WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Logging Into Your Site

This document will provide steps for logging into WiscWeb and will explain what you will see when you initially log into your site.


If you are not connected to the campus network, you will need to log in to VPN before proceeding. Please reference WiscVPN - How to Install, Connect, Uninstall, and Disconnect WiscVPN Palo Alto GlobalProtect for more information on how to install the WiscVPN service. Please be aware that MFA Duo is now required for connecting to the campus VPN.

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Logging into your site

  1. There are two ways to log into your site's dashboard. First, make sure you are connected to WiscVPN or are on the campus network.
    • First, you can log into your site by navigating to https://wiscweb.wisc.edu and clicking the Login button in either the main menu or the utility links menu.

      Menu locations of login buttons

    • You can also log directly into your dashboard by going to https://[yourURLhere.wisc.edu]/wp-admin/
  2. You will be prompted for your campus NetID login screen - authenticate using your NetID credentials and password.
  3. After logging in, you will have access to your WiscWeb site dashboard.
    • If you logged in via the WiscWeb site, you can access your site by hovering your mouse over the "My Sites" section at the upper left corner of your screen, and selecting the site that you wish to edit.


The Dashboard in WordPress is the main hub you'll use to administer and edit your site. The main body will show recent updates to your site, as well as general WordPress updates.

Main dashboard view of a site

In addition to the main screen, there is a top menu (1) and side menu (2) that allow you to access various menus and content creation functions. The main dashboard area (3) is a quick "heads up" display of other information.

  1. Top Menu: The Top Menu contains links to My Sites, where you can choose the site you want to edit (if you edit multiple sites). The other menu options contain shortcuts to many of the Side Menu functionality (described in detail below).
  2. Side Menu: The side menu contains all of the content creation options, as well site administration options. The following options are available for each.
    • Content Creation: Posts, Events, Media, Forms, Pages, Documents Page, Faculty/Staff Members, wpDataTables. There are KB documents for all of these features.
    • Site Administration: Comments, Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools, Settings, Custom Fields. Many of the options are only available to site administrators.
  3. Dashboard: The dashboard area provides quick links to access the site Customizer, add additional pages, access your menus, and other shortcuts.
You can also customize many screens within your WordPress / WiscWeb site by clicking on the Screen Options drop down and check or uncheck the items you want to display.
Screen options dropdown expanded

Next steps

The KB documents below will walk you through the basic functionality you'll need to know to get started in WordPress.

  1. WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Updating the Site Title, Tagline, and FavIcon
  2. WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Setting Your Homepage
  3. WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Creating and Editing a Footer
  4. WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Creating Posts
  5. WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Creating A Page
  6. WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Creating and Editing a Menu


  • Please see the KB doc about Login Issues if you are having trouble with logging into WiscWeb.
  • If you are logged in and viewing your site, and the editing bar does not appear at the top of the screen, try doing a hard refresh of your site (hold down the Shift key and click the refresh button).

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