First steps

New projects come without navigation menus, and the main sidebar (right column) by default contains just a search box for searches inside your project's text content. We recommend to leave that search box in the upper right corner of the sidebar. Most of the readers of your pages will probably like that.

Here's an introduction on how you may set up or change page layout and navigation menus for your project.

Login to the dashboard

To be able to edit a WordPress blog, your university account must

  1. be imported into the central WordPress installation
  2. and be assigned to you specific blog.
  3. Log in at your project's web address (URL), trailed by: /wp-admin/ .
    (Please note: for security reasons your computer must be within the university's network to do that. If it isn't, you can still log in using either VPN or a remote desktop connection.

Any editor who is already assigned may just send an e-mail to to ask for the assignment of other/additional editors to a project. In this mail please mention

  • the address of your project and
  • the university mail addresses or account names of the authors that are to be assigned.

After login you will see the admin bar at the top of your browser window, which will allow you to switch between the front- and backend ("dashboard") of your project.

For any new web project please consider creating a page called 'Legal notice', add all necessary information to it and keep it updated. If you don't, then the link 'Lecal notice' in the footer bar of your pages will point to the university's general legal notice page.


Creating the structure of a new project

If you are starting to build the contents of a new project, plan

  • building the navigation menus,
  • what to display in the page header,
  • what to display in the main sidebar (right column) of the three column page layout,
  • whether the first page to be displayed should be a static page or a list of the newest blog posts,
  • the text of your own imprint page
  • a contact page, and, in case you need it, a data privacy declaration.

Number of columns

The default page layout has 3 columns, but you may change that general layout setting for all your project's pages and posts under 'Appearance' -> 'Theme options' at any time.

Page header layout

The JGU logo in the upper left corner is a mandatory, and may not be changed unless your site address is not part of the domain, or if your project is a cooperation project with partners outside of Johannes Gutenberg University. In those cases we can activate a child theme for your project which will not display that logo in the upper left corner. If your project requires this, please write to with a short explanatory statement.

For the upper right corner of the page header you may choose between:

  • leaving that area blank
  • inserting text
  • uploading your own logo/image (668 × 90 pixels)

Please find those settings under 'Appearance' -> 'Theme options' in your dashboard.

Navigaton menus

This here is of use to you only if there are Pages to add to the menu. You can only add Pages to your menu if you have created and published them in the first place.

You may define several navigation menus that can be used at different 'theme locations' provided by JGU's theme layout.

The most useful locations will be the 'Level 1 Navigation' at the top of the page, right underneath the page header. It can display up to 2 structural levels of any navigation menu, and the 'Left column navigation', which will be displayed in the left column of the general 3-column page layout and can display any number of structural menu levels. You may allocate one and the same menu to both these locations, or define two separate menus, and assign each one to a different theme location:


Content of the right column

Unless you have decided not to display the right column at all, you may choose between having an identical right column on all pages and posts (this is the default setting), or setting an individual right column for individual pages (not posts).

To do this on any individual page, set that page's template to: 'Rechte Spalte spezifisch' (this is important), and then use the Shortcode [rechtespalte]the content of my right column goes here[/rechtespalte] inside the text editor to mark the part of your content that should be displayed inside the right column.

Index, Sitemap

Simply create Pages of that name and the content will be provided dynamically. Use these pages in your Metamenu.

Footer bar (icons, legal notice, data privacy declaration)

The footer bar contains icons as well as links to pages with a 'Legal Notice' and a (data) 'Privacy' declaration. These links will point to default pages provided by JGU university unless you define your own pages within your WordPress project for this purpose, containing your own (modified) text about these issues if needed. Just call the headings of these pages Legal Notice and Privacy.

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