A lot of bloggers find menus confusing – and that’s probably because they CAN BE confusing!
If you are on WordPress – your menus are under APPEARANCE > MENUS
If you are a Blogger user – menus are added via blog templates and customisation and PAGES (more complex than WordPress! Argh!) – we’re going to talk about WordPress today because there’s ONE way to skin a cat in WP (as opposed to many ways in Blogger).
In WordPress, menus are a little bit easier to create and customise.
Head into APPEARANCE and then MENUS (see below)
Here you can see that on my blog I have TWO menus. One is called main (Secondary Menu) and one is called top menu (Main Menu)
Selecting one or the other allows me to edit or view those menus. At the moment, we are viewing the main (Secondary Menu) – this is the one that’s at the VERY TIP TOP of my blog. (Really my menu names are misleading – don’t be like me – name your menus clearly!)
You can see on the right hand side of the Menu Structure screenshot below that menu items are created in different ways.
Some menu items might link to a Page (for instance Preorder Craft For The Soul) links to a page I created.
Others might link to a Category (the second item on the list Craft For The Soul links to any post that I’ve filed in that category).
The menu items with Custom beside them link to a specific URL (so it might link to an outside source – or to a particular post on my blog).
Clicking the little ‘down arrow’ will open up each item and allow further changes. Here’s what a couple of my menu items look like when they are expanded. (As you can see I don’t use ‘title attribute’ fields!)
You can drag the menu items to appear where you want them to – and drag them to appear as sub-menus (menus WITHIN menus) too by positioning them slightly to the right of the main menu. Have a play around and see how that all works.
Remember to save your changes as you go!
Here’s the menu options on Blog Yay! (below)
As you can see, it allows me to add Pages, Forums, Links, Categories and Format.
When I expand the PAGES section – by hitting the little down arrow – here’s what appears.
I can click the box next to any of those items and then hit Add to Menu. It’ll add that time to the menu (it’ll appear down the bottom of the menu list). I can then drag it to where it belongs and hit the blue SAVE MENU button to save that change/update.
To add a link – hit the LINK option and add your link:
To link to a CATEGORY in your menu – choose CATEGORIES > VIEW ALL – then click the box next to the category you want to add and hit Add To Menu.
If you want to group some posts together that are not all in the same category but might be related – you can TAG those posts with the same tag and use the link option to add them all under one menu item.
Here’s an example. I want all the posts relating to ‘content’ to appear together. They are all tagged ‘content’ on Blog Yay! Now I just need to add the link : http://www.blogyay.com/tag/content/ : to my menu bar to get them to appear together.
This is useful if you want to keep your categories streamlined. Rather than having zillions of categories you can use ‘tags’ to gather these items in a useful way. Some other examples of using a ‘link’ to gather tagged items are:
To add ‘Marketing’ tagged posts as a menu item I’d then drop that http://www.blogyay.com/tag/marketing/ link into the Menu like so:
Phew! Got all that?
The MANAGE LOCATIONS tab in the Menus window makes sure that your menus are actually turned on. How this works will depend on your theme, but if you have created a new menu and it’s not showing up, here’s the place to check why (and hopefully make it show up if your theme allows that!)