WordPress sites are built around posts and pages. This site uses a variety of “custom post types”, each with its own template. These templates vary slightly in design at the top of the page only—allowing for the display of information unique to the given post type. Templates used for one post type are not applicable to another post type. Other template differences are noted below.

Default Pages

Default pages are used for “evergreen” content and a variety of other needs. Hide the excerpt for a different look.

Group/Area/Audience Pages

This template is used to knit several pages and posts together around a group, area, or audience taxonomy term. Related content becomes accessible through a tab-like subnavigation system.

The subnavigation, feature image, and parent page title/excerpt repeats atop all pages in the collection. Several subpages, such as ‘News', are not editable; instead, they use a special template to assemble related posts into a list.

‘News' Posts

News posts will appear in our news archive and are a great way to tell stories that easily attached to group, area, and audience pages. The feature image is split to the right while the headline, deck, post date, area taxonomy terms, and social share buttons split left.

‘Events' Posts

Event posts appear in our event listings page and, like news posts, materialize on any group, area, and audience pages that match up by taxonomy terms.

‘People' Posts

These templates emphasize a staff or faculty member's organizational role and contact information.

‘Program' Posts

Program pages are similar to group, area, and audience templates in that they feature a subnavigation system. Optional “call to action” buttons float to the right.

‘Resource' Posts

These templates emphasize a single call to action in the left area of the page header. Often used for PDF downloads, the file size is automatically calculated and noted for users. An external link can be used in place of a download.


Microsites exist on their own subdomain. They allow us to use a different logo and setup a main footer and navigation system specific to the microsite itself. All of the templates above are available for use within the microsite.