How does a WordPress user create and manage menus and navigation?
A well-structured navigation system is crucial for improving user experience and helping visitors navigate your site with ease. Whether you’re managing a site in Australia or Southeast Asia, the Ribbon Gang is here to guide you through the process of creating and managing menus on your WordPress site.
Creating a New Menu
- Log into your WordPress dashboard and navigate to ‘Appearance > Menus’.
- Click on ‘create a new menu’, give it a name (for example, ‘Main Menu’), and then click ‘Create Menu’.
Adding Items to the Menu
On the left side of the ‘Menus’ screen, you’ll see options to add ‘Pages’, ‘Posts’, ‘Custom Links’, and ‘Categories’ to your menu. Choose the items you want to add and click ‘Add to Menu’.
Organising Your Menu
Once you’ve added items to your menu, you can organise them by dragging and dropping. To create a sub-menu, drag a menu item slightly to the right of another menu item.
Setting Menu Display Location
After creating your menu, you need to define where it will appear on your website. Under ‘Menu Settings’, you’ll see ‘Display location’. Common locations include the ‘Primary’, ‘Footer’, or ‘Social’ menu, but this varies based on your theme.
Creating a Drop-down Menu
In WordPress, creating a drop-down menu is as easy as dragging and dropping menu items. Drag the item you want in your drop-down slightly to the right under the desired parent item. The item will be indented, indicating it is now a sub-item.
Customising Menu Links
For each item in your menu, you can click on the downward arrow to the right of the menu item’s name to view additional configuration options. Here, you can change the navigation label (the text that appears in your menu), title attribute, and more.
Managing Multiple Menus
Some themes support multiple menus. If your theme does, you can create a new menu following the steps above. Then, assign it to a different location under ‘Menu Settings’.
Remember, navigation is crucial for the user experience. Your menus should be clear, intuitive, and guide visitors to the information they’re looking for. If you need further assistance, the Ribbon Gang is here to help through our support/ticketing form. Stay tuned for our next guide on setting up an online store on your WordPress site using WooCommerce!