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. 

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

Give people access to edit your website.


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 New Pages

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

Adding New 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?

Your WashU Web Theme site isn’t limited to basic pages and posts. You can also add eventsformspeople, places or items.

Adding Images

Insert photos or graphics on a page.

Types of Images

Insert a featured image to highlight the main theme of a page or post. Include additional images in the page or post body.


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. 

Editing Navigation Menus

Rearrange the order of pages in your site's menus.


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. 

Editing the Footer Contact Information

Visitors to your site will expect to find contact information in the footer, which appears at the bottom of every page.

Adding Content to the Footer Using Widgets

Appearing at the bottom of every page on your site, the footer is an ideal location for universal links and 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. 

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.”

Unhide from Search Engines

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

Need an extra push? Below are a few ways to turn your site up to eleven.

Web Best Practices & Guides

From style guides to Google rankings, get tips to step up your web game.

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

Reduce paperwork and make communications easy for your users. You can use web forms for contact pages, applications, event registrations and more.

Training sessions

Attend a training session to get tips and tricks straight from our experts.