Setting a Homepage

When your new website is set up, it already has a homepage just waiting for your edits. If this page is deleted, you can set a new homepage. 

Because your homepage (called the “front page” in WordPress-speak) serves as both an introduction and portal to the rest of your site, it can help to save this page for last when building your site.

Planning the homepage

Homepages can be tricky. They are often the first impression visitors have of your website, or even of your group as a whole. Our best practice guide will help you plan a goal-oriented homepage that accommodates your site visitors’ needs while targeting your group’s objectives.

Editing the homepage

Edit the homepage as you would any other page on your site: By clicking edit page or Tailor this page in the admin bar at the top.

Tailor – the WashU Web Theme’s drag-and-drop page builder – gives you lots of options for establishing a visual hierarchy and drawing visitors’ attention to the page’s most important information and links (some people call this “pop”).

Websites with a single, focused call-to-action may benefit from the Spotlight homepage layout, which features a full-screen image overlaid with text and a button.

Resources for building your homepage:

Setting a new homepage

  1. Set the desired page’s Page Attributes > Template to Full Width Page

     Screenshot of Page Attributes module with Full Page Width selected as the Template 

  2. Publish the page.
  3. From the Dashboard, go to Appearance Customize; or, from the black admin bar, click Customize.
  4. Click Front Page.
  5. Your homepage displays: Select A static page.
  6. Under Homepage, select the lucky page from the dropdown menu.
  7.  Click Save & Publish.