The Mizzou WordPress Base theme is available to MU web developers and vendors who support MU websites. Effective October 9, 2019, Digital Service provides support to departments who are using it for their websites. The WordPress theme integrates the Mizzou Design System and as such is subject to the same Terms of Use.

Using the WordPress Base Theme

To use the Mizzou WordPress Base theme, the following steps must be followed:

  • The website must conform to the Digital Service standards for cloud hosted websites:
    • Repository is created and maintained on
    • Lando is installed and functioning properly
    • The MizzouMVC plugin is added as a dependency in the composer.json file
    • account is set up and ready
    • WordPress is installed via the Digital Service WordPress upstream for 
  • Do not edit the Base theme itself if you need to customize it since updates to the Design System will overwrite customizations you may make.  Instead, you will need to use a child theme to extend and customize for your website’s requirements (Digital Service is providing a child theme repository that should be forked and used in your website). In the child theme, if UI components are not available to meet your needs, you may use Bootstrap and Twig to create custom components.  If you do so, please notify Digital Service so we may consider incorporating those components into the core Mizzou Design System.

Update the Mizzou WordPress Base Theme Settings

All of the settings below are in the WordPress Dashboard, Appearance, All Theme Settings menu:

  • Search – make sure ‘gsce’ is set to ‘on’ and set ‘google_cse_id’ to your Custom Search Engine ID.
  • Site Wide – update the ‘*google_tag_manager*‘ value.

At this point, you are ready to start adding pages and menus for your website. Updating the MizzouMVC and Mizzou Base Theme are accomplished via the WordPress workflow.