WordPress Efficiency: Creating Your Menu & Pages

I recently posted in The Admin Bar Community about completing a WordPress project in about three hours.  While that pace did seem decent to me, I got a lot of response asking …

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Kyle Van Deusen

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Born in California and raised in Texas, Kyle is a husband and proud father of three. After spending 15 years as a graphic designer and earning a business degree, he launched OGAL Web Design in 2017, The Admin Bar community with Matt Sebert in 2018, and Docket WP with Andre Gagnon in 2020.

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I recently posted in The Admin Bar Community about completing a WordPress project in about three hours.  While that pace did seem decent to me, I got a lot of response asking how I could complete a project that quickly.

This sparked an idea.

I'm all about being efficient. Completing any task in the smallest number of steps possible is always optimal in my view, and when you start doing that to many small tasks the time savings really ads up.

Today is the first lesson in WordPress Efficiency in what, will hopefully be, a series of lessons demonstrating the most efficient way to execute common tasks within WordPress.

Creating your menu pages

While WordPress does offer many ways to create your menu and your pages, I have found this method to be the quickest and easiest. Below you will find a video walkthru and the steps you need to take to create your primary menu navigation AND all the pages you need for your website.

This method creates both the menu and pages simultaneously in a simple process which I've broken down into 6 steps.

Before we begin

There are a couple notes before you begin the walkthrough.
First, before I even install WordPress for a client's project, the client and I have discussed and agreed upon a sitemap for the site. This means before I get to this point I already have a list of all the pages I need.
Second, I'm using the Astra theme along with the Astra Pro addon. Note: This may behave differently in another tech stack.
You can get the Astra theme free from the WordPress repository. Use the link above to purchase the Astra Pro addon.

Video Walkthough

Step by step instructions

Step 1
Go to Appearance > Customizer > Menus

Step 2
Click the ‘Create New Menu' button

Step 3
Give your new menu a name (I choose ‘Primary' for my main navigation- helps to be consistent)

Under ‘Menu Locations' set this menu as your ‘Primary Menu'

Click the ‘Next' button

Step 4
Click the ‘Add Items' button

In the ‘Pages' dropdown, use the empty field to name & ‘Add' each page from your sitemap (repeat the process for each page)

Step 5
Arrange your menu to display in the right order

Step 6
Press the ‘Publish' button and exit the Customizer

Wrapping it up

By using this efficient method, you kill two birds with one stone. Your primary menu is created, and all the Pages have been added within your WordPress install.

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Kyle Van Deusen

The Admin Bar

Born in California and raised in Texas, Kyle is a husband and proud father of three. After spending 15 years as a graphic designer and earning a business degree, he launched OGAL Web Design in 2017, The Admin Bar community with Matt Sebert in 2018, and Docket WP with Andre Gagnon in 2020.

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