Navigation Menus and Labels Explained

I get a lot of questions about navigation menus, so I thought I'd write up a post about what they are and what you can or cannot do with them. If you've been blogging for a while, some of this might seem like basic information, but if you're new to blogging, then you might want to pay close attention.

When you purchase one of my designs, they each come with a matching navigation menu and I'll ask you to provide me with what you want there. Simply put: with your navigation menu, I need the title and the link. The title is what it says, and the link is what URL it's going to. For example:


In the above example, 'Home', 'FAQs' and 'Purchase' are the titles and the following URLs are the links. If I click on 'Home' it will take me to With your navigation menu, you can link to pretty much anything. The links can go to:
  1. A static page (a page where you can edit what the content says and control what's there. It will stay exactly as you have it until you next edit that page). If you don't know how to make a static page, you can read my tutorial here.
  2. Any outside blog or website (for example, your business website or your Facebook page)
  3. A post on your blog (so, if you once wrote a post that you want to highlight)
  4. A label on your blog (this one is a little more complicated, so forgive me for the longer explanation - Let's say you often write blog posts that are tutorials on a certain subject. It would make sense for you to label that post with the tag 'tutorials', as this blog post you're currently reading is labeled. Labels are sometimes called 'tags' or 'categories'. While you're composing your blog post, you'll see an option in the right hand bar that says 'Labels' and you'll want to input your label there. Once you've labeled a certain post, you can link to all the posts with that label, and every time you write a post with that label, it will automatically show up at the top of that 'page'. Just know, labels are very sensitive. Misspelled words and plurals of words create new, different labels. For example, if I labeled this post 'Tutorial' (singular) instead of 'Tutorials' (plural) this post would not show up with the 'Tutorials' URL. If you want to see an example of this in action, try clicking on my label for tutorials. To get the URL for your labels, go to a post with that label, at the bottom of the post you'll see the place where your labels are and you'll want to click that label. Your URL should look something like this:
  5. Your email address (when they click on it, it will open up a new window of their email with your address automatically in the 'To:' field and they can send you an email)
  6. Your RSS feed (this lets people subscribe to your blog, so an appropriate title would be something like 'Subscribe')
Basically, your navigation menu can link to anything you want. If you are using the static pages option, and you delete or add a page, it won't automatically change the link or title in your navigation menu. If you are interested, I have tutorial on how to change the links in your navigation menu. Just know - when I input your navigation menu, I make sure it's all centered properly. If you go in later and change the titles listed there (like adding a new one or deleting one) then it might make your navigation menu look slightly different.

I hope that clears some things up. Let me know if you have any questions!


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