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Brittany Cripe Posted by Brittany Cripe on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:02am

Creating the Cardinal at Work website was an opportunity for UHR to enhance the employee experience at Stanford. Our primary focus was consolidating and reorganizing content from 12 employee websites into a single online destination.

Now, faculty, staff and retirees can access information about benefits and rewards, career development, management, and connection opportunities in one convenient location. The site is also enhanced with features such as advanced search, a resource library, navigation by role, task and topic, and much more.

As with any large-scale initiative, getting to the finished product was no easy feat. From start to finish the process took nearly two years and more than 2,100 hours of technical and content development work to complete. Needless to say, we learned A LOT in the process and have compiled some of these “Lessons Learned” in case they may help others embarking on the website redesign journey.

So without further ado, here are some of the lessons we learned from launching a supersite.

Cynthia Mijares Posted by Cynthia Mijares on Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 9:06am

Want to hide or move the WebAuth login block on your website? On Stanford Sites the login block is in the left sidebar by default giving the administrator easy access to log in and make changes to their website. As an administrator you have the option to move this block to a different region or completely hide it.  Let's talk about both options and their ramifications.

If you have multiple people collaborating on your site, you may choose to keep the WebAuth Authentication block visible somewhere on the page.

Cynthia Mijares Posted by Cynthia Mijares on Friday, May 6, 2016 - 4:14pm

Are you excited about the web and looking to learn more about how web products and projects unfold? Join the friendly and collaborative Stanford Web Services team! 

Stanford Web Services (SWS) is an on-campus web design and development team offering:

  • web design, development, and production services;
  • oversight of university web branding, including themes and style guidelines; and
  • project consultation and guidance

Learn more at

Shea McKinney Posted by Shea Ross McKinney on Monday, April 11, 2016 - 10:20am

There are times where I curse open source software but those times are far outweighed by the times that I am reminded why I love it so much.

Normally my blog posts are on the technical side because that is where I feel safe and comfortable writing in a public space but I felt compelled, okay, urged by the boss and team, to write about a moment that I gushed about during a recent staff meeting.

Photo of John Bickar Posted by John Bickar on Friday, April 1, 2016 - 12:01am

The modern web developer has a variety of markup languages available for use in different contexts: XML, HTML, YAML, Markdown - the list goes on and on. Yet each has its limitation(s), whether that be performance, readability, or ease-of-use.

That all changes today with the introduction of the Syntactically Accurate Markup Language (SAML).