Overview

The next step, now that the little things are in place, is to fix up the navigation (the menus across the top).  We start your site off with many pages already populated.  There is a chance though that you don’t do all of these procedures or that you don’t wish to maintain a blog.  Therefore, you need to know how to edit the menu.  Adding pages takes a little more effort, so for now we will focus on removing and rearranging the menu.

1] FIND THE MENU SECTION

From the dashboard (or anywhere you happen to be in the admin section), hover your mouse over the “Appearance” tab.  This causes a sub-menu to pop up to the right (see figure below).  From this menu, click on the “Menus” link.  This will take you to the page used to manage the entire navigation of your site.  Again, this is the menu bar sitting right below your logo.

2] GET FAMILIAR WITH THE LAYOUT

To the right of the page, you will find the navigation laid out in vertical outline format (see figure below).  This outline is the structure that determines the navigation.  It determines the sub-menus that pop up as your users scroll through your site.

Don’t mess with the stuff near the top unless you have made a change and need to click on the “Save Menu” button.

If you wish to change the menu item, click on the little arrow next to the word “Page”.  From here you can change the way the page shows up in the menu.  For example, if you expand the options under “Home” you can see that the “Home” link use to read “Welcome to Our Practice”.  This was too long for the site’s menu but perfect for a title to the homepage.  Therefore we changed the wording here to simply “Home”.  From here you can also remove the page from the menu.  An important thing to realize is that if you click on the “Remove” link it will not delete the page.  It only takes it out of the menu so that users do not have a link to it.  The page still exists though and can easily be added again to the menu if you change your mind later on.

3] REARRANGING THINGS

You may not be satisfied with the way we have organized your content.  This can easily be changed by clicking and dragging the menu item to a new place (see figure below).  We would warn though against including too much on the initial menu bar.  If you crowd it with too many links, the design elements break down and the esthetics of the site deteriorate.  Instead, use general topics (e.g. About, Services, etc.) to house sub-menus with more content.  Also be careful not to remove a page accidentally.  If removed, the user will not see the content.  You also will no longer see it easily and may just forget about it.

4] ADDING OTHER MENU ITEMS

So, we have looked at how easy it is to change, rearrange, and remove menu items.  The last step is to know how to add pages.  This tutorial only covers adding external links (e.g. Google) or links to pages that already exist within your admin pages.  What this means is that if you wish to add another page (brand-spankin new), you would need to first create the page elsewhere and then return to the menu editor to add it to the appropriate location on the menu.

Custom links provide a way for you to link a menu item to somewhere else on the web instead of a page on your own website.  If you have a great resource for your patients, you could link to it in this fashion.  Place the link they should be sent to in the “URL” field and in the “Label” field, place the wording you would like to display for them to see.

Pages are where you can access the pages that reside on the backend of your site.  If you remove the page on orthodontics and then later offer them, you can re-add the page on orthodontics by either browsing for it or searching for it.

So, at this point you should be very familiar with how your menu came to be and how each menu item was created.  Your job now is to go through and cater the menu to your office’s needs.  Remove pages that do not apply to your office.  At this point, start a list of pages that you wish were there and are not.  You will soon get a lesson on adding pages.

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