How to Add Navigation Menu in WordPress – For Beginners

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A navigation menu is a menu that’s typically located towards the top of your blog that features links to pages on your blog. A typical navigation menu will include pages like your About, Contact, Blog, and Shop page.

WordPress makes setting up your navigation menu a breeze with its user-friendly interface.

Creating Your Navigation Menu

1. To set up your navigation menu, in your dashboard, go to Appearance > Menus.


2. Click on create a new menu at the top of the page.


3. Enter the name for your new menu in the Menu Name box.


4. Click on the Create Menu button.


Adding Items to Your Navigation Menu

To add items to your navigation menu, take a look at the tabs located on the left-hand side of the page. These tabs will allow you to add pages, posts, custom links, and categories to your menu. Depending on your theme, you may see different options as well. For example, the theme I’m using in the preview below shows slides and format.

To add pages, posts, etc. to your menu, just check the box next to the page, post, etc. that you want to add to your menu, and then click on Add to Menu.


Creating Drop Down Menus

WordPress makes it really easy to add drop-down menus to your navigation menu. To make an item a drop-down menu item, just click the menu item and drag it to the right. It will then become a “sub-item.”


Activating Your Navigation Menu

To activate your navigation menu, you have to assign it to a location. Typically, this area will be titled the Primary Menu next to Display location.

To activate your menu, just check Primary Menu (or whatever your display location is titled) under Menu Settings. Once you’re done, click on Save Menu.


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