WordPress Reference Guide for Students

Within the university's WordPress environment, TU students can create and manage individual/personal websites. As a self-contained web publishing platform, WordPress is a comparatively easy way to showcase your interests, education, ideas and accomplishments on the web. The articles linked below are intended to orient students to WordPress basics, but they apply to faculty and staff use as well. Other resources include:

WordPress topics

  1. Log In to and Out of WordPress
  2. Your WordPress Dashboard
  3. The WordPress Toolbar
  4. WordPress Posts vs. Pages
  5. Visiting Your WordPress Site
  6. Developing your WordPress Site
  7. Adding Content to WordPress with the Virtual Editor
  8. Adding Media to WordPress
  9. Saving and Publishing Content on WordPress
  10. Adding More to your WordPress Site
  11. WordPress Widgets
  12. WordPress Customization Options
  13. Making your WordPress Site Live
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[Students, Faculty and Staff] You can use the visual editor to enter content into your Page or Post. There are two tabs at the top of the editor: Visual and Text. Selecting Text will enable you to view and edit the HTML code that makes up your content. For those with HTML experience, this can be a helpful tool for tweaking the format of your content. If you are unfamiliar with HTML, we recommend you not use it until you gain more experience.
[Students, Faculty and Staff] WordPress media includes images, audio, video and documents. Once you have uploaded your images and files to your Media Library, inserting them into your page or post is easy.
[Students, Faculty & Staff] Beyond basic page content, WordPress makes it easy to add hyperlinks, images and galleries.
[Students, Faculty & Staff] Selecting the Customize button for the currently active theme allows you to update settings while previewing your changes (What You See Is What You Get). Until you choose the Save and Publish button, only the theme preview window is updated, not your live site.
[Students, Faculty and Staff] Create your TU WordPress account and learn how to log in and log out.
[Students, Faculty & Staff] Follow these instructions to make your WordPress site publicly accessible on the internet.
[Faculty, Staff and Students] Widgets are independent content elements that can be placed in left/right sidebars or other areas allowed by your selected theme. Many widgets are available, but the default student theme includes two: Subscribe by Email and Search. To browse other widgets from your Dashboard, hover over Plugins, then select Widgets on the flyout menu.
[Students, Faculty and Staff] After making changes to a page, you must save and publish the page to make it visible to the world.
[Students, Faculty and Staff] The WordPress Toolbar provides convenient access to some of the more commonly used WordPress features. When you are logged into WordPress, you will see the Toolbar across the top of your site.
[Students] TU has provided a default template to serve as a starting point for your site. The default template contains four pages that you can thoroughly customize. But, you may easily add or remove pages and features to suit your goals, content and organization preferences.
[Students, Faculty and Staff] On the left side of your WordPress Dashboard view is the menu you will use to manage your site and develop your pages and posts. Hovering over each of the main menu items opens a submenu with related options. Selecting a menu item displays the related tools and controls in the larger area to the right of the menus.
[Students, Faculty and Staff] Follow these steps to visit your site and preview how it will look for your visitors.