Working with themes in NUsites

You can change the look and feel of your site at any time by selecting one of over 200 themes.

When choosing a theme, it is strongly encouraged that you select a mobile-friendly (i.e., “responsive”) theme. A responsive theme is important as it will ensure that your site is viewable to visitors using mobile devices, as well as help search engine ranking.

Choosing A Theme

  1. Access your site's Dashboard.
  2. In the left menu, select Themes.
  3. In the sub-menu near the top of the page, Choose Mobile Friendly to show only mobile friendly themes.
  4. In the theme gallery, hover over the theme and select Live Preview to see what your site will look like with the selected theme.
  5. Click Activate to enable the selected theme.

The Northwestern Branded Theme

If you require a site with Northwestern University branding, you can use the Northwestern (Global) theme. This theme aligns with the branding guidelines set by the Northwestern University department of Global Marketing and Communications, and provides a number of customization tools for making each site a unique Northwestern online experience. Features of this theme include:
  • Fully Responsive Design
  • Display of Posts Using Photo Feature and Feature Box Modules
  • Dropdown Menu Support
  • PlanIt Purple Events Widget
  • Easy Configuration Using the Customizer
  • Visual Page Builder (requires Divi Builder plugin)

Custom or Third-Party Themes

Beyond the limited customization options each pre-approved theme may provide, NUsites does not support custom or third-party themes. This is to ensure that site design and functionality are not affected by routine upgrades to the WordPress platform.

If your site requires a custom theme, WordPress.org recommends several affordable hosting solutions that support custom development.

Recommended third-party themes

  • Divi - Highly customizable, easy to use, clean design. Our top recommendation.
  • Hitchcock - A good option for sites with large, eye-catching images.
  • Moesia
  • Syntax
  • Toivo Lite
  • Unit
  • Unite
  • Yuuta
  • Zoomify

For additional assistance please contact the IT Support Center at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP) option 2, or consultant@northwestern.edu.




Keywords:responsive layout background colors scheme "look and feel" skin profile   Doc ID:64609
Owner:TSS Tier 2 .Group:Northwestern
Created:2016-06-30 12:43 CDTUpdated:2019-04-02 14:44 CDT
Sites:Northwestern
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