Updating the menu bar

Sometimes you’ll want to add a menu item linked to a new page you’ve created. Or perhaps you want to remove a menu item or move them around.

If your WordPress theme allows you to update your menus using the built-in Menus feature (found under “Appearance”), here’s an easy guide for how you can update your WordPress menu yourself.

Adding new items

First, ensure you’ve created your new page, completed the content and published it. Then to add a menu item so users can visit your new page…

  1. Go to Appearance > Menus
    If your website uses more than one menu, select the menu you want to work with from the dropdown menu at the top.
  2. Locate the pane entitled Pages.

The WordPress Pages pane (menu customisation)

  1. Within this pane, select the View All link to bring up a list of all the currently published pages.
  2. Select the pages you want to add by clicking the checkbox next to each page’s title.
  3. Click the Add to Menu button located at the bottom of this pane to add them. Your new menu items are added at the very bottom of the menu, under ‘Menu Structure’ (you might have to scroll down to see them).
  4. You’ll very likely to want to move the new items to a more appropriate location in the menu. To move your newly added items, under Menu Structure, simply drag them upwards (and/or downwards) to the required location.

Wordpress Menu Structure

  1. Finally, click the Save Menu button once you’re finished.

Moving menu items

  1. Go to Appearance > Menus
    If your website uses more than one menu, select the menu you want to work with from the dropdown menu at the top.
  2. Under ‘Menu Structure’ drag menu items either upwards or downwards to relocate. Items which are within submenus are indicated by indentation.
  3. Finally, click the Save Menu button once you’re finished.

Removing menu items

  1. Go to Appearance > Menus
    If your website uses more than one menu, select the menu you want to work with from the dropdown menu at the top.
  2. Under ‘Menu Structure’, find the menu item to be removed and click the dropdown arrow shown to the right (a small arrowhead).

Remove menu item in WordPress

  1. Click the Remove link.
  2. Finally, click the Save Menu button to finish.

That’s the basics covered. If you’d like more information about updating WordPress menus and to read about other options and techniques, visit the following useful pages:

A very easy to follow video tutorial on adding and moving menu items