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Next Tech Briefing - August 29
Blue Jeans:
Video Conferencing at Stanford

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Tech Briefings are free, informal, and interactive seminars led by knowledgeable IT Services staff or other IT professionals on computer-related topics of interest to the Stanford community. Tech Briefings are held Fridays from 2:00 to 3:30 PM in Turing Auditorium (Polya Hall, Room 111). No registration is required.

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Upcoming Tech Briefings

Date Topic Presenter(s)
August 29

Blue Jeans - Free Video Conferencing at Stanford

Effective September 1, 2014 BlueJeans audio/video conferencing service will be available to every current faculty, staff and student  - At No Charge!

Please join us for this fun and informative TechBriefing where you will learn how to access your BlueJeans account, schedule and participate in a meeting, share your screen and documents, use the recording functionality, etc.

In addition to providing simple to use, high quality video conferencing, BlueJeans is also a replacement for WebEx, Premiere Global, and other audio conferencing services.

To join the Meeting:
https://bluejeans.com/5302056573

To join via Browser:
https://bluejeans.com/5302056573/browser

To join with Lync:
https://bluejeans.com/5302056573/lync

To join via Cisco Jabber Video:
https://bluejeans.com/5302056573/jabber

To join via Room System:
Video Conferencing System:  bjn.vc -or- 199.48.152.152
Meeting ID: 5302056573


To join via Phone: 
1) Dial:
   +1 408 740 7256
   +1 888 240 2560 (US or Canada only)
   (see all numbers - http://bluejeans.com/numbers)
2) Enter Conference ID: 5302056573
Direct-dial with my iPhone

Jo-Ann Cuevas, Campus Readiness
September 5

Introduction to WordPress

From it's modest beginnings in 2003 as a successor to b2/cafelog, WordPress has grown from a small personal blogging platform to full featured, professional Content Management System (CMS). It's estimated that almost 25% of web sites are built on WordPress, from personal blogs to powerhouse sites like The New York Times, CNN, and Sony Music. WordPress makes it easy to create professionally styled sites, add custom functionality, and author rich and compelling content.

This tech briefing will introduce you to WordPress as a CMS. You'll learn about:

  • Content
    • The two primary content types: pages and posts
    • Other ways to present content: widgets, media
  • Presentation
    • Themes: how to completely change the look of your site with the click of a button
    • Theme components: menus, "sidebars" & widgets, banner images, featured images, ....
    • Customizing themes
  • Adding functionality
    • Plugins
    • Shortcodes
  • Controlling access
    • Users and roles
  • Tips for managing a WordPress site
    • Accessibility
    • Security
    • Comment spam
    • Customized themes


If you're curious about WordPress - what it is and whether or not it's a fit for your needs - this is the tech briefing for you!

Bio

JB Christy is a Senior Web Developer in University Communications. She has been a software engineer for more than 30 years and has been developing commercial web sites since 2007. Since coming to Stanford in 2013, JB has helped launch Stanford's new home page (December 2013) and has worked on several special projects for Stanford News and Stanford Arts. JB has been working with WordPress since 2011 and is the developer of Stanford's new Cardinal WordPress theme.

JB Christy, University Communications
September 12

Cardinal WordPress Theme: Best Practices

 

  • University Communications has recently created the Cardinal WordPress theme, which enables eligible Stanford departments and administrative units to present their WordPress sites with a look and feel consistent with Stanford's home page. This tech briefing introduces the new theme and covers the best practices for deploying it on your WordPress site. In this tech briefing you'll learn about:
  • The Cardinal theme's look and feel
  • Installing the Cardinal WordPress theme
  • Customizing your site's navigation
  • Customizing layouts
  • Customizing sidebar / footer contents
  • Configuring your home page
  • Displaying featured images
  • Displaying author information
  • Custom shortcodes
  • Getting help with the theme


If your department or administrative unit has a WordPress site, or if you're considering creating one, please come learn what the new Cardinal theme can do for your site.

Bio

JB Christy is a Senior Web Developer in University Communications. She has been a software engineer for more than 30 years and has been developing commercial web sites since 2007. Since coming to Stanford in 2013, JB has helped launch Stanford's new home page (December 2013) and has worked on several special projects for Stanford News and Stanford Arts. JB has been working with WordPress since 2011 and is the developer of Stanford's new Cardinal WordPress theme.

 

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