Your sites navigation menus

  • Defining a Menu

    You must define a menu before you can add items to it.

    1. Login 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. Enter a name for your new menu in the Menu Name box, This can be Main Menu, Menu 1 or whatever you like to call it
    4. Click the Create Menu button.

    Your new custom menu has now been defined.

  • Adding Items to a Menu

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

    1. Locate the pane entitled Pages.
    2. Within this pane, 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 pane to add your selection(s) to the menu that you created in the previous step.
    5. Scroll back to the Menu Editor.
    6. Click the Save Menu button.

    Your custom menu has now been saved.

    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/box to expand it.
    3. Click on the Remove link. The menu item/box will be immediately removed.
    4. Click the Save Menu button to save your changes.

    Customising Menu Items

    The Navigation Label
    This field specifies the title of the item on your custom menu. This is what your visitors will see when they visit your site/blog.

    The Title Attribute
    This field specifies the Alternative (‘Alt’) text for the menu item. This text will be displayed when a user’s mouse hovers over a menu item.

    1. Click on the arrow in the top right-hand corner of the menu item to expand it.
    2. Enter the values for the Navigation Label and Title Attribute that you want to assign to the item.
    3. Click the Save Menu button to save your changes.

    Creating Multi-level Menus

    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 indented slightly further to the right; any other subordinate headings (Level 3, 4, etc) within the same section are indented 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 theTheme Locations.

    1. Using the dropdown in the Theme Location pane, select your new custom menu.
    2. Click Save.

    If your current theme does not support custom menus, you will need to add your new menu via the Custom Menu widget in theAppearance Widgets Screen.