How to Quickly Change Menu Labels in WordPress

Cynthia Bartz • July 6, 2016

This article will show you how to change menu labels on your WordPress website. Menu labels are the titles of the items in the menus on your website. Most of the time WordPress will automatically pull the title of the page as the navigation label for that page in your menu. However, we don’t always want the menu item to be the title of the page.

Why would I Change Menu Labels?

There are 3 main reasons you might want to change menu labels on your website: the page title is too long, the page title isn’t descriptive enough, or the page content has changed. Changing the titles in your menu can make it easier for visitors to navigate  your website and thereby increase your chances of converting them into a client. Poor navigation can result in people leaving your website, because they can’t find what they are looking for.

The Eight Menu Rule

For top navigation (the main menu for your website) I recommend having a maximum of eight menu items. You can always have additional submenu items or links in other footer or sidebar menus. But your top navigation should be tight and concise. Before you start to change navigation labels, first evaluate if you have too many menu items to begin with. To learn more about how to organize your navigation download my free Website Content Planning Guide.

How to Change Menu Labels

Requirements

You must be logged into an Administrator account in order to change menu labels on your WordPress website. If you aren’t sure, login to your account and if you can see “users” in the menu on the left then you have Administrator access. If you see “profile” in the left hand menu you do not have an Administrator account and will not be able to make the changes described in this article.

Step 1: Open the Menu Editor

Open the Menu Editor in the WordPress Admin by going to: Appearances > Menus

Location of menus settings in wordpress

Select the menu you want to edit in the drop down box and click “select”.

Select wordpress menu you want to change

Step 2: Change Menu Labels

Locate the menu item that you want to change. In this case I have decided to add the home page to the navigation. The title for my home page is long, and doesn’t make sense in the navigation, so I am going to change the menu label from “Empower your business with design” to “Home”.

Settings location to change menu labels

In the “Navigation Label” field, enter your new menu item title. When you change the Navigation Label it will update at the top of the tab. If you are unsure of what page you are linking to you can click the link next to “original” in the bottom of the menu item settings.

Change Menu Labels in WordPress

You can change menu labels for all menu items including categories, custom links, blog posts, and archive pages.

Step 3: Save and Check Your Work

Make sure you save your menu. The change you make to your menu will not show if you don’t save your menu. After saving open your website and make sure that everything looks the way you want it to.


Summary

Navigation can make or break your WordPress website. Taking time to change menu labels to better reflect your website content will make it easier for visitors to find the content they are looking for.


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