Trying to create a sub-menu, but it is not working

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  • #3106357

    anonsmithe
    Member

    There is no longer have the function of creating a sub-menu?
    I’m trying to create a sub-menu (category) under a menu category I already created on my new site. It used to be easy, now I can’t even find anything for that. Even the help sections don’t talk about it anymore. The closest thing I got was a stupid video I can’t even watch (and it is way too fast), that shows how to re-order menu items, but I have to create the sub-menu first and there is no way I can see to do that.
    Example: I am using the “Lovecraft” theme or whatever the hell the name is. I made a custom menu fine. Now I want to add a sub-menu under the menu category titled, “Tools for music connection”, but I can’t do that in the customizer anymore. I used to be able to select the menu item I wanted to create a sub-menu under and do it easy-peasy, now there is no way to do it?
    I really wish you would stop messing with things that were not broken and easy for people to use!
    I have my new site hidden and private to protect it while I work on it. I don’t know if you will be able to access it, but you may not need to to answer this question. Let me know if you do and what I need to do as long as it does not involve public.

    Thank you

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

    #3106358

    catkiinson
    Staff

    Hi,

    The menu options for a theme are limited to those described in the theme guide. The Lovecraft theme guide can be found here: https://wordpress.com/theme/lovecraft/

    You may also like to read through the “3. Organize your menu and add sub-menus / drop-down menus” section of the Custom Menus support document: https://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#3-organize-your-menu

    Specifically:

    “Click the left/right arrows to add or remove an item from a sub-menu / drop-down menu.”

    Hope this helps :)

    #3106359

    anonsmithe
    Member

    ARRGH! Clicking on the arrow only makes things disappear!

    I’m trying to ADD a sub-menu, not remove one!

    I am so frustrated! It took a whole month just to create the domain!!
    Why is WordPress making things so difficult now?!!

    #3106360

    anonsmithe
    Member

    The them I am using supports sub-menus

    #3106361

    anonsmithe
    Member

    The instructions say nothing about what I am trying to do. That video is unwatchable!

    #3106363

    catkiinson
    Staff

    Sorry to hear that this is a difficult problem. Can I direct you further down the support page:
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#3-organize-your-menu

    To the section “3. Organize your menu and add sub-menus / drop-down menus”

    Which provides a

      slowed down

    clip from the video specific to submenu creation.

    Here is a screenshot: https://snag.gy/obadXL.jpg

    Let me know if this assists you.

    #3106364

    catkiinson
    Staff

    Apologies, I had some formatting issues with that reply.

    #3106365

    anonsmithe
    Member

    Yes, this is exactly what I just tried, but the “add” button goes grey and the menu I am trying to add a sub-menu to disappears.

    #3106366

    anonsmithe
    Member

    I don’t understand. Are sub-menus not supported in the Lovecraft theme? It says it supports custom menus.

    #3106368

    anonsmithe
    Member

    I think there is something wrong with WordPress itself frankly. This should work as stated.

    #3106369

    anonsmithe
    Member

    I want to create a dropdown menu under two of my menu titles.

    #3106370

    catkiinson
    Staff

    Hi,

    For example:
    – I create a page for the item I would like to have in the sub menu. Site Pages > Add. Then Publish.
    – In the Dashboard I view Customizing > Menus.
    – Select the Menu I wish to add to.
    – Then click “Add items”
    – Select the new page you just created – it will appear on the left with your existing menu items
    – Drag it underneath the menu item you would like it to be a sub item for
    – Then click “Reorder”
    – Click the Right Arrow (>) next to the new page you created
    – Click Done
    – Publish

    The Dashboard will refresh and this should now make it part of a submenu.

    #3106372

    anonsmithe
    Member

    For example:
    – I create a page for the item I would like to have in the sub menu. Site Pages > Add. Then Publish.
    – In the Dashboard I view Customizing > Menus.
    – Select the Menu I wish to add to.
    – Then click “Add items”
    – Select the new page you just created – it will appear on the left with your existing menu items
    – Drag it underneath the menu item you would like it to be a sub item for
    – Then click “Reorder”
    – Click the Right Arrow (>) next to the new page you created
    – Click Done
    – Publish

    The Dashboard will refresh and this should now make it part of a submenu.

