WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Customizations Policy
The following document will detail the current WiscWeb policy regarding stylistic and functionality-based customizations to a WiscWeb site via a child theme.
We will complete customizations as quickly as we are able but may be delayed due to high backlog.
Also, as a small team, we are strictly limited to the customizations outlined in this page. Any follow-up requests other than a logo swap, color change, or font change will be denied. Similarly, if the changes made do not look right to you in our QA/Staging environment, we will allow only one additional opportunity to edit before pushing the changes to Production.
Help Desk Agents
If customers are inquiring about design- or functionality-related updates to their site via a customization, please have them review the information below. If their request qualifies, please direct them to our Customization page, where they will find a form to submit a request.
- Design Customizations (The look and feel of the site, including colors, imagery, and fonts)
- Functionality Customizations (Changes to the functionality of the site, including page elements, augmentation to or creation of custom post types, etc.)
The following are updates that can be made to the design of a WiscWeb project, pending approval from University Marketing and the WiscWeb team:
The campus red color can be swapped site-wide for one other color. All instances of the red will be removed and replaced with your desired color, provided it meets accessibility contrast standards and is approved for use by University Marketing. It is not possible to change out other campus colors (example: hyperlink color) or only certain instances of the campus red.
The customer is required to provide the hex code/HTML color code for the desired color.
Removal of UW Crest
A branded logo can be added to the header of your site, which replaces the UW Crest. The site title and optional tagline areas, as well as other elements of the header (including the utility bar, search box, and main menu), will remain as is. If the crest is removed, the campus-branded Verlag font will also need to be removed site-wide. The default backup font is Montserrat, but another Google font can be chosen, and be submitted for approval from University Marketing.
Any logo added to the header will undergo accessibility testing for like readability, quality, and contrast.
Design guidelines for logo submissions:
- Max-width of 300px
- JPG, SVG, or PNG files only
- No text-only logos
- No departmental print logos
If the logo does not meet these specifications or does not fit well into the space where the UW Crest currently sits, the request may be denied.
Note: The WiscWeb service does not cover logo creation or editing.
A sans serif font is preferred for the replacement of Verlag.
Design Changes that Cannot be Accommodated
The following requests for design customizations cannot be accommodated in WiscWeb:
Removing the Site Title/Tagline
The site title and tagline regions of the header cannot be replaced with a full-width logo. They must remain in place to ensure the accessibility of the content, as well as to prevent long term issues involving maintenance and upgrades to the UW Theme.
Resizing Elements of the Header
The header area is a branded element of the UW Theme. Components of the header (site title, tagline, etc.) cannot be sized up or down and containers will not be made larger or smaller to accommodate logos.
Multiple Logos in the Header
It is not possible to add more than one logo to the header of the site. The UW Crest can be removed and replaced with one other logo. If multiple logos must be displayed, you can work with members of our team on ways to incorporate them into the homepage design so that both are present and clickable.
Using a Departmental Print Logo in Place of UW Crest and Site Title
From University Marketing: Website headers in the UW Theme use web fonts and an svg crest. They have been designed specifically for web use - to maximize readability across devices, accessibility, and performance. Print logos are to be used on print products only. More information about web typography can be found on the University Brand and Visual Identity site.
Selective Color or Font Changes
Color and font changes will be site-wide updates. We cannot accommodate requests to change the color or font on a specific area or page of your site. It is an all or nothing change.
The paragraph font on the site, Georgia, cannot be customized. It has been chosen for readability.
The footer of the UW Theme will remain as is to retain branding standards and consistency across campus sites. This region is not customizable.
Stylistic Changes to Vendor Plugin Content
Any changes features provided by third party vendors could unintentionally break the display/function of the plugin content when updates are rolled out. Therefore, they will not be permitted.
Removal of Top Menu Bar
This is not an approved change as it lies outside of the minimum web standards for the UW Theme.
At this time, we are not taking requests for new functionality on WiscWeb sites. Customizations are limited to the options detailed above.
If you have existing functionality that is experiencing a bug, please submit a request via our Support Form.