Adding Custom Menu Items

We were asked the question of how to link from the navigation bar to a page that's not on your website. You basically need to create a custom menu item to link out to your intended destination. As long as it has a url, a page address, you can put a link to it on your menu bar.

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Why you might need to do this:

  • to link directly to your facebook, linkedin or Pinterest profiles
  • to link directly to a highly relevant pdf embedded on someone else's site
  • to save people having to go through several steps to get to the desired link
  • to link to another very relevant site you own
  • the galleries on some themes have a url but will not display as optimally on it's own page

The navigation bar is for your most relevant and important pages and links. If you're deciding if you should put a link on the navigation bar or not, 'less is more',  is usually a good rule of thumb. If it falls neatly under another more relevant category you can always just make it a child page of the more important parent page.


About Alistair McBride

Al is the non-techie of the SelfAssemblySites' founding duo. His first businesses were in cultural tours, then later art dealing and consulting. He was SelfAssemblySites' first user and believes if he can do it, anyone can.

He has a wide and diverse range of interests and passions, core of which are usually art, psychology and innovation, and works on both profit and non-profit projects.

Alistair truly believes that a website can be a catalyst to making any idea reality in the 21st Century. You can create all sorts of non-profit and for profit projects take-off with a good website as your launch pad.

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