To create your own website in WashU Sites, follow the basic steps on this page.

Before you get started

  1. Get to know theme standards; as a theme user, you agree to follow these guidelines.
  2. Read the communications resource to learn about the university’s brand, including messaging, voice and visual brand standards.
  3. 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.

Logging in to Your Site

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

Adding New Users to Edit Your Site

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.

Adding Pages

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

Adding Posts

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

Editing Pages or Posts

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

Looking for more page types?

See the guides to adding people, places or items, events and forms.

Adding Images

Insert photos, graphics, or other images on a page.

Types of Images

There are featured images, and then there are non-featured images.

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.

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.

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.

Editing the Footer Contact Information

A website’s footer appears at the bottom of each page and is the same on every page.

Using Widgets to Add Footer or Sidebar Content

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

Go to launch guide

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.”

Changing Privacy Settings & Visibility

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

Take your site up a notch with the following tutorials.

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.

Creating a Form

Create online fillable forms without any code.