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The UIT Blog is a behind-the-scenes look at the build and delivery of technology products and services to the Stanford community. The topics you’ll read about are all told first-hand by the individuals who work closest to them.

Four ‘Not-So-Obvious’ Tips to Use Google Forms Like a Pro

Rachel Manongdo
August 10, 2020

Form Builder may now be gone, but Google Forms can get the job done for you. When you’re ready to level up your Forms game, read on for a few not-so-obvious pro tips that I’ve picked up in my journey to adoption.  

Early Adopters Transform Their Websites on the New Stanford Sites Drupal 8

Cynthia Endriga Mijares
July 22, 2020

With over 160 Stanford Sites Drupal 8 websites in progress since the platform launched in February, we want to spotlight a few of the early adopters and share their unique experiences as they transitioned from D7 to D8. 

In just five months, these groups built their sites using our D8 product’s first version features, which focused on meeting the immediate needs of several D7 websites with simple content structures. 

Drupal 7’s End of Life and What That Means for Stanford Sites

Sara Worrell-Berg
July 7, 2020

The Drupal 7 (D7) community recently announced that due to the COVID-19 impact, they are extending the previously scheduled D7 end of life from November 2021 to November 2022. 

How does this affect our goal to upgrade all D7 Stanford websites to Drupal 8 in the next year or so? Good question! 

Stanford Sites Drupal 8 is Here!

Sara Worrell-Berg
April 7, 2020

Stanford Web Services (SWS) proudly introduces Stanford Sites Drupal 8 (D8) — the new upgrade to Stanford’s primary web content management service.

Seven Steps for a Successful Transition to Drupal 8

Rachel Manongdo
February 20, 2020

This month, our team will introduce the Stanford Sites Drupal 8 (D8) beta, and we want to help you to begin thinking about your plan to rebuild and launch your website on the new platform. We’ve put together a guide to walk you through every step in the process.

Why Perform a Content Audit on Your Website?

December 16, 2019

To help prepare your Drupal website for the move to the Drupal 8 (D8) platform, Stanford Web Services (SWS) is building a D8 Adoption Toolkit that will be available to Jumpstart and Stanford Sites users in early 2020. Among the D8 adoption resources, you’ll find an audit tool that we can install directly on your site. It will give you a “live” view of inventory of your site content and allow you to mark each piece of content with a status. 

Five Takeaways From the Drupal 8 Pilot

Kerri Augenstein
December 3, 2019

After a massive amount of effort, our team pulled off a successful pilot release of the Drupal 8 (D8) platform. This involved developing a plan for research, internal testing and QA, and hands-on user interview sessions. During the sessions, we observed clients using the platform and solicited their invaluable feedback to understand what was currently working well and/or not so well.

Why Web Accessibility Matters

Rachel Manongdo
October 25, 2019

When you sit down to use your computer, what do you do and experience? Likely, without too much effort, you see the screen with your eyes, listen to videos with your ears, and comprehend the content with your brain. You interact with components on the screen by clicking a mouse, tapping a keyboard or screen, and ultimately, you understand the information that gets back to you  — or at least that’s the goal.

The Road to D8: What will be available and when?

John Bickar
October 2, 2019

Imagine building a whole new Drupal framework in one year, while considering the many unique website needs Stanford Sites users have cultivated over the past seven. That’s the challenge we are tackling. So what does releasing D8 for Stanford Sites look like? It looks like a whole lot of building and testing, followed by a series of iterative feature and version releases, along with regular security patches and upgrades, in true Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) fashion. 

Drupal 8: Scalable, Affordable, and More Secure Than Ever Platform-as-a-Service

Rachel Manongdo
September 3, 2019

Get ready, Stanford! The Drupal 8 (D8) platform will soon be the new framework for Stanford Sites, Stanford's primary web content management service for over 2,000 websites. To continue to receive security updates and support, Drupal 7 websites will need to move to D8 by 2021. Stanford Web Services (SWS) is currently building and designing D8 on Stanford Sites and is scheduled to deliver the first release by February 2020.