The Duke WordPress service includes dozens of themes adopted from the theme repository. Site owners can use these to change the design of their site. Different themes have different properties and may work better (or worse) with different plugins. Changing themes may substantially change the overall functionality of your site, so proceed with caution.


Given the wide variety of themes available, the Duke WordPress team does not provide detailed technical support for the multiple configurations possible in each theme.

Duke-branded themes are also available, inspired by the Style Guide template developed by the Office of Marketing and Strategic Communications. The Duke-branded themes will reformat the display of any related sites when viewed on mobile devices.

A Duke School of Medicine theme is also available, including specific instructions for use.

Duke WordPress themes are actively reviewed by the team, and those that are not being used or are no longer supported will be retired.

See the entire list (must log in with your NetID).

Last updated March 2018



Plugins provide a way to modify or add functions to a WordPress site, like additional menu items or options, or new sidebar widgets. We strongly recommend activating only the plugins you know you’ll need, and disabling them if you decide not to use them after all.

Duke WordPress users have access to the standard set of plugins listed below; we do not accept requests for additional plugins to be added to individual sites. However, we go through a review process each semester to determine what additional functionality to consider for our service. If you have a plugin you would like us to consider adding for next semester, please complete our feedback form.

Duke WordPress plugins are actively reviewed by the team, and those that are not being used or are no longer supported will be retired. 

To see the entire list please login to, open any project site Dashboard and select Plugins as depicted above (log in with your NetID).