Even if you are good with directions, there’s something comforting about having a GPS system in your car. Whether you have a fancy factory-installed version or a $100 unit, you get reassurance that you are traveling in the right direction, and if there’s a detour, you quickly learn how to recover from it. Creating a menu bar on your website offers the same information.
Guide Your Visitors And Keep Yourself On Track
When you’re working on a website, you have to think of potential visitors as drivers who need a little direction. Creating a menu bar for your website offers that. For a very simple site, you don’t need complex navigation, but when you’re constructing a business site that will handle a lot of functions in your business, things get complicated fast.
Once you have all the content on your site, you always want people to know exactly where they’re going. If they see something interesting to click on, you want to help them get back on track. That’s the purpose of menu bars on your website. You want to help people navigate first to the big categories on your site.
Having good menu bars also help you organize the content on you site. Once you are absorbed in creating it, you can get off track too.
Creating Your Menu Bar
Updated WordPress themes have been programmed to give you more control over which pages appear on your menu bar and in which order.
How to create your menu bar:
- Log into your WordPress blogsite account (www.yourblogsite.com/wp-login.php).
- Click “Appearance” in the menu bar.
- Click “Menus” in the sub-menu.
- Click “create a new menu”.
- Input a name for your menu bar (I suggest “Main Menu”) in the “Menu Name” field and click “Create Menu.”
- Under “Menu Settings” you will see the setting to automatically add new pages to your menu bar. I do not recommend you do this as you may forget that this feature is on and mistakenly add pages to your menu bar and if you enable this feature your menu bar will become overcrowded and overwhelming overtime.
The other option in “Menu Settings” is too choose where this menu will appear. You may have a few options here but most likely you will see “Primary Menu” or “Main Menu” as an option. Choose this option as it will put the menu we are creating in the primary spot, usually below the header of your site.
- Click “Save Menu.”
- Choose the items you would like to appear in your menu bar from the left and click “Add to Menu.” You can choose from your static pages you created, individual blog categories or even links outside of WordPress (e.g., another blog that you own).
- You can rearrange your items in any order you like – simply drag and drop the items.
Be sure to click the “Save Menu” button on the right-hand side when you are done. (This is a really important step!)
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