Configure Your Navigational Menu in WordPress
Posted by H9 Admin on 02 February 2015 03:27 PM
You can use the built-in menu editor in your WordPress dashboard to configure the navigational menus on your WordPress website. Navigational menus are the list of pages/links that usually appear at the top of the website that help direct you to the page or content you want to view.
You can see how to create a new page and blog post within WordPress within our helpful Knowledgebase articles, and can see more in our WordPress category.
Define a Menu
Before you can configure your menu with links and pages, you have to define it:
Your new custom menu has now been defined! Now let's add some stuff to it...
Add Items to a Menu
You can add different link types into your menu, which are available for your choosing in a split pane, to the left of the menu you're currently editing. To add a page to your new menu:
Your custom menu has now been saved!
Delete a Menu Item
Customize Menu Items
You can customize your menu items with some specifics. You can click on the arrow in the top right-hand corner of each menu item to expand it, make changes, and save your menu item changes. See below for a full run-down of the options.
Create Multi-level Menus
When planning the structure of your menu, it helps to think of each menu item as a heading document. In a document, main section headings (level 1 headings) are usually the biggest most prominent headings, sub-section headings (level 2 headings) are a little smaller and may have slightly different formatting to help differentiate them and any other subordinate headings (level 3, 4, etc) within the same section are indented by smaller or other differentiated formatting—so that you clearly can see the hierarchy of headings. Menu items work JUST like that.
The WordPress Menu Editor allows you to create multi-level menus using a simple 'drag and drop' interface. Drag menu items up or down to change their order of appearance in the menu. Drag menu items left or right in order to create sub-levels (one menu item that exists under a parent menu item, so that it drops down when you hover over it's parent) within your menu.
To make one menu item a subordinate of another, you need to position the 'child' underneath its 'parent' and then drag it slightly to the right:
Add Your Menu to Your Site
Via the Edit Menus Tab
If your current theme supports custom menus, you will be able to add your new menu to one of the Theme Locations:
If you don't see this option, try clicking into the Manage Locations tab near the top... these options should be right there!
Note: if your current theme does not support custom menus, you will need to add your new menu via the Custom Menu widget. Just click Appearance from the left-hand side again, and then Widgets to configure custom widgets.