How to Add Navigation Menu in WordPress

Are you wanting to add a navigation menu to your WordPress site? WordPress has a drag and drop interface that you can use to create a header menu, menu with dropdown options, and more. In this guide, we’ll show you how to easily add a navigation menu in WordPress.

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Timestamps
0:00 Intro
0:30 Create a menu
3:00 How to test your new menu
3:10 How to adjust the look and location to your menu items
3:26 How to nest your menu items
3:36 How to edit the menu text
4:13 How to delete unwanted menu items
4:48 How to add custom menu to your sidebar area

For creating a menu you would want to go under Appearance, Menus in your WordPress admin dashboard. While you may have one already, we will be creating a new one for this specific tutorial.

There are many built-in options for the menu such as pages, published posts, custom links, or categories as options. The list of what you’ve added will be a top to bottom list but the display of the menu depends on your specific theme.

If you would like to create a dropdown menu you would drag the menu item beneath the menu item you would like it beneath and it should appear indented beneath the menu item.

Categories added in the menu area will list the posts in that specific category the same as if it was on your posts/blog page.

Custom menu items are normally for linking to your social media profiles but there are other options available depending on what you would like in your menu.

Finally, if you’re interested in making a more complex menu you would want to take a look at our guide on creating a mega menu.

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15 comments

  1. Samuel Beckley

    video quality is strenuous to the eyes, do HD…

  2. How to add BlogMenu and then under it categories?

  3. Oluwatosin Obaseki

    Is the fitness menu is clicked on, would it take me to a page despite the drop down menu beneath? If yes, how can that be prevented?

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. Looking forward to mega menu tut!

  5. Hi superb work! I want to ask something, how reliable http://www.wpcontent.com content is??? They are selling every theme at 4 cents I guess

  6. How we can add yt subscribe button like your site below the video in WordPress

  7. I want "Fitness" to not have a link but only be a title that leads me to the dropdown sub items with links of their own. How would I do this? It seems that WordPress will only let me to add a menu item if it is its own page with its own URL…Help! Thank you.

  8. Your videos are great. Can you do a video to remove links on wordpress admin menu on top of the screen? Sometimes, plugins just automatically created a link there and it gets really messy,

  9. Hi you have the checkbox option to have a mobile menu, however in mine I do not have this option, would you know what the solution would be?

  10. Very nice video mam. Can you help me out on how to put the navigation menu in one line

  11. Hi there, great tutorial!
    I was just wondering if its possible to add things to the nav bar that arent clickable links?
    Lets say I have the "beginners workout" page and an "intermediate workout" page. What if I wanted to have them as a submenu under fitness but I don't have a whole fitness page? So fitness would only be in the menu as a kind of category so users can select from the sub menu below.
    Is this possible?

  12. What happens if you don't see the menu at all even though you create and save the menu?

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  14. i love your voice and videos as well…GREAT LADY

  15. from WP dashboard how to appear the navigation menu in top line (see the background black with text/logo wp, home, welcome, +, n,ew, etc). In my own WP, it was disappeared..

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