You've created a new page or have a link to an external site... now you just need your site visitors to be able to find it!
To get started on making changes to your site navigation, go to the Static Content tab in the admin and click Website Navigation.
You'll see two columns displayed and an Add Manual Link button.
The items in the left column are added to the right column (main menu) to create your website's navigation.
The left column consists of items that will make up the navigation menu.
- Folders & Pages
- Manual Links
Right Column - Main Menu
The right column main menu represents the way the items will display on the frontend navigation. This is where you'll set that up by dragging and dropping items over from the left side.
Pages vs. Manual Links vs. Categories
Before you begin making changes, it's important to understand what can go in the navigation and where to find it. Any pages on your site can be found in the left column:
- Search by name in the search bar
- OR in the appropriate folder below the search bar
>> Note: Folders can not be added to the navigation (only the pages within the folders).
>> If you need to create a new web page first, follow these steps.
You can also add Manual Links with the button in the top right. These are links that either go to an external site OR aren't necessarily links at all (non-clickable items you can use to organize your menu).
After creating a manual link, it will be added to the left column. See the section below for how to add items to the navigation.
- Example: If you want an Education item in your navigation, but don't want to create an actual page for it, you can create a manual link. For this use case, you would check Non-clickable Navigation Item when creating the manual link.
You can also link to certain internal pages that are not already a part of the drag-and-drop navigation pages list. To do this, simply:
- Head to Static Content > Website Navigation
- Select Add Manual Link
- Give the link a name
- Enter ONLY the URL path after your domain name. For example, if the website link is https://www.noviams.com/members/?MemberType=1049, you only need to enter the "/members/?MemberType=1049" part.
In addition to pages and manual links, you can also drag and drop any categories that you've set-up for your events, products and blog.
Updating the Navigation
Add Item to Navigation
Once you know what needs to be updated, adding to your site's navigation is as simple as searching for the page (in the left column) and dragging and dropping it where you want it to appear (in the right column). The video below will show you how to add and remove pages in the navigation.
*Keep a close eye on the placement of the item, which is determined by the location of the arrow:
- Dropping it above or below another item will place it appropriately.
Example: Above another item
(Add "Classes" above "Events")
Example: Below another item
(Add "Classes" below "Events")
- Dropping an item IN another item (arrow is in the middle) will create a sub-menu under the first item.
Example: Within another item (sub-navigation)
(Add "Classes" as an item within "Events")
Remove Item from Navigation
To remove items, find the page that is currently showing in the navigation (right column). Hover over the item and click the drop-down arrow that appears. Then click Remove. This will only remove the item from the navigation - it will not be deleted from the left column.
Items of Note:
- Items that are in the left column (folders & pages) but are not in the right column (navigation) are either "hidden" but still active, or they may be linked within another page on the site.
- In order for your navigation to display properly without causing the layout to shift, we recommend using 6 or less main navigation items (if possible). Also keep in mind that the length (i.e. number of characters) in each navigation item can affect the display/layout as well.
- Your website's footer, which displays on all webpages, is not part of the navigation. The footer content can be edited from the frontend.
Watch: Update Your Website's Navigation in Novi AMS
AE Tip™: Keep your navigation simple! Visitors don't want to search through 100 links and sub-menus to find what they need. Remember - Every page doesn't need to be in the navigation. You can always link to a page from another page.