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. Select the +New Site (button).
  7. Under the Installation URL menu, change wordpress to the name of your site without spaces (i.e., researchreports, research_reports, etc.).
  8. Enter an username (i.e., in Admin User box). 
  9. Enter a password or click on Generate Password (button) (i.e., in Admin Pass box). Note: DO NOT use your YSU password.
  10. Enter password again into Admin Password (box). Note: the username + password entered will be used to login to your WordPress site.
  11. Enter your YSU email address into Email (box).
  12. Select a name for your website and enter it into the Blog name (box). Note: Brandon Smith's Research Reports, Fall ABC Conference, etc.).
  13. Optional: enter a description for your site. Note: this appears below your Website or Blog name in website banner.
  14. Keep Table Prefix and MySQL DB settings that are provided.
  15. Click the Install (button).
  16. Note: your website will be (i.e. directory is from step 8 above).  Example:

Note: your website will be (i.e. directory is from step 7 above).  Example:

Additional Note:  In order to edit your website, after it is installed, go to - then login with the admin username (step 8 above) and password (step 9 above).  Using the example above, this person would go to

WordPress Resources


  1. Download YSU Theme (i.e., from DropBox location
  2. Go to Appearance and select Themes
  3. Select the Add New (button)
  4. Select the Upload Theme (button)
  5. Select Choose File (button)
  6. Upload
  7. Activate Theme
  8. Customize settings (if needed)