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Changing Navigation Tab Names in Thesis

Thesis Navigation Names

After you have created a WordPress page and added the page to your navigation tabs, you may want to change the words that display in the linked tabs. You can do this while keeping the page title just as it is. This is an easy change with the Thesis theme.

Log into your WordPress dashboard.

Click on Thesis>Site Options.

Click on the + sign next to Navigation Menu>Pages.

Double click on the name of any of the navigation tabs. Type in the name you want displayed.

Click Save and you’re done.

Note that this doesn’t change the actual page name (as seen from the list on Edit Pages), just the way the link displays in the tab. I tend to use this feature mostly to shorten page names that are too long. For example, you might have a page titled “Advertising Disclosure” — which you want to leave intact for clarity — but may change just the tab navigation to “Disclosure.” Or perhaps you have a page titled “Order Form” but you change the tab to read simply “Order.”

Be careful when changing the tab name because it’s easy to confuse which tab goes to which page.

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  • BlogMan September 18, 2010, 10:57 pm

    Sometimes it’s the little things that are hard to figure out. Been doing html for years, but this isn’t very intuitive because it’s in two different places.

  • SerenaT September 20, 2010, 10:56 pm

    My friend just sent me this link. Solved my problem.

  • CarnieD October 3, 2010, 1:59 am

    Thanks for the great little tutorials lately. They give me just the help I need and are very clear and easy to follow!

  • Pardno October 14, 2010, 1:33 pm

    This was driving me crazy. So simple, but I couldn’t figure it out. Thanks.

  • Alison Moore Smith October 14, 2010, 11:01 pm

    So glad it could be helpful to all of you! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to use the contact form. This post was created for a client who asked the question. That’s my favorite kind of post. 🙂

  • BlogMan October 25, 2010, 12:27 pm

    That’s so simple, but I couldn’t seem to figure where to change it. Good tutorial.

  • Kim December 20, 2010, 4:56 am

    Alison, You’re referring to top menu (in header) which links “homepage” and other pages right? You know actually it may take 2-3 days to understand everything while you install thesis. From changing borders to add Nav menu and everything. But that’s still flexible. I wish thesis will add very flexible option someday just like Semiologic theme did.
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  • Alison Moore Smith December 20, 2010, 6:52 pm

    Hi, Kim. I’m referring to the menu that directs you to different pages on your site. By default it is at top — not in the header, but above it. You’ll notice on my site, I’ve moved it below the header. 🙂 Does that make sense?

    I’m sure it takes more than 2–3 days to understand everything in Thesis. But I sure love the flexibility and upgradeability!

    What is the “flexible option” you are referring to?

  • Court March 7, 2011, 9:56 am

    this is a dumb question..but how on earth do you get to thesis!! i cant find it anywhere!

  • Alison Moore Smith March 7, 2011, 12:57 pm

    Not a dumb question at all, Court. Get the great Thesis theme here.

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