Over the last few weeks, I have shared a number of posts on the how-tos of using WordPress. Today, I am going to show you how to add pages and more to your menu to help you create user-friendly navigation on your site or blog.
WHAT IS A MENU?
The Menu, Menu Bar or Navigation Bar (Nav Bar) is the section of your blog that has quick links to various pages or places on your blog, and can even link to external sites, stores or social media. Depending on the theme you are using for your site or blog, the location of your menu may be different to the example above, but this gives you an idea of what part of your site is called the Menu.
HOW TO ADD PAGES AND MORE TO YOUR MENU:
It’s actually super easy to add and change the content of your menu bar, here’s how:
1. Login to your WordPress account
2. Got to Appearance > Menus
3. A new page will open. On that new page make sure the menu you wish to edit is selected in the drop-down option. For most basic WordPress themes, it will be the Main or Primary Menu you will wanting to edit.
4. Down this left-hand column is where you will find the various options of content you might want to add to your menu. The options that display here depend on the theme you are using and the plugins you have installed. Let’s start with Pages. You can view a list of the Pages you have created on your site here either by Most Recent, View All or Search.
5. In the Pages box you can see a list of your pages. To add a page, or multiple pages to your menu, simply click the check box next to the desired pages and then click the “Add to Menu” button. The selected pages will appear at the bottom of the list in the right-hand column.
6. Adding custom links is another common option. For example you may wish to add a link to a specific blog post, or your Etsy Store, or any other link that isn’t a page or category. This is where you do it. Simply paste the link into the box and type in what text you want to appear in the menu. The click the “add to menu” button.
7. Another common option is to add a link to a category of posts on your blog to your Menu. For example, you might want to make it easy for readers to see all your recipes, so you would add your Recipe category to the Menu. Simply click the check boxes of the categories you want to add to the menu, like you did for pages, and then click the “add to menu” button.
8. All the content you have added to your Menu will appear at the bottom of the list of items in the Right-Hand column. To rearrange these items into the order you want them to appear, simply click and drag them into order.
To create a drop-down menu, or sub-menu offset to the right a little the sub-menu items underneath the item you want them to nest under, as you can see in the image above.
If you want to edit any information on any of the Menu Items, click the little arrow on the right of that item and change the details.
9. Once you are happy with the changes, items and order of your menu, click the blue “Save Menu” button and your menu will be updated on your site/blog.
10. To make sure the correct Menu is displaying in the right place on your blog, click the Manage Locations tab at the top of the Menus Page.
11. Depending on your Theme, there may be more than one Menu Location which means you can create customised menus for different locations on your site or blog, however, most themes only have one menu location, as seen above. Simply make sure the correct Menu is selected in the drop down options. Click the blue “save changes” button and you’re done!
If you are unsure of the meaning of some of the words and phrases used in this post, check out theBlogging Glossary for definitions.
Check out the other Using WordPress posts for more tips and how-tos.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have in a comment below.