Please arrive early and be prepared! You’ll get the most out of a training session if you show up ready to rock ‘n roll. And by ready to rock ‘n roll, we mean: Bring a laptop if you have one, and log into your site before training begins.

Prerequisites for training sessions

Whether you’re attending a group training class or stopping by office hours, we ask that you take care of these two tasks before you arrive.

1. Make sure you can log into a WashU Site and have administrator access.

  • If you don’t have a WashU Site, request a new site here. When you sign up, use the word “test” in both the site address and site title (e.g., and “Ava’s Test Site”).
  • If your group has a site but you can’t edit it, ask the site admin to add you as an administrator before you come to training.
  • If you have a site that has already launched and is live for all the world to see, we recommend creating a new site for testing and training purposes. Request a new site, using the word “test” in both the site address and site title (e.g., and “Ava’s Test Site“).

2. Get to know some website basics!

This course is designed for people who have some experience using a website content management system (CMS) such as Joomla, SharePoint, Drupal or WordPress.

  • If you’re brand new to editing websites, we recommend a quick introduction to website basics before attending this class. Watch this video on The Parts of a Website Design and you should be ready to go. (Video length = 7:16)
  • If you’ve coded a website or used a tool like Dreamweaver but have no CMS experience, we recommend watching this video on CMS Fundamentals before attending this class. (Video length is 2:54.) You’ll find CMS-ing quite different from hand-coding!

After training

Tell us what you think — take the survey!

After you’ve attended a group training session, we’ll send you an optional survey asking for feedback. These surveys helps us improve future training sessions and support documentation for other WashU Web Theme users.

Identify which topics you would like to explore in-depth

Although we can’t cover everything in training, we’ve covered almost everything on our support documentation website (the one you’re on right now). Use the search bar in the top right corner of the site to find a specific tutorial, or visit the Guides & Tutorials page to browse all topics.

Attend additional trainings as needed

You may like to attend multiple group training sessions at different points in the website creation process. Some people find it helpful to attend when they first start work on their site, then again as a refresher after they’ve added the bulk of their content.

For questions specific to your site, you can schedule a one-on-one training session or message us through our online support request form.