UC People

UC People is a plugin developed by the UITS Web & Mobile Services team. It registers a custom post type of People that appears in the left navigation of the WordPress dashboard.

In combination with new page templates available to Cornerstone-based themes, this plugin provides an easy way to organize and display people.

UC People is available to sites using Cornerstone-based themes, namely Sherman and Hale 2015.








Creating People

To create a person, on the left side navigation on your dashboard go to People > New Person. All fields other than the person's name are optional.

If you used the University User Profiles plugin previously, we have a guide on how to migrate from UUP to UC People. If you have a number of people entered as users, you can also perform a one-time import of users to UC People.

Groups and Tags

People can be organized in two ways, with groups and tags.  These can be managed in the dashboard by selecting 'People' and then choosing either the 'Groups' or 'Tags' options.


Groups act much like post categories, and can be nested hierarchically. For example, a group might be "Faculty" with nested subgroups of "Adjunct" and "Associate". Groups are useful when creating a page of people, as one feature there is to show people separated by their group assignments.


Tags are just like the tags used by blog posts. They can also be used to organize people, but do not have the option of being hierarchically nested. For example, a single person might be tagged with "Molecular Modeling", "Nanotechnology", and "Polymers". Later, it would then be possible to display all people in the site with the tag "Polymers".

Creating a “People Page”

One of the features of UC People is a new page template that becomes available. This page template has a lot of great tools to help filter and sort which people you want to display.

To begin, start by creating a new page. On the right, in a box labeled 'Page Attributes', set the 'Template' option to "People". You will notice that below the normal visual editor area for content, there will be a number of new form controls in a box labeled 'People Page'.


This controls the layout of how the people will be displayed. The Grid option makes a grid of people, with multiple people for each row. This is a great option if you have a lot of images, and want to focus on those.

The Table option has only one person per row, but has a lot more room for details like phone number or email address. This is a great option if you have no images, or want to focus the page more on being a resource to contact people.

Specific People

By default, a people page displays all people in the site. You can see them listed in the left column of this section. However, if you only want to display the information of a few people, you can click on those people in the left column, and they will appear in the right column. Then, the page will only display the people in the right column.

This collection of people can then be further filtered down by the Specific Groups and Specific Tags options.

To return a page to displaying all people, delete all the people in the right column.

Specific Groups & Tags

Choose one or more groups, and only people that belong to the selected group OR any other selected group will appear. This allows you to create one people page for faculty, and another for staff, for example.

Choose one or more tags, and only people that belong to the selected tag OR to any of the other selected tags will appear. This allows you to create a people page of only the people tagged with "Chemistry" for example.

If both Specific Groups and Specific Tags are in use, only people that belong to one of the groups AND have one of the specific tags will appear.

Break Into Groups

When selected, this option will display people broken out into groups ordered alphabetically on the group name. For instance, you could select "Chemistry" as the tag, enable this option, and then the people page would display a list for "Adjunct Faculty", and another for "Associate Faculty".

Information to Display

On each People page, you can choose just how much information you wish to display. Any fields left unchecked will simply be left out. Note: In order to display properly, the person's image should be at least 335px wide.

Viewing a Single Person

Once a person has been published, they are available to be linked to through menus, manual links, or a People Page.

In the Menus section, you will see a new box appear along site pages called 'People'. You will need to select this box, but can then add people into navigation menus the same way you would pages.

Ordering People

By default, people will be ordered alphabetically by first name.

This default ordering can be manipulated by altering the Order attribute of each person.

Order of a person
The Order Attribute

For example, if Abdul, Bogdan, and Carol are all set at order 0, they appear in alphabetical order by last name.

  • Carol Gordon
  • Abdul Kazeem
  • Bogdan Stanek

What's really happening behind the scenes though, is more like this:

  1. Order=0
    1. Carol Gordon
    2. Abdul Kazeem
    3. Bogdan Stanek
  2. Order=1
    1. None.

So, if Bogdan's order number changes to "1", then first the list will display all of the 0's, and then all of the 1's, each in alphabetical order.

  1. Carol Gordon [0]
  2. Abdul Kazeem [0]
  3. Bogdan Stanek [1]

If we then change Abdul to a "1", we'll get this...

  1. Carol Gordon [0]
  2. Abdul Kazeem [1]
  3. Bogdan Stanek [1]

Using this field, it's possible to alter the default ordering of people in lists.

It is important to note that altering the order for a person will effect the order in which they are displayed in any list. If you're using more than one People page, this might be an issue.