Using Parent Pages and WordPress Menus Effectively
We recently had a question in the Headway support forum that shed light on an issue that many users new to WordPress are facing: WordPress Menus make it very easy to set up drop-down menus (yay!) but using only WordPress Menus, breadcrumbs don’t display the correct page hierarchy. What’s a WordPress newbie to do?
Luckily, it’s incredibly simple.
Set up Parent / Child Relationships
WordPress has an option on the Edit / Add New Page screen under the heading Page Attributes. From here, you can easily choose a “Parent” page from a drop-down of published pages. This will change the URL structure of your page, and it will also force breadcrumbs to display the proper page hierarchy!
Don’t Neglect the WordPress Menus
Setting up a Parent/Child relationship on a WordPress page doesn’t have any effect on WordPress Menus, so make sure that you set up your WordPress Menus with the same hierarchy. This can seem like a big ‘ole pain in the arse for those of you who are only setting up menus with the same hierarchy that they previously defined on the Edit/Add New Page screen, but this does offer a lot of flexibility in your menus going forward. If you have a subpage you feel isn’t getting enough attention, you can move that sucker up to the main navigation level, shine a little light on it, and even get a little more attention on the parent page when the users view the page – and the appropriate breadcrumb.