How to Setup a Menu in WordPress

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Welcome back to the 9th lesson in DeClustered Marketing. Yes, I know I have been gone for a long time, but unfortunately my father had a heart attack and I had to make sure he was taken care of first. He is on the mend and I am back to all my DeClustered Marketing readers. Let’s jump right in and learn how to setup a menu in WordPress.

 

 What is a WordPress Menu?

The menu is the navigational tabs at the very top of your website. This is how users will be able to access and view the pages you created in the previous steps. There are a lot of menu functions in WordPress, but in this article I’m just going to cover how to setup your pages to be viewed.

wordpress menu example

 

Setting Up your WordPress Menu

Step 1. Login to your Admin Panel: Login to the backend of your WordPress system. Typically this would be something like www.your domain name.com/wp-admin, which will bring you to the screen below.

image 1 - login for wordpress website

Step 2 Your Menu Location: Navigate to Appearance and select “Menus”.

image 2 -wordpress menu location

 

Step 3 This is your website’s menu: This is the screen where you edit your entire menu. Just a heads up there are a lot of little things that will happen here, but I will do my best to explain so it makes sense.

image 3 - wordpress edit menu dashboard

a. Pages section: On the left site of the screen you will see a “Pages” box. This box will show you the most recent, view all and search tabs for all of the Pages you made previously.

image 3a - wordpress pages tab

b. How to Add pages:

i. In order to add a page to the site’s menu all you have to do is click on the page you want to add, in this case my page is “testing pages” and click the “Add to Menu” button.

image 3b - wordpress adding a page to the menu

ii. You will see the page at the bottom of the menu.

image 3b-ii location of the page in the wordpress menu

 

Step 4 Reorganizing Your Menu:

 

a. Moving your Menu: Now that you have your pages in the menu, you can now move them around. WordPress is great because all you have to do is drag and rearrange the menu as you desire. Hover over the page you want to move and you will see a cross-haired arrow. Hold down your mouse button and move it to the location you want to move.

image 4 rearranging your wordpress menu

 

image 4b moving wordpress menu by holding down the mouse

 

b. SubMenus: These are menus that are subcategories of your main category. I know you just think I just spoke in geek, let me explain… What I mean is suppose you have a major category for example Boats. A subcategory would be “Fishing Boats”. You can drag your page under the Boat page and then it will appear as a drop down when someone hovers over your page. Just as a heads up, this will even say “sub item” so you know.

subcategories in wordpress menu image 1

 

subcategories in wordpress menu image 2

Step 5 Save the Menu: Once you are done, hit the “Save Menu” button on the right and you’re off to the races. Just a note: If you don’t save the menu, then you have a really good chance of losing your work. So, just hit save.

step 5 saving your wordpress menu

There you go my DCM readers. I hope that this guide was helpful and I wish you continued success in your marketing efforts. If you liked this blog, then please share, comment and subscribe.

About Alex Mangrolia
My passion is Internet marketing in the SEO, SEM & Social Media marketing space. I love creating cutting edge strategies, generate traffic and leads. My unending thirsts for knowledge and personal growth give me the drive to continual improve & perform.

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