This site outlines the web standards for websites at York University using the York 2014 theme with WordPress.

On May 1, 2014, York University introduced a new, responsive WordPress theme template to the York Community for those with an online presence at York.

Highlights of this theme include:

  • a responsive design that automatically resizes to your visitors screen size making your site instantly mobile- and tablet-friendly;
  • use of the latest streamlined Global Navigation with a new, quick links collection of York links;
  • a clean and inviting design with user-friendly fonts, bursts of York red and plenty of white space, all of which reflects the YorkU brand;  and
  • enhanced web accessibility to help meet AODA web accessibility requirements.
Accessibility Requirements
Under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), all new and significantly refreshed public websites and web content need to be accessible. As such, public websites that launch with or switch to the new York 2014 theme must conform to AODA web accessibility requirements. More information about the AODA accessibility requirements, training sessions, and resources can be found on the AODA Web Accessibility at York website.

The guidelines on this site should be used for creating, re-designing or managing the design of a new or existing WordPress website on the yorku.ca domain. Please refer to it to understand the look and feel and appropriate use of colour, fonts and item placement. Adhering to the guidelines on this site will facilitate a consistent online departmental and University look and feel.

This site addresses general needs in website development at York University. If your team faces creative issues not addressed in this site, please contact Marketing & Creative Services for guidance and permissions.

The York web template is currently only available as a WordPress template theme. To inquire about :

For other implementation issues, please contact UIT’s IDIS group for guidance.