Ink Drop: Setup Your Menus

Your theme may attempt to display your navigation menu automatically, but it may show items you don't wish to appear, or put them in an order you don't like. You may customize your menu using the following steps:

  1. Go to AppearanceMenus.
  2. Select a menu to edit or click the create a new menu link at the top newmenu
  3. Add or remove pages from the lefthand links menu (see below for details)
  4. Select the Location at the bottom of the link management pane. You may also manage these under the Manage Locations tab at the very top.

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  If you have an existing WordPress install, remove any links that are no longer relevant, such as a Blog page from an old page template. For detailed help with using the Menu creator, refer to the WordPress Codex: WordPress Menu User Guide

Create a Home Link

  1. Click View All under the Pages box
  2. Select Home and add it to your menu. This should be WordPress' automatic home link and will redirect to your site URL (it is not actually a page). If you have created a Home page, go to Pages and delete it. then return to this step

Create a Manual Link

  1. Click the Links section of the left menu manager menu.
  2. Enter the URL and Label (name of the link as it appears in the menu)
  3. Click Add to Menu

Add Pages, Categories or Formats

  1. Check the pages you wish to add under the Pages box on the left and click Add to Menu. If you have a lot of Pages, you may need to click the View All link.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and check your blog category in the Category box to create your blog page. This will show all posts in chronological order using the full blog/category layout. You may also choose to add individual categories instead, and use your Archives page template exclusively for showing all posts.
  3. Arrange your menu by dragging and dropping the link bars in your menu panel.
  4. Repeat these steps to add a menu for your footer if required by the theme (you will see a "Secondary Navigation" or "Footer Navigation" menu in the Locations section of the menu pane down under your links) Typically this contains an alternative set of links, or a simplified menu of your top-level links only (do not add sub-pages). Once created, select this menu from the corresponding menu drop-down at top-left and click Save

Creating Sub-Menus

Drop-down menus are produced by tucking link items under a main link in your menu editor area. To do that, add a link to your menu, then left-click and drag it under the menu item you want to use as the main link. Pull it slightly to the right until it locks in place. dragmenu_2
Visit the WordPress Menus User Guide here for help with sub-menus, enabling link panels and adding custom classes.
That's it! View your page to see your results and fine-tune as needed. If you add content later, you can always come back and add or delete items from your menu.
Special note for themes with a "top menu" location: Ensure the Contact Header is enabled in Theme Options / General under the Header tab. See your theme's "Configure Theme Options" article for details.
Check out our video tutorial Building Custom Menus for a detailed walkthrough of the Menus screen.