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Populating the menu with new index pages

From: Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress

Video: Populating the menu with new index pages

Now that our portfolio site has both static pages, a blog, and three custom post types, we need to add links to each of them in our menu. This is easy enough with the static pages and the Home and Blog page. But to get the custom post type index pages to appear, we have to put in the URLs manually. As you can see, by default, as we add new pages in they appear in the menu, but we want to create a custom menu for our site so that we can control it. By the way, if you're following along using the exercise files and you skipped the first movie from this chapter, you need to jump back and actually complete the first movie, because in this chapter each movie depends on the previous one.

Populating the menu with new index pages

Now that our portfolio site has both static pages, a blog, and three custom post types, we need to add links to each of them in our menu. This is easy enough with the static pages and the Home and Blog page. But to get the custom post type index pages to appear, we have to put in the URLs manually. As you can see, by default, as we add new pages in they appear in the menu, but we want to create a custom menu for our site so that we can control it. By the way, if you're following along using the exercise files and you skipped the first movie from this chapter, you need to jump back and actually complete the first movie, because in this chapter each movie depends on the previous one.

So jump back, complete movie number one, and then come back here. Since we haven't done anything to the menu yet, we're now seeing the default menu and the default menu is populated by a Home button and then a button for each of the static pages. What we need to do is create a custom menu so we can slot in the menu items we want in the order we want and with the text we want. So I'll go to WordPress Admin, go down to Appearance, and here I'll find Menus. Here I can create a new menu. So I'll call it Header Menu and then I'll assign my new header menu to as the Primary Menu, and now I can add items to my Header Menu.

First, I'll add the static pages. So I'll go View All. I'll add the Home page, the About page, the Blog page, and the Contact page. Click Add Menu and they are all added to my menu. Now, I can change the names of them, so I'll change this Welcome to Culinary Artistry. I'll cut that out and put it in as a title instead and I'll name this Home. I'll go to About and add a Title Attribute, About Culinary Artistry. I'll go to the Blog and add a Title Attribute.

The Culinary Artistry Blog. And at the bottom I'll add an attribute to Contact. It's very important that you add these title attributes, not only because it makes it more understandable for search engines, but also because when people visit the site using a non-visual browser, they'll have an easier time understanding what your menus are for. I'll click Save now just to test that my menu works.

I'll go back to the front page and reload it and you see we now have Home, About, Blog, and Contact and as I hover over them, you also see that those title attributes appear. Now, I need to add the links to the recipes index, the photos index, and the videos index. If you remember, the URL for these links was simply recipes, photos, and videos. So what I need to do is add this link in so that when you click on a button you get directed there.

So what I'm going to do is copy the link from here and then just paste it in. And then I have to give it a label. The label in this case is Recipes, and I'll click Add to Menu. Now, the link to the Recipes is added to the bottom of my menu and I can simply move it up, and then I can go in and change Title Attribute, and then I can add a link to photos, call it Photos, and also add a link to videos and call it Videos.

And like with recipes, I'll pull them up and then add Title Attributes to them. When I'm done, I click Save Menu, go back, and reload the Home page and now we have links to Home, Recipes, Photos, Videos, the About page, the Blog, and Contact.

If I click on Recipes, Photos, or Videos, I'm taken directly to the index pages for each of them. If you want to know more about how to use custom menus in WordPress and also how to add more custom menus to your theme, you should check out both the WordPress 3 Essential Training course on lynda. com and the WordPress 3: Building Child Themes course, both of which covered this topic extensively. With the menu that points to all the static pages as well as the custom post type index pages, and the blog page, we're now nearly done with our portfolio site.

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Create an Online Portfolio with WordPress

40 video lessons · 28298 viewers

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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  1. 6m 28s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 54s
    3. Using the code snippets file
      1m 36s
  2. 8m 31s
    1. What is an online portfolio?
      2m 43s
    2. Tour of the finished project
      3m 15s
    3. Setting up a WordPress development environment
      2m 33s
  3. 16m 10s
    1. Creating site architecture
      5m 1s
    2. Creating a child theme
      6m 7s
    3. Creating an external file to manage functions separately from the theme
      5m 2s
  4. 25m 26s
    1. What is a custom post type?
      2m 14s
    2. Setting up a custom post type
      6m 39s
    3. Adding advanced variables to the custom post type
      3m 35s
    4. Advanced custom post type functionalities
      4m 29s
    5. Changing the menu position of the custom post type
      3m 19s
    6. Adding a custom post type icon
      5m 10s
  5. 22m 8s
    1. What are custom taxonomies?
      3m 34s
    2. Setting up a basic custom taxonomy
      2m 52s
    3. Hooking a custom taxonomy to a post type
      3m 13s
    4. Adding advanced variables to a custom taxonomy
      3m 9s
    5. Using hierarchical and nonhierarchical custom taxonomies
      5m 54s
    6. Using custom taxonomies in admin
      3m 26s
  6. 25m 40s
    1. Populating content into the custom post types
      10m 54s
    2. Uploading videos to YouTube
      2m 22s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos in a custom post type
      4m 23s
    4. Uploading videos to WordPress
      8m 1s
  7. 39m 47s
    1. Creating custom post type templates
      6m 50s
    2. Adding taxonomy info to the custom post type template
      9m 13s
    3. Creating conditional custom taxonomy links
      4m 46s
    4. Handling multiple post type templates: Individual templates
      6m 25s
    5. Handling multiple post type templates: Consolidating everything in one file
      6m 21s
    6. Handling multiple post type templates: Making custom post types the default
      6m 12s
  8. 15m 23s
    1. Creating an index page for a custom post type
      8m 10s
    2. Creating a custom taxonomy index page
      7m 13s
  9. 12m 3s
    1. Creating a custom footer sidebar template
      6m 58s
    2. Displaying a list of links to the latest custom post type posts
      5m 5s
  10. 14m 58s
    1. Creating static pages for the front and the blog
      4m 54s
    2. Populating the menu with new index pages
      4m 52s
    3. Creating a contact page with a contact form
      5m 12s
  11. 5m 55s
    1. Including the abstraction layer in other stock themes
      5m 55s
  12. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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