Menu Editor

Overview

The Menu Edit screen allows you to manage the menus available to your website visitors.

The menu items listed on this screen directly correspond with the menu bar on your website:

Website Menu

Menus and Pages

It's worth explaining the difference between menus and pages on a Freemasons-Web website.

On your website, you have the menu bar and it's corresponding page:

Menu Bar Page Area
Menu Bar Page Area

Clicking on a menu item, will display the corresponding page.

As such, all menu items must have a corresponding page to display.

When you first visit your website, you are presented with a page (usually the "Home" page) by default. This is known as the default page.

There are certain restrictions to menu items when dealing with the default page, so bear this in mind when reading about the options below.

Managing the Menu Items List

On the Menu Edit screen, you'll see a list of menu items in a table:

Menu Edit List


Menu Title

The Menu Title is the title of the menu as it will appear on your website:

Menu Editor Title Website Menu Bar

To change the title of a menu item, simply click on the name and type in the new title.

Once you've finished, click the Save button beneath the menu list table to apply your changes:

Menu Edit Save Button

Links To Page

This column shows a page selector, from which you can select the page you wish to display when this menu item is clicked.

Remember to click Save to save your new selection.

Visible To

The "Visible To" option allows you to specify what membership level is needed to see this menu item.

By default, menu items are set to "Public" which means they are visible to all members of the public.

Setting the membership level to anything other than public, will require your visitors to login to your website (for which they must be a member) before being allowed to see this menu item.

Should you wish to restrict a menu to a particular membership level, select the required membership level using this drop-down list and click the Save button.

Changing the membership level of a menu item will automatically change the membership level of its corresponding page.

Note: You cannot change the membership level of the menu item that shows the default page, as this must always be public.

Action

The Action bar gives you the following options:

Insert Button (Insert)

Inserts a new menu item below this one.

You will be prompted whether you wish to create a new corresponding page.

Click "Ok" to create a page as well, or "Cancel" to create the menu item on its own.

Delete Button (Delete)

Permanently deletes this menu item.

Deleting a menu item will NOT delete the corresponding page. This can be deleted separately on the Page Edit screen, or you can leave it as invisible until you decide to link to it again.

Note: If you delete the menu item for the default page, then the next menu item in the list will become the new default page.

Move Up Button (Move Up)

Moves this menu item up in the order of menu items.

Move Down Button (Move Down)

Moves this menu item down in the order of menu items.

Main-Menu Item (Main-Menu Item)

Makes this menu item a Main-Menu item (default).

See the Sub-Menu's section for more information.

Sub-Menu Item (Sub-Menu Item)

Makes this menu item a Sub-Menu item.

See the Sub-Menu's section for more information.

Edit Page Button (Edit Page)

Invokes the Page Editor for this menu's corresponding page.

Note: Actions performed using the Action Bar are performed immediately, and do not require the Save button to be pressed.


Sub-Menu's

Overview

Sub-Menu's are a way of re-arranging your menu items so that some appear "under" others, in a hierarchical structure.

This allows you to have less Main menu items showing at one time, but still allows access to all your pages.

Example

Instead of having separate pages for Viewing and Signing your guestbook, you could have a single "Guestbook" menu item.

The "View Guestbook" and "Sign Guestbook" pages can then be viewed as sub-menu items:

...which would be displayed on your website as follows:

Clicking on the Guestbook link. Clicking on another link.

Note that the sub-menu items are only visible when you click on the corresponding main-menu item.

A similar approach could be taken for "News" and "Events".

Creating Sub-Menu's

To make a menu a sub-menu of another,
   click the Make Sub-Menu Item Make Sub-Menu Item button.

To make the menu back into a main-menu item,
   click the Make Main-Menu Item Make Main-Menu Item button.

Automatically Selecting a Sub-Menu's Page

To get a sub-menu to be automatically selected when clicking on it's main menu, simply set the main-menu's page to be the same as your sub-item's page:

In the above example, clicking on "Guestbook" will automatically select the "View the Guestbook" sub-menu item.