WordPress – Add A Menu
Script & Screenshots
In this video I’m going to show you how to add a navigation menu on your website.
When you first set up WordPress, it will not show a menu until you create one. As you can see on my website, there is no menu at the top of the page.
Let’s go to the Dashboard and I’ll show you how to create a menu.
On the left menu, click on Appearance.
Then click on Menus.
Enter a name for your new menu in the Menu Name box. When I create the menu for the top of the page I usually name it Top Menu or Primary Menu. You can name it whatever you like. I recommend naming it something that correlates to its location or something else relevant to the menu. If you have multiple menus, this will make it easier to figure out which menu it is. For this installation, I’m going to name it Top Menu.
Then click on the Create Menu button.
Depending on what theme you are using will determine how many menus you can create and where they will be located. I’m currently using a very simple theme, the Twenty Sixteen. I have the option of setting up a Primary menu and a Social Links Menu. I’m going to create a Primary menu. This will place a menu in the top right corner of my theme. Most every theme should have a Primary menu option. Click in the box next to Primary Menu to assign it that location.
I now have a menu, but without any pages on it, it still won’t show up on my website. So I now need to add a page. On the left you can see a list of pages, posts, etc that you can add to your menu. I currently only have an About page. I’m going to click in that box to add the About page to my menu. Once I create more pages in a later video, I will add more pages to my menu. I’ll show you have to add posts, custom links, and dropdown menus to your menus in another video.
Now click the Add to Menu button.
Anytime you make any changes to the menu, you need to save your changes. Click on the Save Menu button.
Now let’s take a look at the website so we can see our new navigation menu. In the top left click on the name of your Website, next to the Home button.
Now you can see our new menu in the top right corner.
Let’s go back to the dashboard so that I can show you another theme and how it has different options for menu locations. We’ll click on the Dashboard button to go back.
Click on Appearance.
i’m going to change to the Twenty Fourteen theme by clicking on the Activate button.
Now I’ll go back to the Menus.
I’d like to create a new menu. To create another one, click on Create a New Menu.
I’m going to name this menu – Second Menu.
Click on Create Menu.
Now you see I have different options with the new theme I’m using. The Top Primary menu will replace my old Primary Menu. You can see it says (Currently set to: Top Menu). And I now have a new menu, the Secondary menu in Left Sidebar. I’m going to select this as my location.
I still don’t have many pages so for this example, I’m going to add the About page twice so that you can see the difference between my two menus.
Now I’ll save my changes by clicking Save Menu.
Now if I click back on my Home page button I can view the second menu I just created.
Now you can see my second menu on the sidebar that has two About pages listed. And then in the top right, you can see the original menu I set up, the Primary.
That’s it for this video. I’ll see you in the next one.
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