Setting up pages & posts
To create pages, go to
Pages > Add New.
You'll need two pages to set up a basic site similar to the examples shown on the layouts tab: a home page to display content and features, and an index page to show a list of recent posts. Pages can be displayed based on the Order number field in the Page Attributes panel - so make sure you set that field correctly on each page, as in Figure 6.
To create posts, go to
Posts > Add New.
To view extra fields on the Post page, click on the
Screen Options tab at the top right corner (see Figure 7). Check the following options: Categories, Tags, Featured Image, and Excerpt.
The ANU WordPress template uses automatically sized images for thumbnails, features and post images. Open the post or page where you want to display a default image, and locate the
Featured Image box in the bottom right corner under Page Attributes (see Figure 7). Click
Set featured image. You will see an uploading screen identical to that used when inserting an image into a blog post. Follow the on-screen prompts to choose the image from your computer and upload it or choose it from one of the images already in the media library (see Figure 8). Once the image has successfully been uploaded, look underneath the sizing options, and click
Use as featured image. Don't forget to click
Update on the post/page to save changes.
You should upload featured images at high resolution, oriented in landscape = 1600 x 1075 pixels (these dimensions scale perfectly for feature images – 320 x 215). WordPress will automatically scale the image for use on the website.
Custom front page
To change the front page from displaying the latest posts to displaying a custom page, go to
Settings > Reading (see Figure 9). You'll need to edit the Reading Settings to set Front page displays to a static page. You should also set Posts page to whatever you named the recent posts index.
You can display up to four navigation menus using either the
Pages widget or the
Custom Menu widget. Each navigation widget must be placed in nav-sidebar, nav-sidebar2, nav-sidebar3 and nav-sidebar4 respectively (see layouts).
The Related sites menu is displayed using a custom menu widget in the related-sidebar (see layouts).
Refer to the WordPress documentation about menus for further information.
Some common plugins that you may use are:
There are a number of additional plugins installed in WordPress. Most of these have a
Visit plugin site link. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the user documentation before activating any additional plugins, as they may not be supported by ANU staff.