University of Wisconsin–Madison

Getting Started

Hello and welcome to WiscWeb! We’re happy you’re here and we like to help you get started with our service.

Step 1: Is WiscWeb Right for You?

We developed a page that details what our service does and does not provide so that you can determine if WiscWeb is right for you. We’re able to support most groups, but there are certain limitations. Please review this page with your team when you have some available.

Step 2: Site Title, Name and Domain

Determine what you’d like your site title, name and domain to be. Your Site Title is the text that will appear in the header on every page of your site. For example, this website’s site title is “WiscWeb WordPress Service.” The Site Name is the words that will appear in your preview URL. As Site Titles can be quite long, we want to give you the opportunity to shorten it, if preferred. All preview URL’s will be a fourth level domain under wiscweb.wisc.edu. For example, your preview link will be something.wiscweb.wisc.edu. This will only be the URL for testing purposes prior to your launch. Once you launch, your regular site domain will be put in place. Lastly, we’ll need to know your preferred Domain Name. This could be an existing domain or a new one. If you have any questions about choosing a site title, site name, or domain name, please do not hesitate to contact us at: cms-support@doit.wisc.edu.

Step 3: New Site Request Form

The next step is to fill our our New Site Request Form. This will send an email to our team letting us know that you’d like to move onto our service.

Step 4: Sign Up for Training

Once hear back from us regarding the new website request that you submitted in Step 3, it’s time to sign up for training. Our training schedule can be found on our Training page. Find a time slot that works well for you and register through OHRD.

Step 5: Start Building Your Site

Logging In

The Dashboard is the primary editing area that you will use to deliver your content. You access this using your campus NetID and password.

If you are attempting to access your WordPress site off of the campus network, you will need to first connect via VPN. Be sure to check the Knowledge Base documents for installing and using VPN.

Creating a Site Structure

You will use a combination of Pages and Posts to provide that information.

As you are creating your Pages, there are several options for you to choose from when you are adding content. Be sure to check out the Layout and Page Element options available. Also, be sure to work with the Media Library to add images and documents to your site.

You should also define what the Home or landing page will be for when visitors come to your site.

Creating Custom Menus

After creating Pages and Posts, you will be able to then develop a navigation structure to maximize how your potential audience will interact with your content.

Step 6: Header Redesigns and Site Color Changes

If you would like to make changes to the header of your site (including swapping out the UW crest for a departmental logo) or would like to augment the overall color scheme, this work will have to be approved by University Marketing. To get started on this process, please fill out and send the following request form to UMark:

Once you get approval from University Marketing, please send the approval email along to our team (cms-support@doit.wisc.edu) and we will get started on the updates.

Step 7: Campus Resources

When you start building out your site, you may find our Campus Resources page handy. It has links for a host of different campus tools that aid in building successful websites.