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Creating and Activating Custom Menus into WordPress 3.5+

By April 29, 2013October 17th, 2016Blog, Wordpress

Creating custom menus in WordPress 3.5 is a fairly easy task due to the user friendliness of the WordPress platform. Many users prefer to design their own menus rather than using the default menu in WordPress.

Step 1: Navigate to the “Menus” Page in the WordPress Dashboard

Menus in WordPress Sidbar

Menus Page is located under the Appearance Tab

Step 2: Add and name your new Custom Menu

Menu Names

Enter the Menu Name and then click the (+) button to create a new menu. You can create more than one menu.

Step 3: Adding pages, categories, post and link

Arranging menus

At this point, the user can add various details to their menu. Custom pages, links and categories can be added at this point. Any custom posts that the user has created can also be added to the menu at this time. After the user adds the desired items to the menu they can rearrange those items to suit their preferences. Clicking on any of these items allows the user to access more options to configure the items. Menus can also be set up so that their is a hierarchy within the menu. Once the menu is customized the way the user wants it to be, they can save their work. Users can change the navigation labels on any of their menus.These menus can also accommodate custom links, which can be labeled and added to the menu upon completion. This is when users can add links to specific posts to their custom menus. Post tags and categories can also be added to these menus to make them even more customized.

If you don’t see the page or post you want to add be sure to check The Screen Options on the top of the menus page which allows users to display the modules they want to use and hide the modules they don’t want to use. Some of the modules, including Posts, are hidden. This is a default setting in WordPress 3.5+. The user can expand or collapse these modules. They can also move modules around on the screen using their mouse.

Step 4: Applying custom menu to your WordPress theme.

The “Twenty Twelve”, one WordPress’s basic themes, does support custom menus as well. If the theme the user chose is not compatible with the custom menus they can add the appropriate code to the theme to make it compatible with the menus.WordPress 3.5+ is very easy to use and very easy to personalize. Many blog owners choose WordPress because of its reputation and reliability. It is one of the most popular blogging platforms in the world because it provides users with so many features they can use to make their blog stand out among others and rank high in search engine results. Smart bloggers turn to WordPress for all their blogging needs.

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