Choose Your Menus:
Your first task is to decide what new menus you want to use and what you want to show on your page.
Click the "Menus/Header" button and you will see a list of choices (shown in the picture on this page):
Just This Page or All Pages or All Pages on the SAME LEVEL
Your choices can be saved a few different ways:
Choose Your Menu Styles
The picture on the left shows the new menu selection screen that is lower down on the same page (you get to it by clicking he "Menu/Header" button). You will see a number of new choices for pull down menus that appear at the TOP of your screen and LEFT SIDE menus.
When you make a selection, you will see a small preview of the menu style appear.
Note that the older "dynamic pull down" style is no longer compatible with newer browsers, so you won't see it on the list. If for some reason, you want to go back to the old style, use the "OLD BUTTONS" button you will see on the main yellow control panel screen. This will put things back the old way and turn off the new menu for the particular page you are working on.
Next to the TOP pull down menu choices, you can select either "Center Cropped Width" or "All the Way Across". This has a major impact on the look of your page. Center Cropped Width is what I am using on this SiteRightNow page. The width of the menu will match your main page's width. The "All the Way Across" option will extend the menu so that it uses the entire width of your screen. See the "Beware of Too Many Top Level Pages" tips below for more info that may help you make your Crop or Not To Crop decision.
Long Page Names:
Beware of Too Many Top Level Pages
Push Over the Start of your Top Menu
The "push over" menu lets you tell the system to start your menu choices further over from the left edge. This choice comes in handy in combination with the "all the way across" choice. You can start your first menu further over and move it away from the left edge of the screen. You can choose between 0 and 300 pixels.
Adding Space Around Your Left Side Menu (Padding)
Here's another option I decided to add later. I originally put in defaults to keep things simple, but I found that in some cases I wanted more control. With the padding option, you can move your text and graphics farther away from your menu. I found I needed this setting when I used bulleted lists like I'm using on this page. Normal text had plenty of space around the menu, but the bullets would rub right up against the menu, and I didn't like the way that looked. So I added more control and I was able to change the RIGHT padding setting to 30 pixels, which gave it enough room. You have flexibility of changing one page (this page) where you may have a special situation, or you can save it on a group of pages (This LEVEL) or you can save on all of your pages (All Pages).
Adding Lines to your Menu to Make Them Longer
As I was working on the new system, I thought it could be cool to make the left side menu longer. Normally it will just be long enough to fit the number of selections in your menu, which might be fine in many cases. But I wanted the menu to take up more room on the page for a better look. I liked adding between 5 and 10 lines in my designs. Give it a try and see what looks good to you! You can also change how long the sub menus appear. You can add some height to them by changing the blank lines choice on this screen.
CHOOSING ENTIRE SITE, SUB PAGES, or SAME LEVEL
You have a choice of what goes on your LEFT SIDE menu. See below:
Go Back to the TOP and use the left side menu for more of Mitch's Tips
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