How to Create Custom Navigation Menus on Your WordPress Blog

WordPress helps you easily add navigation menus to your theme with a feature called Menus. This feature enables you to build your own custom menu of links by adding links to any pages, posts, categories, or custom links you’d like. Click the Menus link under the Appearance menu to load the Edit Menus page.

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On the Edit Menus page, you can build your custom menu by adding links from Posts, Pages, Categories, or Custom links on the left side of the Edit Menus page to the menu interface on the right side of the page. Follow these steps to make it happen:

  1. Click the Menus link in the Appearance menu on your Dashboard.

    The Edit Menus page opens on your WordPress Dashboard.

  2. Type a name in the Menu Name box and click the Create Menu button.

    The Edit Menus page is reloaded with a message that tells you your new menu has been created.

  3. Assign the new menu to the Theme Locations area.

    Most themes have a defined location for the main navigation menu for your site. Click the Manage Locations tab at the top of the Edit Menus page. For your primary navigation menu, click the drop-down list in the Theme Locations section and choose the menu you just created to assign it as the menu location used in your theme for your site; then click the Save Changes button.

  4. Add links to your newly created menu.

    You can add links to the new menu you just created in three ways:

    • Links: In the URL field, type the URL of the website that you want to add (for example, http://www.google.com). Then type the name of the link that you want displayed in your menu in the Label field (for this URL, type Google). Then click the Add to Menu button.

    • Pages: Click the View All link to display a list of all the published page(s) on your site. Select the check box next to the page names you would like to add to your menu. Then click the Add to Menu button.

    • Categories: Click the View All link to display a list of all the categories you created on your site. Select the check box next to the category names you would like to add to the menu. Then click the Add to Menu button.

  5. Review your menu choices on the right side of the page.

    When you add new menu items, the column on the right side of the Edit Menus page populates with your menu choices.

  6. Edit your menu choices, if needed.

    Click the down arrow to the right of the menu link name to edit the information of each individual link in your new menu.

  7. Save your menu before leaving the Edit Menus page.

    Click the Save Menu button under Menu Settings on the top-right or bottom-right side. A message confirming the save appears.

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