ANU WordPress theme v4.0

Setting up ANU WordPress theme 4.0

  1. Log a job with the IT Service Desk to have a WordPress website created on
  2. Familiarise yourself with the web publishing guide then register your website by requesting a Site ID
  3. Go to the website and login to the WordPress admin interface (
  4. Go to Settings > General
    ensure the site details are correct (see Figure 1)
  5. Go to Appearance > Themes
    activate the theme: ANU 4.0 (see Figure 2)
  6. Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins
    activate the plugin: ANU Site Administration version 4.0 (see Figure 3)
  7. Go to ANU Admin (see Figure 4)
    enter the global settings:
    • Site ID = The ID number for the website
    • Styles Version = 4
    • Requires SSL? = Check option if the site uses https://
    • Remove dates from index? = Check option if you don't want to display dates next to titles (excludes archives)
    • Site Short Name = The name of the site, for use in the menu and search headings, and in title tags for all the pages
    • Responsible Officer = The position title of the person responsible for the content on the website (see footers)
    • Responsible Officer Contact = The contact point for the responsible officer. Can be a URL or a functional (non-personal) email address
    • Site Contact Name = Name of the contact for enquiries about the website
    • Site Contact = The contact point for enquiries about the website. Can be a URL or a functional (non-personal) email address
    • About Page URL = Path to location of the About this Site page (if it exists)
    • Show Search box = Check option if you want the default search box to appear
    • Analytics = Insert any code needed for page tracking and analytics
  8. Go to Settings > Media (see Figure 5)
    enter the image settings:
    • Thumbnail size: Width = 100, Height = 100
    • Crop Thumbnail = Checked
    • Medium size: Max Width = 320, Max Height = 640
    • Large size: Max Width = 440, Max Height = 440

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.

Featured image

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.

Custom menus

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.

Common plugins

Some common plugins that you may use are:

  • Features
    Each website homepage may use a feature block to highlight stories of interest.
  • Breadcrumbs
    You may need to use breadcrumbs to display additional navigation for individual posts, search results, and archive pages.

Other plugins

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.

Updated:  28 October 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Director Marketing/ Page Contact:  Webstyle