Saturday, July 13, 2024

Moving / Adding Menu

The Menus Screen allows users to create a personalised menu, also known as a navigation bar, navigation menu, or main menu. This menu helps visitors easily move around the website. Most sites have one main navigation menu, but some themes may allow additional menus at the top or bottom of the page. It’s important to keep the navigation menu simple to avoid confusing visitors.

In your menu, you can add various items like links to pages, articles, categories, or custom links to any URL you prefer, even to another website. You can arrange the items in any order you like and create submenus if needed. In a nutshell, your menu is fully modifiable to suit your needs.

The Appearance Menus Screen is accessible from the Dashboard via Appearance > Menus.

The Appearance Menus screen with the Menu structure form visible. The form has fields for creating a new menu, and menu settings where you assign the menu to a menu location on the website.

Creating menus #

Creating a new menu interface
Creating Menu
  1. Go to the WordPress Dashboard.
  2. From the ‘Appearance’ menu on the left-hand side of the Dashboard, select the ‘Menus’ option to bring up the Menu Editor.
  3. Click the link Create a new menu at the top of the page.
  4. Enter a name for your new menu in the Menu Name box
  5. Click the Create Menu button.

Adding items to a menu #

Adding items to a Menu
Adding Items to menu

You can add different item types into your menu, such as Pages, Categories, or even Custom Links. These are separated between windows left of the menu you’re currently editing. An example on how to add link to a page:

  1. Locate the window entitled Pages.
  2. Within this window, select the View All link to bring up a list of all the currently published Pages on your site.
  3. Select the Pages that you want to add by clicking the checkbox next to each Page’s title.
  4. Click the Add to Menu button located at the bottom of this window to add your selection(s) to the menu that you created in the step before.
  5. Click the Save Menu button once you’ve added all the menu items you want.

Your custom menu has now been saved.

Note: The Screen Options allow you to choose which items you can use to add to a menu. Certain items, like Tags are hidden by default.

Deleting a menu item #

Deleting a menu item
  1. Locate the menu item that you want to remove in the menu editor window
  2. Click on the arrow icon in the top right-hand corner of the menu item to expand it.
  3. Click on the Remove item. The menu item will be immediately removed.
  4. Click the Save Menu button to save your changes.

Deleting menu items in bulk #

  1. To delete multiple menu items at once, click on the checkbox Bulk Select.
  2. Select the checkbox next to each of the menu items you wish to delete.
  3. Click Remove Selected Items. This will delete the selected menu items from the menu in bulk.

Creating Multi-level Menus – This means – A Sub Menu #

When planning the structure of your menu, it helps to think of each menu item as a heading in a formal report document. In a formal report, main section headings (Level 1 headings) are the nearest to the left of the page; sub-section headings (Level 2 headings) are shifted slightly further to the right; any other subordinate headings (Level 3, 4, etc) within the same section are shifted even further to the right.

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 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.

  1. Position the mouse over the ‘child’ menu item.
  2. Whilst holding the left mouse button, drag it to the right.
  3. Release the mouse button.
  4. Repeat these steps for each sub-menu item.
  5. Click the Save Menu button in the Menu Editor to save your changes.

Adding your menu to your site #

If your current theme supports custom menus, you will be able to add your new menu to one of the Theme Locations.

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the menu editor window.
  2. Under Menu Settings -> Display location, click the check box for the location where you want your menu to appear.
  3. Click Save Menu once you’ve made your selection.

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