Use a Custom Menu to Highlight Your Favorite Things

A question came up in my homeschool co-op blogging class:

“Can I make a blog photo album, like I can on Facebook?”

One way to make a photo album would be to create a My Photos page. But there is a problem with that idea. Pages are meant to be used for static content, so page updates are not included in your blog’s RSS feeds or email subscriptions. That means it is impossible for readers to know when you’ve added something to a page.

A better solution would be to create a My Photos category. Whenever you want to add new photos, create a slide show or gallery post, labeled with that category.

Now that you have a category devoted just to photos (or to videos, or whatever favorite things you want to highlight), you are ready to use the Custom Menu to share those posts with the world.

How to Use the Custom Menu

Follow these steps to create a menu featuring your favorite pages and categories:

  1. On your Dashboard, go to Appearance > Menus.
  2. Type in a name for your menu. Click the Create Menu button.
  3. Check the box for each page you want to include in your menu. Don’t forget your About page! Click the Add to Menu button.
  4. Also, check the box for any category you want to feature as if it were a page. Click the Add to Menu button. For example, I added the Quotations category to my menu.
  5. You can create a custom item for your menu. Enter the URL of any website, and type in the title you want to use. That’s how I added a link to my math blog.
  6. Be sure to click the Save Menu button!

Click and drag the page or category names to move them around until you have them in the order you want. If you drag a name to the right, that will put it in a sub-menu (which will drop down when a reader bumps it with his mouse). If you move it back to the left, it becomes a top-level menu item again. Whatever changes you make, remember to Save Menu again.

When your menu is just the way you want it, use the Theme Locations box to select that menu. The default is a blank space, but click the down arrow to show your menu’s name. Select it, and then click Save. Then open your blog’s home page and admire your new custom menu!

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