WordPress 3.0 Custom Menu Management [Tutorial]

The release of WordPress 3.0 will take place any time now, so I guess this is the right time to talk about one of the main features of WP 3.0.

Custom Menus

WordPress 3.0 has a new page in the Appearance tab called Menus.

When first accessing that page, it should look something like this: (in the screenshot we have already created 2 menus).

Theme Support

If your current theme supports this feature, you will see the “Theme Locations” tab (on the left). It looks just like a standard widget.
If the theme has defined custom “locations” for menus, then you will have one select box for each location. In this example the theme has 2 custom locations: Top(header) and Bottom(footer).

Creating Custom Menus

To create a new menu, click on the small “+” sign. Enter the name for the menu (the name doesn’t matter much, as only you will see this name) and click Create Menu.

After the menu has been created, you will be able to add Custom Links, Pages and Categories to it.

It is important to notice that you can freely drag-and-drop everything that you add to the menu. You can set any link as a sub-link of any other link.
So for example you could set pages as sub-links of a category, categories as sub-links of a page, the possibilities are endless.


Saving Menus

After you have created your custom menus, don’t forget to set them in the Theme Locations tab. You can set the same menu to different locations, or a different menu for every location, it is your call. Just don’t forget to press the big blue button Save.


As a sidenote: once WordPress 3.0 rolls out, all our themes will be updated to accommodate this feature.

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  1. Jay Tha Gent says:

    WordPress keeps getting better and better !!! And ProudThemes, keep up the good work, I think you guys are one of the best out there.

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