In part 9 of our Free WordPress Video Tutorial series, learn how to add new Custom Menus to our WordPress website. In this video, I will be showing you how to use and install wordpress plugins. Specifically, we will be looking at:
1. What are WordPress Plugins?
2. How can WordPress Plugins be used?
3. Example of the best WordPress Plugins
4. Installation and usage of Ninja Forms
5. Installing third party wordpress plugins
6. Installing WP Review Plugin
In the previous lesson, we learned about plugins. So in this lesson we are going to be looking at custom menus or how to add menus to our wordpress website. So specifically in this lesson, we are going to be looking at what can menus be used for? And we are going to give you an example. A quick example of how we can actually utilise that.
So what are menus? Very simply, they are used for organization and so they can either be in your sidebar, header, footer. And there is a number of other ways. But that is kind of the basics of it. So we are going to get right into it and show you how exactly to add menu items.
So the way that we are going to be doing is going to be in appearance and then you are going to go to menus. So what exactly can menus be used for? So generally they are used kind of just to distinguish different major categories. For example, we will look on our main website this, kind of in this, this is the menu right here. What we kind of categorised here are major pages that people may use. For example about page, our videos, our blog and things like that.
And at the top right here, this is another menu item. But this is more based on different types of post categories. So we. Remember how we categorise for our own website. Different types of categories like deals, travel destinations and things like that. So those are major post categories. So those are different types of menu items, just examples of how you can organise them.
So the first thing that we want to do is maybe, let’s try to make just a simple menu item, things like the about page, the contact page and things like that. So let’s just call this the main menu. So we are just going to create a main menu item. And we are just going to title it main menu and create menu.
And what we want to add here. I guess this main menu we can’t use that exact title. So let’s just call it menu one. Alright that should be ok.
So this one’s ok. And so what do we want to actually add into this? And so we are just going to add our about us page or contact page. And probably another thing that we could add is our actual blog page if we want it to, things like that.
But this is kind of, juts a very general menu item and lets just call, and then we will save this and the other thing that we need to do is also, figure out where is this going to be located. And so for our website right here. This is our actual website. We want it to go right up here. And so how do we go about doing that?
And so our theme is a little bit different where that top right space is based on a widget. So we want to add a, if we want to make it, make that menu item into that widget, it’s going to be in the top header. So in order to add a menu item there, we are just going to add a custom menu and we title it menu 1. And we are not going to title anything. We are just going to save and see what that looks like.
So when we refresh our website, we are going to see that we have an about us and a contact page in the top menu items up there. But now, if you remember in our demo website, we had something, something in this area right here. It is based on different categories.
So I am going to show you exactly how to add another menu item that’s based on categories and how to place that in there. So what I went ahead and did is I added a couple more posts, a couple of more posts with a couple of different categories. We see uncategorized. We are not going to add the uncategorized.
Cruise deals, coupons and flight deals. So we are going to add that in. and so you can just order this however you want. You can also tailor different things. So if we want to, if you just want to call this cruise or something like that, that’s just the example. We can just the title right there and we are just going to save it.
But in this situation, we are going to try to figure out where to put this, this menu item. For our theme, it has two different locations specifically for our theme. There is a primary and a secondary. And we are just going to go ahead and see what each of these are.
So the first thing we will do is try out is the primary. And we will refresh our website and see what it looks like. And we see that it’s kind of a dark, charcoal, grey banner that goes across. Those are kind of nice. Cruise, coupons, deals. So we click on it. It will be in the category of cruises. The cruise deals. So we only have one post that kind of attributes to that. And same thing with coupons and flight deals.
So the next things is, what if it is the secondary. We will see which one looks better in our situation and we are going to refresh it right there. And we will see what it looks like now. And so it’s kind of just a menu item right above it. If we select both of them, primary and secondary, we will see that when we refresh it, it will be just two of these menus, one of top of another.
And in my opinion, I think that this, the primary one is much nicer. This dark charcoal grey one looks much nicer and so, we will keep that one. But you could easily have two different types of menu items. Whatever really you want to direct your readers or your users to, those are probably what you would want to put in the different menu items.
So the next thing that I want to show you is that, now that we kind of have the basic overview of how we can create new menus with pages or categories, the next thing I want to show you is maybe with links. And specifically the example I am going to give you is for example, on our website, what if we want to add kind of another link that is, goes to an external website, maybe it be another website that you own, a partner website or maybe you can, an affiliate link.
In our came the example I am going to give is, for example, what if you want them to link to expedia where you sign up for the expedia affiliate network program. And I think you get a certain cut of whatever it is that your users buy or purchase. Whatever it is that they want, you get a certain cut of that.
So what if you wanted to link to that. How would be go about doing that? And so what I went ahead and did is, just got the link to it, you just sign up for any. And this is any type of affiliate program that you want, any type of website that you are trying to design. This is just an example for a travel website to just give you kind of the example for it.
But say you wanted to make a travel website and you wanted to have this affiliate link or link to whatever it is. This is how you would do it. And so, really you can say, whatever you want, whether it be latest deals or anything like that, and let’s just say this is a link that you wanted to go to. So you just want to add it right there.
And so we just use that links menu bar right there and when we refresh it, we should see the menu item right here. And when we click on it, we should go to the expedia website. So that’s kind of just an example of how you can add additional links or how you can add, specifically example of an affiliate program that you can join for your specific website.
So those are just all various examples. And so that kind of very basically, how many new items can be added. There is a lot more functionality that you can use it more specifically. But these are kind of more general.
And so in the next lesson what we are going to be looking at is, how to add users and potential, changing different user roles and why we may want to do that