Setting up Custom Navigation Menus in WordPress

Most themes in WordPress allow you to control what’s on the navigation menu bar.

WP Navigation Menu


To set up your navigation menu, you’ll need to know how to log in to your WordPress admin area.  Once logged in, go to Appearance –> Menus.

Wordpress Menu Option


Type in a name for your navigation menu, and click the Create Menu button.

Create Menu in WordPress


Check the pages you want to include, and click Add to Menu.

Select Pages for WP Nav Menu


The pages will show up in the menu section on the right.  To create dropdown submenu items, just drag any menu item to the right until it snaps into an indented spot.

Creating Dropdown Submenu Items


You can also rearrange menu items by dragging them to their new spot. When you’re done, click the Save Menu button on the top or the bottom.

Rearranging Navigation Menu Items


You’ll get a confirmation message letting you know that your menu has been saved. The last step is to assign your menu to an area. Select a menu from the dropdown menu, and click the Save button.  Most WordPress themes will have a primary navigation menu area.

Assign a Menu to an Area in WordPress


You’re finished.  You can check the live site to see your navigation menu.

Updated Navigation Menu


If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

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