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About customizing the menus

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You can customize the top, main, and left menus. You can also add submenus to the main and left menus (but not the top menu). The main menu’s submenu appears when you move your mouse over a button, but the right menu’s submenu only appears if you reconfigure how the site displays content.

When configuring menus, you can choose a variety of options. The most common menu link options are to add a link to an external website, to a single article, or to all articles in sections or categories explained in the following sections.

Add a link to an external website

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An external link points to a Web site outside of your country site. For example, you might want to add a link to FamilySearch. To add an external link to a menu:

  1. Click Menus and select the menu where you want to add the link. In this case, Main Menu.
  2. Click the New button in the upper-right corner.
  3. Click External Link.
  4. Complete the Title and Link fields. (The Alias field isn’t relevant here.)
  5. In the Display In drop-down box, select the menu where you want the link to appear.
  6. In the last section, select whether you want the link to open in a new window or not, and whether you want the browser buttons to appear.
  7. Click Save.

Add a link to a single article

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When you add a link to a single article, the text of that article appears in full when users click the menu item. To add an article link:

  1. Click Menus and select the menu where you want to add the link.
  2. Click the New button in the upper-right corner.
  3. Click Article and then select Article Layout.
  4. In the title field, type the name of the menu item.
  5. If you want a custom URL, type it in the Alias field.
  6. Next to Parent Item, select where you want the link to display. If you select top, it appears on the top level.
  7. In the Parameters (Basic) section on the right, click Select and choose the article.
  8. Click Save.

Add Links to all articles in sections or categories

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You can configure the display so that all the articles in a section or category appear when a user clicks a menu item. You can also set how many columns the articles should be divided into. Here’s that same list in a two columns. And again in three columns.

In addition to specifying the columns and the number of articles that appear in the columns, you can set the number of articles that appear in full at the top, before the columns. These links are referred to as Leading.

You can also set the number of articles that appear after the columns. These articles are referred to as Links because they display as links, without any text excerpt.

As for terminology, the category and section Blog Layouts show the text of the article in the arrangement you specify, whereas the category List Layout shows only the article titles.

To add links to articles in sections or categories:

  1. Click Menus and select the menu where you want to add the link.
  2. Click the New button in the upper-right corner.
  3. Click Articles.
  4. Select either Section Blog Layout or Category Blog Layout, depending on whether you want to show articles from a section or category:
    • For section articles, click Articles > Section > Section Blog Layout.
    • For category articles, click Article > Category> Category Blog Layout.
  5. Add a title for the link.
  6. To specify a custom URL for the menu item, type one in the Alias field.
  7. In the Display in drop-down box, select where the menu should appear.
  8. If you want the menu item to be a child item under another menu, select it from the Parent Item box.
  9. In the Parameters (Basic) section on the right and complete the following:
    1. Select the section or category of articles you want to appear.
    2. Select whether you want the category description and image to appear in the display.
    3. Select how you want the articles displayed by adding values in the following:
      • Leading is the number of articles that appear in full display at the top.
      • Intro refers to the number of articles that appear with text shown (rather than listed as links at the bottom).
      • Columns are the number of columns to divide the article display into. (With 2 columns, you have to make sure each paragraph intro (before the Read More link) is about the same.)
      • Links are the number of remaining articles to display as links (without text).
  10. Click Save.

Note: You can always change the type of menu later by clicking Change Type on the menu edit details page.


Create a submenu under a menu item

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You can create submenus for both the main and left menus (but not for the top menu). The submenu for the main navigation appears when you move your mouse over a button. For example, when you move your mouse over the Church Organization button, you see several submenu items.

The submenu for the left menu appears after you click a link. However, the left menu is hidden in the default template’s configuration (because the page displays in full width), but I’ll show you how to can make it visible again in a later tutorial.

To add a link to a submenu:

  1. Click Menus and select the menu where you want to add the submenu. Only the Main Menu or the Left Menu can have submenus.
  2. If the menu item that you want to be a submenu isn’t already present, add it using any of the three methods described in the other sections -- as an external link, as an article layout, or as a category or section blog layout.
  3. Click the menu item to view its details.
  4. In the Parent Item section, select the parent for the item.
  5. Click Save.

Note: You aren’t limited to just two submenu levels. You can create as many submenu levels as you need, such as a parent > child > subchild > sub-subchild > sub-sub-subchild menus.


Make the left menu persistent throughout the site

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By default, the current configuration of the template shows the left menu (also known as the navigation menu) only when you’re on the home page. However, you can make the left menu persistent regardless of where you are on the site through one small adjustment to the menu selection for the module.

To make the left menu persistent:

  1. Go to Extensions > Module Manager.
  2. Click the Left Navigation Menu module.
  3. In the Menu Assignment section, select All.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Now when you refresh the page, you can see that the Left Menu remains constant in the Left position regardless of where you click on the site.
  6. You can also add submenu items to the Left Navigation Menu now. The submenus will appear when you click a link.
  7. To make the right menu persistent, select one of the modules that appears in the Right position (such as Mormon Messages) and change its Menu Assignment to All as well.
This page was last modified on 7 January 2010, at 16:56.

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