SO – this is the time to think about the CATEGORIES you want to use in your menu – and then you can add menu items UNDER those CATEGORIES by using a) even more CATEGORIES or b) TAGS or c) SUB-CATEGORIES
Categories are your OVERALL themes – SUB-CATEGORIES are items that slot in under those themes – TAGS are a way of grouping posts that are related in other ways within those themes.
Let’s look at recipe post about Meringues and where that would fit in…
. CATEGORY – RECIPES (choose the RECIPES category when creating your post)
. SUB-CATEGORY – Desserts, baking (also choose the DESSERTS and BAKING sub-categories when creating your post)
. TAGS – gluten-free, party (add these tags to group in other useful ways)
The RECIPES category would appear in your menu bar with the DESSERTS & BAKING menus sitting under them (refer to this post about creating or customising WordPress MENUS!)
NOTE: If you decided to add gluten-free as a menu item (but didn’t have that as a category – just a tag) you’d add it as a LINK in the APPEARANCE > MENU area – http://www.yourblog.com/tag/gluten-free/ and call that menu item GLUTEN FREE, dragging it to wherever you wanted it to appear in the menu. (Don’t forget to SAVE the menu, too!)
To add a new CATEGORY
Go to POSTS > CATEGORIES in your WordPress dashboard (below)
To add a SUB CATEGORY
Add it as for a new category and then choose the PARENT category it slots under (see below) – So you could create a CATEGORY called RECIPES and then add another CATEGORY called BAKING, choosing RECIPES as its PARENT category.
In the image below you can see I’ve added ‘Australian’ as a sub category under Ask A Grown Writer – and I am halfway through adding ‘International’ – (I haven’t added these to my menu yet – just using these screenshots to show you how to add those sub categories)
If you want to add a TAG to your post (i.e. ‘party’ or ‘gluten-free’)
Add that when you compose your post. Just type it in the box shown below and hit ADD.
It’s a good idea to keep categories, sub categories and tags pretty streamlined. If you have too many, your posts will be hard to navigate too so try to keep it simple. (Correct categories and tagging also means that any ‘related post’ type widgets that you add to your blog will work better too!)
A link to a category will look like a bit like this:
A link to a subcategory will look like this:
A link to a tag will look like this:
Hope that helps to make things a little bit clearer. Remember keeping things simple and streamlined – using categories and tags as filing mechanisms (rather than cute ways to annotate your work!)