Website Administrator Console Manual - Managing Menus

Article Index
Website Administrator Console Manual
Accessing the Administrator Console
Administrator Console Overview
Updating Static Content
Managing Articles (Content Items)
Managing Menus
Using the Text Editor
Managing Images
Updating Contact Details
Managing your Shopping Cart
Managing your Newsletters
Administrator Console User Accounts
Your Website Statistics
All Pages

Managing Menus

Menu items are exactly what you'd expect from the name. They're links in the menu of your website. As outlined in the Administrator Console Overview in this manual, menu items are what link to your content, enabling website visitors to see your Static Content items, Sections and Categories. Menu items are also used to link to the additional functionality provided in the add-on packages.

All of our websites ustilise the Main Menu for the primary navigation of the website. The Main Menu (written as mainmenu) is controlled with the Menu Manager, which is accessed via the Menu menu as seen here:

 

Mainmenu Manager via Menu

 

The Menu Manager - editing the mainmenu  - looks like this:

 

Menu Manager

 

Item Functions
To edit an existing Menu Item, simply click on its title, or tick the appropriate check box to the left of the item title, and click the edit button in the top-right corner
Edit Button
To add a new Menu Item, click the New button in the top-right corner New Button
To delete a Menu Item, tick the appropriate check box to the left of the item title, and click the Delete button in the top-right corner.
Trash Button
To publish an unpublished Menu Item, tick the check box to the left of the Menu Item (you can tick more than one) and click the Publish button in the top-right corner. Publish Button
To unpublish a published Menu Item, tick the check box to the left of the Menu Item (you can tick more than one) and click the Unpublish button in the top-right corner. Unpublish Button

 

Before we look at editing Menu Items, we need to see how new Menu Items are created.

After clicking the New button in the Menu Manager, you will be presented with the New Menu Item screen which enables you to select the type of item to which you wish to create a new menu item link.

 

New Menu Item

 

The most common choices for a new menu item, as hightlighted in the above picture with red circles, are:

Item Name
Explanation
Blog - Content Category
This option creates a link to a new page which will contain the articles in an existing Category. Once selected, the following page will prompt you to specify the Category.
Blog - Content Section
This option creates a link to a new page which will contain the articles in an existing Section, including all the articles in the Categories that are located in the Section. Once selected, the following page will prompt you to specify the Section.
Link - Static Content
This option creates a link directly to an existing Static Content item within your website. Once selected, the following page will prompt you to specify the Static Content item.
Component
This option creates a link to a functional item, which are described in greater detail later in this manual. Once selected, the following page will prompt you to specify a Component.

 

To select the type of Menu Item, either directly click the name, or select the corresponding radio button and click the Next button in the top-right corner.

The screen that follows selection of the Menu Item type varies depending on which type of Menu Item was selected. However, the following fields are common to each type. All other fields can be left with their default values.

Item / Parmeter
Explanation
Name
This is the label that will be used on the menu button on the website. For example, if you're creating a link to a Static Content item titled 'About Us', you'd give the Menu Item the same name, 'About Us'.
Item
This is the second setting in each Menu Item and referrs to the type of items for the selected Menu Item type. For example, if you selected 'Link - Static Content' as the Menu Item type, this will be a list of the Static Content items within your website.
Parent Item
This setting creates the menu structure. Select an item from the list if the new item you're creating is a sub-menu. Otherwise leave it set to Top which creates the new Menu Item at the top level of the menu structure.
Published
This setting determines whether the Menu Item will be published or not. Unpublished menu items don't appear on the website.

 

Menu Editor

Once you have completed setting the appropriate Items and Parameters, click the Save button in the top-right corner to complete the new Menu Item creation process.

 

Menu Items can also be created from within Static Content items, within Sections, and within Categories using the Link to Menu tab options.

 

Linking to Menu from within an Item

 

To create Menu Items using this method, select the menu name (usually mainmenu), enter a name for the Menu Item, then click the Link to Menu button. If a link already exists, it will be shown below.