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In this tutorial I would like to show you how to create and manage menus in WordPress. First thing you should know is that you can create as many menus as you need, but WordPress menu locations depends on a theme. Most of themes provides at least one WordPress menu location but if your theme does not have any locations you can use WordPress custom menu widget.

How to add menu in wordpress?

Go to WordPress backend and navigate Appearance > Menus to the the following page:

add WordPress menu

Add WordPress menu by entering menu name and clicking Create Menu. 

Create menu in WordPress

Add menu items in WordPress

Once WordPress menu is created you may add menu items now (links) to create navigation menu.

Add menu link in WordPress

Choose from the list of all available posts, pages, categories, tags also custom created types, additional taxonomies or just create custom links.

Add post to menu in WordPress

Select items which you like to add and click Add to menu.

Add link to menu in WordPress

Of course you can create as many menu items as you need. Example:

WordPress how to add menu.

After collecting all menu items in the WordPress menu you may change menu items ordering or set nested items by drag and drop mechanism. In this way you may create nested menus called drop-downs.

ordering menu items in WordPress

WordPress menu item settings

On the menu item click you will see item settings, where you may change menu item label, title attribute or remove selected item.

WordPress menu item settings

WordPress menu location

Once you have all items includes to the WordPress menu, the final step is to set menu location.
Menu locations depends on a theme structure.

WordPress menu location

To choose menu location you can navigate to Menu Locations or select location from the list.
Remember to finally save the settings.
After assigning the menu to the location, check the result on page.

set menu location in wordpress

The WordPress menu design the same as location depends on current active theme. It's the example of WordPress School theme on the above screenshot.

Add a menu in a widget area

To publish menus as widget navigate to Appearance > Widgets, select Custom Menu and choose sidebar.

Add a menu in a Widget Area

Now, in WordPress widget settings you can select menu to display.

select wordpress menu to display

Final words

When you are creating a menu in WordPress, remember to make it as simple as possible. Do not overwhelm your guests with thousands of links. Always test your navigation to make sure it is logical and provide easy access to most important parts of your page. 

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