Hi guys, in this post I’ll describe how to set up the menu in your blog just the way you like it. It probably looks something like this:
This is boring! It doesn’t give visitors to your blog an opportunity to easily explore all the great content you’ve published.
It will take a few steps get everything organized. Here they are:
- Add new categories: Categories are a way to organize your posts. Each time you post, you will select the most appropriate category, or create a new category.
- Create a menu: We will get rid of the default menu and create our own.
- Add categories to the menu
The categories are a bit hard to find in your dashboard. Drag the mouse over ‘posts’. This will present you with a series of options (all posts, add new, categories, and tags). Click on ‘categories’. From here you can create your categories.
Add new categories for whatever you like. For most of you, you might just want to add subject specific categories like Art and Language Arts. It all depends on what you’re going to publish on your blog.
The next step is putting the categories on the actual menu that shows up at the top of your blog. First, click on ‘appearance’, then ‘menus’.
To start, your menu editor will look like this. The first thing you want to do is remove the ‘sample page’. Click the drop-down arrow in the ‘sample page’ box, then click ‘remove’.
Next, we’re going to add the categories you just created to the menu. On the left side, you will see pages, links, and categories. Click on ‘categories’.
It’s important that you click ‘view all’. Now, check the boxes next to the new categories you’ve created and then click ‘add to menu’.
Now that we’ve added your categories to the menu, all that’s left is to organize the menu structure. If you look at the structure of our class blog below, you can see how I’ve divided up menu items and sub-items. Home, Who We Are, Gallery, Our Work, and Forums are the main menu items. These are what you see at the top of all pages within the blog. The other items here appear when the mouse is dragged over the item above it in the hierarchy. For example, if I want to see pictures from art class, I must drag my mouse over ‘Gallery’ first, then ‘Photos’, then ‘Art Class’ will appear for me to click on.
For right now, you do not have to create a menu like this. All you need to do is remove the sample page and replace it with language arts. Here is an example of a simple menu structure and the actual menu:
Here you can see that dragging the mouse over ‘Language Arts’ brings up the ‘poems’ sub-item.
Once you have the menu set up the way you like it. Click ‘create menu’. Also, click the two check boxes and save it all one more time.
This is the first step in customizing your blog menu. Please ask any questions you have in class, through email, or tweet them to me @tesolwar.