In this video, I show you how to create a custom menu for your WordPress blog. Luckily, if you don’t care for video, I’ve included written instructions below.
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How to Create a Menu in WordPress from Bonnie Gean
I want to show you how to add a menu to a WordPress blog. One of my blog visitors had just installed a PageLines theme to her blog and wanted to add a Home link to her menu.
So this blog is going to show you how to get the job done.
Step 1 – Login to WordPress
Access your WordPress dashboard. If you installed your blog in the main root directory of your hosting account, your dashboard is http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/
TIP: Replace the yourdomain.com name with the name of your domain!
If you installed a blog in a directory, your dashboard is located at http://www.yourdomain.com/directory/wp-admin/
TIP: Replace the yourdomain.com with the name of your domain and replace /directory/ with the name of the directory you chose to install a blog.
Step 2 – Access the Menus Option
Once inside the WordPress dashboard, scroll down to the Appearance tab and choose Menus from the dropdown box. This will take you to the WordPress menu system.
In the Menu Name box, enter a name for your menu. I named my menu to Main, but you can name yours to whatever you like. After entering the name, click the Create Menu button.
Step 3 – Create Custom Link
On the left side of the Menus screen, there is a Custom Links box with a URL and Label section. Add your blog address in the URL box and label the link as Home.
Click the Add to Menu button. This will add your new Home label to the menu system.
Step 4 – Choose Primary Website Navigation
To add this menu to the PageLines theme, find the Primary Website Navigation drop down box on the left side of the dashboard.
- Click the arrow button.
- Choose the name of the menu you created in Step 2.
- Click the Save button to add this new menu to your WordPress theme.
Step 5 – Check Your Browser
You should check your blog URL in a browser window to make certain your newly create menu is showing. You may need to refresh the page of the browser if it doesn’t show at first glance.
That’s all there is to it. If you want to add more custom links, simply go back inside the Menu dashboard and repeat step 3.
Just remember, once you create your own menu system, you’ll need to add your pages and other custom links through the Appearance > Menus area.
Step 6 – Adding Additional Pages to Your Menu
If you want to add existing pages, such as an About, Contact, or Legal pages, you can easily add them to your menu, too.
Locate the Pages section and place a check into the box for each page you wish to add to your menu. Then, click the Add to Menu button to add them to your menu.
Remember to click the “Save Menu” button again on the right hand side of the screen to save your new pages. Once again, check your browser and you should see the new pages added to your blog.
Do you need pictures? Download the How to Create a Menu in WordPress PDF guide that I’ve created for you. Pass is around if that’s your desire and thanks!
Your turn. Do you create custom menus for your blog? Leave a comment and let me know!
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