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

WashU Sites leverage WordPress themes, which customize a website’s layout, styles, functionality and other features. 

Your website is likely using one of three themes if you requested it through sites.wustl.edu or the marketing and communications, public affairs or medical public affairs office. Each theme has a separate users’ guide.

Select your theme to see the right users’ guide

Identify your theme by checking your site’s header.

Save your future self some time and bookmark the link after you find it below.


WashU theme

AUG. 2017 – PRESENT

Theme indicators:

  • Red bar with Washington University in St. Louis
  • White strip with site name
  • NO gray outline of WashU shield behind site name
  • In the footer (bottom of each page), copyright statement is in the dark gray bar

Your user guide depends on if your site has received a major theme update. To find the right guide:

  1. Log in to your site (see login directions).
  2. In the dashboard under Get help with your site, click Guides and Tutorials.
  3. This box will also tell you which version of the editor the site has: Blocks or Classic + Tailor.
Screenshot: Legacy theme header showing shield behind site title

Legacy WashU theme

2014 – JULY 2017

Theme indicators:

  • Red bar with Washington University in St. Louis
  • White strip with site name
  • Gray outline of WashU shield behind site name
  • In the footer (bottom of each page), copyright statement is in a separate red banner

See user guide


WUSM theme (School of Medicine)

2014 – JULY 2017

Theme indicators:

  • White bar with Washington University School of Medicine or  Washington University Physicians
  • Red banner with site name

See user guide

Other websites

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

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