Working with Menus

Working with Menus

What is a Menu and How Do They Work in Drupal?

Website visitors use menus as a way to navigate and find what they are looking for on your site. Menus are most often located in the header, footer, left sidebar, or right side bar. You add menu items to give users access to a) the pages you build – highlighting and linking to information on your site, or b) external websites.

There are three menus you will work with in GingerFeet: Navigation, Primary Links, Secondary Links. Depending on the GingerFeet theme you have chosen, you will have at least Navigation and Primary Links.

Where menus reside on your website is determined by your theme or by you, but generally, the Navigation menu resides in the left or right sidebar, the Primary Links menu resides horizontally across the top and the Secondary Links usually drop-down underneath the Primary Links or are located in the left or right sidebar.

Add a Menu Item to Your Menu Structure

There may be times when you add a page that you want to add to the menu structure at a later time. You can add a menu item at any time through the Administration Menu.

To add a Menu Item to your menu:

  1. In the Administration Menu across the top of your screen, select Site Building → Menus → List Menus.
  2. The following Menu categories will show:
    • Navigation
    • Primary Links
    • Secondary Links
  3. Click to select the category you want.
  4. A list will open showing all the Menu Items in that category.
  5. Click the Add Item button.
  6. A new menu item form will display.
  7. Enter the menu item details.
  8. a. External links: To link to another website, enter the full URL of the external web page, for example http://www.abc.net.au.
    b. Internal links: To link to a node or another page on your Drupal website, insert a “relative” link.  For example: node/569 or contact-us. Not http://www.yourwebsite.org/node/569or http://www.yourwebsite.org/contact-us
  9. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  10. Click the Submit button to save changes. The new Menu Item now displays in your menu.

Edit a Menu Item in Your Menu Structure

To edit a Menu Item:

  1. In the Administration Menu across the top of your screen, select Site Building → Menus → List Menus.
  2. The following Menu categories will show:
    • Navigation
    • Primary Links
    • Secondary Links
  3. Click to select the category you want.
  4. A list will open showing all the Menu Items in that category.
  5. Click the Edit link to the right of the menu listing.
  6. Edit the text in the Menu Link Title field.
  7. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  8. Click the Submit button to save changes. The edited Menu Item now displays in your menu.

Move a Menu Item From One Menu to Another

 

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Numbers with a negative sign in front (-10) will float up toward the top of your menu list. Numbers with a positive sign in front (+10) will drop-down toward the bottom of your menu list. If you want to over-ride the alphabetical order of menu items, set the Weight by using the drop-down arrow and choosing a new setting.

Move Menu Items Within Same Menu

To move a menu item from one place in a menu to another:

  1. In the Administration Menu across the top of your screen, select Site Building → Menus → List Menus.
  2. Depending on the menu item, click either Primary Links or Secondary Links
  3. On the left-hand side of the menu item there is a four-pointed arrow
  4. Left click and drag the menu item to the desired placement
  5. Scroll down and click the Save Configuration button

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Remove a Menu Item

There are two ways to remove a menu item from view. You can either disable a menu item so that it is archived for future use, or delete a menu item for permanent removal.


IMPORTANT!

Always disable items first! Only delete when you are certain you want to delete.


 

Disable a Menu Item

Disabled menu items are not deleted. They are just not available on the menu for public view. This means you can temporarily remove menu items without the need to delete and then enable an item if you want it to return.

To disable a Menu Item from your menu:

  1. In the Administration Menu across the top of your screen, select Site Building → Menus → List Menus.
  2. The following Menu categories will show:
    • Navigation
    • Primary Links
    • Secondary Links
  3. Click to select the category you want. A list will open showing all the Menu Items in that category.
  4. Uncheck the check box in the Enabled column.
  5. Scroll down to the page bottom of the page.
  6. Click the Save Configuration button to save your changes. This will temporarily disable your item.

Enabling/Disabling Menu Items

Delete a Menu Item

Deleted menu items are irretrievable. Disable a menu item if you are not positive that you want to remove it completely.

  1. In the Administration Menu across the top your screen, select Site Building → Menus → List Menus.
  2. The following Menu categories will show:
    • Navigation
    • Primary Links
    • Secondary Links.
  3. Click to select the category you want. A list will open showing all the Menu Items in that category.
  4. Select Delete in the Operations column.
  5. Scroll down to the page bottom of the page.
  6. Click the Save Configuration button to save your changes.

IMPORTANT!

You cannot recover deleted work.