How to Create and Manage Your Custom Menus in WordPress
How to Create and Manage Your Custom Menus in WordPress
The vast and ever-growing World Wide Web is filled with amazing content ranging from international news to the mere thoughts or a typical teenager. WordPress steps in to bring order to the much chaotic information.
However, not many people realize that it’s not just a web publishing software that you can use to create your very own blog or website but also includes customization to your tastes and liking.
Why Choose WordPress?
The giant company boasts of powering nearly 30 percent of the entire web. Several reasons exist as to why many people are opting to use WordPress, but the most common is its open source nature.
Not getting too technical, this means that anyone with the skills can modify and improve on it. This is due to its flexible and extensible ability to create, change themes or even modify the entire outlook of your blog/website. It’s very easy to use as it doesn’t require any hassle of getting a web designer to help you out.
Moreover, it’s got interactive online-based community and forums that can lend a helping hand and share ideas on how best to manage your site. Furthermore, it also delivers SEO friendly content to ensure your work becomes optimized for easy access on search engines. Here are 5 quick wordpress seo tips to boost your search rankings today.
Creating a Custom Menu
Being in control of your content gives you a much greater grip on reality when compared to other publishing platforms that limit what you can and can’t do.
Here is the detailed procedure on how to get started.
1. Using the 2018 version log in into your account. If you don’t have one yet, feel free to sign up.
2. Next, head on to my sites and click on customize under Personalization of themes on the left side
3. A customizer should load, and you should see the range of options to choose from. Click on Menus and give it a title of your choosing.
4. The Menu consists of personalized menu items ranging from Custom Links all the way to project tags depending on your intended use for the site. These can be selected after Adding Menu items on the same page.
NOTE: This gives you the option of choosing to add an extra page to your website, provide a custom URL linking your blog to another website or even tag a number of posts to your site. The options are endless. A drop-down menu beside each option exists to assist in this.
Personalizing Your Own Menu
WordPress features include the ability to add new pages to already existing blogs. This includes related information on the same subject matter.
1. All you need to do is use the drop-down menu under the added menu items or head back to My Sites. Click on Site pages to help you add another page.
NOTE: Further customization of the new page even includes turning it into a home page. This automatically becomes the first display page when you receive traffic into your website.
2. Head on to edit page on clicking the Pages menu. This should give you a drop-down menu with the options to edit your default page.
NOTE: You can in turn create more subpages from the same through following the prompts. An Editor called the Page Attribute model exists freely within the same. This lets you even change the order of the pages to satisfy your own feel and outlook of your blog allowing to let your story flow.
Alternatively, you can choose to add categories or subcategories of your posts. These may feature more details into your subject case. This can also be gotten from the drop-down menu on the same or you may opt to add them through the site settings. However, this depends on the type of theme installed as the categories may change in position from top to bottom of posts.
1. Ideally, to add a new category, one may need to go to Settings, and head down to Manage Categories.
REMEMBER: Descriptions of the categories may be added on the same description panel to give the blog a more detailed description.
NOTE: Other alternatives include adding the categories via the categories and tag option. This is much easier the above method as it is easier to spot and use. Simply head down to Post Settings under the profile icon in your site.
2. Click on the drop-down menu of Categories and Tags to reveal category options. Just like before you can create, manage and create sub categories relevant to your profile topics.
Social sites like Facebook, Twitter plus others have their work cut out for them by incorporating themselves with WordPress for quicker access through adding of social links. WordPress even allows further customization of adding social Media icons.
1. To add these, simply go to the same customizer menu tab.
2. Create a Menu, if it didn’t already exist, and give it a name.
3. Next, move on to add custom links to your social websites by clicking add items
4. Carefully input the URL of your website and choose to either allow it to be added onto the main menu. The option to add Menu Location exists after the social menu and tick the box social Links to save the current social Menu.
Deleting Menu Items
With all this said and done, you may choose to either keep your settings or take them down all together.
The Primary Menu consists of all the items that you have chosen to modify. This can be done clicking on the settings option to the left side of it. This will reveal the remove options at the bottom.
You can choose to take down all the options provided and start a fresh or choose to customize and leave the out as you wish.
If you’re concerned you may destroy your current WordPress site by experimenting with custom menus. It may be worth installing the free Updraft Plus plugin which allows you to manually or automatically backup your site giving you the ability to restore if necessary.
The WordPress site has bunch of useful features that favor creativity and personal appeal. From incorporating downloadable plugins also available from the site to the reformation of its open to use source code that allows for tweaking and modification, it proves a better writing platform than most sites.
The ability to seamlessly transfer content from the social site to other sites like Blogger and Tumbler adds to its list of benefits. Should the site get closed down, you can easily import all your work and therefore becomes more recommended should you choose to use it.
Alkire Leanna is a North Carolina-based freelance writer and work-from-home mother of two.Check her work at Ritely. In her 10 years as a professional writer, she’s worked in proposal management, grant writing, and content creation. Personally, she’s passionate about teaching her family how to stay safe, secure and action-ready in the event of a disaster or emergency.