People is a type of content that allows you to create multiple entries that can be grouped, filtered and formatted similarly. It is part of the People, Places and Items plugin.
Create a new person
Go to Dashboard > People > Add New or, from the black admin bar at the top of any page, go to New > Person.
Add a title
Type in a title; this will become the slug – the part after the final / – for the post’s link. You can make this the same or different from the person’s name.
As an example, you could shorten Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, PhD, to Chancellor Wrighton for the title field, which would produce a link ending of /chancellor-wrighton.
Name and contact information
Under People Fields, enter the person’s name, suffix, degree(s) and contact information.
Enter the full URL (link) for any relevant social media accounts.
For example, the Chancellor would need to type in https://twitter.com/chancellorwu, not @chancellorwu, for his Twitter account.
In the Additional Information section, you can add a brief description of your person to display on their tile under their name.
Use this space for a person’s primary title as it relates to your group.
Try to keep it short; if a person has multiple titles, save those for the Summary field or body content of the post detail page.
Linking offsite (optional)
By default, the name on the tile links to the person’s post detail page.
If you would like the name to link to a different URL, like a profile on another website, enter that link in the External URL field.
- Highly recommended: Use this option for people who already have profiles on other websites, i.e. Washington University Physicians, to avoid duplicate content and the need to maintain information in multiple places.
Next in the Additional Information section is a large text box labeled Summary.
It does not appear on the post detail page. So, if you want the same information to show on the post detail page, too, you’ll need to copy and paste it into the content editor (the next large text box with a toolbar above it, toward the bottom of the page).
If you plan to organize or filter people by type – such as role, department or graduating class year – create and assign categories under People Categories in the column on the right side of the screen.
To upload a photo of your person, go to the Featured Image box on the right side of the screen and click the link Set featured image.
Upload or select an image from the Media Library that is at least 280 pixels wide by 386 pixels tall.
If you upload an image that is larger than those dimensions, it will be cropped from the sides and bottom to fit the space. Too small and it won’t display.
Save, preview, publish
- In the Publish box in the top right corner, click the gray Save Draft button to save your work
- Click the Preview button to see what your Person’s post detail page will look like in a new tab/window; note that you will not see their summary since that content only appears on the tile
- Exit out of the preview tab/window
- If you’re ready for your Person post to be publicly viewable, click the blue Publish button; new changes can be published by clicking Update
Samuel Achilefu, PhD
Includes: Name, brief description and summary
Links to: Post detail page
Michel M. Ter-Pogossian Professor of Radiology
Achilefu’s research focuses on the design, development and biochemical evaluation of molecular imaging agents and drugs in cells and living organisms. He has earned national recognition for his work to use light to activate drugs and the immune system in the body.
Indira Mysorekar, PhD
Includes: Name, brief description, phone, email, summary
Links to: External URL
Includes: Name, brief description, phone, email, social media links
Links to: Post detail page
Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrighton was elected the 14th chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis in 1995 and serves as its chief executive officer. In the years following his appointment, the university has made significant progress in student quality, campus improvements, resource development, curriculum and international reputation.
Note that the post title is different than the name that appears on the tile.
- If you click on Mark S. Wrighton, PhD, then look in the website address bar, you’ll see that it says /chancellor-wrighton at the end, rather than /mark-s-wrighton-phd.
- That’s because Chancellor Wrighton was entered in the Title field, whereas Mark was entered in First, S for Middle, etc.
These headshots are all cropped differently, providing visual inconsistency.
The crop of Chancellor Wrighton’s photo is ideal: His eyes line up with the top third of the image. His shoulders are showing so his head isn’t floating, and there’s a good balance between him and the background space.
After you’ve created a Person post, you can add the Person’s tile to a page. Create a few more People posts, and you’re ready to add a list (or grid) of tiles to a page.