How to Add a Navigation Menu to a WordPress Blog / Website?

A navigation menu is an essential part of any blog/website. It facilitates the users to jump into any part of the website/blog by just clicking on a menu link.

When you install a theme to your WordPress site, you are given sample menu links to certain locations. You can either simply edit these links or can create new menus to display on those locations. In this short tutorial, I am showing you how you can quickly create a new menu in WordPress.

In WordPress, creating a navigation menu is fairly easy. You don’t need to do any coding or programming to achieve the goal. Just a few clicks and drag-drops would do the job.

Here is the step-by-step process to create a navigation menu in WordPress –

  • Login to your WordPress admin area by using your username and password.
  • In the left panel menu of Dashboard, look for Appearance >> Menus. Click on the ‘Menus’ link.
  • A new screen will appear, with the heading ‘Menus’. In this screen, under the Edit Menus tab, you will see two options – one for editing an existing menu and the other one is to create a new menu. As we are going to create a new one, so click on Create a new menu link.
  • A new screen will be presented to you where you can create your menu structure. In this screen, type a name for your menu in the ‘Menu Name’ textbox and then click ‘Create menu’.

Create new menu in WordPress

  • Your menu is now created by WordPress but it’s empty at this moment. You need to put some links into it to make it functional.
  • To add links to the menu, look into the Add New Item column. Here you will find the links you can add to your new menu. You can add Pages, Posts, Categories, and Custom links from here. Simply select the items from here and add them to the menu by clicking on ‘Add to menu’.
  • You can also arrange the menu items by dragging and dropping them up and down, according to your desire.
  • The final step is to select a display location for your menu. You can find it just below the menu items, under the ‘menu settings’. Choose a display location where you want to display this menu. (Display locations depend on your theme).

Save new WordPress menu

  • When you finish making all the changes mentioned above, click on ‘Save Menu’ and you’re done.

You should now be able to see your menu at the chosen location on your WordPress site. By using the same procedure, you can create different navigation menus for different locations on your WordPress blog/website.

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