Quick Start Guide
Content preparation: Quick Start
Need to get going fast? We totally understand. Gather the following content and answers ahead of time to stand up a site quickly.
- Full names, email addresses and profile photos of everyone involved in your lab.
- iSearch photos work well, as do ASU Engineering Open Studio portraits.
- Make sure that the photos are at least 600px by 600px. A square crop is recommended but is not completely necessary.
- Decide how you want to organize the resulting list of people within your site.
- We recommend an initial classification structure of
principal investigator / graduate student / undergraduate studentto get started quickly.
- Does your lab have a general research theme?
- If so, great! Write up a brief paragraph that summarizes the basic idea. Use everyday language as much as possible.
- Find one representative image of the theme and keep it handy.
- Research topic pages make for fantastic “home” pages for your site, if you are struggling for additional content.
- You’ll want to create separate pages for each active research project within your lab.
- Focus on the in-flight projects at first. You can go back and fill in the details from completed projects at a later point in time.
- You’ll need at least one solid paragraph of text per project. For active projects, a hypothesis statement or even a published abstract will work.
- Gather any related images and illustrations from the project to provide some visual “punch” to the page.
- Be sure to link the research project pages to the people responsible for working on them.
- The button to check is in the sidebar for the people or project you just created.
- Do you have a list of publications associated with your lab in a document?
- Feel free to get started quickly by copy/pasting this document into a default “page” within the theme.
- You can pull out additional details from key publications within the list and create separate entries for each publication at a later point.
- Created pages don’t show up automatically in the site’s navigation. You need to do that manually.
- Use the WordPress customizer to see what those changes looks like as you are making them.
- Entries in the navigation menu can be nested one level deep. The top item in a nested menu isn’t clickable. Create a placeholder by using a custom link with the URL set to an empty hashtag (
- To add a directory page (which is built for you automatically when you create individual profile pages), locate the
People Archivepage from the top of the People list and change it’s name to
- A link for Home is automatically created at the top of the main menu. No need to manually create this item.
- The “home page” for your site can be set to whichever piece of content you would like.
- Access the setting for this under
Settings --> Reading.
- Set it to display a static page and choose the desired page from the drop down menu immediately below.