New to Northwestern Sites? Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to a brand new website.
1. Identify your needs for a site
Before building a site, consider the main function of your site. Who is your audience, and what information are you trying to convey. Keep in mind that Northwestern Sites is a managed WordPress environment. WordPress is a powerful content management system, and there is a lot you can do, but in this managed environment, there are some limitations.
2. Check the Knowledge Base
It is best that you familiarize yourself with the kinds of things that are possible on Northwestern Sites. A quick glance through the Knowledge Base will give you an idea about the types of things you may use your website for.
3. Select from a template, or start from scratch
Northwestern Sites provides a few pre-constructed site templates. These templates are constructed with temporary text and images. This is a good option for those who are new to WordPress. Starting from a template requires that you simply update the images and text to fit your needs.
Should you wish to start from scratch, you may create a new site and build out the structure on your own.
Check out the Create a Site page to either request a template or build from scratch.
4. Select a Theme
Once you have requested a site, you will need to select a theme. A theme determines the look and feel of your site, as well as it’s visual organization. There are a number of themes to choose from in NUsites. Head over to the Selecting a Theme page to learn more about getting started with site themes.
5. Customize with plugins and other customizations
Plugins provide your site with specialized functionality. For example, should you wish to include a calendar, you would need to activate an appropriate calendar plugin. Plugins allow you to greatly increase the functionality of your site. The Intro to Plugins page can help you learn about how plugins can be used within your site.
6. Start using your site
And that’s it! You’re ready to start using your site.