How To Create A WordPress Menu
Setting up a menu or a custom menu was always kind of a mystery to me because I didn’t make the connection between a well thought out menu and good site architecture.
I guess I was busy figuring out all the other stuff about WordPress and I just hadn’t gotten to menus and category creation.
Anyway, learning to set up a menu is really important and you should take the time to learn to do it right.
One thing I point out is how you should select the options in your screen options area of the dashboard.
No one really demonstrated how to use this feature and it wasn’t until I was asked about getting posts into a wordpress custom menu that I learned you could select the post option under screen options.
So take in the video and you see how to configure your screen options to help you design the optimum wordpress menu for your website.
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For those who like text, there is a transcript of the video. Enjoy.
Hey, Claude Pelanne here from the Affiliate Starting Line. Welcome. This is
going to be video two in a Category Menu series and this one’s about menus.
Now menus are part of the process of organizing the information that you’re
presenting on your website. In other words, it’s part of site architecture,
thinking through your website. It’s important to think about these, lay
them out on, I do it now on paper before I do it in here. But let’s take a
look and see how this menu dashboard works.
First, you get to the menu dashboard by coming to your Appearance tab,
coming down to menus. Now if I click Appearance it’s going to show me my
themes, because that’s what I’ve got selected. So I’ll come down here and
click Menu and it brings me to my Menu dashboard. Now right now, there’s
nothing in it. Let’s take a look and see what this menu dashboard consists
of. There’s menus here on the left-hand side, there’s a blank sidebar.
We’re going to fill that shortly.
On the right-hand side is where you create menus, and then I’m going to
point out a very important thing here that I overlooked for a long time,
because nobody ever explained it to me. Screen Options. When you open that
up, it’s going to give you options here for items that you’re going to be
using when you’re creating menus. By default I think it shows pages, but
what I do is I click all of them on. I want everything, and I want
everything down here. Do that. Do yourself a favor, do that and you’ll help
yourself when you’re designing your menus, and then we’ll come back here
later to see what these mean.
You’re going to see great out here, Custom Links, Posts, Pages, Categories,
Tags. When you create a menu, you come in here and we’re going to create a
main menu. Main menu that we’re going to create. Now you’ll see the screen
has come alive. Under the main menu, you can select certain things. Custom
Links we’ll come to later. It’s got an application when you’re putting in a
unique item into your menu, and it has a URL. I wouldn’t worry about that
right now. But what I missed for a long time was Posts. You can put posts
Pages, everybody knows that because that’s what, really, it defaults to so
if you have a page and let’s say, what most people do is they will have,
let’s take a look at Categories. We don’t want that. We usually have the
Disclaimer, the About. Now here’s another thing. There’s a menu here that
says, “Most Recent, View All, Search.” Click the View All, which is why I
should have done. Now it’s going to show me everything, and on a typical, a
category main menu selection I would have the Home, the About Us, the
Disclaimer, the Disclosure and the Privacy. I might even have a Site Map. I
check those off. I come down here and add to menu.
Now I’ve added to menu and I’ve created a menu with these items and it’s
called Main Menu. You’ll notice, if I come back up to Screen Options and I
were to deselect Posts, Posts would disappear from the sidebar, or deselect
Custom Links. It disappears. You want them to be there. Because there are
going to be instances, even though you’re going to be using Pages and
Categories, for the most part, to create your menus, there are going to be
times when you want posts in there because you want them to appear in the
drop down off the nav bar, but we’ll get into that in another video.
You want to make sure that you always come to Screen Options and select
them all. Now, the upper selections pertain to the sidebar, the lower
selections pertain to the interior here, the dropdown for each menu item.
So when I drop it down there I get a URL, I get the navigation label, the
title attribute, the CSS class, the link relationship and the description.
You can optimize each one of these categories here, putting in information
here, the description, the link relationship you use when you’re doing the
rel author and setting up your authorship classification for Google. That
sort of thing.
You can rename, I could rename this from Home to the name of the website so
that it would be keyword rich, WP Trainer. Assuming that was a keyword. If
I do that and I click save, Home now becomes WP Trainer, which would be a
great SEO thing. Home just doesn’t mean anything, but if you have a title
that has a great keyword value and SEO value, you might want to rename it.
That’s how you can do it from within the menu dashboard. That’s why you
want to know about these options up here, for Screen Options.
Now we’ve just created this menu and it’s called the Main Menu. I can
always come back and create another menu. If I click plus, it’s going to
ask me to create another menu. This time I can say I want a Category menu,
and I can create it. Now it’s going to give me a blank form here and I can
start putting in categories. If I have categories here I view them all. If
I’m interested in putting them in, I click them all. I add to menu.
Now I’ve created a second menu which is a Category menu. Same thing. I can
come in here and optimize these, thanks to the selections that I gave up
here in my Screen Options and, as you know, I still have my Posts, my
Custom Links, Pages, Categories, Tags, all here. All these can be added to
a menu. That’s how the back end, now what do you do with these menus?
That’s another video. You can put these menus into a widget sidebar, let’s
leave this page, just briefly. Here you can see a list of drop-down menus
of categories. There’s one. Let me take a look. I guess if I drag this over
here to Categories, it will create a category display. Which is what we saw
in the other, and that’s how you get your categories into the sidebar.
Custom menu. Now that’s what I was looking for. That’s what you can drag in
here and then you give it the title. Pick the menu that you want. We just
created Category, then that’s the one I wanted. Give it a title and that
will take that menu and put it into the sidebar. I’ll take the main menu,
call it Main Menu. Save it. Now I have a custom menu and my categories in
the sidebar of the website. So that’s how you can use the menu dashboard.
We’re going to go into greater detail on the next video, but I just wanted
to give you an overview of how to setup menus, and the different parts of
what you have to do that and the real takeaway is to make sure that your
screen options have been selected. That’s it. I hope this video helps. This
is Claude Pelanne at Affiliate Starting Line. Stay with it, stay well and
we’ll talk to you soon.