Welcome to the UW Theme
The UW Theme is a free WordPress theme available to anyone that has a wisc.edu website. By choosing to use the theme, you’ll have access to UW–Madison branded website components, colors, layouts, settings, and more. Creating and updating pages through the page builder is quick, simple, and powerful.
For a more basic WordPress theme, the UW Theme Lite is also available. It’s well-suited for class blogs, simple sites and for developing a child theme.
1,700+ sites at UW–Madison use the UW Theme
Explore a few examples of sites that are built using the UW Theme on the WiscWeb WordPress service, a free campus service for creating and maintaining UW branded websites.
Integrations with Google Analytics, Custom Search, Tag Manager and Search Console
Browser tested across devices, including assistive technologies to meet campus web accessibility standards and policies.
Built-in UW–Madison identity, colors, and type, plus a basic header, menus, and footer.
Browser compatible with Microsoft Edge, FireFox, Chrome, and Safari.
This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.
Advantages of using the UW Theme on WiscWeb include:
- The WiscWeb team manages WordPress and plugin updates, reducing the amount of work and technical experience needed to securely maintain a site
- Sites using the UW Theme provide users with a consistent visual and interactive experience
- The UW Theme is regularly tested and kept up-to-date with the current version of WordPress, web accessibility standards, and UW Brand
- Any issues found with the UW Theme are addressed as quickly as possible and typically added to the next release of the UW Theme
Develop your own child theme
If you plan to develop, use custom code, or are working with a third-party vendor, you can use the UW Theme to create a child theme and build your website. The UW Theme Lite is helpful for those who want a more simple version of the theme to start with.
DoIT Shared Hosting is recommended if your department’s IT does not provide hosting services. While some hosting options have a monthly cost, DoIT Web Hosting provides database and Secure FTP access and allows you to fully customize CSS and install plugins (beyond the WiscWeb plugin).
For custom sites on campus, the unit that develops a custom design is responsible for maintaining it from that point forward, as well as ensuring continued compliance with the university’s minimum web standards.
Visit the Website Publishing Options guide to compare the differences between WiscWeb and DoIT Web Hosting.