I appreciate my readers here on my blog, so as a thank you I would like to give you one of the lessons from my WordPress online classes.
The ability to create menus easily in WordPress makes it a powerful tool. Depending on your theme, you may have 1 -2 navigation bars. But in addition to that you can easily create custom menus for sidebars, footers, or any widgetized area. In this lesson I walk you through how to create menus using pages, posts, categories and custom links for both your navigation bars and other customized menus.
Key Points from this Video
1. Creating Your Menu – Use Appearance > Menus when creating your navigation bars. You start by first naming and creating your menu.
2. Building Your Menu - Once you have created it, you will an option to automatically create a new menu with all of your existing pages. Or, you will be able to add pages, categories or custom links using the boxes on the left.
Pages – Here you will be able to add any pages you have published on your site. If you save any pages as drafts, they will not be able to be added to your menus until published.
Links – This allows you to create a custom link in your navigation bar. For example, if you wanted to link to another site you have, you would simply put in the URL and the label (text) you want to show in your navigation bar. This is also a great way to link to direct blog posts in your site as well.
Categories – You can easily add categories to your navigation bar. This allows you readers to click on it, and read the most recent posts from any chosen category. A great way to organize your blog or website even more!
3. Editing Options – Once you have added to your menu, you can open it up and do more edits. For example, here you will see three areas I am pointing to.
Navigation Label – This by default is pulled in from the title of your page. This is what will appear in your navigation bar. You can edit this without affecting your page title.
Original – This let’s you know what the original name of the page was.
Title Attribute – When you mouse over a navigation item, this is what will show up in the yellow box. It’s does help some with SEO to be a bit more descriptive as I have done in my example. Also, this can also help with software readers with disabilities are using.
Note the highlighted Move Down one. You are able to rearrange the order of menu items by dragging or dropping, or using this feature. Depending on how many items are in your menu will depend on how many options appear there. But this option will not let you move a menu item right after adding it. You will need to save your menu first.
4. Editing Menus – You can also edit any existing menu easily.
4. Menu Placement – This tab gives you the option to place a specific menu in your themes menu locations. This will all depend on your theme and how many navigation menu spots it gives you.
5. Custom Menu Widget – You can also create custom menus to put in your sidebar, footer or any other widgetized area of your theme. Simple drag the Custom Menu widget into any widget area, and choose the menu you want to appear. Great tool for creating smaller, customized menus of services, products, or a list of vendors or other blogs you want to share. This replaces the old Links feature in WordPress for what was commonly known as Blogroll. This can be done easily using Custom Links.
Genesis Child Theme Tip: If your theme has two menu locations, you can use the Genesis Simple Menu plugin to create custom menus for the second location for any specific page or post.
A note: This is one of the 53 lessons in my Build Your Blog Online Class. If you purchase the Lesson only package for $99 this week, you will have the chance to win an upgrade to the full class valued at $399.