Adding a Calendar

Insert a calendar of your events formatted as a list or grid (monthly, weekly or daily).

Adding a New Section with Multiple Pages

After you've launched your site, you may want to add a new top-level page with subpages, but this can be a little tricky with a live menu.

Adding Categories

Use categories to add filters or display a subset of posts on a page.

Adding Content to the Footer Using Widgets

Appearing at the bottom of every page on your site, the footer is an ideal location for universal links and information.

Adding Event Locations

Locations must be created first before they can be added to an event.

Adding Events to a Page

Add a single event to a page, or a list of events from a specific category.

Adding Google Analytics to a WashU Site

Google Analytics provides valuable insights into how people use your site. Set it up soon as your site launches to start collecting data right away.

Adding Images

Insert photos or graphics on a page.

Adding Multiple Media Files

Upload multiple images or documents at once.

Adding New Pages

Use pages for relatively static content that makes up the architecture of your site.

Adding New Posts

Posts can be used for dated content like news, announcements, or blog posts.

Adding New Users to Edit Your Site

Make people administrators or editors of your website by adding them as users.

Adding Tailor Elements

Use the Tailor page builder to drag and drop elements onto a page to create a custom layout.

Adjusting Settings for Places

Choose whether all of your place posts will display an image or a map.

Basic HTML Code for WordPress

If something on a page doesn't appear quite right and you understand the basics of HTML, the easiest solution can be to look for rogue tags in the code.

Choosing an Edit Mode: Default or Tailor

When you add content to the body of a page or post, you can use either the default content editor or Tailor page builder.

Creating a Form

Reduce paperwork and make communications easy for your users. You can use web forms for contact pages, applications, event registrations and more.

Creating a Person Post

Add people listings to your site by creating a separate post for each person.

Creating a Place Post

Create a post that includes an address and link to get directions.

Creating an Event Post

Add an event post that you can highlight by itself or as part of a calendar.

Creating an Item Post

Add individual items that you can use to create a list or gallery.

Customizing the Confirmation Page for Submitted Forms

Let users know they've successfully submitted a form and that someone will be in touch.

Editing Pages or Posts

Update pages or posts you've already saved as drafts or published.

Editing the Footer Contact Information

Visitors to your site will expect to find contact information in the footer, which appears at the bottom of every page.

Editing the Navigation Menus

Menus are the links that appear in the “framework” of your site that allow visitors to find and navigate to pages.

Editing the Site Name

Your site name appears at the top of every page and is the same on every page.

Formatting Text in the Content Editor

The content editor is the main editing box used to add and format text in the body of a page, post or Tailor element.

Image Size Cheat Sheet

Some featured images in the WashU Web Theme require specific dimensions to display correctly.

Inserting a List of People, Places or Items

Add a list of people, places or items to a page using Tailor.

Inserting an Individual Person, Place or Item

Add a single person, place or item to a page using Tailor.

Logging in to Your Site

Log into your site with your WUSTL Key to make edits and add more users.

Ordering Pages

Order pages in your main menu and submenus, including drop-downs and right sidebar menus.

Preparing Redirects When Replacing a Site

If you already have a website, launching a new site will break many or all of the links and bookmarks to the pages on your old site.

Replacing an Existing Website

If your new WashU Site is replacing an existing website, you’ll need to take a few additional steps to get ready for launch.

Selecting Featured Images for Pages

Featured images on pages require special consideration.

Sending Email Notifications for Submitted Forms

Set up confirmation emails for submitters or submission notifications for admins.

Setting a Homepage

When your new website is set up, it already has a homepage just waiting for your edits. If this page is deleted, you can set a new homepage. 

Setting a News Page

Set a page to automatically list every news or blog post published on your site. This option uses the default Posts Page setting in WordPress.

Setting Redirects

A redirect automatically forwards a website’s visitors from one URL (web address) to another.

Setting Redirects When Replacing a Site

If you already have a website, launching a new site will break many or all of the links and bookmarks to the pages on your old site.

Syncing External Calendars

Dynamically import events with an iCal feed.

Tailor Element: Accordions

Collapse content into rows that visitors can click to expand.

Tailor Element: Billboard

Use a billboard to call out important information on a colored background.

Tailor Element: Box

Use this Tailor element to organize content into neat little boxes.

Tailor Element: Button

Make a critical call to action stand out from other content on the page using a button.

Tailor Element: Card

Use cards to organize related bits of information side-by-side.

Tailor Element: Carousel

Create a slider with multiple images or text using the carousel element.

Tailor Element: List

Stack parallel content alongside icons, numbers or images using the list element.

Tailor Element: Posts

Use Tailor to customize how posts are embedded and displayed on any page of your site.

Turning Off Links for People, Places and Items

Block People, Places or Items tiles from linking to post detail pages.

Types of Images

Insert a featured image to highlight the main theme of a page or post. Include additional images in the page or post body.

Unhide from Search Engines

When you're ready to launch your site, change the visibility settings so search engines can find it. 

Using the Homepage Spotlight Layout

Put your most important message front-and-center where it can’t be missed.

Using Widgets to Add Footer or Sidebar Content

WordPress widgets are small modules that can include HTML, images, categories or other content.

Viewing & Exporting Submitted Forms

Look at your form submissions individually or export them to create a spreadsheet.

Web Best Practices & Guides

From style guides to Google rankings, get tips to step up your web game.

Website Checklist

Check through these high-level best practices and content needs to prepare, launch or audit your site.