A blog presents articles called Posts in chronological order with the newest information at the top. Previous Posts can also be accessed by Categories that can be assigned to each Post or through chronological archive links that are automatically created by the WordPress software.

Pages are static and are used to display information that does not change frequently. When a new website  on blogs.fgcu.edu is created, the home page features blog posts and one Sample Page is included.  Additional features of this initial configuration include a full width slider  and a row of “boxes” at the top of the home page above the first blog post.  An example of a default site can be seen here.

Default sites on blogs.fgcu.edu use a blog format for the home page.  The site that this Documentation page is on uses a static home page and that can be accessed by clicking on the home icon above. If you prefer to use a static page for your home page instead of a blog, instructions for how to make that change can be found on the page that is linked here. This page also includes instructions for setting up a custom menu.  By default, all new pages are added to the primary menu for a site. This feature can be changed by creating a custom menu and assigning it as the primary menu. Additional information that may help you decide how to structure your website can be found on the WordPress documentation pages for Introduction to Blogging, Post vs. Page, and Pages.

All websites on blogs.fgcu.edu currently use the iFeature Pro 5 WordPress theme.  WordPress themes are templates with predefined options for the layout of sidebars, headers, logos, etc. and the choices that are made determine the look or design of a website.


When you log into your website, the administration panel, or Dashboard as it is referred to, is where you will access the controls used to customize your site. Some of these controls represent basic WordPress functions and settings.  Other enhancements are made possible though the Theme Options and Theme Elements settings of the iFeature Pro 5 theme.  Including various Shortcodes on a page or post allows you to use columns, tabs, and other styling techniques to format the content. Links to detailed instructions for using these features can be found below.


Official WordPress Documentation: User Manual table of contents. (all topics)

These specific sections will be especially helpful when you are initially customizing your site:

What are Widgets and how do you use them?
WordPress Widgets are plug-ins to add various features to a site.  WordPress has pre-defined sidebar areas where widgets can be added and the iFeature Pro 5 theme adds additional areas where you can include widgets. The weather information on the home page of this site is displayed by including a weather widget in the right sidebar.

Important -- Adding a New Page
It is important to note that when you want to use a WordPress “page” with just static content, you simply need to add this page through the WordPress function “Add a new page“.

If you want to have any additional theme elements on the page, like a slider or boxes, you need to add a Page Element as a place holder. You can then add other elements above or below the normal static page content by dragging these elements from the inactive elements area to the Active Elements section.

pageelement2Detailed instructions for customizing the following elements of the iFeature Pro 5 theme can be found at the links below.

Add a slider to a page. 
This can be a full width slider or a slider that is limited to the content area like on this page.

Add a callout element to a page.
A callout element can be seen on this page and can be used for announcements.

Add boxes to a page.
Boxes make it easy to add photos and text in a columnar format & can be seen on this demo page.






WordPress shortcodes are small pieces of code, similar to macros, that allow you to easily change the formatting of a page or include some feature that would normally take much more code or time to implement.

Shortcodes are available for the items on the right.







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