New here? Follow these steps to create a new website or become a WashU Sites pro.

Before you get started

  • Get to know theme standards; as a theme user, you agree to follow these guidelines.
  • Read the communications resource to learn about the university’s brand, including messaging, voice and visual brand standards.
  • Refer to the Washington University style manual for guidance with usage and formatting of names, titles and more.
  • Set aside plenty of time to get comfortable with using WordPress: we recommend budgeting one full work day (or seven hours spread across multiple days).

Logging in and adding editors

To get started on your new site, log in and add more users as admins and editors.

Logging in to Your Site

Use your WUSTL Key to log in and make edits to your site.

Navigating WordPress as an Admin

Customize your settings for a better editing experience.

Adding New Users to Edit Your Site

Give people access to edit your website.

Adding content to your site

WordPress sites have two core content types – pages and posts – and sites using the WashU Web theme offer additional post types as well. To explore all of your content options, visit the features section. Use the tutorials below to get started.

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.

Editing an Existing Page or Post

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

Using Blocks: An Intro to the Page Editor

Laying out pages and editing content is a snap with your site’s block editor.

Looking for more options?

Your WashU Web Theme site isn’t limited to basic pages and posts. You can also add eventsformspeople, places or items.

Adding Images

Insert photos or graphics into the body of a page or post.

Setting up your site’s navigation menus

Your site’s primary navigation — that is, the menu with links to all of the main pages on your website — appears in the horizontal gray bar under the Washington University shield. 

Editing Navigation Menus

Rearrange the order of pages in your site’s menus.

Building the site’s footer

The footer is the gray field at the bottom of every page on your website. At minimum, it should identify the Washington University unit that owns or is responsible for your website (often this may be the same as your site name) and include basic contact information. 

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.

Using Widgets to Add Footer or Sidebar Content

WordPress widgets are small modules that appear on every page of your site containing text, categories, HTML or other content.

Before your site goes live

From setting redirects to checking your menus, see the launch guide to make sure you’re crossing all of your t’s and dotting those i’s before your site goes public.

Publishing your site

Once your site is ready to be viewed by the public, set your privacy settings to “allow search engines to index the site.”

Making a Site Visible to Search Engines

To publicly “launch” a site, change the visibility settings so search engines can find it. 

Taking your site to the next level

Need an extra push? Below are a few ways to turn your site up to eleven.

Web Best Practices & Guides

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

Adding Google Analytics to a WashU Site

Set up Google Analytics as soon as your site launches to start collecting data right away.

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.

People, Places and Items

Use the tool for people, places or items to create directories, filterable lists and more.

Training sessions

Attend a training session to get tips and tricks straight from our experts.