Initial site setup


Sites are initially set up with a set of standard pages and menus:

Home page

This is set up as a Landing Page using the Widgets page template. The home page is configured in Settings->Reading to be a static page.

As sites are initially blank, it may be advisable to create content for your home page which gives users some information about your project, and either remove the about page from the main menu, or link to it from the home page. Eventually, you home page should only contain calls to action – links to content within your site – and act as a way of driving visitors to the parts of the site you feel are most important. Once your site has matured a little, you could re-instate the about page in the top menu and replace the content from the home page with links to other content on your site.

About Page

This page should describe your project, and include any aims, objectives, details of funding, etc.

Blog Page

This page is a placeholder for your Posts – it is configured, along with your static home page, in Settings->Reading. If you are not planning on running a blog, this page can be deleted and removed from the top menu. If your site has infrequent news updates, only a few events, and is unlikely to contain many opinion pieces and articles, you could use the Posts on your site, in conjunction with Categories to collect all topical content in the blog page, i.e. you can create categories for News, Events and other items, and publicise them using the blog. If you wish to do this, there is no need for the News and Events plugins and these can be disabled (please contact the IT service desk if you wish to do this).

Privacy Page

This page contains a sample privacy statement which has been added to the site in concordance with the policy on privacy notices available on the communications website. It contains standard statements taken from this site, and a list of cookies which are set by the site for various purposes. Please note that if some plugins are used on the site which set cookies, these cookies need to be listed on this page in addition to the ones set by the theme. You will be alerted to this when you request the addition of plugins to your site.

Copyright Page

This contains standard text of a copyright statement. If you choose to include any content on your site which has additional copyright requirement, or if you wish to license the content on the site differently, please edit this page to reflect these changes. There is information available on the library website about copyright and you should also consult the University of Leeds Terms and Conditions to familiarise yourself with the copyright section there.


Plugins are used to extend the standard features of WordPress in various ways, and there are three core plugins which are available to use in the theme. These create new “content types” with associated listing pages and templates, and do not exist as pages on the website. In order to link to these content types, you need to add a link to a  Post Type Archive in the menus as desc

Events Plugin

This creates a new content type for Events – there are detailed instructions on how to use the Events plugin available here. If you plan on publicising events on your site, using this plugin is the most effective way of doing so. Events will be ordered correctly, i.e. the next event will appear at the top of the events page under the Current Events tab, followed by any other upcoming events in date order, and any past events will appear in the Events Archive tab with the most recent first.

Profiles Plugin

If you need a section of the site which lists the people involved in your project, the Profiles plugin can be used to manage them – there are detailed instructions on how to use the Profile plugin available here. Please note that if you display profile information for members of staff at the University of Leeds, ideally the option to Make the profile External should be used to link to the profile page they have on a School/Faculty website.

News Plugin

If you need a separate section of the site to handle news items, this simple plugin will create a new content type to manage them – there are detailed instructions on how to use the News plugin available here.