CampusPress User Guide

CampusPress has put together resources to help you get started with your blog.

Topics include:

  • Appearance and themes
  • Embedding media
  • Files and images
  • Plugins
  • Posts and pages
  • Widgets and sidebars


Customizing Your Blog

Basic Customizations

Note: Follow the Headers and Footers and Web Colors guidelines.

Your Widgets

These are the blocks that make up your sidebar. There are four areas where you can place widgets in the theme:

In the Sidebar



In the Footer

Labeled #1, #2 and #3 on your dashboard:


Note: There is a Text widget that includes the SJSU primary mark and university information. Do not remove this widget from the end of Footer #3.

Add widgets to your sidebar by going to Appearance > Widgets. Every newly created blog includes some default widgets. Add any widget(s) you like to the blog’s sidebar and footer.

Advanced Customizations

Adding Themes

You have the option to submit a custom-built or purchased theme to CampusPress for approval. CampusPress uses Git for managing code and all theme additions. Edits are submitted via BitBucket as pull requests. Visit CampusPress – Adding Themes for more information on how to submit a new theme. Read the guidelines carefully. CampusPress will review your theme for security and reliability before pushing live. You must register with BitBucket and collaborate with CampusPress on customization and edits.

For design consultation on your blog, contact Marketing and Communications. Need professional help? We’ll recommend a contractor for your design, editorial, photography and videography needs.


View the list of available plugins. To activate a plugin go to Appearance > Plugins > All in your dashboard and click on activate below the plugin you want to use. If you don’t see plugins under the appearance tab, request a change to your user access.


The Power Source

SJSU Power Source: A Multi-Platform Communication Guide explains how to strengthen San Jose State’s identity by telling the stories of SJSU’s people, the source of the university’s “power.” It also outlines the words, imagery and university marks we use to express who we are and what we do—and what distinguishes SJSU from other universities.

How to tell your SJSU Story

As you tell the stories of the people in your college, department or program, how do you know if what you’re creating supports and enhances San Jose State’s reputation? Find out how to incorporate key themes and messages on your blog.

Learn about SJSU’s:

  • Tone, content and personality
  • Key themes
  • Key messages
  • Editorial style


Photography Resources

Find and request photography for your blog.

Request Multiple Photos

The marketing and communications team will fill your request by finding, packaging and delivering photos to you via email or download link. We’re happy to crop and optimize your photos for the web too. Just let us know what dimensions you need. Fill out our project request form and choose the “I need high-quality SJSU photos” option.

Individual Photo Requests

Request photos one at a time on the SJSU photo library website. Choose the “request download” option, a button found next to each individual photo. Once approved, the photo will be delivered to you via download link.



Update user access to an existing blog


Request a new blog or Delete a blog