Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Configuring widgets and menus, part of Start with a Theme: Magazine Styles in WordPress.
The widgets and menu settings in the Path theme are very similar to those in the Oxygen theme. If you look at the Menus first, I'll go to my Dashboard, you see that under Theme Locations, we have a Primary menu, a Secondary menu, and a Subsidiary menu. So just like before, I'll assign my menu to the Primary menu and click Save. Then we'll take a look at the site and see where that menu ends up. When we reload the page, you see that the menu appears up here at the very top of the page.
Because it's at the very top of the page, it gives people a general impression that what's in this menu is very meta content, meaning you should only put things that are kind of about the page rather than the actual content in this menu. So putting things like Advertise, Contact and About in this Primary menu, makes sense, but putting category links and stuff like that in the menu, does not make sense. The Secondary menu appears where you would expect a regular menu to appear, under the title of the site.
So this is where I would put menu items that link directly to content in the site. For example, if I wanted to have a link to my Archives or rather my blog, I would put it in this menu. So I'll go back, find Categories, scroll down and then find the Archive page. Now you'll remember the Archive page is the one that's currently pointing out the blog and then I'll save this menu. Now when people come to the site and click on Archive, they get the blog.
The Subsidiary menu is the menu in the Footer. So if you scroll down to the Footer, you'll see currently there is no menu here, but if I activate the Subsidiary menu, save it and reload the page, you'll see that just as with the Header, the Footer menu is all the way down here and is detached from the rest of the content. This means, again, you should only add stuff that's really meta to the overall site in this menu, because it's disassociated from the rest of the content.
So this is where I would put things like an About page or information about the team or the authors or a Contact page. If you jump to the Widgets section, you see that the widgets are much the same way as they were in Oxygen. You have a Primary widget area, which you can find if you go the Front page, it's right here on the side. You also have a Secondary widgetized area and the Secondary widgetized area appears directly under the Primary one.
You also have a widgetized area, After Singular, and if we place something in here, for example, a Calendar and then go to a single post, scroll down, you'll see that that widgetized area appears underneath the post before the comments. That means this widgetized area would be great to use for advertising, or for a plug-in like the yet another related post plug-in that inserts links to related posts.
You have another such widgetized area that's called Before Content. If I grab the Calendar and move it down to Before Content and then Reload the Front page, you'll see that this area appears directly underneath the slider on the front page, and it also will appear before any content. This widgetized area would be great if you wanted to add extra navigation through the Custom Navigation menu, or if you wanted to add advertising.
The final widgetized area, the Subsidiary area, is the footer widgets, and like the name suggests, they appear in the Footer. So if I reload my page now and scroll all the way down, you'll see the Calendar appears in the Footer. And if you add several widgets to the footer, they will stack one next to the other.
- Adding content
- Providing roles and access levels for multiple authors
- Setting up an about page and a contact form
- Installing and activating each theme
- Customizing themes
- Using custom Max Magazine widgets
- Setting up the Oxygen front page
- Configuring widgets and menus in Path
- Getting the word out with social media sharing