Step #10: Create Primary Menu
Your website is almost good to go.
Just one last thing you want to take care of, and that’s creating menus. The menu is going to help you determine what pages get shown on your site. You can also use menus to showcase only the pages you want visitors to be able to access.
To start, click Appearance and then Menus from the left-hand sidebar on your dashboard. Since you won’t have any menus to start with, you want to click “Create Menu.”
Next, you simply want to decide what pages you want to show in your menu. On the left side, you’ll see a box with all the pages you have created.As you can see, I have a bunch of pages, but I only want to showcase a handful on my site for visitors to see. That’s where the menu comes in handy.
You simply click the box next to the pages you want to be in your menu, and then click Add to Menu.
You can then click and drag each of these boxes to put them in the spot you prefer. You want to be sure you know where this menu is going to be displayed.
In this case, my theme allows me to put a menu in the footer or have a main menu, this is going to be my main menu, so it will show at the top of my website.
Once you have your menu set, click Save. Here’s what the old Location 180 home page menu looked like:See how they match the menu structure?
On the home page, you’ll also notice that it just shows my most recent blog posts – there isn’t even a “Blog” page available on the menu.
I don’t have what’s called a “landing page” where you would then have to click a menu link over to get to my blog. I like to have my blog right there front and center.
For most people who want to create blogs, you should have your “home” page showcase as your blog. You can change this later on if you start to get into more advanced marketing tactics, but for now, it’s unnecessary.
So in order to have our blog show up on our home page, there’s one other setting we need to double check.
On the left side tool bar, click Settings then Reading, you’ll see this page: If you want your main home page to feature your latest blog posts, just copy these settings.If you want your main home page to be a true home page, and have your blog be a separate page, then click the toggle next to “A static page.”
For the frontpage choose from the drop down the page you want to be your front page, this could be a home page, a sales pages, anything you like.
Then for the Posts page, use the drop-down to select the page your blog is called. Click save and you are good to go.
Next, it’s time to get writing!