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Using Stanford Feeds for easier content maintenance

Caryl Westerberg Posted by Caryl J Westerberg on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 9:30am

Would you like to display courses on your website? How about events or links to people profiles? The Stanford community provides a variety of web feeds which provide data or content that your Drupal website can leverage. 


Frequently the content you need on your website is...

So, you need an intranet?

Caryl Westerberg Posted by Caryl J Westerberg on Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 1:00pm

Frequently, at Stanford Web Services we receive requests to build an intranet as part of a website. What exactly do people mean by "intranet?" Each department, lab, and institute might have different requirements an "intranet." Let's look at some different ways you might...

Card sorting: Defining related content categories

Linnea Williams profile pic Posted by Linnea Ann Williams on Friday, August 21, 2015 - 10:30am

Card sorting is a powerful, hands-on tool that we at Stanford Web Services use for helping content creators iron out either the information architecture of their site (meaning the big buckets of their...

Reinventing our work via Service Design

a face for radio Posted by Zach Chandler on Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 8:00am

Service Design is an emerging practice area that can transform organizations, and create immense value. Stanford Web Services has already begun to introduce Service Design into the way that they develop services...

How We Learn Anything New, and the Importance of Focusing on Practice

Posted by Joe Knox on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:30am

When learning something new — no matter what it is — many of us move through the same levels of competence. In this post, we'll look at this progression of learning, and discuss how a focus on practice can lead to a more sustained level of self-awareness.


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Saying Yes, Saying No: A Designer’s Balancing Act

Megan Erin Miller Posted by Megan Erin Miller on Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 9:00am

As designers, in order to come up with innovative solutions, we must embrace a “yes, and” mindset. But to really get the job done, our most important weapon is the ability to say “no.” To be successful, we have to constantly find a balance between a mindset of “yes” and a mindset...

Why You Might Want to Request a Development Site

Posted by Joe Knox on Monday, March 23, 2015 - 9:00am

Have you ever wanted to try something new on your site, but wished you could view and experiment with it before making the change(s) live? You can! All you need is a development site. In this post we'll talk about how to request a dev site and why you might want to have one....

A better search for Drupal

Shea McKinney Posted by Shea Ross McKinney on Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:00am

Drupal comes with a built in search module that provides some pretty basic search options. Like everything else we do, we ask ourselves, "how can this be better?" One of our recent projects has given us the opportunity to evaluate some new options for search. 


Note: This...

Getting Started on Sites: Adding Google Analytics to Your site

Posted by Joe Knox on Monday, February 2, 2015 - 9:00am

Google Analytics gives you critical insights that help drive innovation and evolution by showing you exactly how people are using your site. Understanding how your site is being used can aid in identifying where improvements can and should be made. This post will cover how to add...

The (Wo)Man and the Machine: Automated Testing, User Stories, and Code Refactoring

Photo of John Bickar Posted by John Bickar on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 9:00am

I gave a lightning talk at the Stanford University IT Unconference on October 30th, 2014, titled, "The (Wo)Man and the Machine: Automated Testing, User Stories,...

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