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How to create custom menus

es2 provides you with the ability to set up multi-level menu structures and you can create Top Level Menu links to other sites, site pages and documents!

You can create up to 25 custom menu tabs which can have as many pages associated with it as you need.

Getting started?

To get going with es2 custom menus, simply follow the instructions below …

Step 1

Creating a new menu to add pages to.

From the main menu of your ‘Control Panel’:

  • Click:  ‘Custom menus’
  • In the field: ‘Menu name’, enter a short name for your menu using no more than 50 characters.
  • Under ‘General Settings’, enter a number to order your menus. Enter -9999 to 99999. The lower the number the higher up the list your menu will appear.

Enter numbers like 10, 20, 30 or 100, 200, 300. You will find this helps if you need to re-order your menus.

  • Tick ‘Activate’
  • Click the ‘Add menu’ button to save your menu.

You have created your first menu!

The grey-bar-indicator keeps a count of how many menus you have created and how many you have remaining to use. You can create as many menus as you like but you can only have 25 activated at any one time.

Edit a Custom menu

From the ‘Select a custom menu’ section:

  • Select the custom menu you wish to edit
  • Click the ‘Select Menu’ button

The details of the selected menu will appear in the form.

  • Make changes as required
  • Click the ‘Update menu’ button to save your changes

Step 2

Adding pages to a custom menu

If you have already created pages for your site, then you are almost there!

‘Site pages’ is where you create, update and manage all the content pages on your web site.

In the ‘Menus’ section of ‘Site pages’:

  • Tick the box ‘Include in a menu’
  • Select the menu you want to add the page to from the drop down list.

If you do not wish your page to be attached to a menu that you have created select: ‘Do not add this page to a menu’.

If you cannot see the menu you want to use, you may need to create it or it may not be activated.

  • In the ‘Add a title to be used in your menu’ box, enter a title using no more than 50 characters.
  • In the ‘Order of menu items’ box, enter a value between -9999 and 99999 to order your page in your menu (Optional). See TIP 1.

Note: Settings for ‘Grouping page together’, whether your page is a ‘Parent’ or a ‘Child’, are still used to organise and group your pages in both the default menu and your custom menus.

Creating Top Level Menu links

To create a Top Level Menu link, simply enter the URL of the site, page or document you want to link to. es2 will do the rest, including select the correct Target for your  links.

Some examples of URL's you could use are:

  • default.cfm?pid=123
  • userfiles\file\myfile.pdf

Note: If you use a Top Level Menu item as a link, it will not be available for creating any multi-level menu structures. If you convert an existing Top Level Menu with pages to a link it will no longer display  those pages. Clearing the URL field and saving will restore that menu item to display any pages it contains.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What happens to a page if I do not set up any Custom Menus or I select ‘Do not add this page to a custom menu’?

A. If you have ticked the box ‘Include in a menu’ and also added a title, the page will appear in the catch-all tab ‘Site pages’ in the Content menu.

If you have not ticked ‘Include in a menu’, regardless of whether you have entered a title or not, the page will not appear in any menu.

If you have ticked ‘Include in a menu’ but have not entered a title, the title will automatically default to ‘No Menu Title – please correct’, the ‘Publish this page’ tick box will be un-ticked and the page will not appear on your site.

Q. If I have an existing page declared as a ‘Parent’ page and this page has ‘Child’ pages, what will happen to this grouping if I change my ‘Parent’ page to use one of my custom menus?

A. The grouping will appear in your custom menu. Your ‘Child’ pages are linked to their ‘Parent’ and automatically appear in any custom menu that you define for the ‘Parent’ page. If you decide to select the ‘Do not add this page to a custom menu’ option, then your page group will appear in the default ‘Site pages’ menu.

It is not necessary to specify a custom menu for a ‘Child’ page as the ‘Child’ page inherits the specified menu from its ‘Parent’. It does not matter if you do specify a custom menu for a ‘Child’ page as this is ignored, however, if you decide to change the status of a ‘Child’ page to ‘Parent’, the custom menu chosen will be used. If you have selected ‘Do not add this page to a custom menu’, the page will appear in the catch-all tab ‘Site pages’ in the Content menu.

Page last updated:  Monday 30 March 2015

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