Managing Menus

The Menu Manager tool allows you to manage the way users navigate through your site. Your website template will come with an example menu configuration, but it is completely customizable to meet your specific needs. Menus are a little different on each template, but here is an example on a Small Farm Central site:

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  Figure 1. Menu on a Small Farm Central Website

In this example, “The Experience” tab is considered a "Top-level Menu Title". The other Top-level Menu Titles you can see in the screenshot are: "Main", "Our Products", "Interact" and "Sell". These are highlighted by a yellow box. The line of Top-level Menu Titles sits in the "navigation bar" of your website, as this is how users will navigate through your website to find the content that you have created. Listed under each of these title are "Menu Items" which serve as links to pages on your website. Rolling over one of the Top-level Menu Titles with your mouse will drop down the list of Menu Items placed under that title. In this example, the Menu Items listed under "The Experience" are:

  · Backyard Garden
  · Event Calendar
  · Farm Slideshow
  · News & Blog
  · Orchards
  · Photo Gallery
  · Staff

These Menu Items are highlighted by a blue box in the screenshot above.

It may be helpful to think of Top-level Menu Titles as the main categories of content for your website. Menu Items are then appropriately organized into each of these main categories. Think about how your user will find things on the website. For example, if a user was looking for your online store, they would look in the "Sell" category. If they wanted to find out how to volunteer, they would go to the "Interact" tab.

Top-level Menu Titles

To edit the Top-level Menu Titles and the Menu Item links under those titles, visit the Menu Manager by
logging in to your Control Panel and navigating to:

  Administrate > Menu Manager

The first section lets you change the name of the Top-level Menu Titles. You can also delete Titles and add new Titles, but be careful when doing so as not all templates can support additional Top-level Menu Titles. If you try to delete a title that has Menu Items listed under it, you will receive an error message stopping you from doing so. To delete a Top-level Menu Title, make sure to move the Menu Items to another title, you can do this in the next section.

Another option to adjust in this section is the "Weight" feature. We will discuss Weight later on in this article. When you are done with your adjustments in this section, click the Submit Changes button.

Menu Items

Scroll down to see the Menu Items settings section. Here is where you can change the names of your Menu Items as well as move their position under the Top-level Menu Titles. You can also write a description, which will show up at the top of the page, or disable a page by un-checking the "Enable" box. Disabled pages will be highlighted in pink.

Another option to adjust in this section is the "Weight" feature. We will discuss Weight later on in this article. When you are done with your adjustments in this section, click the Submit Changes button.

New Menu Items

The last section allows you to create a new menu item. Use this form only to add menu items that link somewhere outside of your site, like to an external blog, a farming organization, etc. For new pages on your website, create them using the tools under "Create Content". New pages will automatically be added to your navigation menu.

Weight

In the Small Farm Central Control Panel, the Weight setting determines the order that certain items will be listed. In this case, it will determine the order in which you Top-level Menu Titles will appear from left to right in your navigation bar and the order in which your Menu Items will appear from top to bottom under each title.

The concept of Weight is as follows: lower or "lighter" weights will float items to the top or front of a list, while larger or "heavier" weights will sink items to the bottom or back of a list. Weight values are between -10 and 10. So a positive 10 (10) is the heaviest weight while and negative 10 (-10) is the lightest weight.

For example, if you wanted an item to show up at the very top of the list, you would set a weight of -10. If you wanted an item to show up at the very bottom of the list, you would select a weight of 10.

Here is an example of a weighted list with their respective weights in the order that the list would appear:

  Feather (-10)
  Apple (-5)
  Melon (-1)
  Bowling Ball (6)
  Tractor (9)

For another example, the screenshot below shows the list of Menu Items from our previous example and the weights that they are assigned so that they show up in order under the Top-level Menu Title The Experience .

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  Figure 2. Weighted Menu Items

Assign or adjust the Weights of your Top-level Menu Titles and Menu Items to put these tabs in the order that you want them to appear on your website. Click on the Submit Changes button when you are finished and then visit your public site to make sure that your navigation bar reflects your changes.

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