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WordPress® All-in-One For Dummies® by Michael Torbert, Andrea Rennick, Kevin Palmer, Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Including Custom Navigation Menus

Navigational menus are vital parts of your site's design. They tell your site visitors where to go and how to access important information or areas on your site. The Menus feature released in WordPress 3.0 was an extremely significant addition to the already powerful software that allowed greater control over the navigational areas.

Similar to the way the drag-and-drop WordPress Widgets feature enables users to tweak areas of their sites without having to know a lot of code, the new Menus feature offers an easy way to add and reorder a variety of navigational links to your site, as well as create secondary menu bars (if your theme offers multiple menu areas).

Additionally, the Menus feature improved WordPress further by allowing users to easily create more traditional Web sites, which sometimes need multiple and more diverse navigational areas than a typical blog layout uses or needs.

Twenty Ten comes with the appropriate code in the navigation menus that make use of this robust feature. (By default, Twenty Ten offers only one menu navigation area to include a custom menu.)

To create a new navigation menu in Twenty Ten, follow these steps:

  1. In the WordPress Dashboard, click AppearanceimageMenus.

    The Menus page loads in your Dashboard.

  2. Enter a menu name in the Menu Name field and then click Create Menu, as shown in Figure 1-11.

    After you create your new ...

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