ThemesDepending on your WordPress site topic and affiliation, you’ll be set up with either a CAES or Extension theme. This determines the basic look-and-feel for your WordPress site and also helps brand your content as either CAES or Extension.
WidgetsWidgets are special kinds of content that you can place in different areas in your WordPress site. Use the widget page to place items in the right sidebar of your WordPress site or in the footer area at the bottom of the page. The widgets dashboard divides widgets into available, inactive, and active sections. Active widgets are divided into three areas: right sidebar, 1st footer (left column), 2nd footer (center column) and 3rd footer (right column). You can select and drag widgets from any section to another.
MenusIf you want to add a custom menu to your WordPress site, you can manage those settings here. By default, your WordPress site is not pre-loaded with a menu.
CustomizeCustomize is a visual tool for you to edit how your WordPress site looks. It has a menu on the left side with options and a preview pane on the right.
- Site Identity: set logo, site title, site tagline, and site icon
- Layout: set header text alignment, logo and title placement, and view option (display a summary or full posts on archive, category, etc pages)
- Author: toggle the author name on/off for posts
- Font: set header and title font families, header font size, and content font family
- Colors: header text, background, menu, and footer color options
- Homepage Settings: toggle between what you want to show for your home page
HeaderYour header is an image that shows up on all of the pages in your WordPress site. You can upload a new image under this option or turn it off completely. Do be sure to replace the default image with one of your own.
- Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administrative features
- Editor – Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages, as well as manage other users’ posts, etc.
- Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
- Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish them
- Subscriber – Somebody who can only manage their profile
All UsersAdministrators can access All Users to manage the roles for people that have been added as users. From the users screen, you can see username, name, e-mail address, role, and number of posts. You can quickly access a user’s profile to edit account information.
Add NewTo give additional personnel access to a WordPress site, contact email@example.com to make request. Please include:
- Site URL
- New user’s full name
- New user’s MyID username (or email address if user doesn’t have MyID)
- New user’s role – Administrator, Editor, Author, or Contributor
Your Profile / Edit UserThe “Your Profile” section allows you to enter information about yourself. This information can be used in a profile page about you on your WordPress site. At minimum, your username will appear with any posts that you publish. If you add your full name and a biography, this information will also show with your individual and archived posts. As administrator/owner of the WordPress site you can determine how to manage this information for other users of your WordPress site. Administrators can edit passwords, user access levels and all other profile information for your site’s users. firstname.lastname@example.org.
GeneralSet your site’s title and tagline on this page. Be sure that the email address included here is the primary site owner’s address. This is the address that will receive notifications for anything regarding updates or changes to your WordPress site.
- Your time zone should be set to “New York.”
- Choose date format, time format, and week start as you see fit.
WritingThis allows you to choose default settings for your posts. It isn’t necessary to change this, but if you’d like for your posts to default to a particular category or post format, do that here.
ReadingThis determines settings for how many posts show on each site page, how many items to show in a syndication feed and whether or not your home page should be your posts. This also includes a setting for “Search Engine Visibility.” Initially, this setting is turned off so that you can develop your WordPress site without being found through search engines. When you are ready for search engines to start sending traffic to your WordPress site, uncheck this feature.
DiscussionUse this page to control the way commenters and other WordPress sites may interact with your site. You can determine if you’ll allow comments on your WordPress site and how to moderate them. Your WordPress site is preset to not allow people to post comments. You can turn this on when you are ready to moderate them. If you DO choose to allow comments, it is recommended that you have this set to allow an administrator to ALWAYS approve a comment before it appears on your WordPress site. This is also preset for you.
MediaEdit how large you would like your default image sizes to be. The preset sizes should be sufficient.
PermalinksPermalinks change the way the URL for your posts are built. Your WordPress site is preset to create links that include the month and name in every post. As an administrator, you can change this if needed. However it is good to pick something and settle on it before your WordPress site begins to be indexed by search engines. Changing this after you’ve written a lot of pages could create broken links to your content.
Once your site goes live, we’ll start collecting web statistics for your site using a product called SiteImprove. We’ll send you web stats and a full Quality Assurance report each month.You can find more information on Siteimprove posts. top