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Module of the Day: Stanford Events Importer

Stanford Events is Stanford University's central calendar. It's widely used by departments, organizations, and student groups to promote events to the public and members of our campus community, and it provides a valuable resource for planning and scheduling. The challenge is cross-promoting events. In the past, sharing events content across multiple websites required re-typing. Ouch! We'll show you how to use the Stanford Events Importer module to save time and cross-promote events from multiple organizations.

Using Stanford Feeds for easier content maintenance

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 already published on another website. Rather than adding this content manually to your website, you can use a web feed to import this published content from the source website and display it on your website. 

So, you need an intranet?

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 want to use an intranet and the tools available at Stanford that can help make your intranet possible.

What is an intranet?

According to our old friend Wikipedia, an intranet is:

Doing more with the editor, Part 1, adding CSS styles

Have you ever wanted to put a border on an image or highlight a link for more information in a text field? It is possible to configure the  Styles dropdown menu in your WYSIWYG editor to allow you to add styles to the content in a text field. If you don't know how to configure your Styles dropdown, here's how you can add multiple classes to an element using the HTML editor pane of the WYSIWYG.

Disable the WYSIWYG

To edit the HTML in a text area:

  1. Navigate to the page you'd like to edit

Module of the Day: Stanford MetaTag NoBots - Hide your site from search engines!

When we launch a site at Stanford Web Services, we open the doors and roll out the red carpet for the search engines to index the site. However, before launch we like to keep the content under wraps and ask the search engines not to index the site. To do this, we use a module called Stanford MetaTag NoBots.

Help! I lost everything! What do I do? Introducing the Internet Archive

Sometimes things happen that are beyond your realm of control. A page in your website or maybe your whole site goes missing. Then, to add insult to injury, the backups can’t restore the site. What can you do to recover?

Introducing Internet Archive

Take heart my friend, all may not be lost. You may not be able to restore the site, but there might be a record of its content at the Internet Archive (archive.org). According to Internet Archive,

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