The menu is where it all begins. A drinks menu, a wine list, the speciality beers. The main menu that describes the starters, the soups and salads and the main courses so deliciously and if you can fit it in, the desert menu with the decadent chocolate cake that’s so hard to turn down.

So it is with your website, the menu tells users where to find what they are looking for and helps them navigate to that webpage. And just like a restaurant there are different types of menus or rather, different places you can have a menu show.

Here we’ll explain the main types of menus, their purpose and where they are usually found.

 

  • Main Menu – the main menu (r sometimes called the “primary” or “header” menu) is generally located at the top of the website and shows the main navigational options of the website, such as “about us”, “services”, “shop”, “contact us” and so on. The main menu also contains any pages that come under those main navigational items. For example, under “services” may come a listing of services that a website offers. Under “shop” may come a category of things to shop from.
  • Secondary Menu – This is a menu sometimes found at the very top of a website. This generally has contact details, social media links and can sometimes have additional options like “login” or “register” if your website has those options. Here is a pictures that shows both menus: 
  • Footer Menu – This is generally another menu found in the footer (the bottom section of a website). The footer menu can be used to highlight a specific set of pages, for example a list of the services you offer. It can have links to information pages that you do not have on your main menu. For example a terms and conditions page or privacy policy page.
  • Side Menu – This is a menu found on the side of any webpage. This can be used to layout the entire main menu (newly) so that visitors can easily navigate around the website without having to scroll back to the top and it can be used to list other links. For example a lot of blog pages will show a list of recently published blog posts as well as other categories of blog posts available. Any menu found on the side of a web page is a side menu. 

Now that you know the different types of menus les take a look at editing these menus. WordPress makes it very easy to edit the menus. To begin,click here to see how you can add a page to the main menu of your website.