Starting a new website and learning to use a web publishing system can be daunting. This manual will provide information to get you started on the Alumni Groups web platform.

NOTE: We are actively working to improve this documentation. Please contact us if you have suggestions.

Introduction to WordPress

The Alumni Groups web platform is built using the WordPress content management system. Arguably the world’s most popular tool for building web sites, WordPress started its life as a blogging and web publishing tool. It still retains much of the original focus on blogging, but has grown into a system capable of supporting many types of websites. WordPress is known for its intuitive management interface and its many tools to ease the burden of editing content.

The WordPress installation that powers the Alumni Groups offering has been customized and tailored to meet the needs of the Alumni Association. It has been configured to allow all the sites we host to enjoy the same great features and to benefit from new enhancements moving forward. As such, we do not support custom themes or plugins, as they could have a negative impact on all the sites we host. If you have a feature request, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Getting Started

Don’t know where to begin? These pages in the manual are a good starting point.

  1. Getting Started
  2. Customize Your Site
  3. Layout
  4. Menus
  5. Managing Content

Further Reading

The WordPress project maintains an extensive set of online documentation. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for in this manual, try searching the WordPress Codex.