to integrate with other sites
  • the CAP Internal / Intranet site
  • the Social features available to promote and facilitate collaborations within the CAP population
  • the future of CAP

Adobe Creative Cloud

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This session focused on what’s new with Creative Cloud — the new desktop version of Adobe products in the Creative Suite — and the added tools and services to facilitate creating and collaborating.

Jim Babbage, Solutions Consultant at Adobe, reviewed the enhancements to Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Muse, and Acrobat. He also explored how these applications collaborate, and how other Creative Cloud tools/apps complement them.

Other topics:

  • Deployment Tools and Licensing Options
  • Adobe Community Resources
  • Collaboration: Behance and Beyond
  • Creativity in Education: Why it Matters
  • InDesign and Digital Publishing for Mobile Apps