Menu navigation is one of the beauties of every great website because it makes it easier for a visitor to surf with ease in getting the desired information. And WordPress just got the right tools for you to use by default. In today’s tutorial, we will be dealing with how to create a menu for easy navigation in WordPress. Check out the Best Way to Start a WordPress Blog (in 2018)
What is Menu Navigation in WordPress?
The menu is the tab like a text you see on a website usually at either the top or bottom of a website. It makes it easy for a user visiting a website to click through pages, post and other content on a website.
Navigation Menus in WordPress
WordPress comes with its own navigation menu system and it’s quite easy for even beginners to create and manage menus. The location for WordPress Navigation Menus varies from theme to theme. Many WordPress themes usually come with at least one menu location. Some WordPress themes come with multiple menu locations especially themes designed for e-commerce purpose and they are usually Premium plugins (i.e you pay for them).
How to Create Menu for Easy Navigation in WordPress
Step 1: Login to your WordPress Admin Dashboard
Step 2: Take your mouse to the Appearance tab on the left side
Step 3: Then click on the Menus tab
Step 4: You See the Edit Menus screen, divided into two columns. The first column on your left has your pages, categories, and custom links tab. The second column on the right is where you add and adjust menu items.
Step 5: Provide a name for your menu in the menu name text box, e.g. ‘My First Menu’ and click create menu
After that, the system will load and you are set to add, remove, set, order elements in your navigation menu.
How to Add Element to Your WordPress Menu Navigation
To add elements into your navigation menu, you will need to make use of the first column in your left side of your screen where you will find: Pages, Categories, Posts, Custom Links etc. Some themes may even add more elements there for you to use.
Now, let’s begin to customize our WordPress menu navigation.
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How to Add Pages to your Custom Menu
To add pages to your Menu, all you have to do is to click the checkbox and click Add to Menu button at the bottom of the section to add any page you want. The pages you checked will then move to the left column where you have Menu Structure.
You can drag pages upward or downward to re-arrange them to your desired order. Removing a page, you simply have to click on the page to make it expand and click the Remove link to remove the page. And to create a sub-menu, simple click and drag the page that is to be a sub-menu to another page to underneath the parent page, then drag to the right side, this will create a submenu. You can do this to create a submenu to another submenu. Images below will explain better.
How to Add Post to Menu navigation
To add a particular post to your menu navigation, simply follow the previous illustration above about adding pages to the menu. The major thing you may find difficulty in doing in the length of the post title. This can be fixed by clicking the post at the right column for the post menu to give you a drop-down, you can then easily edit the title to be what you want it to be in the navigation label. See the image below to understand better.
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How to Add Custom Link to Menu navigation
To add a custom link to your WordPress menu link navigation, it might be a little different from the process we’ve been using. You may want to include a link to another site, this help to achieve that. Simple type the link of the external URL and then desired name for the link. Simply click on to menu. The image below will give a better illustration.
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How to Add Categories to Menu navigation
To add categories, you simply click the checkbox for each of the categories and there you have it as always.
When you are through, simply click the Save Menu button (it’s usually blue in color), at which you can now use the menu location to place your menu navigation where you want it to be.
Understanding Theme Locations for Your Navigation Menus
Navigation Menus appearance and display is controlled entirely by your WordPress theme. The admin area only provides a user interface to add and manage those menus. Themes usually have at least one location for navigation menus. Sometimes few themes may have more than one theme locations such as the theme we used while writing this article which had three theme locations primary menu, secondary menu, and a footer menu. A look at the image below will give you a better understanding.
You can click any of the check boxes for each of the menu locations and click the save menu button. You can also create a different menu for each location which can be a great idea.
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We advise against checking the “ Automatically add new top-level pages to this menu” box. You may simply create a new top-level or parent page that you don’t want on your navigation menu without remembering that you have the feature enabled.
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