Customizing the menu with icons
Video: Customizing the menu with iconsWhen you have just installed WPtouch on your site and you open it on your mobile device and you use the dropdown at the very top, you'll see that you have three main items on the Menu, Home, RSS Feed, and Email. Next to that, unless you deactivated them, you have a list of tags and a list of categories. But nowhere in this interface do you have links to all the different pages on your site, which is probably something you want to have in the menu. The reason why you don't see all your pages on the menu right away is because the creators of WPtouch know that not everyone wants to display all their pages in the menu.
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This course shows how to create a mobile version of an existing WordPress web site by leveraging ready-made solutions. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen demonstrates how to install and configure three different plugins: WP Mobile Detector, which automatically detects the visitor's mobile device type and displays an auto-formatted theme; WPtouch, which transforms a site into an iPhone application-style theme with just a few clicks; and the WordPress Mobile Pack toolkit for making more fine-tuned adjustments. Morten also covers modifying the appearance of the mobile site and tracking its analytics and other stats. This course offers a variety of ways to get a stylish and nimble mobile site up and running quickly, without having to edit any code.
- Installing and activating plugins
- Configuring mobile themes
- Switching themes on the fly
- Tracking analytics
- Customizing menus
- Sending push notifications
Customizing the menu with icons
When you have just installed WPtouch on your site and you open it on your mobile device and you use the dropdown at the very top, you'll see that you have three main items on the Menu, Home, RSS Feed, and Email. Next to that, unless you deactivated them, you have a list of tags and a list of categories. But nowhere in this interface do you have links to all the different pages on your site, which is probably something you want to have in the menu. The reason why you don't see all your pages on the menu right away is because the creators of WPtouch know that not everyone wants to display all their pages in the menu.
There can be many reasons for this, for example, if you're using one page as the blog page and another page as the front page. If you want to customize the menu, you need to go to the WPtouch Admin Panel, and scroll all the way to the bottom. In the last option here called Logo Icon // Menu Items & Pages Icons, this is where you can customize the menu. Now I am just going to tell you outright, this is the free version of WPtouch, and it does not support the WordPress 3 Custom Menu functionality.
If you want the WordPress 3 Custom Menu functionality, you have to buy WPtouch Pro. But even with WPtouch as the free version you still can control it to quite an extent. Let's just ignore the first option for now and go down to this list. Here off the top, you can Enable the Home Menu item in the menu. And as you saw by default, the three you have is Home, RSS and Email. This is where you can enable or disable any one of these. For instance, I don't want a button so people can send me an email, so I am going to turn that off, and I also don't want the Home Menu items so I am going to turn that off.
And I will explain why in a second. The next thing you can do is decide if you want the menu to be ordered based on name or page ID. So I am going to Name because name and page ID pretty much are the same thing, it's going to end up being fairly random. And then below here, you can select what pages you want to show in the menu. The reason why I don't want to show the homepage is because the homepage is actually just one of these pages. And for the mobile user, I want that page to say Welcome to KinetECOInc. So I am going to activate this page, I also want to activate Product Sampling, and Contact, and Blog.
I am going to leave About, Company Structure, and KinetECO Executives blank. Now I will Save the Options, if we scroll back down again, almost all the way to the bottom, you will see we have the Default & Custom Icon Pool or the plug-in ships with a set of icons that you can use, including that Admin icon the cog, and social icons and things like that. And you can also upload your own icons if you want to. So what I am going to do here is Upload an Icon that I created, it's right here, and that icon is added to the pool.
Once the icon is uploaded, I can now use it and assign it to anyone of my menu items. But to do so, I have to refresh my page first so that these dropdown menus have the new icon. So I will go and Save Options scroll down again to the bottom, and now at the bottom of my dropdown list, I have KinetECO icon that I can select. So I will select that for all of my pages first and Save it.
And activate the dropdown, and now you see that my new custom icon appears next to all these items. But I want to go step further and assign icons that make sense compared to what those different buttons are. So I will go down and look at my icon sets again. And I see that I have a Blog button, and I have a Contact button. So I want to use icons that make more sense for that. So I am going to use these Notes for the blog and the Contacts button for the contact. So I will scroll down again, go to Blog, and find the one that's called Notes and then find Contacts, and use the one that's called Contacts, Save the Options again, and when I use the menu, you will see that we now have icons that clearly indicate what these different sections are.
That way we're creating an experience that is very akin to what people are used to when they use mobile devices. Now we have Iconography that clearly indicates where they're going let me click on the different buttons. Because this is the free version of WPtouch, what you're seeing here is barely scratching the surface of what is possible. If you go to the web site to look at what is possible, you can see that while we are now at the free version-- which has pretty much all red Xs-- all the pro versions have a lot more functionality, so it's well worth taking a look at what you can do when you upgrade to WPtouch Pro.
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