Managing menus

There are three areas on your website containing menus that can be managed here; ‘main menu’, ‘helpful links’, and ‘footer links’. You can add items, delete items, and reorder items in these menus.

Deleting an item from the main menu will not remove the pages that are associated with it. They will have to be manually removed from the site.

The main menu

The main menu is the bar that appears at the top of all the pages on your website, just below the header.

Screenshot of the main menu location

It allows visitors to access all areas of the site from whichever page they are on. As such, it is important to keep this menu simple. Your website will have been set up with the above menu items already in place, although it is possible to change them if you wish.

  • In order to make changes to the main menu, you will need to log in.
  • Select ‘Appearance’ from the black sidebar, and then ‘Menus’. This will take you to the menu management page.

Screenshot of the main menu option in the menus page

  • From here you can select ‘Main Menu (Primary Menu)’. This will show your current Main Menu. Although it appears vertically on this page, the menu will display horizontally on your website.

Screenshot of the main menu items on the menu page

  • These are the default main menu items for your website. New main menu items will be added indefinitely to the bar at the top of the screen, causing issues with readability. In order to keep your website from being cluttered, we do not recommend that you exceed this number (seven) of main menu items.
  • If you wish to reorder your main menu items (perhaps to make them alphabetical), you can simply drag and drop the boxes into position. Don’t forget to click on the blue ‘Save Menu’ button to save your changes!

Renaming and deleting main menu items

It is possible to rename and delete your main menu items. You will notice that each menu item has a drop down arrow on the right hand side. Clicking on this will open up some options.

Screenshot of the options for main menu items

  • Navigation Label. This is the title of the menu item, and the text that will display on your website. If you are changing the function of an existing menu item to something else, please choose a short, descriptive name.
  • Remove. This is where you can remove a main menu item from your website. Be aware that all the pages associated with this item will still be visible on your website, and that visitors will be able to navigate to them. You can find out more about deleting a page here.

Helpful links

In the footer of every page you will find two lists. The first of these is called ‘Helpful links’, and these are a series of links to third-party websites that your visitors might require some information from.

Screenshot of the helpful links in the footer

By default we have suggested that you might want to link to your Clinical Commissioning Group (if you are in England), or your CHCP (if you are in Scotland). You might also like to link visitors to the NHS website or other support services.

  • In order to make changes to the main menu, you will need to log in.
  • Select ‘Appearance’ from the black sidebar, and then ‘Menus’. This will take you to the menu management page.

Screenshot of the helpful links option on the menu page

  • From here you can select ‘Helpful links’. This will show you your current helpful links. Although it appears vertically on this page, the menu will display horizontally on your website.
  • All of your helpful links should be in a box called ‘Custom links’. Only custom links should be added to this list.
  • By selecting the drop down arrow on the right hand side of each box, you will be able to open up some options.

Screenshot of the options for editing a helpful link

  • Navigation Label. This is the title of the menu item, and the text that will display on your website. If you are changing the function of an existing menu item to something else, please choose a short, functional name.
  • URL. This is where you should copy and paste the full website address of the website you wish to create a link for.
  • Remove. This is where you can remove a helpful link from your website.

Footer links

In the footer of every page you will find two lists. The second of these is called ‘Further info’, and these are a series of links to pages within your website that visitors might want easy access to. Please note that on some of our websites this list is not titled. It can be edited in the following way.

Although the list is called ‘Further info’, its technical name is ‘Footer links’. Don’t panic if you can’t immediately find it when searching through the dashboard!

Screenshot of the footer links in the footer

  • In order to make changes to the main menu, you will need to log in.
  • Select ‘Appearance’ from the black sidebar, and then ‘Menus’. This will take you to the menu management page.

Screenshot of the footer link option on the menu page

  • From here you can select ‘Footer links’. This will show you your current footer links. Although it appears vertically on this page, the menu will display horizontally on your website.
  • All of your footer links should be in a box called ‘Page’. Only pages should be added to this list.
  • By selecting the drop down arrow on the right hand side of each box, you will be able to open up some options.

Screenshot of the accessibility box in the editor

  • Navigation label. This is the title of the menu item, and the text that will display on your website. It should have been predetermined when you added your page to the footer links. We do not recommend that you alter the navigation label.
  • Remove. This is where you can remove a footer link from your website.

Adding items to your ‘Helpful links’ and ‘Footer links’

Although your website will have been set up with some ‘Helpful links’ and ‘Footer links’ already in place, you may wish to add more of your own.

  • In order to make changes to the main menu, you will need to log in.
  • Select ‘Appearance’ from the black sidebar, and then ‘Menus’. This will take you to the menu management page.
  • On the left hand side of the page should be a section called ‘Add menu items’. Out of the five options, we should only be concerned with ‘Pages’ and ‘Custom Links’. 
  • Please ensure that you have selected the correct menu from the drop down box at the top of the page. ‘Helpful links’ should contain ‘Custom links’ to third party websites. ‘Footer links’ should contain ‘Pages’ from your own website.

Helpful links

Your current helpful links should be displayed on this screen. From here you can add more custom links to the list.

Image of the menu box in the editor

  • From the menu on the left hand side of the screen, all we need to do is fill out the two fields in order to create our custom link.

Image of the add menu options in the editor

  • URL. This should be where you copy the web address of the target website. In this instance, I want to link people to the NHS website.
  • Link Text. This is the label for your custom link. ‘NHS website’ is a good label since it is descriptive without being long-winded.
  • Add to Menu. Once you have updated your ‘URL’ and ‘Link Text’, selecting ‘Add to Menu’ will add your new custom link to your Helpful Links. It will be automatically added to the bottom of the list, but you can drag and drop it into any position you like.

Footer links

Your current footer links should be displayed on this screen. From here you can add more pages to the list.

Screenshot of the menu options in the editor

  • From the menu on the left hand side of the screen, all we need to do is select which page we wish to create a link to.

Screenshot of the pages drop down menu in the editor

  • Most Recent / View All / Search. Using these three options you can navigate through all of the pages that are currently on your site. Tick the checkbox next to the relevant page. If you wish to create links to more than one page, simply tick the checkboxes of all the relevant pages.
  • Add to Menu. Once you have selected your pages, selecting ‘Add to Menu’ will add your new pages to your ‘Footer links’. They will be automatically added to the bottom of the list, but you can drag and drop them into any position you like.

Don’t forget to click on the blue ‘Save Menu’ button before exiting the menu management page! This will ensure that all your new links are active.