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  Menus and Navigation

The final part of your design layout you need to look at right now is your menu. Your menu is how people will find your content. This is important as it directs people to the content it is they want to read. Good navigation is another feature in having a website that will do well in search engines.

CATEGORIES

The way to create a menu is to set up categories for your content. As you write articles, you will add the categories to the blog posts so that they are grouped together.

For example, if you are a food blogger and have dinner, desserts and side dishes as the menu options, you would tag the beef stroganoff as a dinner category, angel food cake bites as dessert and broccoli cheese cassesrole as a side dish. That way, when someone clicks on the dinner recipe from your menu, they will not see your desserts or side dishes.

Go into your Wordpress site and click on Categories, which is nested beneath Posts. Add the categories you plan to use for the content here.

ADD A MENU

Once you have the categories set up that you will use, it's time to add them to your main menu. Your menu will help direct your readers to the content they want to read.

To add a menu, log into your site and navigate to Appearance ----> Menus.

Here, you can click on the categories you want to add to the menu and then slide them around so they make sense for the order.

Don't have more than 6 - 7 menu categories listed as too many can be overwhelming. In addition, leave HOME off your menu (they will be able to click on your logo to get to the home page).

Items to add to the menu include:

  • About
  • Contact
  • Resources Page
  • 3 - 5 Categories

Once your menu is created, hit the save button and you will see it on your site!