YaleSites Themes

YaleSites Themes allow you to create a website with little technical or design expertise required while maintaining a look and feel that is consistent with Yale’s design standards. YaleSites Themes get you started with a design based on Yale web guidelines and a set of “out-of-the-box” features and tools like a news listing, photo galleries, social media capabilities and built-in mobile optimization.

YaleSites 2016 Themes

In January of 2016, the Yale institutional website (http://yale.edu) was redesigned. To meet the need for department and organization sites to have a similar look and feel, the ITS YaleSites team, in partnership with the Office of Public Affairs and Communications, developed YaleSites 2016 Themes. As of June 2016, all new sites will be created with YaleSites 2016 Themes and existing sites are encouraged to change to the 2016 version to maintain consistent look or “brand” across campus.

In January of 2018, Yale’s Web Accessibility Policy was adopted. Moving to the YaleSites 2016 theme will make it more mobile friendly, and will improve the accessibility of the site.

If you are interested in the 2016 Themes for your existing site, please request a refresh of your site (Request a Refresh Form) and check both Move my site from development to production and Add 2016 themes on my site

After you’ve received notification that your request is complete, it’s important to start by updating the theme on your development site: dev.sitename.yale.edu.

  1. Enable the Yale 2016 Themes module before changing the theme itself.
  2. Then go to Appearance to enable the new YaleSites 2016 theme.
  3. Check your development site against production to see if any content displays have been altered.
  4. If all looks well on your production site, submit a go-live request at yalesites.yale.edu/go-live-request.
  5. If you need further assistance, send a request to yalesites@yale.edu.

YaleSites 2016 Theme Options

The 2016 Theme options are the same as the originals: Standard, Boxed and Wide. You will find color choices, fonts and features not available in the original YaleSites Themes. As with the original version, you can easily switch from one to another, as well as customize your site’s accent colors and sidebar heading styles. 

Wide 2016
YaleSites Wide 2016
Standard 2016
YaleSites Standard 2016
Boxed 2016
YaleSites Boxed 2016

Examples

You can view the examples of the 2016 Themes at the following URLs. Please click on the last link to view the new text and Block styles available.