Menus

Menus let site visitors navigate to landing pages on your website. They make up the content in your site’s navigation bar.

Creating & Editing Menus

Select A Menu To Edit

  1. Go to Appearance > Menus.
  2. To edit an existing menu, select a menu via the pulldown options and click Select.
  3. To create a new menu, click the create a new menu link.

A new menu must be saved before it is edited.

Add & Arrange Menu Items

    1. Select an item from the menu item types in the lefthand pane.
      • Find existing Articles, Pages or Categories to add as menu items by selecting the type of content, then navigate the tabs to:
        • Scroll through the most recently added content.
        • Scroll through a list of all content.
        • Search all content.
      • Create links to third-party URLs by choosing Custom Links.
        1. Add the full link, including the http:// part, in the URL field.
        2. Add text in the Link Text field to generate the navigation label text for the menu item.
    2. Click Select
    3. Arrange your menu items as needed.
      • Drag and drop menu items to reorder the elements.
      • Create dropdown menus by dragging and dropping elements right to indent the items in the dropdown.

        Dropdown menus should be used only when necessary. Usage rates on dropdown menus tend to be very low.

      • Remove an item from a menu by clicking the downward facing arrow in the upper righthand corner to expand the item, then click the Remove link at the bottom of the menu item.
    4. Change the linking behavior of menu items as needed.
      • Make a menu item open a new tab by expanding the item by clicking the downward facing arrow in the upper righthand corner; then check the box next to ‘Open link in a new tab
      • Make a menu item include a ‘nofollow’ reference for third party links by clicking the downward facing arrow in the upper righthand corner; then adding the text ‘nofollow’ in the Link Relationship field. note: this is recommended for all off-site links to third-parties not affiliated with the site.
    5. Save Your Menu

     

    Add A Menu To A Page

    1. Go to the page or visual composer template (if the area of the page you want to add the menu to is using a template)
    2. If needed, click the Backend Editor button to activate the Visual Composer Page Builder
    3. Click the ( + ) button to add an element
    4. Add the element WP Custom Menu
    5. Choose the appropriate Menu
    6. Give the menu a title if desired
    7. Save your WP Custom Menu element
    8. Update your page

    Add A Menu To The Footer

    1. To to Appearance > Widgets
    2. Click and drag the element Custom Menu into the desired footer column.
    3. If desired. enter a Title for the menu. If left blank, no title will appear
    4. In the pulldown menu, select the menu to display
    5. Save to save the widget

    Note: The footer by default has six columns, however, your design may have laid out the footer using less columns. If you add a menu to the footer and the display breaks or looks strange, you may need to also have the site theme updated to allow for more columns.  Adding a new menu to a column that already exists will just make that column taller. 

    Add A Menu To The Header

    The menus that appear in the header are controlled by using the Menu Settings at the bottom of the menu creation interface (Appearance > Menus). These settings allow you to give a menu on of the following designations:

    • Primary Menu – The main menu of your site, generally used for the main navigation
    • Secondary Menu – The submenu of your site, generally used for subtopics
    • Utility Menu – The utility menu of your site, generally used for social media links and contact us pages

    Note: The header is often highly designed, changing menus and/or adding a significant amount of menu items will most likely result in layout problems that will need to be addressed by updating the site theme. Proceed with caution, and test your changes on your development site before changing menus in the header.

    Frequently Asked Questions

     Why don’t I see the checkbox to to ‘Open link in a new tab’ or the Link Relationship field?

    You may need to go to the top of the page, under Screen Options and expand the panel by clicking the down arrow button. then  Check the box next to LINK TARGET or Link Relationship option and save. You should now see the checkbox to ‘Open link in a new tab and to add a ‘Link Relationship’.

      Why did the navigation label text change on my menu unexpectedly?

    Once a Page or Article has been added to the menu. The Menu Item will reflect the title as populated in the page or article interface. If a user changes the name in the page or article interface after it is added to the menu, WordPress will automatically update the Menu Item as well.

    If desired, the default text can be be manually changed (this is usually used to generate a shorter menu item).  In that case, the menu will always reflect that name.