To create your own website in WashU Sites, follow the basic steps on this page.
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.
Logging in and adding editors
To get started on your new site, log in and add more users as admins and editors.
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.
Setting up your site’s navigation menus
Your site’s primary navigation is housed in the horizontal gray bar under the Washington University shield. This is where visitors to your site will access various sections of your site.
Building the site’s footer
The site’s footer displays as the gray bar at the bottom of the screen. Learn how to edit your contact information with the help of these tutorials.
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.”
Taking your site to the next level
Take your site up a notch with the following tutorials.