Our user guides include demos, tutorials and tips to help you make the most of your website theme’s features.

WashU Sites are built in WordPress using a custom theme. In WordPress, a theme is like a template, and setting a website’s layout, styles, functionality and other key features.

If you requested a site through sites.wustl.edu or one of the WashU marketing and communications offices (previously public affairs), your site is likely using one of two themes. If your site was built by an outside vendor, it may be using a different platform entirely.

Select your theme to view the right users’ guide

WashU Web Theme


Theme indicators:

  • Red banner at top with Washington University or School of Medicine logo
  • White bar with site name
  • Single-level footer (at the bottom of each page) consisting of a dark gray bar with the copyright statement and (optionally) other site details

WUSM Web Theme

2014 – JULY 2017

Theme indicators:

  • White banner at top with School of Medicine or Washington University Physicians logo
  • Red bar with site name
  • Two-tier footer, consisting of a light gray site-specific footer above a dark gray footer with the School of Medicine shield

Other websites

Prior to the consolidation of web platforms, various groups including marketing and communications, IT services, individual departments and outside vendors built websites for departments and offices at Washington University.

If you need help with one of these sites, please contact the group or vendor that built the site.