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WCMS

Changing the Top and Side Navigation Menus

Problem

You want to add a link to a page so it appears in the top and side navigation menus on your pages, or you want to change a label that already appears in the menus.

Solution

The navigation menus are content blocks inside the _content/menus and _content/navigation folders within the WCMS. Each section of your site will have a separate side menu block but there is only one main top navigation menu. (If you do not have menu blocks in your site, see changing automatically generated side menus.)

A page will not appear in the top or side navigation menu unless it is added to the appropriate menu block.

Side menus

To add a link to the side menu block:

  1. Select the appropriate file in _content/menu (or _content/menu_blocks)
  2. Click on the Edit tab
  3. Click the + on an existing Menu Block Menu Item
  4. In the Item Label field, type the label that you want for the page in the side navigation menu
  5. Complete the internal link field (external links are not recommended)
  6. Click Submit

To change or remove a link in the side navigation menu:

  1. Select the appropriate file in _content/menu  (or _content/menu_blocks)
  2. Click on the Edit tab
  3. If you want to change the label, then change the text in the Item Label field
  4. If you want to remove the link to this page, then select - for the existing Menu Block Menu Item
  5. Click Submit

Tip: You can reorder the menu items by using the up and down action arrows but be sure to reorder them the same on both the side and top navigation blocks.

To publish side navigation menu changes:

  1. Select the pages or folder of the pages using the corresponding side menu
  2. Click Publish then Submit

NOTE: The changes in your side navigation menu will appear in the WCMS right away, but it will not change on your website until all pages on which that particular side menu appears are published. If you are not sure what pages are using the side menu, select the side menu file and click the "Relationships" tab.

Top menus

To add a link to the top navigation menu block:

  1. Select the file labeled main_nav in _content/navigation
  2. Click on the Edit tab
  3. Click the + on an existing Menu Block Menu Item
  4. In the Item Label field, type the label that you want for the page in the side navigation menu
  5. Complete the internal link field (external links are not recommended)
  6. Click Submit

To change or remove a link in the top navigation menu:

  1. Select the file labeled main_nav in _content/navigation
  2. Click on the Edit tab
  3. If you want to change the label, then change the text in the Item Label field
  4. If you want to remove the link to this page, then select - for the existing Menu Block Menu Item
  5. Click Submit

To publish top navigation menu changes:

  1. Select the /assets/cinnamon/includes/[dept]/nav file and select Publish
  2. Under "Destination", check the box next to "www_includes_destination" and uncheck the box next to "www_server_destination"
  3. Click Submit