Themes provide the 'Look & Feel' for your WordPress website.

All York websites should use the York Responsive (2014) Theme (the Theme used for this website). This Theme come pre-installed with your new WordPress website.

To go off-Theme, a website must receive special permission from Communications & Public Affairs. For a Theme to be considered, regardless of its Look & Feel, it must meet the following requirements:

  • Be accessible: according to Ontario law, any website at York that is publicly accessible must comply with AODA legislation;
  • Be responsive: approximately 20% of York's web traffic comes from mobile devices and all York-based websites must be made available to those visitors; and
  • Be compatible: new Themes must work with the multi-site install of WordPress used at York.

When considering whether or not to go off-theme, ask yourself about how you will maintain the theme. Will your site still be active 2 or 3 years from now? how long will you continue to use that Theme? What if the Theme is no longer compatible with the current version of WordPress?