Creating custom links in the main menu

You can customize your main navigation menu so that users can quickly jump to your community's most popular or useful pages or external links by adding, editing, or deleting navigation buttons.

You can have a maximum of five buttons on the main navigation menu.

Here's an example of a customized navigation menu that includes a custom button: Playground.

Figure: Example of Custom Links

Example of Custom Links screenshot

To create a custom link in the navigation menu:

  1. In the user interface, go to Your Avatar > Themes > Advanced > Custom Links and select Custom Links enabled.
    Note that only users with Manage Community or Customize Site permissions can see the Themes option under their user menu in the upper right corner of the user interface.
    You should see blue dots under the main navigation buttons like this:

    Figure: Custom Links Navigation

    Custom Links Navigation screenshot
  2. From here, you have several options. Generally speaking, you can create navigation buttons that link to pages inside or outside of your community. Also, you can rename existing pages (for example, change News to 411 or People to Our Users), create drop-down menus of linked pages, rearrange the order of the navigation buttons, or even delete navigation buttons altogether. For details, see Custom Links Reference.
  3. If you are creating a Single or Multiple custom link (not a Preset) and your community is set up for multiple languages, click Provide other translations for each navigation button you create, select the languages and provide translations for every language of the community.
    For each new link you configured, you see a name and URL field. If you don't provide a translation for a particular language, users who have that language in their browser settings see the links in the system language set for your community. Because words and phrases can take up more screen space in some languages than in others, you should test your translations to make sure they are displayed correctly.
  4. When you finished customizing your navigation buttons, click Full Preview in the lower left corner to see how your changes look before publishing them.