Get Perplexed and Burst with WordPress Menus!
WordPress is a content management system that is crazy popular, powering over a third of all websites globally! It’s a smooooooth tool that offers website owners every option under the sun to make their sites pop. Crucially, WordPress makes it super easy to create custom menus right there in its dashboard.
Step 1: Install WordPress
You are definitely going to want to start by installing WordPress. You can get help with this from a web hosting provider that can install WordPress with one click. Alternately, you can go straight to the source at WordPress’s official website and download it yourself to your server.
Step 2: Log in to the WordPress Dashboard
Now, log in to the WordPress dashboard. This slice of heaven is where website owners have total control over their content! You get here by navigating to your website and adding /wp-admin/ to the end of the URL. For instance, if your site is www.example.com, pop on over to www.example.com/wp-admin/.
Step 3: Navigate to Appearance > Menus
So, now you are tucked up warm and cosy inside the WordPress dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Menus. This is where the magic happens with menus.
Step 4: Create a New Menu
Okay, settle down – it’s time to create your new menu! On the Menus screen, you will find a section called “Edit Menus.” Click on the “Create a new menu” link to…well, create a new menu. WordPress will ask what you want to call it. Give it a flippin’ awesome name, then tap that “Create Menu” button. Pow!
Step 5: Add Menu Items
Now, here comes the time to add in some menu items. Menu items make up your nav, so you need your pages, posts, categories, and custom links pretty much arranged how you like them so that people can get around your site with ease.
Adding a page? Select “Pages” and choose the page you want to add from the list. Check the box beside it, then click “Add to Menu.” Easy as pie!
How about adding a post? Choose the “Posts” tab, apply the same procedure as above, and voila!
If you must add a category, again select the “Categories” tab, check the box next to the category you want to add, then click “Add to Menu.”
But wait – what about adding in a custom link to your menu? No worries, on the “Custom Links” tab, where’s that URL you want to link to, buddy? Enter that in the “URL” field. Next, make sure you type in your text for your menu under “Link Text.” Finally, click on “Add to Menu,” and voila!
Step 6: Arrange Menu Items
So, you’ve got the whole gang together now, and it’s time to arrange the menu items. Just click and drag them into place – or, hey, drag one of them under another, and see that submenu magically appear! You rock.
Step 7: Save the Menu
Oh! Phew, that was close – don’t forget to do this step – to, you know, actually save the menu..err, it’s all there up in the top, second box – don’t pretend you didn’t see it! So simple – click “Save Menu,” and away it goes into the super secure WordPress ‘Saving Place.’
Step 8: Assign the Menu to a Location
So, you’ve saved your new menu – congratulations! But there’s just one last hurdle to cross – assigning it to a location on your website. Different WordPress themes have various menu locations, depending on the one you are using.
Head over to the “Manage Locations” tab and check out the available menu locations for your theme. Choose the one you want your new menu to go to, hit “Save Changes,”and you are off to the races!
Designing your website’s menus is essential, and WordPress makes it super manageable. By completing the 8 steps outlined in this article, you are well on your way to making a spectacular custom menu and making life easier for anyone visiting your site. Have fun with it, and pretty soon, you’ll be a WordPress menus pro! Burst, baby, BURST!