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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...

Adaptive Architecture: Leave Room to Evolve

a face for radio Posted by Zach Chandler on Friday, December 12, 2014 - 6:55am

All forward-thinking technologies share one attribute: the original designers intentionally build in opportunities for future users to innovate. It requires humility and a belief in the creativity of others. This is true for buildings, computers, networks, and other tools.


Hard vs soft configuration: Designing your distribution

Shea McKinney Posted by Shea Ross McKinney on Monday, October 27, 2014 - 8:30am

In this article we are going to talk about what hard and soft configuration is and how to decide between the two when creating a distribution.

At Stanford Web Services...

Designing for Archivability

photo of Nicholas Taylor Posted by Nicholas Taylor on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 8:56am

Web archives are a great way to reference or recover deprecated site content. You can help to ensure that old versions of your website will be faithfully preserved by designing for archivability.

A brief self-introduction

Regular visitors to the...

Create a Page Title From the Views Exposed Filter Term

Caryl Westerberg Posted by Caryl J Westerberg on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 8:18am

Suppose you're using taxomomy terms in exposed filters, and you want the resulting page to display one of the the terms as a title. Taxonomy term pages will give this to you very easily, but sometimes the taxonomy term page is not the right solution.  Here's how you can display...

Views Exposed Filters Multiple Field Search

Shea McKinney Posted by Shea Ross McKinney on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 9:07am

Views offers the ability to expose filters to the end user so they may filter and sort through a views listing to find what they want in a large list of content. If you have used exposed filters before you will be familiar with exposing a filter on a specific field, such as the...

Drupal Sitebuilder, Citizen-Engineer

a face for radio Posted by Zach Chandler on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 1:15pm

Either we shape the the technologies that we use, or they will shape us.  Stanford’s commitment to the Drupal CMS enables more of us to think like engineers, embrace the Maker ethos, and craft our own tools.

“The most profound technologies are those that disappear...

Importing Courses from ExploreCourses

Caryl Westerberg Posted by Caryl J Westerberg on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 8:21am

Do you have courses on ExploreCourses that you’d like to appear on your site? Are you adding these courses by hand every term? If so, check out the Stanford Courses module.  

This module,...

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...

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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