WPFolio uses the new custom menu features of WordPress 3.0 that allow you to have beautiful custom, drop-down menus. No more clunky widget hacks for us! However, by default, when you install the theme it will just show a list of pages in the navigation. There’s a few steps you’ll need to take to make the magic happen!
Creating a Navigation Menu
Step 1. Create A Menu!
Start by going to Appearance > Menus. Name your menu, then click on create menu. It needs a name so if you want to have a few and switch them around, you can.
Step 2. Select Your Menu
Step 3. Select and Arrange Menu Items
Select the pages and categories you want to include in your menu, then click add. You can drag these around and arrange them into submenus. Submenus will drop down and look pretty.
Adding Yearly Archive links and external links
Using the Custom Links box, you can add a link to your menu to anywhere. An external link to a project site, another blog, whatever you like. You can also create internal links. And here’s a trick. By adding the code “/?m=2008″ at the end of the url for your wordpress installation this creates a link to yearly archive. For example:
http://yourwebsite.com/?m=2010 creates a link to all work you dated with in the year 2010
http://yourwebsite.com/?m=2009 does the same for 2009
http://yourwebsite.com/?m=2008 ...you get the idea.
If your wordpress installation is in a subfolder, it would work like this:
Making a dummy link
You might want to have a top level navigation item that’s simply a label for the items in the submenu. For example
Media > Painting, Photography, Video
Projects > Color Studies, Experimental Films, Narrative Documentaries
Do to this add an “external link” but instead of adding a full url, make the link to “#” (a hash mark). Then label the link “Media” in the case of our first example, or “Projects” in the case of our second example.