If your website has many pages, not all of them need to appear in the main navigation. You may wish to have your visitors navigate through other pages of your site to find related content. This tutorial is going to show you how to use the Page Manager function to improve the navigation of your website. If you've chosen a template from the Premium Styles, you'll have access to these second-level submenus.
Step 1: Decide on your categories
The first step is to decide what your pages are going to be and how they are going to be grouped together. For this lesson, we'll use Vacation in Rome and make a subpage for each of the four tours offer on this website: Cooking, Country, Dining, Historical.
Step 2: Create your pages
Create new pages by clicking on Page and then clicking on the green "+". Enter the name of your page and page heading.
I am now going to create all the pages for my site. This website is going to have a total of 17 pages. Look how the navigation bar might look with all 17 pages. If this was a very large company, you can see how it would be very confusing to your visitors, as they have no way of know what page to go to first! Something must be done...
Step 3: Use the Page Manager to organize your pages
To organize your pages in the navigation, do the following:
- On the top menu bar, click on Page > Navigation.
- Click on the green checkmark next to the page you'd like to remove from your navigation (it will become a red "X"). This hides the page from your navigation menu.
- Drag and drop your pages vertically to get them in the right order.
- Click "OK".
Now only Home, About Us, Tours, Testimonials, Miscellaneous and Packages are going to appear in my navigation.
Step 4: Create your links
The only step that remains is to create links between your pages. These are the steps:
- I'm on my Tours Page, I've already enter the text, so I just need to highlight the text that I want to make into a link.
- On the Text Editing Toolbar, click "Link" button (looks like a chainlink with the word "Link" beside it).
- In the Link Editor dialog box, browse for the page you want to link to and click "OK".
Do this for all the pages in your site. You will then have a well-organized site with a clear hierarchy that will help your visitors find the information they are looking for.