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Hi guys,

Im trying to create WP site as an intranet, and learn along the way. I have a basic understanding of CSS and how it all works along with a basic understanding of WP i.e. I can create child themes modify the code etc.

What Im trying to change is the navigational menu at the top - I know you can get plugins to do so but Id like to have a go at doing it myself and learning along the way. After doing some reading up Ive found a site which generates the code for you to create your nav menu but I don't know how to implement it.

Anyone willing to offer up some assistance please?

Thanks!!
 

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There is a side menu (when in admin) and it says appearance, you need to edit that for the basic menus, widgets, etc.

But when you want to go a little deeper you need to use the EDITOR.

That will allow you to edit on the fly the templates, you will need to make sure that the folder is write enabled CHMOD 777 however change it back to 644 once done ;)

Also I would suggest one of the many free templates to start you off, as the one thing with editing wordpress is every style/theme is different and will need editing all over again.

Let me know the specific parts you need to edit and I can hopefully help you :)

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There is a side menu (when in admin) and it says appearance, you need to edit that for the basic menus, widgets, etc.

But when you want to go a little deeper you need to use the EDITOR.

That will allow you to edit on the fly the templates, you will need to make sure that the folder is write enabled CHMOD 777 however change it back to 644 once done ;)

Also I would suggest one of the many free templates to start you off, as the one thing with editing wordpress is every style/theme is different and will need editing all over again.

Let me know the specific parts you need to edit and I can hopefully help you :)

Regards
Mick
Thanks, Im trying to go a little deeper with the navigation bar if possible. Which based on my reading means editing the CSS file. Ive created a child theme so editing the CSS shouldn't be too much of an issue, but its just how do I do it. Ideally I would like to have a navigation bar something like this

nav.jpg

but as said not too sure how to go about it...??
 

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I suspect you would have to pick through the theme and find the graphics that make up the menu background elements then substitute your own?
 

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Reading up on it "I think" you can build the menu from CSS and use that. The way Wordpress works (I think) is that if you have a child theme with its own CSS the site will pull the style from that which has the build information for the menu and go from there - if that makes sense. I think it requires a little more reading\understanding by myself :O)
 

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Well, sort of! Firstly, it depends how the menu is constructed in the first place and that you would only identify from digging through the theme. For example, if the theme uses a basic graphic for the menu (usual) then CSS is used to change background/foreground colour, font etc. It can change position, size and so forth but can't change the basic image.

If your existing menu is similar in shape etc. then you can use CSS to alter the colour(s) and fonts but not the basic form - that's determined by the base image.

Hope that makes sense?
 

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Yeah cool - makes sense. So could I get a style that I want similar to the image I attached previously, make the navigational background and then apply my navigation "buttons" to it?
 

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looking at the picture you attached, im assuming the mouse pointer is over the menu item #1 tab, and thats why its a different colour? on my wordpress site 'tabs' are can be edited through the theme options menu in the dashboard to change the colour to anything you want, and the css tells it to use a different one when the mouse is over the tab (BG hover), which is very subtle, but just reverses the shading, you can see it better over the 'home' tab

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looking at the picture you attached, im assuming the mouse pointer is over the menu item #1 tab, and thats why its a different colour? on my wordpress site 'tabs' are can be edited through the theme options menu in the dashboard to change the colour to anything you want, and the css tells it to use a different one when the mouse is over the tab (BG hover), which is very subtle, but just reverses the shading, you can see it better over the 'home' tab

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Hi,

Nice work on the site by the way.. It wasn't the mouse on tab 1 I think it was a home picture (I screen grabbed it from a Google search) but it was a general idea that I was trying to demonstrate - rounded look with sections, just like yours really. I notice your using the "admired" theme which looks pretty cool. Ive kinda moved on with my site so I cant be arsed to change the theme really (not that I don't appreciate people helping etc). Currently I've got it my site looking ok, although I might try and add a radius to the menu bar.

My goal really was to "try" and not use the themes and add-ons instead learning as I go, I have learnt a little but there is still room to learn more.

Cheers :)
 

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Just watched some of your dives mate, amazing!
cheers m8, they were my 'learning' dives just over a year ago now, ive done over another 60 jumps since they were filmed, heres one from about 30 jumps ago (was my first exit with someone else since my learning jumps), https://www.dropbox.com/s/mputo83frn82v2s/2009-02-26 00_25_20 (id).mov

with the themes, i tried out a few different ones, then once i found 'admired' i played with some of the settings. i had to learn a bit about the css and some php things to change bits of it about, but, im happy with how its turned out :)
 
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