Menu links and URLs

Menus

It's important to organize your website using a top menu, since that will make it easier for users to navigate your unit's site.

There are two ways to add links to your website's menu:

1. Through Site Management

Screenshot of the menu section in site management

1. Navigate to Site Management.

2. Click on "Edit menu" under the Menu section. 

3. Find your unit and click "Edit menu" on the righthand site. After you create menu links, you can also rearrange them on this page. 

4. Select the blue "+Add Link" button.

Add menu link screenshot

5. Type in the menu link title. These are the words that will appear on the top menu.

6. Type in the internal path for the page to which you want to link. Internal links should only include characters after "cse.umn.edu/" For example, when linking to this page you would type /hub/menu-links-and-urls. If you are creating a drop-down and don't want your menu item to link to anything, put "#" in the link section.

7. Select the parent link. If you want this to appear on your main menu, select your department's main menu from the drop-down. If you want to create a drop-down menu, set the parent link to be the menu item you'd like to drop down from. 

8. Click save. Your link should now appear in the menu.

2. Within a page's menu settings 

Menu settings screenshot

1. Navigate to the edit window of the page you want to make a menu item.

2. Scroll down to the menu settings in the bottom section.

3. Click the "Provide a menu link" box. 

4. Type in the menu link title. These are the words that will appear on the top menu. It will default to the page's title. 

5. Select a parent item. If you want this to appear on your main menu, select your department's main menu from the drop-down. If you want to create a drop-down menu, set the parent link to be the menu item you'd like to drop down from.

6. Click save. Your link should now appear in the menu.

URLs

Each page has a designated URL alias, or name that comes after the cse.umn.edu/ in the page's URL. These are unique to pages and follow the general format of /unit/page-title. For example, this page's URL alias would be /hub/menu-links-and-urls. This is automatically generated to display the page name, but you can customize the URL alias using the following steps.

1. Navigate to your page's edit window. 

2. Scroll down to the URL alias section at the bottom of the page.

URL alias tab screenshot

 3. Uncheck "Generate automatic URL alias."

4. Type in your own URL alias in the box.

5. Now, your page's URL should reflect the new alias.