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Navigation Tabs for Categories in WordPress Thesis Theme

If your site is category driven, creating navigation tabs for each category is a good way to drive readers to the specific categories they want to read.

My lifestyle design blog has a number of category links in the navigation bar. The default navigation bar, above the header, has a tab for the “Goal Projects” category, along with all its subcategories. In addition, I have added a secondary navigation bar below the header (a technique I’ll document in a later tutorial) that includes all a navigation tab for all the major categories used on the site. The process of adding a tabbed category link in the default navigation bar is a fairly simple process with the Thesis theme.

After you have created your WordPress categories, go to your dashboard and navigate to Thesis>Site Options>Navigation Menu>Categories. Then just select those you want included and save.

Yes, it’s that simple.

Note that if you include a category  with subcategories, any subcategories you select will show up as drop down submenu items. For example, see the Goal Projects category with it’s associated specific subcategory projects.

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  • sanjay August 14, 2011, 7:36 am

    Finally, thank you for the useful tip. I been learning thesis for a while.

  • Govind Gupta August 16, 2011, 10:53 am

    Nice Post
    thanx for the wordpress information

  • Alex Warren August 20, 2011, 5:15 am

    Thanks for the information i will try this stuff thanks for sharing

  • Ronnie August 21, 2011, 10:32 am

    Ive never been able to get my nevigation right on most of my blogs. Thank you for the simple solution in this case though.

  • Barry Wheeler August 21, 2011, 4:57 pm

    I see many people having great success with the Thesis theme. I ran it for a few years but sadly, just switched to something I found more flexible for my needs.

    It’s an awesome theme and I would recommend it for most blogs!

  • Rob Benwell August 24, 2011, 2:49 am

    Thanks for the tips! I’l try to apply it on my wordpress.

  • Mark Johnson August 26, 2011, 7:26 pm

    Great information! I was debating on getting this theme for my wordpress blog but decided on the one I’m currently using. I do have a few other websites planned and this just might be the theme I’m looking for. Overall how would you rate this theme and their support? Thanks for the article and your time – Mark Johnson

  • Alison Moore Smith August 26, 2011, 9:45 pm

    Mark, I love the theme enough that I switched all my current web sites to Thesis. Even the static sites. I use WordPress as the CMS and Thesis as the theme.

  • Carl August 31, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Fantastic tip! i love thesis and use it on most of my sites, their is simply no theme that can compare in ease of use and seo control. Thanks Alison!

  • Nancy Khan September 2, 2011, 8:17 am

    I have another website that uses word press theme. I am looking for catergories tab for long time. But I do not how to get it? Now I found a new way. Thanks Alison Moore Smith.

  • Mix Twist September 3, 2011, 2:05 am

    Thanks for this I just upgraded to thesis and lost in the setting your article sorted out my problem

  • SME September 6, 2011, 1:14 am

    That’s a great tip. My friend is working on a new Wordpress blog. This will be very useful for him.

  • myke September 7, 2011, 9:15 am

    I find it awesome that you don’t have to put all the categories in tabs as not all of them are fit to be in a blog’s menu. Tweaking with small details like this is definitely worth your time !

    Thesis + Wordpress = LUV !!!

  • Robert September 12, 2011, 2:11 am

    That is a nice tip but you can also use simple CSS with HTML to create navigation tabs (drop down,vertical,horizontal) easily for categories.

  • Alison Moore Smith September 12, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Robert, thanks for dropping by!

    Absolutely, you can use CSS and HTML to create navigation tabs. But whether they are “simple” and/or “easy” is in the eye of the beholder. 🙂 There are tens of thousands of bloggers who don’t know either CSS or HTML — and don’t want to learn. They want to BLOG, not do blog tech work. (This describes almost all of my clients, btw.)

