Creating a Person Post

Add people listings to your site by creating a separate post for each person.

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.

Parts of a Person Post


A Person’s tile includes their photo, name, brief description (job title), contact information, social media links, and summary.

It can link to a post detail page (see below), another website or nothing at all.

Where it appears
  • When inserted on a page using the PPI: Individual element
  • When inserted on a page as part of a list using the PPI: List element
  • At the top of the Person’s post detail page, minus the summary

Post detail page (optional)

The post detail page, should you create one, is the Person’s page on your site. It can be accessed through a Person’s tile or any other links pointing to it.

The tile appears at the top of the post detail page, followed by any text or images entered using the content editor.

Create a new person

Go to DashboardPeople > Add New or, from the black admin bar at the top of any page, go to NewPerson.

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.

Contact numbers

WashU style is XXX-XXX-XXXX. All dashes, no parentheses or periods.

Social media

Enter the full URL (link) for any relevant social media accounts.

For example, the Chancellor would need to type in, not @chancellorwu, for his Twitter account.

Social media

If you don’t plan to add social media links for any of your People, you can adjust the PPI settings not to show those fields in the editor.

Go to Dashboard > Settings > People, Places, Items Settings and uncheck the social media box under People.

Brief description

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.
If you don’t want the tile to link to its post detail page or an external URL, consider adjusting your PPI settings.


Next in the Additional Information section is a large text box labeled Summary.

The summary only appears on the tile, which appears when a Person is inserted on a page using the PPI: Individual element or inserted on a page as part of a list using the PPI: List element.

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).

Add body text

Skip this step if you included an external URL or plan to adjust your settings so that tiles don’t link to the post detail pages.

Use the default WordPress page editor or Tailor to add and format the body content of the post detail 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.

Featured image

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.


Try to crop all your headshots the same way so the top and bottom of each face lines up and each person has the same amount of space around their head and shoulders. (Scroll down for examples.)

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

Samuel Achilefu, PhD

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

Indira Mysorekar, PhD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Mysorekar’s work encompasses studies of mechanisms underlying biology and pathophysiology of the urinary bladder to studies of novel infectious etiologies for premature birth.

Chancellor Wrighton

Includes: Name, brief description, phone, email, social media links
Links to: Post detail page

Mark S. Wrighton, PhD

Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis

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 FirstS for Middle, etc.

Cropping headshots

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.

Up next…

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.

Inserting an Individual Person, Place or Item

Add a single person, place or item to a page using Tailor.

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