    I’m still confused here. Are you saying I first need to create something? I don’t want to create a page. I want to create a category to place under a menu category as a dropdown and then put posts or whatever in that. I can’t create a page first, that is backwards to me. I do not want a page. I want an empty sub-menu under a menu category and I will add to that sub-menu later.
    Also, I can not “drag and drop” things, that only leads to big trouble in my experience.

    I’m beginning to think what I want to do, which is what I did in my other site 3 years ago is no longer available. WordPress is known for eliminating the most useful things and making changes nobody understands.

    #3106375

    catkiinson
    Staff

    Hi,

    You don’t need to necessarily create a page, but you do need to create the category you wish to see as the sub menu. You can add to this later, as you wish.

    – In your Dashboards, go to Settings
    – Click on Writing
    – Click on Categories
    – Add New Category (to create the empty item you have mentioned)
    – Here, if you wish, you can disable the Top level Category toggle to make this item a sub-category.
    – If so, select which category you will have as it’s parent

    – Then in your Dashboard go to Customize > Menus
    – Select the menu you wish to add to
    – Click Add Items
    – Scroll down to Categories and select the new item you created
    – Click Reorder
    – Use the up arrow (^) to move this item under the menu item you wish to be its parent
    – Click the right arrow (>) to indent it and make it a submenu
    – Click Done
    – Publish

    This will create an empty category (without dragging and dropping) as a submenu that you can add to later.

    #3106379

    anonsmithe
    Member

    Hi,

    You don’t need to necessarily create a page, but you do need to create the category you wish to see as the sub menu. You can add to this later, as you wish.

    – In your Dashboards, go to Settings
    – Click on Writing
    – Click on Categories
    – Add New Category (to create the empty item you have mentioned)
    – Here, if you wish, you can disable the Top level Category toggle to make this item a sub-category.
    – If so, select which category you will have as it’s parent

    – Then in your Dashboard go to Customize > Menus
    – Select the menu you wish to add to
    – Click Add Items
    – Scroll down to Categories and select the new item you created
    – Click Reorder
    – Use the up arrow (^) to move this item under the menu item you wish to be its parent
    – Click the right arrow (>) to indent it and make it a submenu
    – Click Done
    – Publish

    This will create an empty category (without dragging and dropping) as a submenu that you can add to later.

    Ah, this is a different approach to it, but may work in light of the fact that the old way of doing what I want to do, which was easier is gone.
    I will give this a try.

    Yes, I leave that Top Level Category” thing off. I smelled train wreck when I saw that thing.

    Thank you, I will give this a try.

    If this works I will have one more curious question about copying posts from one site to another, but first things first.

    #3106380

    catkiinson
    Staff

    Wonderful :) Let me know if this process works, anonsmithe.

    If you have a different question, feel free to add it as a new post in the forum so we can address it separately. Thank you.

    #3106905

    anonsmithe
    Member

    Wonderful :) Let me know if this process works, anonsmithe.

    If you have a different question, feel free to add it as a new post in the forum so we can address it separately. Thank you.

    Yes, it worked and I even did it a bit different. You helped me figure out where I was being thrown. I use the old dashboard for a number of things because they are not available in the new dashboard. For instance, I can’t write in the new dashboard at all, it is like it is for phones or something. I’m on a PC.
    On the flip side, there are things I use in the new dashboard that are easier than the old one such as a few admin things, menu creation and management is one of them.

    So what I did was just went into “Customize” then “Menu” and “Add” then chose “Category” and edited the name. It pops up as a separate menu item and that is where I was getting confused.
    But now I see about the little arrows and such and it works!
    I’m not sure I like it better than the old way, but now that I have it figured out, it is not so hard. I wish the instructions in the Help section were a bit more clear, but you helped me figure it out and now I nearly have my menu the way I want.
    Thank you.

    #3106906

    anonsmithe
    Member

    Thank you for all your help on this.

    #3106907

    catkiinson
    Staff

    You’re welcome, anonsmithe! Thank you for sharing how it worked for you. I’m glad to have been of help :)

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