The WashU Web Theme combines a framework of common elements with customizable features you can use to make your site unique. 

Flexible content features and page builder tools offer you countless options for building a site that meets your goals.


Pages

Pages make up the architecture of a site, appearing in the menus across the top and down the side (on a desktop). Use pages for relatively stable content, such as Home, About, Initiatives, and Get Involved.

As a common entry point into  your website, the homepage typically warrants special formatting. The other pages on your site are commonly referred to as “internal” pages.

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Pages may also act as “containers” for the other content types listed below.


Posts (for news, a blog or announcements)

Posts are a standard WordPress feature ideal for a blog, news stories or announcements. Posts are dated and may include an author, categories, tags, images and an excerpt. When displayed on a page in list form, posts default to showing in reverse chronological order, with the most recent post first.

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People (custom post type)

Perfect for directories, rosters, biographies and other profile types, the People feature has flexible fields for information like name, title, photo and contact information. You can also use categories to create sub-lists or filters.

People are a type of post, so each person is entered as a separate post. This creates a detail page with their full information, as well as a “tile” with a snippet and link that can be embedded individually or in a list on any page of your site.

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Places (custom post type)

Places is useful for groups with multiple offices, venues, community partners or other locations. Custom fields include name, address, categories and the option to show an image or a map. Optional categories allow you to create sub-lists or filters.

Places are a type of post, so each location is entered as a separate post. This creates a detail page with their full information, as well as a “tile” with a snippet and link that can be embedded individually or in a list on any page of your site.

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Items (custom post type)

Items functions similarly to other custom post types, but the fields are more generic so posts can be adapted to your content needs. This post type is especially useful if you’d like to use filters for a content group. Examples include publications, volunteer programs, student groups or scholarship opportunities.

Items are a type of post, so each item is entered as a separate post. This creates a detail page with their full information, as well as a “tile” with a snippet and link that can be embedded individually or in a list on any page of your site.

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Events (custom post type)

Like other custom post types, events are created individually. A snippet from each event is listed on the master calendar, and each has its own detail page. You can also apply categories and choose to display a short list of upcoming events from a given category.

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Forms

Web forms open up the lines of communication between you and your audiences. In addition to simple contact forms, you can use online forms to replace paper processes, such as program applications, event registration and surveys.

You can customize your forms’ confirmation message, set up email notifications, and export form submissions to a spreadsheet.

WashU Web Theme forms are not HIPAA-compliant and should not be used to collect protected health information (PHI). (See guidelines to appropriate communication of PHI.)

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Page layouts in Tailor

For most content types (events are the exception), you can choose between two editing modes: The default WordPress editor and Tailor page builder.

Tailor provides countless layout options with drag-and-drop elements like billboards (this is a billboard!) and lists (that is a list above!).