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Building your site navigation

Your site navigation is a menu of links visitors use to explore your content. It’s often the first thing visitors interact with when they arrive at your site. All sites have at least one navigation, and some have multiple; the number of navigations you have and where they display depends on your template. Your navigation can link to pages on your site, pages on other sites, files, and filtered content.


Navigation areas

Your site has one or more navigation areas, depending on your template. You can edit your navigation in the Pages panel by adding new pages or dragging Not Linked pages to any navigation section.

Where your navigation displays on your site varies by template:

  • The Main Navigation typically displays at the top of the page. In some templates it displays in a sidebar or footer. To learn about your template, visit Styling navigation.
  • If your template supports it, the Secondary Navigation typically displays at the bottom of the page, and sometimes with the Main Navigation. Your template might also have a footer navigation, which always displays at the bottom of the page. To learn about how these navigation areas display on your template, visit Secondary and Footer Navigation.

Building your navigation

To add to your site navigation:

  1. In the Home Menu click Pages.
  2. Click the + icon beside Main or Secondary Navigation
  3. In the Create New Page menu, select the type of page you want to add.

You can add a new or existing page, link to a file, build a drop-down menu, or link to external content:

Tip: As you start building your site, you’ll see demo content in your template’s navigation areas. To replace the demo content with your own links, visit Working with demo content.

Hiding or removing navigation links

To remove a page from your navigation, move it to the Not Linked section in the Pages panel.

  • If you move your homepage to the Not Linked section, visitors still see it when first visiting the site and can return to it from other pages by clicking the site title or logo.
  • To password-protect a page, visit Using page passwords.

To learn more, visit Understanding the Pages panel. To delete a page entirely, visit Deleting a page.


The navigation you build on desktop also displays on mobile. The way your navigation menu displays on mobile depends on your template.

Next steps

When your navigation structure is in place, you can change its style and add more information about your site or business:

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Building your site navigation