Navigation Menus

Keep these tips and best practices in mind when you’re organizing how your pages appear in the site navigation.

Show/hide pages

Want to include a page in your left or top navigation? Click “Provide menu link” when you’re saving the page, and pick the best placement under “Parent.” If you want to hide the page from the menu, don’t check this box.

Top menus

Avoid adding too many pages to the top menu bar, as this can be overwhelming for users. Instead, limit your main categories on the top, and use relevant sub-pages underneath those categories.

Reorganizing menus

You can make quick adjustments to your menu order by going to Structure (in the top bar); Menus / Main Menu - Edit Menu. Click the arrow/crosshairs icon and drag the page into its proper place, then hit “Save.”

Note: Once you save a page in a certain place on the website, and then decide to move it elsewhere, make sure to manually edit and save the new URL based on the new location in the structure. Drupal does not do this automatically.

Content hierarchy

Think about your primary audiences, as well as their main goals and priorities on your site. Organize pages according to how visitors will look for it, not based on your internal structure.

Page titles

Keep section and page names simple, clear and concise. This will not only help users navigate your site; it will also help optimize your search engine results.

Hiding menus

Want to route content on your live website, before making it "officially public"? By disabling menus, you can hide the content from site visitors, while still sending live links for internal review.