To create your own website in WashU Sites, follow the basic steps on this page.
Before you get started
Logging in and adding editors
To get started on your new site, log in and add more users as admins and editors.
Make people administrators or editors of your website by adding them as users.
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.
Use pages for relatively static content that makes up the architecture of your site.
Insert a featured image to highlight the main theme of a page or post. Include additional images in the page or post body.
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.
Menus are the links that appear in the “framework” of your site that allow visitors to find and navigate to pages.
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.
Appearing at the bottom of every page on your site, the footer is an ideal location for universal links and information.
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.”
When you're ready to launch your 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.
From style guides to Google rankings, get tips to step up your web game.
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.
Reduce paperwork and make communications easy for your users. You can use web forms for contact pages, applications, event registrations and more.
Attend a training session to get tips and tricks straight from our experts.