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Menus in the 2015 UT WordPress Theme

If you’ve been using the 2012 UT WordPress Theme, you will likely find that menus in the 2015 UT WordPress Theme are by far the biggest change in how your site will be structured.

The menus are best thought of as “sections” of your site. And all of the pages of a section should go in that menu.

For example, if you have a site with pages about the creatures and places in the Land of Oz, you may have menu called places and a menu called creatures. In the places menu, you would add “Deadly Poppy Field,” “The Dainty China Country,” “Munchkin Country,” and “Emerald City.” In the creatures menu you would put “Winged Monkeys,” “Munchkins,” “Kalidahs,” “Scarecrows,” and “Squished Witches.”

The tricky part to understand is that you’re naming the menus (or sections) “Places” and “Creatures.” That doesn’t necessarily mean there is a page called “Places” or “Creatures.”

You can have up to twelve menus (sections) on your site.

Note: This document covers using the 2015 UT WordPress Theme, and covers only elements that are specific to the UT Theme. But if you need instructions on how to build menus, consult the WordPress Documentation on menu use.

Assigning Menus and Placement

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Once you have created all the menus (sections of your site) you will need to assign them to locations. In the location tab, assign them in order, beginning at the top. The menu names will now appear in the navigation rail of your site.

Note: This covers the main navigation of your site. You can still have menus unassigned and place them in a sidebar via the Menu Widget.

Menus Options

There are three modes of navigation in the UT Theme. *Flyout*, *Sideways Dropdown* and *Single Menu*. All of them are set in the WordPress Control panel in Appearance > Theme Options.

Single menu is best for small sites with no page hierarchy. Single menu lists only top level pages and forgoes any sub navigation. Set your site to Single menu by switching to Single in Menu Options.

Sideways Dropdown and Flyout are both styles of of the Multiple menu option. Set your site’s menu option to “Multiple” then choose the navigation style of your liking.

Sideways Dropdown is recommended for most sites, as it is easy for a user to understand and will seem familiar.

The Flyout Menu is recommended for sites having many layers of pages. If you have multiple menu that go three children or more deep, Flyout may be best for you.

Home Button

Having a home button on your menu is optional. If you would like to have a link to your home page in your menu, add it by checking the “Put a home button in the menu” item in Appearance > Theme Options.

Giving Link

If you are familiar with the 2012 Theme, you can take comfort in knowing the giving link behaves in exactly the same way.

There are three options:

  • Default Giving Link: Adds the words “Give to UT” to your menu with a link to giveto.utk.edu.
  • No Giving Link: Removes the giving link completely.
  • Custom Giving Link: Use your own words and add a link that targets giving to your specific department. In order to do this, you must have a custom link. For inquiries regarding this process or general questions about online giving at UT, please contact the UT Foundation.

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