WordPress Menu Customization in Twenty Twenty-two Theme

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WordPress Menu Customization in 2022 WordPress Theme

I sure hope you enjoyed our video on the method to add a site logo and favicon from the previous post. I have a new one for you. And it’s about navigation menus in the Twenty Twenty-two WordPress theme. 

In today’s post, we will explain WordPress Menu Customization in the Twenty Twenty-two WordPress theme. You can learn about Menu Customization in the Twenty Twenty-Three WordPress Theme by clicking here.

Why does it matter you say? Well, even if you try, you will not find the menus option (it was supposed to be under the themes section) easily. The Twenty Twenty-two WordPress theme will help you out in this case. 

So, let’s get started with the menu creation process. 

Method -1: How to Edit WordPress Menu in the Twenty Twenty-two WordPress Theme

Well, since you’re not going to find the option easily, here’s how to create a WordPress menu in the 2022 WordPress theme. Of course, you can store this menu in a convenient location of your choice. 

Step 1: Go to the home page and access the template settings 

First of all, go to your home page or create a new one. The 2022 WordPress theme doesn’t have a menu system baked into the theme’s section anymore. So, you need to access your page template and work your way from there. 

Creating or editing new templates
Creating or editing new templates

If you don’t see the template menu, then click on the page option on the top right. Here, you’ll see the template settings. Notice there are two options, an option to create the template and another option to edit the template

If you’re just getting started (I’m assuming you are), you should choose to create a new template. Just add a name to the ‘Custom Template’ and click on ‘create’. Once you’ve done that, your template is ready. 

Now click on ‘Edit’ to edit the template. 

Step 2: Add a Header Template Part 

You will now have to add a header template part to the page. Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Click on the ‘+’ icon to the top left of the page. 
  2. You can either write ‘header’ in the search box or go to the ‘Theme’ section of the blocks menu. 
  3. Now drag the header template part into place. 
Premade menu options in twenty twenty-two WordPress Theme
Premade menu options in twenty twenty-two WordPress Theme

Once you’ve done this, you’ll get a prompt. You can either ‘Choose Exisitng’ header or create a ‘New Header’ template. For now, choose a new header template.

Note: If you plan to use an existing header template, then it will load with the default settings. 

Step 3: Choose the Navigation Template Part 

You can choose the navigation template part directly from the THEME blocks just as you chose the header template part. You can also keep the site logo in the same location as well. 

Adding Navigation menu to the 2022 WordPress Theme
Adding Navigation menu to the 2022 WordPress Theme

Once you’ve completed that step, you’ll have the freedom to select from three distinct options. You can opt to choose a menu from the templates you’ve crafted, add all the pages to your menu, or commence with a clean slate by selecting ‘Start Empty.’

Step 4: Add Menu Items in Twenty Twenty-two WordPress Theme 

You can now add menu items using the ‘+’ icon. Once you hit the plus icon, you can add menu items just as you could previously. You can also choose to open the menu items in the new tab if you wish.  Furthermore, you can choose to add submenu items as well. 

Adding Menu Items to the twenty twenty-two WordPress theme
Adding Menu Items to the twenty twenty-two WordPress theme

Overall, from what you’ve seen so far, it should be clear that you don’t necessarily need a WordPress menu plugin if you’re just starting out, you can create simple menu customization variations and save them as a template part. 

Note: You can add submenu items as well. You will need to be on the specific menu item and use it as a submenu handle:

How to add submenu items
Adding submenu items

Method-2: WordPress Menu Customization from the Theme Editor  

One of the key advantages of the Twenty Twenty-two theme is the fact that you can create WordPress menus as template parts and use them for your projects (use existing menu templates). 

Creating a menu is simple. And using the editor allows you to customize your page templates, giving you the option to choose how the menu item looks on your key pages (you can, of course, change the look of the menu for certain pages). 

For now, I’ll be showing you the process of creating the menu in the header section (header template part) of the home page. You can check out this video as well to get some idea about the whole process:

How to Create Menu in the Twenty Twenty-two WordPress Theme

WordPress Menu Customization: Header Part 

Before moving on, do keep in mind that we are working on the home page template. It means that the menu we are creating will be valid for the home page. Here’s what you have to do: 

Twenty Twenty-two theme editor
Twenty Twenty-two theme editor
  • Go to themes and then click on ‘Editor’.
  • You will see the template name at the very top. We have already prepared a home template. So, you can create a new template and use it as well. 
Adding a header template part
Adding a header template part
  • Now, add the header template part from the blocks menu. 
  • You will not be prompted to choose to start fresh or choose an existing template. We will choose to use an existing template. 
Pre-made menu template
Pre-made menu template
  • Once that’s done, you can choose the pre-made templates WordPress gives you. So, you can scroll through the options like we’ve done. 
  • Finally, save the template. 

Adding a footer is pretty much the same process. All you have to do is choose the footer template part from the blocks menu. The rest of the process is the same. 

Here’s a visual representation: 

You can add a footer template part just as mentioned before:

Adding a footer section to the 2022 theme
Adding a footer section to the 2022 theme


How to add search to the WordPress menu? 

It is very easy to add a search menu in the Twenty Twenty-two WordPress theme. If you type ‘search’ in the blocks menu, you will find the search template part. If you want to use it, you can choose it and functionalities from the blocks settings of the search element.

How to create a WordPress menu dropdown?

In order to create a WordPress menu dropdown in the 2022 WordPress theme, you will need to click on the specific menu item for which you want to create a dropdown. You can add the submenu using the ‘submenu’ block icon.

Adding submenu items
Adding submenu items

How do make menu items open in a new tab?

When you add new menu items, you can toggle the ‘open in new tab’ option to open the menu item in a new tab. 

How can I add new menu items?

The twenty twenty-two theme does not have a default option to create a menu. Instead, you will have to create and customize the WordPress menu from the template. This gives you the option to create and manage menus for different pages.

Final Thoughts 

Today’s discussion was short and quick. But it did solve the problem of WordPress menu customization in the twenty twenty-two WordPress theme. Even though we didn’t try to get in too deep (which we will do in the coming days), we want you to have the solution ready at hand. 

If you have any more questions regarding the 2022 WordPress theme, make sure to sound them off in the comments below. 

Have a great day! 

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Written bySadik Ahmed

Hey there, I'm Sadik Ahmed, a WordPress enthusiast who loves to try out and review new themes and services.

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