Help Readers Navigate Your Site By Including A Menu

Depending on how robust your AreaVoices site is, you may want to consider using a menu to help readers navigate your site and the content you offer.


You’ll need to decide what you want to present on your menu, because you have a few options.

Add Pages

If you want to add a page to a menu, you’ll need to create the page first. In your Dashboard, go to Pages > Add New. You could add an About page if you have more to say about yourself or organization. Maybe you want to add a page about a specific cause you support or various awards you’ve won that lend credibility to your site. This AreaVoices contributor has several pages on the menu:


Add Categories

You can also create navigation using Categories on your site. In your Dashboard, go to Appearance > Menus. If you click on the Categories option to expand the list, you’ll see that all the categories for your site are included in the list. You can select the categories you’d like included on your menu and click “Add to Menu.”
Categories for menu

Add Custom Link

To add a custom link to your menu, go to Appearance > Menus. Click on Custom Link to expand that option and enter the URL the link should direct your audience to, as well as the text you want linked.  
Custom Link

Keep in mind that you won’t have the ability to tell WordPress to open a custom link as a new window, so you’ll be directing people away from your AreaVoices site with any custom links you add to your menu.

Create Your Menu

Once you know what you want in the menu, create a name for it and press “Save Menu”. Then start adding content. Check the pages, select the Categories, or add the URL of the custom link. Be sure to click on “Add to Menu” after you make your selections. They should appear in the Menu Structure box.

You’ll also need to check the Primary Menu option in the Menu Settings. Once you’ve done that, click “Save Menu” and check your site to see if the menu is available.

Here is the AreaVoices Community menu:


As you can see, we have a Page, Custom Link, and three Category options for our Primary Menu navigation. You can reorder any of these menu options by simply clicking the item and dragging it to a different location.

Check out these AreaVoices sites with great menus:

If you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to Danielle at danielle.teigen@forumcomm.com.