Creating and Managing Navigation Menus

To better understand Navigation Menus, it’s time to create a new menu.

Creating a Navigation Menu

  1. Go to Site AdministrationBuildNavigation Menus.

  2. Click the + button to add a new menu.

  3. Give your menu a name and click Submit.

On the next page appears a number of elements that you can add to a menu.

Page: Select an existing page from the current Site to add to the navigation menu.

Submenu: Create a second level of menu navigation.

URL: Create a link to any page anywhere by providing a URL. The link appears just like any other option in your menu.

Click on Page and you see a view of all the current pages on the current Site. Select a page and click Add to add that page to the menu.

Now you see the menu management screen. From here, you can drag and drop menu elements to rearrange or nest them. You can also manage options for this menu by clicking the gear icon in the top right. Let’s add another item to the menu.

  1. Click the + icon.

  2. Select Submenu in the menu that pops up.

  3. Name your menu External Links.

  4. Click Add.

Click the + button again and select URL. You’re prompted to enter a page name and URL.

  1. Enter a Name.

  2. Enter the URL for an external Site.

  3. Click Add.

Drag the URL item onto the External Links submenu. This nests the URL item in the submenu.

Figure 1: Menus can have a standard page, a submenu, and a URL link in the submenu.

Figure 1: Menus can have a standard page, a submenu, and a URL link in the submenu.

Now that you can see how menus work, you can learn the details.

Managing Menus

After you create a menu, more configuration options appear on the main Navigation Menus page.

Title: Your menu’s name.

Add New Pages: Determines if new pages added to the main navigation are added to the menu automatically.

Marked As: Can be set as Primary Navigation, Secondary Navigation, or Social Navigation.

Author: The user that created the menu.

Create Date: When the menu was created.

Theme and Fragment developers primarily use the menu types to determine how a menu should be styled. Primary Navigation is the main navigation for a page. Secondary Navigation is a second level of navigation, possibly a sidebar or a separate menu within a page. Social Navigation is for menus that contain links for sharing content on social media or similar tasks.

Modifying Menus

Next click on the options menu at the far left of your new navigation menu:

Figure 2: Menus with a standard page, a submenu, and a URL link in the submenu are created for different reasons.

Figure 2: Menus with a standard page, a submenu, and a URL link in the submenu are created for different reasons.

Edit: Add, remove, or organize menu items.

Rename: Change the name of your menu.

Permissions: Define who can view, update, delete, and manage the permissions for the menu.

Mark As: Change the menu type.

Delete: Deletes the menu.

Next you’ll learn about the tools for displaying menus on pages.

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