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Hey Friends!

Starting a blog has been a lot of fun for us and a great learning experience. We didn’t have much knowledge of the technical side of things until we started on this journey. It may be challenging but through these challenges, we have been able to learn so much about the blogging world!

When we first started our blog, we spent some time figuring out how to add plugins, posts, categories, and so forth to our blog. We were excited to finally learn how to assign each post to a category and then assign each category to the top menu bar. If you are struggling with this, no worries. We are here to show you how to accomplish assigning a category to the top menu bar by providing step-by-step directions.

wordpress menu item tutorial

Why Assign a Category to a Menu?

Assigning a category to your menu, allows you to assign each of your posts to a specific category. For example, we have the following categories on our top-menu: Barn, Horse, Rider, Start a Blog.

By using categories, we are able to assign each post that relates to a specific category. For example, this post is assigned to our “Start a Blog” category, which is found on our top-menu. By selecting “Start A Blog”, you will find all of our posts that relate to blogging tips.

Step 1: Log-in to your Dashboard in WordPress.

Wordpress, log in

Step 2: Select Post, then select Category in the drop-down menu.

On your Dashboard, hover your mouse over “Posts” so that a drop-down menu appears. Then click on “Categories”.

Select Post

Step 3: Add New Category

Once the “Category” page opens, you will then want to fill out the blank spaces, such as the “Name” section. Once completed, click “Add New Category”.

add new category

Step 4: Click on Menus

After you have added a new category, hover your mouse over “Appearance”, which is found on your Dashboard on the left-hand side. When the drop-down menu appears, click on “Menus”.

menu bar

Step 5: Click on Categories.

Under the “Menu” section in the “Appearance” box, click on “Categories” found in the drop-down menu.

click on categories

Step 5: Select the name of your new category.

For example purposes, I created “testing”.  Then click “Add to Menu”. If you don’t see your category right away, click on “View All” for it to pop up.

add to menu

Step 6:  Under “Menu Settings”, select “Top Menu” next to “Display Location”, then click “Save Menu”.

Step 7: Visit Site.

After you have completed these steps and saved your new menu, select “Visit Site” at the top, left corner of the WordPress Dashboard to see your final results.

Keep trottin’ to your dreams.

Happy Trails!

Lori & Stacey

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