UPDATE: 3RD REVISION SEPTEMBER 2017
Changing your navigation bar items in WordPress is easier than you think – once you know where to look! In this article we’ll talk about what items must be there, what are optional and what should never be in your navigation bar. And we’ll show you how to actually accomplish all this goodness.
Blog Navigation for WordPress
Any website has only a few seconds to make a first impression. The first principle of navigation is ease of use: it must be easy to find and use. The second principle for navigation bars is predictability.[clickToTweet tweet=”The first principle of navigation is ease of use: it must be easy to find and use. #genesiswp” quote=”The first principle of navigation is ease of use: it must be easy to find and use. “]
Ease of use
To make your navigation easy to use, use simple titles. Although you may have cute creative names for your pages, it is best to use clear concise words.
The navigation bar should always be top of the site and/or bottom of the page. It needs to be on every page. On mobile it can be represented by 3 small horizontal bars, otherwise known as a ‘hamburger’ menu. Or you can use a simple word “menu” with a downwards facing arrow.
TIP: always remember to design your mobile experience for ‘big man fingers’. The buttons and links need to be far enough apart for the biggest of fingers. Google loves a well designed navigation experience!
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Just like the ease of use principle, this means you need to use clear concise language. You may have a cute “About” page title, but in the navigation it should always say “About”. Other items that should always be in your navigation bar:
- Blog or Services or Shop – depending on your purpose
Less is more at this point!! Have you heard of the paradox of choice? When presented with too many choices most people will make no choice at all. Give them a reasonable number of choices: 3-5 max.
Here’s a client’s take on her hesitancy to remove options:
I just wanted to say thank you… I was skeptical but followed your advice – and have made several conversions!!! ~ Suzy (Emptynestblessed.com)
How to Change Items in the Navigation:
Here’s a video walk through of exactly the same steps that are outlined below in text and images.
1. Go to Appearance – > Menus tab
2. Click on Manage Locations. If there are places built into your theme you will see them here.
3. Go to Edit Menus.
4. Create a new Menu.
5. Give it a name, and then drag Pages, Posts, etc into the Menu Structure Box. Re-order as needed. Save.
6. Go back to Manage Locations and assign your newly named Menu to a location.
If you need any assistance that’s what we’re here for! Just give me a shout!