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Editing Menus and Navigation

Menu Manager

Typically speaking, you should make very few changes to the menu navigation. Your menu navigation needs to remain user-friendly and as…

Typically speaking, you should make very few changes to the menu navigation. 

Your menu navigation needs to remain user-friendly and as streamlined as possible, when it's changed frequently it can become unhelpful or confusing to your users. Plus, there may be horizontal spatial limitations on how many menu options are optimal on the top of your website. Attempts to edit it without careful work can cause issues and broken links. When in doubt, contact us.

All that being said, sometimes you'll want to make some minor changes. To access the Menu navigation and understand its structure, go to Menus > Main Menu or click Menus from the Control Panel. From here, you can add or delete options, but setting up menu items requires having already created the content. For full instructions on how to add Items to your menu see the sections below.

If you need help making adjustments (i.e. adding an item or deactivating an item), you can contact Third Sun Support at  with your request.

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Adding to a Menu From the Menu Manager

While we don't recommend changing menu items often, or adding/removing tons, sometimes adding to a menu is necessary. Here's how…

While we don't recommend changing menu items often, or adding/removing tons, sometimes adding to a menu is necessary. Here's how to add them using the Menu Manager. You can only add things to a menu (like Items) that are already created, so once they are created you can follow the steps below. 

1. Navigate to the Menu Manager from your Control Panel by clicking the Menus shortcut button (if you have one), or selecting Menus from the top navigation bar. 

menus select

2. From the Menus page, click the green 'New' button in the top left corner. Then a page will open where you can add details for the new menu item you're adding. Add a Title, oftentimes this is the same title as the page you're adding like "Who We Are" or "Contact Us". You don't need to add a Title Alias -- these are created automatically. Next, where it says 'Menu Item Type' click 'Select'. You'll see a popup like this: 

Menu item type

3. Most often you will be adding a K2 Item, so the next steps are for adding a K2 Item. Click 'K2', and then click 'Item'. You'll now have the option to Select Item:

menu select item

4. Then you can use the search box or Select category to find the correct Item. Once you've found it, click on it:

select menu item

5. Then, lastly you'll select where you want this menu to appear, in this case we want 'Contact Us' to appear in the dropdown menu under About on our Main Menu. So, we make sure the Main Menu is selected, then select 'About' as the Parent Item:

menu parent item

Here's a diagram showing an example of how it looks on a site once saved, you can see 'Contact Us' was added under 'About': 

add to menu 3

If you don't want your item to go underneath another Main Menu item, and would like it to be a Main Menu item itself (like Donate) then select 'Main Menu' as the Parent Item.

6. Save and Close to finish.

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Quick-Adding a New Page to Main Menu

While we don't recommend frequently adding to your menus, or having long menus with lots of items in the dropdown,…

While we don't recommend frequently adding to your menus, or having long menus with lots of items in the dropdown, we know that sometimes it's necessary to add to a menu. If you've created a new Item here's a quick way to add it to the main menu —this shortcut only works if the page you want to add is a K2 Item.

1. First, open up the item that you'd like to add to the menu and check that it's published. If you've just created a new item, be sure to click 'Save' before following the next steps. 

2. When you open the item (or save a new one) you'll see a button at the top that says "Add to Menu" — select it. (If you don't see this button as an option, contact us.) 

add to menu

3. Next, you'll see a window pop up that allows you to select which menu you'd like to add the Item to — you'll likely be adding it to your Main Menu, under a dropdown you already have, like About, Events, Get Involved, etc. Be sure to select which Parent Menu  you'd like it to go under, in this case you'd select 'About' and it will get added to the dropdown menu under 'About.'

add to menu 2

Here's a diagram showing an example of how it looks once saved, you can see 'Contact Us' was added under 'About': 

add to menu 3If you don't want your item to go underneath another Main Menu item, and would like it to be a Main Menu item itself (like Donate) then select 'Main Menu' as the Parent Item.

4. Once you've selected the proper menu to add to, click Save. Then close your item by clicking Save and Close.

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Using Hidden Menus for Shorter URLs

Sometimes you have a page on your site that has a long link that you'd like to shorten. This is…

Sometimes you have a page on your site that has a long link that you'd like to shorten. This is handy when you want something short and snappy like in a flyer, or just for an easier time remembering for frequently used URLs like donation pages or online shops. 

For example, we have a portfolio page on our side project, the Utah Ale Trail, because it's in our Work category on our site the URL is https://thirdsun.com/work/utah-ale-trail. If we want to type that quickly to share in an email or tell a friend about it, that URL is a little long. To shorten it, we create what's called a Hidden Menu item. Here's how: 

1. From your top navigation bar select Menus > Hidden > Add New Menu Item. add hidden menu

2. The next steps are almost identical to steps 2-4 outlined here: https://thirdsun.com/help-docs/editing-menus-and-navigation/adding-to-a-menu-from-the-menu-manager, but your Title should be the same as the new short URL ending you'd like. In our case we want the new URL to end /beer, so the title is "Beer". Don't add a Title Alias — this is generated automatically based on the Title you gave, and then your short URL is created from the Title Alias. Follow the rest of steps 2-4 as outlined in the link above to select your desired Item.

3. Once your item is selected, you don't need to follow any more steps from that page. In our case we selected the Item "Utah Ale Trail". Your page should look similar to this:

hidden menu

4. Once you've got your Item selected, Save and Close. You'll return to the main Hidden Menus screen, and should see a message at the top in a green box that says "Message: Menu item saved." 

5. Try out your new URL! It will be your main website address followed by a / and then the title of your Hidden Menu item, so we'd type in www.thirdsun.com/beer, and voila —  a shorter URL for sharing our page!

 

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