When you install WordPress out of the box, your new website theme will have a main menu that will default to showing all the parent pages of your site. If you have set up additional pages with the right hierarchy, and your theme supports sub-levels of navigation, those will also show automatically.
However, what do you do if you want your site to have special links to pages outside your website? Maybe for login screens to your company’s online products? What if you run a blog site and you want your one of two of your main categories to show up on your navigation for easy access by your visitors?
There are four main situations that will determine that you need custom menus on your site. These are:
So if these are issues you are dealing with, then it’s worth the trouble to set up custom menus for your site. And, it really only takes a few minutes.
If you are new to WordPress, and would like to learn more about setting up your site the easy way, check out our online course WordPress Beginning to End: For Non-Techies. Right now we are having a sale for over 4 hours of video training, plus the training manual, only $15.We cover theme selection, design, custom menu and customization, all with almost no technical or programming knowledge.
Carmen has been a software project manager, developer, consultant and trainer since 1999. She has extensive experience building and training software development teams in many different technologies. Most recently, she has been building her skills in the front end development arena for web and mobile applications, including technologies like HTML and CSS, frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation, and Content Management Systems like Wordpress.
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