How to Add Navigation Menu in WordPress

How to Add Navigation Menu in WordPress

Do you want to add a navigation menu on your site? There is an easy drag-and-drop menu interface that allows you to create your menus. In this video, we will show you how to add navigation menus in WordPress.

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Summary of this Tutorial:

To create a menu go to Appearance, Menus to get started.

First name the menu and create menu.

On the site you’ll see pages, custom links, and categories where you will be able to add what you would like to your menu.

You can drag and drop your menu items to rearrange them however you would like and save your changes.

Most themes have you select where they will appear with a checkbox at the bottom of your menu which is different for each theme.

You can also add custom menus to your sidebar or footer area by adding the custom menu widget to your widget area.

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20 Comments

  1. David Hume on June 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for the great tutorial but I find there is one important step missing. If I want to use WordPress as a CMS, how to I set up the HOME link in the menu?

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on June 25, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      @David Hume You should be able to find your home page under the all pages section of the pages you can choose from.

    • Ms K Jones on December 1, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      @WPBeginner – WordPress Tutorials use a /

  2. Ashley Coombes on June 16, 2016 at 11:13 am

    When using a page as a main menu item with a nested page below it the main menu link is “dead”. Is there any way of switching it back on (without using CSS). I want the user to be able to choose to access the main menu page link or the sub menu item which drops down below it. Thanks!

  3. anne apondar on May 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    How will you remove the page you’ve added? Please help. I can’t even look for answers in the internet. Thank you

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on May 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      If you want to remove something from your menu it would be under Appearance>Menu. If you wanted to delete a page that would be under Pages>All Pages.

  4. A L E S S I A on January 13, 2018 at 11:47 am

    How do you put a dropdown menu on the sidebar ?

  5. Nugzar Janjalia on March 23, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    hello I have trouble making above header

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on March 26, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      If you are having issues with the placement of your menu you would want to reach out to the support for your specific theme for the theme’s options.

  6. Krina Kkrriinnaa on March 27, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Hi! thank you for this video…now I have an issue at one of the pages, where header menu comes under the text from that page…and is only there…do you know what it can be done? thank you

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on March 28, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      You would want to reach out to the support for your specific theme with that issue for them to take a look and they should be able to assist.

    • Krina Kkrriinnaa on March 29, 2018 at 12:17 am

      I did…and no one is giving me an answer

  7. Ms K Jones on December 1, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    I want to put my “pages” menu at the header, I’m having trouble ๐Ÿ™

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on December 3, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      If you created the menu and the sub-items you may want to ensure you clicked the checkbox for where to display the menu when you saved it.

    • Ms K Jones on December 3, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      @WPBeginner – WordPress Tutorials ahhh I see. My menu locations do not offer me a top. But my theme does allow me to add a custom liine in the header. can i do a short code like [menu 1] and have it show up?

    • Ms K Jones on December 4, 2018 at 1:23 am

      @WPBeginner – WordPress Tutorials , Okay I went ahead and saved it as a primary and it actually showed up where I wanted it. Thanks, I am glad you replied, it gave me the push to keep trying.

    • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on December 4, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Glad we could help encourage you ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Laurie Seely on May 29, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    You went very fast, and I’m lost. This tutorial is not for beginners.

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