Blog Customization – how to add Navigation Menu to your blog

Navigation Menu is a bar-looking contraption usually located at the top of a page, close to the header area. As I found out the hard way, some themes come with it as a default, while the others don’t.

I had it by default from the day number one on my comeinsitdown blog but the default categories inserted by WordPress definitely had to be changed.  However, on this very blog where we’re right now, there was an empty space at the top and absolutely no way to easily navigate my page. This had to be taken care of.

Finally, the day has come when I manually built the Navigation Menu and then added categories to it.  After having done that, I have noticed a marked increase in activity on my blog, such as viewing and liking my posts, oftentimes a few of them in a row for the same category. It worked, yay!!

The Navigation Menu enables your readers to easily find information and browse through the different sections on your blog. It acts as a cross-promotion tool and who can’t use an extra bit of a promotion? To top it off, it’s FREE; can’t beat that.

Now scroll up and take a look at my new Navigation Menu up there. Hover over a few categories and see what happens.

Here’s what happens when you hover over The Daily Post category:
Aug 24.   Nav Bar with subcats

Adding the Navigation Menu is rather simple, and the best part is, you don’t need any extra plugins or codes. Most everything is based on a drag-and-drop principle.

First off, go to your Dashboard. Hover over Appearance, and then click Menus. Name your menu (I named mine Menu 1) and then click Create Menu button.

Once done with that, you can start adding items to your new Menu. You can add Pages such as Home, About me or Disclaimer; I had added all three of those. You can also add individual posts, custom links, or Categories. All of these are listed in a column to the left, and the arrow down by each works as a toggle, on and off or to open and to close.

Let’s say you’ll be adding Categories. Click the empty box right next to a category(s) and then click Add to Menu. Off it goes to the column on the right, named Menu Structure.

Once your Categories are moved over to their new home, you can rearrange them by dragging and dropping, and take your time until it’s done to your liking. You can also create Subcategories, my favorite, as this enables to list a few categories without overcrowding the Navigation Menu. You want your Menu Bar to look simple while being easily accessible.

To create a Subcategory, you simply convert a Category into it. Just drag it a bit to the right, like a tab of sorts.  See my Subcats under the Daily Post category?
Aug 24.  WSB Dashboard

After all said and done, click Save Menu. Bingo!

Down at the bottom, there are Menu Settings that will have theme locations clicked as Primary Menu as default. Feel free to experiment with it.

Hope this helps. Any questions, just give me a holler.


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