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Adding menus to Skeptical Theme

  1. I am VERY new to the whole concept of blogging so this might be a silly question. I tried searching the forum but couldn't find this specific question. I would like to add different links across the top of the header for the Skeptical theme. I believe that is called a Menu but I can't tell how many menus I am allowed. The sample I see on WordPress.com has at least 3 but when I tried to add a menu, it told me the theme only allowed for one. Is there a way to add menus? I tried the Pages approach but that didn't seem to do what I wanted either. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

    The blog I need help with is makedasmusings.wordpress.com.

  2. No you can't add more than one menu and I don't believe you will actually need more that one menu, when you comprehend how they are used and what can be included in them.

    Staff have provided help for those who want to structure their blog like a website. > http://en.support.wordpress.com/using-wordpress-to-create-a-website/

    What’s critical is:
    (1) a clear comprehension of the differences between pages and posts > http://en.support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/

    (2) a clear comprehension of the fact that there is only one dynamic page in a blog for posts and we cannot post to more than that one page, but we can create the appearance that we have posted to more than one page.

    We organize our posts by assigning Categories to them. When we publish a post it automatically appears on the running page for posts and also on the Categories pages and Archives pages. Note: There must be one published post in each Category in order for there to be anything to display.

    A custom menu allows you to display Categories with drop-downs to sub-categories in tabs along the horizontal navigation where normally only Pages tabs are displayed. If you wish you can also include Pages with drop-downs to sub-pages and/or Custom Links in your custom menu as well. You are in charge of what appears in a custom menu. You choose the order in which to display any and/or all the foregoing in your custom menu. You choose which to display and which to hide. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus

    Also note that if you do not want all the posts to show on the front page, then you can create a static front page for your site, and also create a “blog” page for your posts to display on, but that’s optional.

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/pages/front-page/

    1.You add the Categories you want to display and arrange them in the order you want.

    2. Then you add and drop and drag the sub-categories below the appropriate Categories.

    3. You add the Pages you want to display and arrange them in the order you want.

    4. Then you add and drop and drag the sub-pages (child pages) below the appropriate parent Pages.

    5. You add the custom links you want to display and arrange them in the order you want.

    6. When you have everything arranged in the menu that you want you save the menu.

    7. Go to the “theme location” module at upper left on the menu page. Select your custom menu name from the pull-down labeled “primary location.” Click the save button in that module.

    8. Refresh your browser so that it isn’t possibly pulling a cached page, and view your new custom menu with Parent pages and drop-downs to sub-pages, and Categories with drop-downs to subcategories, and Custom Links.

    Troubleshooting – My menu isn’t appearing
    Go to the custom menu page in the dashboard Appearance > Menus and in the “theme location” module at upper left select your custom menu from the pull-down and then click “save”.

  3. panaghiotisadam
    Member

    @makedasmusings: When the theme says it supports one menu, it means one top nav menu, that is, one set of tabs in the header area, not one tab: each tab is a menu item, not a menu.

  4. makedasmusings
    Member

    @timethief thank you so much for taking the time to provide me with such a detailed response. It will take me a minute to read through and process all of that but I intend to go through all of it and read the links you provided so I can understand this process better. Thanks again. I really appreciate it.

    @panaghiotisadam thanks for your response as well. I'm starting to understand and what you said makes sense. It's late where I am so I will revisit all of this tomorrow.

    Thanks!

  5. @makedasmusings
    You're welcome and if you need any more help then bookmark this thread and post into it again.

  6. makedasmusings
    Member

    Okay I'm back. I'm starting to get this but I still can't accomplish what I want and maybe I want something that can't be done. I think I want to be able to assign a post to a specific page but it doesn't look as if that is an option. So my next thought was well let's just create Category Pages which run across the top navigation bar so that when a category is hit, all posts that have that category shows up. I can't seem to figure out how to create the category pages. I go to the custom menu and I add categories but they are not showing up in the top navigation bar, which is where I want them to show up. I also tried creating pages and adding those but while they show up in the navigation bar, it isn't bringing up the posts. I'm clearly missing something. Like I said I may be asking for something that cannot be done but just asking in the event I am truly missing something. I appreciate any help that can be offered. Thank you

  7. makedasmusings
    Member

    Okay I think I figured it out. You may disregard my previous post as I believe I have figured it out. Thank you :)

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