In-person training is a great way to learn more about the WashU Web Theme, get personalized help with your site and connect with your support experts and other users.

Ready to get started with your site, but not sure where to begin? The WashU Web Theme guides and tutorials are a great place to start. However, you’re not in this alone!

WashU Web Theme training sessions and office hours are typically offered monthly, and they alternate between the Danforth and Medical campuses. You’re welcome to attend a session on either campus. If one date doesn’t work for you, hop on the MetroLink for a quick ride to the other campus!


Group training sessions

The Basics: Setting Up & Editing Your Website

We highly encourage new WashU Sites users to join us for Basics Web Theme training. In this 90-minute class, you’ll learn about important settings for building your site, as well as features specific to the WashU Web Theme. Topics include:

  • Adding pages
  • Basic content editing and formatting
  • Adding images, video and other media
  • Understanding site architecture
  • Building and editing menus

The Basics: Introduction to the New Editor

We highly encourage users who have recently updated to the new block editor to join us for Basics Web Theme training. In this 60-minute, hands-on class, you’ll build and edit pages using blocks.

Advanced Training in the WashU Web Theme

This 90-minute class is recommended for users who have attended either basics training or who want to take their site to the next level. We’ll explore more advanced topics, including:

  • Creating and inserting events on a page
  • Creating and inserting staff directories or filterable lists (using People, Places and Items)
  • How to use reusable blocks
  • Building forms

WashU Sites office hours

These open work sessions are your opportunity to receive one-on-one assistance in a group setting. Attend if you’d like to meet the support team and other WashU Sites users; learn how others are using WashU Sites; share ideas, lessons learned and struggles; tell us what you would like to learn; ask questions about your site; or work through specific problems not covered in the WashU Web Theme training.


Web accessibility series

The WashU Web Accessibility Users Group meets to share knowledge about standards and best practices for creating and supporting web-based content that’s accessible to people with disabilities and those using assistive technologies. Each month, a speaker presents on a different web accessibility-related topic.


One-on-one support

While we hope that everyone will take advantage of our group training and open office hours, we realize there are some cases when a one-on-one session makes more sense, such as:

  • You have one or more very specific questions (consider joining us for office hours!).
  • You tend to learn better in a one-on-one setting.
  • Your site was created before June 2020, which means it’s in a legacy theme.
  • You cannot make it to a group training or wait for the next one.

To request a one-on-one support, please email us at sites@wustl.edu.