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.
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.
Looking for more options?
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.
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.
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.”
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