How Can I Create A Child Page or Dropdown Menu?

Option #1: Use Custom Menus for Greater Flexibility

Although using custom menus adds an extra step to menu management, we recommend using them for the additional flexibility.

  • Overview. Pages will no longer appear automatically on your menu. You must go to Appearance > Menus > create a menu > add the pages you want, and drag and drop to arrange. Return to add new pages to your menu later.
  • Header and Footer menus. You can now create header and footer menus. Set your header menu to "Primary". If you want a footer menu, create another menu and set it to "footer."
  • Sub-menu items and dropdowns. You can make any page a sub menu item by dragging it under another page and indenting it a bit.
  • Ordering your menus. Drag and drop menu items to re-order them.
  • Adding links to other sites. You can add external links. Use the "Link" box - add the URL, the name of the menu item, and click create.
  • Exclude pages. To exclude pages, just leave them off the menu.

Option #2: WordPress Adds Pages to Your Menu by Default

Unless you use custom menus, WordPress will by default add all your published pages to your site menu.

  • Sub-menu items and drop-downs. You can make any page a sub menu item by giving it a "Parent." When adding or editing a page, look on the far right, under the Publish box, for 'Page Attributes' setting.
  • Ordering your menus. You can order your menu items by giving each item an "order" number. When adding or editing a page, just look on the far right for the "Order" field and enter a number. ALL pages must have an order number for this to work.
  • Adding links to other sites. You CANNOT add external links unless you use custom menus - see above.
  • Exclude pages. You can exclude pages by installing a plugin exclude pages plugin. *Because third-party plugins are developed and maintained by other developers we cannot guarantee compatibility, nor can we provide support for them.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. The drop downs do not work in chrome. Firefox and IE are ok but not chrome.

  2. The drop downs do not work in chrome. Firefox and IE are ok but not chrome.

  3. Michael,

    Could you provide a link to your site so I may view this as well?

    You might check under Pages >> Edit to be sure they are published and not saved as a draft.

    Also, check this help topic to troubleshoot other reasons your drop-downs may not be showing up.

  4. Michael,

    Could you provide a link to your site so I may view this as well?

    You might check under Pages >> Edit to be sure they are published and not saved as a draft.

    Also, check this help topic to troubleshoot other reasons your drop-downs may not be showing up.

  5. How many levels down will the hierarchy go? I want a menu>submenu>submenu format and it doesn’t seem to allow me to do that unless I am missing something. On my website, I have a menu item called Session Details, under it is a list of items, one named Locations. I created a child page under Locations called Humberland Ranch but the menu display does not show it. http://blog.faisongracephotography.com

  6. How many levels down will the hierarchy go? I want a menu>submenu>submenu format and it doesn’t seem to allow me to do that unless I am missing something. On my website, I have a menu item called Session Details, under it is a list of items, one named Locations. I created a child page under Locations called Humberland Ranch but the menu display does not show it. http://blog.faisongracephotography.com

  7. installed wordpress and your new templates but no matter what I do I cannot get pull down menus to work. I have attached them as parents to my galleries but they do not show up. here is my url: http://www.augustmillerphoto.com any help would be appreciated. august@augustmillerphoto.com

    1. August, In Dashboard/Appearance/Menus, are you sure you have a menu selected in Theme Locations? And added your pages below that and saved the menu in the upper right corner? Mark – Photocrati Tech Support

  8. installed wordpress and your new templates but no matter what I do I cannot get pull down menus to work. I have attached them as parents to my galleries but they do not show up. here is my url: http://www.augustmillerphoto.com any help would be appreciated. august@augustmillerphoto.com

    1. August, In Dashboard/Appearance/Menus, are you sure you have a menu selected in Theme Locations? And added your pages below that and saved the menu in the upper right corner? Mark – Photocrati Tech Support

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