STEP 2: WordPress Menu Set Up + Pages & Categories – WordPress Blogging 101
Now that you have your own domain name (check this guide in choosing a blog name) and have installed WordPress, I’m pretty sure you are still confused on how to personalise your own blog. To figure out the difference between Menus and Pages, add sharing buttons, and linking pages to menus. This is easy, I swear! As I mentioned, screenshots will be included to make sure you can visualise what I’m babbling about throughout this post.
WHAT DO YOU NEED WHEN MAKING A WORDPRESS MENU
- Pages for the menu buttons that need pages
- Categories for landing pages
All explain these, so keep on reading.
Building a menu doesn’t mean you can add the information or texts you want to place under it. You need to create a page and link that page to the specific menu. Think about the buttons you want to add to your menu.
First of all, you need to know that you have to make pages first before you can make menu buttons. However, some buttons on the menu don’t need to be linked to a page, you can link them to a certain category. I’ll show you later the difference. If you have made a menu already or pages, you can still see in this post how to link pages and categories on your menu buttons.
MAKE A PAGE
From the dashboard, hover your mouse to PAGES and click ADD NEW. Here, you can personalise the title, URL/permalink, and add some texts describing the purpose of this page. You can also add some images. When everything looks great hit publish! Screenshots below.
Categories are the best way to categorise every post you will publish, this will let you find all the articles that fall into the same category. It’s also important to list up categories first before making a menu. You can always add more category later.
Hover your mouse to POSTS then click Categories. Here you can name the category, place a slug, and add some descriptions. Screenshots below.
Now that we are all set, let’s build that MENU!
Menus are the one you see on top of the website. It includes Home, About, Contact, etc. There is no limit on how many buttons you want to add on a menu. Some menu buttons are redirected to a page or to a category.
SET UP A MENU
From your Dashboard, hover to APPEARANCE and click Menu. Now, you can name the menu and add the pages and categories you want. Screenshots below.
LINK TO A MENU BUTTON & CATEGORY
We link categories to some menu buttons to easily group the articles in one click, in this case, we call it – linking to a landing page.
BUILD THE MENU
After all the stopovers, finally, we’re here. The main purpose of this article – to build the MENU. Stay on the same page I left you on (MENU). Click the PAGES tab and check the boxes you want to add in this Menu. Click add to the menu. For categories, click categories, head to VIEW ALL, then check all the categories you want to add. Now, you can see all the pages and categories added (on the right side). For final touches, check the Primary Menu Box then hit save menu. Screenshots below.
When done, open a new tab and head to your domain name and see how it look like.
I hope this guide helped you set up your own WordPress Menu. Doesn’t like what you see? Check the steps again or send me a message or email through the contact page.
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