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Making And Modifying A WordPress Menu

In WordPress you can create as many menus as you want.
Where these menus end up on your website depends on your WordPress Theme and which widgets you use.
The most important thing, however, is that the menu ensures that your visitors are guided through your website in a simple and, above all else, logical way.

Making a WordPress menu

Go in the WordPress dashboard to Appearance > Menus

Is this the first menu that you create for your website?

When you create a menu for your website for the first time, you see a screen that corresponds to the image below.
Click on “create new menu” . Give your menu a name in the field behind “Menu name” and click on save.
This menu name is not visible on your website. When you are going to use just 1 menu, the name is not that important.
When you are going to use more menus on your website, try to choose a logical name.
For example: main menu, footer menu, sidebar menu.

create new menu

Fill a WordPress menu

After you menu has been created, you can add items to your menu.

On the left side of your menu screen you see items such as Pages, Posts, Modified links, Categories…
This means that you can therefore place pages, posts, self-made links (for example, to an external website), categories, etc. in your menu.
Usually, however, a menu is filled with pages or posts. It doesn’t matter that much in itself. The menu works in the same way no matter what you connect to it.

On the left side, under Pages, you see the pages that you have already created (for example, Home, Who are we, What do we do, Contact).
You can also choose which pages are visible in this overview by clicking on the “Most recent” or “Show all” tab.
There is also a “Search” tab. If you have created many pages, you can type a search here.

Before your page name there is an open square; you can select this if you want to add the respective page to your menu.
First select all pages that you want to add to your menu, then click “Add to menu”.
All selected pages are now in the menu.
Click on the blue button “Save menu” to save this action.

The actions above can be followed also when you want to add notes, categories, etc. to your menu, instead of pages.

Modifying the order of the pages in your menu

When you want to order your pages in your menu differently, click on the page that you want to move and drag it to the appropriate place.
In the same way you also create a dropdown menu in your menu. You click on the page that you want to hang under another page in your menu and you indent it about half a centimeter to the right (drag).

menu structure

You see that the yellow-shaded pages in the picture above are indented about half a centimeter.
This will be presented on your website as a dropdown menu. Your cursor then moves over “Services” and the 3 yellow-shaded pages should unfold, after which you can eventually also click them.

In principle, you can make this way an indefinite number of dropdown “layers”.
Remember, however, that more than 2 layers is uncommon and usually does not benefit the user-friendliness of your website.

Managing menu locations

Now that your menu is created, you naturally want to determine where on the page it will be placed.
Click on the tab “Manage locations”. There, you get to see all the locations where your WordPress theme allows to place a menu.
This is usually the Primary menu (menu on the top of your website) and the Footer menu (menu for the lower side of your website), and sometimes also a Top menu (the uppermost bar of your website).
Select in any case the primary; this is the main menu on the top of your page.
Visitors generally use this menu in order to navigate.

Other menus (footer, sidebar, etc) can of course still be added later.