You probably are familiar with WordPress already if you are reading this post. WordPress is a very powerful tool for creating your dream website and we want to show you how to change the menu in WordPress site just under 5 minutes. Yes, it’s that simple and we will give you easy to follow step by step instructions on how to do that.
Also, you can read our article What is WordPress Dashboard if you want to learn about other WordPress features and how to use them.
And now let’s get started and change our WordPress site menu!
- 1 Log in to Your WordPress Dashboard
- 2 Where Can I Change the Menu in WordPress?
- 3 How to Switch Between Created Menus
- 4 Selecting a Menu for Your WordPress Site
- 5 Adding Menu Items (Buttons) to Your WordPress
- 6 Changing Menu Items Order in WordPress
- 7 Changing Items Name in WordPress Menu
- 8 Adding a Home Button in Your WordPress Menu
- 9 Adding Submenus in WordPress
- 10 Removing Menu Items from WordPress
- 11 Adding Links to Your WordPress Menu
- 12 Changing Location of Your WordPress Menu
- 13 Video Tutorial
- 14 Conclusion
Log in to Your WordPress Dashboard
First, you must log in into your WordPress dashboard. In the WordPress dashboard, you can make any type of customization to your site. You can edit and write new posts, add or remove plugins and widgets, customize your menus and site design, etc.
This is your workshop for making any changes to your site.
Where Can I Change the Menu in WordPress?
Once you logged into the WordPress dashboard find Appearance
and click on Menus.
There you will be able to see your current menu structure and make adjustments or create new menus from a scratch.
To create a new menu just click on create a new menu.
Give it a name and press Create Menu. That’s it, all done, now you just have to customize your menu structure.
How to Switch Between Created Menus
If you have one than more menu created you can switch between them in Select a Menu to Edit field and by pressing Select. That way you can edit each menu individually.
Selecting a Menu for Your WordPress Site
To select a menu you want to use for your site press on Manage Locations, select the menu you want to use for your WordPress site and click on Save Changes.
Adding Menu Items (Buttons) to Your WordPress
Adding menu items to your WordPress Menu is very simple. In Add Menu Items field choose what item do you want to add. It can be posts, pages, custom links or categories. But first, you must have some post, pages or categories created.
Tick the box of the item you want to add to your menu and press Add to Menu.
Changing Menu Items Order in WordPress
To change menu item order in WordPress simply click an item of which order you want to change and holding your left mouse button drag it in the place you want it. The menu order in WordPress dashboard is from top to bottom and equals from left to the right in your WordPress site.
Changing Items Name in WordPress Menu
In Menu Structure field press on the arrow in the right-hand side of the item which name you want to change.
Then in Navigation Label field write the name you want for your menu item.
Adding a Home Button in Your WordPress Menu
To add a Home button to your WordPress menu press on Custom Links and in URL field type in your website address.
Add it to your WordPress menu and change item name to Home. Now in your site, you have a home button and if someone clicks on it, they will get on the main page of your site. We think that every site should have a home button as it makes your website a lot easier to navigate, but unfortunately, some people forget about it.
In the picture below you can see how submenu look like if you are not sure what it is. In simple words, it is a drop-down menu.
In the Menu Structure choose the items you want as your subcategories and holding the left mouse button drag them to the right-hand side as shown in the picture below.
Removing Menu Items from WordPress
In Menu Structure field press on the arrow in the right-hand side of the item which you want to delete from your WordPress menu. Press Remove button to delete the item you don’t want.
Adding Links to Your WordPress Menu
Adding links to your website menu is the same as we added a Home
button. All you have to do is press on Custom Links and in URL
field copy any link you want. Then add it to your WordPress menu and name it as you wish.
Changing Location of Your WordPress Menu
Some WordPress templates give you an option to change the location of your WordPress menu. To check if you can change menu location press on Manage Locations button.
There you will see all options available for your WordPress menu. As an example, our theme has an option to place a menu in Pre-Header, Header and Footer. Simply choose the location you want for your menu.
Header location is the most commonly used place for menu, which is at the top of your site. Footer is also very common and is at the bottom of your site.
In our site, we are using both Header and Footer locations for our menus. But we have created two different menus for each. You can see the examples of our Header and Footer menus below.
Here you can find our video tutorial on how to change the menu in WordPress if you are a more visual person. Hope that you will enjoy the video tutorial and will find it helpful.
This is it! Now you have learned all the steps and have a good knowledge of how to change the menu in WordPress. Also, you have learned how to create subcategories, add Home button and links to your WordPress menu. Hopefully, you found this guide easy to understand and follow.
Let us know if you liked this tutorial and would you like more tutorials and guides about WordPress? Please leave us a comment below with your suggestions and we will try to create more guides.
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All the best,
Marius & Ndidi
Founders of howtoquit9to5job.com