    The tutorials I write are the result of direct client questions. They want to know how to do some rudimentary customization, with as little code as possible. 🙂

  • Andy September 14, 2011, 1:55 pm

    I use a theme Thesis, a very powerful theme with lots of options

  • Christie Hemme September 16, 2011, 3:22 am

    Great informative post. Tips are really awesome.I switched all my current web sites to Thesis. Thanks for sharing this. Wish you good luck fro our Tech Support team.

  • Allen Cerezo September 21, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. How about in Blogger Thesis theme? I know Blogger is quite different from WP but I really don’t know how to do it.

  • vhien September 22, 2011, 12:25 am

    Tabs are one way to make blogs more organize and neat. CSS and HTML are other ways to generate tabs in your blog but I might wanna try Alison’s tip in creating them. Navigating Thesis is a lot easier than doing codes.

  • Dany September 22, 2011, 8:35 am

    I just implemented this on my blog. After a year of blogging, I’ve accumulated a nice number of posts but unfortunately, not a very good system of keeping track of them. It took me a while to categorize but the results are great! Anyone who’s starting a blog now, categorize your posts early on!

  • Alison Moore Smith September 22, 2011, 11:25 am

    Good for you, Dany. Without such organization it’s very unlikely that readers will find your older, relevant posts. Making navigation easy is one way to keep the page views going.

  • Alison Moore Smith September 22, 2011, 11:27 am

    Sorry, Allen, I don’t use Blogger at all and have no expertise in that platform. My clients use self-hosted WordPress with the Thesis theme. But come on over and I can help you get set up! 🙂

  • Ana September 23, 2011, 12:20 pm

    Now you got me all interested in how you made that secondary navigation bar . I can’t wait for your tutorial.

  • Mith September 27, 2011, 7:33 am

    word press thesis theme is very good.
    I like to have this type of descent theme for my site.I am searching for maximum links that are three to explain me how is word press thesis theme useful to me .
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  • Kevin kentt September 28, 2011, 8:33 am

    Hey Allison
    Nice Blog.Thank you for the valuable review.Will surely follow it.
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  • rc October 3, 2011, 10:07 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. How about in Blogger Thesis theme??

  • Robert October 4, 2011, 12:49 am

    Thanks Alison for sharing such tips with us.

  • jewel October 6, 2011, 3:35 am

    Great informative post. Tips are really awesome.I switched all my current web sites to Thesis. Thanks for sharing this
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  • gold October 13, 2011, 4:46 am

    This is a nice and informative post. At last you have given me a choice on how to make my blogs. Thank you for stressing how to create WordPress categories.
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  • rrwdc November 1, 2011, 12:55 am

    Its really good to know that how we can improve the navigation as far as user friendly website is concerned. Still i have not seen any website who has used this sort of navigation in the categories although many big portals need this sort of arrangements.

  • Tim Ryan November 1, 2011, 1:47 am

    I checked out the site and I liked the way how your tabs are laid out. It’s clean and simple – just the way it should be.
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  • Frank November 16, 2011, 5:21 am

    Yeah, thanks for your tips. I have to say that the navigation bar saves me a lot of works and time. Anyone who cares should try this.
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  • Jake November 16, 2011, 5:22 am

    What is navigation bar? I’ve never heard of this term before. But as the comments here, it seems quite interesting. I think I should try this. Thanks for your advice ^^

  • Robert November 22, 2011, 11:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing the info, I am in the process of redesigning my thesis theme based wordpress site. This info will surely help me in adding some interesting tabs.

  • Arjun Rai November 23, 2011, 2:36 am

    Thanks for sharing this informative post with us, I will surely try this on my wordpress Blog.
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  • NEBOSH November 25, 2011, 11:10 pm

    There are ways around this by using certain scripts to display all of your content, including whats in your tabs, on the main page/landing page and when the page loads, the java script will hide everything but what you specify optimizing your web page for search engines.

  • Arjun Rai November 26, 2011, 6:04 am

    @Jake, Navigation bar stands for showing the details related to any content or pages which make easy for people to find that.
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  • Anerok December 18, 2011, 10:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing excellent article.

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