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This article lists different help pages that users may find useful when creating a new website on Sites.temple.edu. In addition to the links below, additional support pages on a variety of topics can be found via the Help menu on sites.temple.edu’s main page.

    1. How to create a site
      In this article, you learn how a Temple user can create a site on sites.temple.edu.
    2. Getting started with the dashboard
      Learn about the Dashboard, which is the first screen you see after you log into the administration area of your WordPress site. It is a place where you can get a convenient at-a-glance overview of what’s happening on your site and in the world of WordPress.
    3. Pages vs Posts
      Learn the difference between Pages and Posts in your WordPress sites.
    4. Reading settings
      Learn about Reading Settings, which control how your blog is displayed to visitors.
    5. Site administration
      In this article, we talk about the Main Navigation menu, which is located on the far left side of the Administration Screen; it contains links to all the major administrative functions within your WordPress site. This Main Navigation bar is visible wherever you are inside the back-end of your site, and gives you quick access to all the work areas, site appearance, and important settings that control your site.
    6. Adding users
      Learn how to add other Temple users to assist with managing your site. (Note: to allow only certain users access to your site, we suggest changing the privacy settings.)
    7. Users Roles
      WordPress uses a concept of role, designed to give the site owner the ability to control what users can and cannot do within the site. Here we go over all of the WordPress roles (Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor, and Subscriber).
    8. Changing your sites theme
      Your site’s theme controls the overall design (look and feel) of the site. You can change this at any time on sites.temple.edu, (Note: individual theme settings will need to be recreated, but all your content stays, such as pages, post, and media.)
    9. Gutenberg – An overview of the default editor
      An overview of Gutenberg, the default editor for WordPress.
    10. Working with images in Gutenberg
      Learn how to upload and use images within the Gutenberg editor.
    11. Creating a static homepage
      By default, WordPress shows your most recent blog posts in reverse chronological order on the front page of your site. Many WordPress users want a static front page or splash page as the front page instead. This “static front page” look is common for users desiring static or welcoming information on the front page of the site.
    12. Creating menus
      Learn how to create navigation menus for your site.
    13. Available plugins
      Sites.temple.edu has plugins that site admins can activate to extend the features and functionality of their site. Plugins are disabled by default. It’s recommended to only activate the plugins that you require. Having many plugins needlessly activated can slow down your site and clutter the admin menus.
    14. Editing HTML in Gutenberg
      WordPress, by default, provides you with a visual editor; however, if you wish you can also edit your pages, or posts, via HTML. There is also a guide for editing HTML in the Classic Editor if you are using the older editor instead of the default (Gutenberg) editor.
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