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Writing for the Web #1: Calls to Action

Linnea Williams profile pic Posted by Linnea Ann Williams on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 11:17am

Get people more engaged in your content! With this post, I'll outline two basic guidelines for writing good Calls to Action to lead users through your site.


What is a Call to Action?


A Call to Action is a snippet of text with a link, sometimes styled as a button...

Using Context to Add Blocks to a Region

Caryl Westerberg Posted by Caryl J Westerberg on Monday, July 8, 2013 - 9:00am

You may be asking yourself, how do I add a block to a sidebar or other region, and how do I get it to display on the correct page? In this post I'll explain how to use the Context module to do just this.


Blocks are a great way to display content in a more structured way on...

Everyday tools for design and theming

Megan Erin Miller Posted by Megan Erin Miller on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 9:21am

I spend a lot of my time theming in the browser, writing CSS and testing ideas. In this blog post, I wanted to share some of my favorite tools for designing and theming.


In-Browser Tools:


  • Firebug (developer tools for in-browser testing and...

Menu Tricks #3: Automating Virtual Menu Position for Specific Content Types

Linnea Williams profile pic Posted by Linnea Ann Williams on Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 9:00am

As a serious navigation advocate, it drives me crazy to have an active "Blog" or "Calendar" link in my main menu when I'm looking at the overview pages for that section, but then the active link goes away when I look at a specific Event or Blog Post. Am I in the Calendar section or not?


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Twitter and Facebook Widgets for Your Website

Megan Erin Miller Posted by Megan Erin Miller on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 2:50pm

Social media could be said to be the new "press release," a concise way to get your latest updates out to an interested audience. If you're using Twitter or Facebook, here are a couple of quick and easy ways to integrate your social media content into your website.


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Styling on Sites: Awesome Icons using Font Awesome

Megan Erin Miller Posted by Megan Erin Miller on Monday, June 3, 2013 - 9:00am

This is the fourth post in my series, Styling on Sites. In my last post we looked at the new responsive theme Open Framework, and how we...

Handling Spam in Drupal

Caryl Westerberg Posted by Caryl J Westerberg on Friday, May 31, 2013 - 9:00am

"Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, lovely spam, wonderful spam".  ~ Monty Python


Named after a lunch meat made of spiced ham, "spam" is used to describe unsolicited and unwanted bulk messages which are usually some sort of advertising. Sure you might be able to find a...

Styling on Sites: Introduction to Open Framework

Megan Erin Miller Posted by Megan Erin Miller on Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 9:00am

This is the third post in my series, Styling on Sites. Last time we looked at how to use the great and powerful module, CSS Injector. In this post I'm going to introduce you to our new...

Using Display Suite to Place Node Fields in Blocks

Photo of John Bickar Posted by John Bickar on Monday, May 20, 2013 - 10:25am

Have you ever looked at a page layout and thought, "Hm, that sure is one long list of fields. It would be nice to be able to place some of that information in a sidebar (or in the footer, etc.)"


In this example, we want to move some of the "Contact Information" fields of an Event node...

Migrating from Stanford Modern to Open Framework based themes

Megan Erin Miller Posted by Megan Erin Miller on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 12:49pm

A new family of Drupal 7 themes have been released on Stanford Sites as of the evening of April 9th:


  • Open Framework — a responsive, full-featured base theme that uses Twitter Bootstrap styles. It does not include Stanford branding.

  • Stanford...

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