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 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.


Header features:

  • Red bar with Washington University in St. Louis
  • White strip with site name
  • NO gray outline of WashU shield behind site name

Footer clue: At the bottom of each page, the copyright statement is included within the dark gray bar.


Check which version you’re using

  1. Log in to your site by adding /wp-admin/ to your homepage. (e.g. https://sites.wustl.edu/yoursite/wp-admin/
  2. Under Get help with your site, find Your Editor.

If you see Your Editor: Blocks

You’re using the newest version of the WashU Web Theme.

If you see Your Editor: Classic + Tailor

You’re using a legacy version of the WashU Web Theme.

Screenshot: Legacy theme header showing shield behind site title

Legacy WashU theme

2014 – JULY 2017

Header features:

  • Red bar with Washington University in St. Louis
  • White strip with site name
  • Gray outline of WashU shield behind site name

Footer clue: At the bottom of each page, the copyright statement is in a separate red banner.

See user guide


WUSM Web Theme

2014 – JULY 2017

 Header features:

  • 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.