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Learn to switch from Sites "Classic" to the New UMBC Sites Theme in 10 easy steps! 



Step 1: Log into your website dashboard

Log in to edit your Sites@UMBC website.

 

Learn how to log into your Sites@UMBC website dashboard at this help article.


Step 2: Find the Themes submenu

From your Sites@UMBC website dashboard, find the Appearance menu item on the left side of the screen, and click Themes from the submenu. 



Step 3: Activate new theme

Hover over The New UMBC Theme and click Activate, and your new theme will be applied to your development website.  (See example screenshot below)

The message “New theme activated. Visit site” will appear.


Theme Activation confirmation message


Example of activating new theme



Step 4: View theme options

Click on the Options menu under Appearance to access the new administration experience.




Step 5: Add location information (optional)

Add your location information on the first tab and save changes.

Users may leverage up to two address lines.

The suggested format is:

Building Name / Location Name

and 

Floor / Office or Suite Number

Note: If you do not enter any location information, this section will not be shown.

Example of the location admin screen within theme options



Step 6: Add office hours (optional)

Add your office hours on the second tab and save changes.

Users may select from these office hour display options:

  1. Use the pre-built hour option to control open and closing times each day; or 
  2. Use the override that can be customized for setting hours that are more complicated, or that change during summer (this replaces option a, it does not add to it)
  3. Do not display hours at all

Note: If you uncheck "Display hours on page", this section will not be shown.

Example of the office hours admin screen within theme options



Step 7: Add contact information

Add your contact information on the fourth tab and save changes.

Users may leverage options for showing:

  • phone and fax numbers
  • an email address OR a contact page
  • links for myUMBC, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn


Example of contact information admin screen within theme options



Step 8: Configure your homepage

From the homepage tab in the options section configure the following items:

  1. Tell us what page has your homepage content (select that page from the dropdown list)
  2. Do you want to display the title of your homepage on the page itself? 
  3. Add a slideshow to your homepage (optional)
    1. Slides can be added from the WordPress menu → Slideshow
  4. Add a COVID-19 Message (optional)
  5. Add news and events feeds to show up in the sidebar (optional)
  6. Save your changes.


Example of Homepage admin screen within theme options



Step 9: Theme color

Select a website theme color on the final tab and save changes.

Users may select from:

  • Teal
  • Gold
  • Black
  • Gray



Step 10: Evaluate your website

Now you should view your website in the new theme, so type in the URL in a new tab or browser window. 

A few questions to consider:

  • How does your homepage look?
  • How about your menu?
  • Does your new sidebar with location, hours, contact information display as you expected?
  • How do your interior pages look?
  • Do you have any custom-built pages or pages with additional CSS? They may need to be re-built.


Next topic:
What to do about missing widgets in the new theme




Revert Your Theme back to Sites Classic

  1. From the Wordpress dashboard, head back to the Appearance menu item on the left side of the screen, and click Themes from the submenu
  2. Hover over UMBC Theme and click Activate, and the Sites Classic theme will be applied to your development website. 


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