Keeping your menus short and neat is important to ensure that the appearance and usability of your shop is optimised. To avoid long and messy menus, especially horizontal menus that overflow onto new lines, we recommend that you:
- Keep Page and Category names as clear and concise as possible.
- Never use ALL CAPS for page or product names to achieve captialisation in menus - use the method described in How do I capitalise my menu text?.
- Reorganise extensive Product Categories into minimal Parent Categories with extensive Sub-categories.
- Move Page links to the Sub-page, Footer and Category menu where applicable.
- Reduce menu font size if required (to condense menus) - see How do I edit fonts in my Big Cartel CSS file?.
- Reduce menu item spacing if required (to condense menus) - see How do I control the spacing and dividers between my menu items?.
The main menu areas
Your Aarcade theme displays your shop navigation links in the following three main areas:
The Page Menu is typically the top-most menu. As you add custom pages they will be automatically listed in this menu.
As you create product categories (e.g. Shirts, Pants, etc.) they will be automatically listed in this menu, but only when that category includes one or more active products.
This is the menu that is located at the bottom of shop pages, i.e. in your shop footer. This is typically where low-traffic links are added, e.g. Terms & Conditions, Returns Policy, etc.
Other menu terminology
Subpage menus typically appear as dropdown menus from a parent page link. These menus are used to group together related pages under one parent.
Subcategory menus typically appear as dropdown menus from a parent category link. These menus are used to group together related categories under one parent.
Artist Category Menu
This menu typically appears at the end of the Category Menu area. Artist categories provide an additional category system for your products that works independently of your standard category and subcategory system. Artist categories can be used to sort products by any single property of your choosing, e.g. artist name, product brand, record label, author, etc.
A tree menu is a menu that displays all of the links in the current menu tree. For example, if you are on a subcategory page, a tree menu would display links to all subcategories that have the same parent as the current subcategory. Tree menus are not used in all themes. When they are used, they are typically displayed as a static menu underneath the Category Menu.
Special menu items
Special menu items are pages that behave in a unique way. These items allow links to be created for your home page, all-products page, contact page, search popup, custom popups, external links (e.g. a blog) and more.
The mobile menu bar
The mobile menu bar replaces all of the main menu areas on small screen devices (unless you disabled mobile layout in your theme options). It displays a link to the mobile menu (see next section), your home page and the cart.
The mobile menu
The mobile menu groups all of your main menu areas into one single, mobile-friendly navigation area. The links displayed in the mobile menu will be the same as those you have set for your main menu areas.
Editing navigation menus
- How do I edit my navigation menus in my Big Cartel admin? — This article covers how to create special menu items, reorder menu items and move items to different menu areas.
- How do I edit product categories and subcategories in my Big Cartel admin? — This article covers how to create product categories and subcategories.
- How do I use my artist categories? — This article covers how to create artist categories.
- Menus & Navigation — This category contains multiple articles on editing and styling your menus and navigation.