Personal Web Pages


  • Provide a welcome or introductory information describing the purpose of your website.
  • Include contact information. Note: Use the mailto: tag to provide a clickable mailer, specifying your email address, as in the following example, which sends mail to - Example: email your comments to
  • As a public university, the University has a particular responsibility to avoid any question about its affiliation with, sponsorship of, or endorsement of non-University sponsored organizations. Therefore, web pages may not be constructed in such a manner as to establish or support a University presence of, endorsement of, or association with a non-University sponsored organization. See the Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources - Examples of unacceptable use section on the University Polices website for more information.
  • All individuals are responsible for the content and maintenance of their website including multiple sites, if applicable.

Best Practices

Directions for Creating a WordPress site

  1. Select cPanel Account How To & Help Information.
  2. Select YSU cPanel signup page.
  3. Select the Log in (button).
  4. Enter your YSU username and password (follow steps to set-up account).
  5. After logging into cPanel select the WordPress Manager (icon) under the Applications.
  6. Click on WordPress Manager (icon) under the Applications section.

  7. Click on the +New Site (button).

  8. Click on the Install (button).

  9. Copy the Username and Password credentials and save in a secure location. Note: this login will be superseded by the one you will create in step 14 below.

  10. Click the Back (link).

  11. Click the Install (tab).

  12. Change wordpress in the Installation URL box to a title that reflect your website. Note: use hyphens or underscores in place of any spaces.

  13. Select an Admin password for your WordPress site.

  14. Create a password or select the Password Generator button and use the system generated one. Note: if creating your own password, use a combination of numbers, special characters, plus lower and upper case letters. Avoid using common words or places.

  15. Email: use an address that will be used as a system contact for your WordPress site.

  16. Blog name: your website title or leave blank if creating separate graphical elements with site title.

  17. Blog description: optional  text that displays on website under title.

  18. Table prefix: keep designation.

  19. MySQL Database: keep Create New Database setting.

  20. Click on the Install (button).

  21. Copy Username + Password to a secure location.  This will be your WordPress login.

  22. Your website URL will be - where website-name is the one you selected in step 12 above..

  23. Go to and enter your Username plus Password that was generated during step 14 above.

  24. Selecting a new Theme: after logging into your WordPress site

    1. mouse-over site name (upper left-hand corner) and select Themes,

    2. either select Live Preview or click Update now (link) on one of the installed ones or select he Add now (button) at top of page,

    3. on the Add Themes page either select one of the categories to browse or enter keyword(s) into search box.

    4. click the Activate (button) on theme on Themes page


WordPress Resources

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  • WordPress 5 Essential Training (LinkedIn Learning)
    • Login to the Penguin Portal.
    • Select LinkedIn Learning (link) in the e-Services for Faculty/Staff or e-Services for Students channel.
    • Enter WordPress 5 Essential Training into search box at top of page.
    • Select the WordPress 5 Essential Training course link.

Last Updated November 22, 2021