How to Add Navigation Menu in WordPress

Are you wanting to add a navigation menu to your WordPress site? WordPress has a drag and drop interface that you can use to create a header menu, menu with dropdown options, and more. In this guide, we’ll show you how to easily add a navigation menu in WordPress.

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For creating a menu you would want to go under Appearance, Menus in your WordPress admin dashboard. While you may have one already, we will be creating a new one for this specific tutorial.

There are many built-in options for the menu such as pages, published posts, custom links, or categories as options. The list of what you’ve added will be a top to bottom list but the display of the menu depends on your specific theme.

If you would like to create a dropdown menu you would drag the menu item beneath the menu item you would like it beneath and it should appear indented beneath the menu item.

Categories added in the menu area will list the posts in that specific category the same as if it was on your posts/blog page.

Custom menu items are normally for linking to your social media profiles but there are other options available depending on what you would like in your menu.

Finally, if you’re interested in making a more complex menu you would want to take a look at our guide on creating a mega menu.

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  2. Hi there, great tutorial!
    I was just wondering if its possible to add things to the nav bar that arent clickable links?
    Lets say I have the "beginners workout" page and an "intermediate workout" page. What if I wanted to have them as a submenu under fitness but I don't have a whole fitness page? So fitness would only be in the menu as a kind of category so users can select from the sub menu below.
    Is this possible?

  3. I want "Fitness" to not have a link but only be a title that leads me to the dropdown sub items with links of their own. How would I do this? It seems that WordPress will only let me to add a menu item if it is its own page with its own URL…Help! Thank you.

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