Create a Navigation in Vend Ecommerce

The Navigation is essentially a collection of links. These could be Pages, Collections, external links, or another Navigation.

There are two types of Navigation you can set up:

  • Main Menu: This is the primary menu navigation for your store and is created by default. Depending on your theme, it might be at the top or the side of your page.
  • Sub-menus: You can create multiple sub-menus. Sub-menus are used to create a drop-down within your main menu. For example, your main menu might have the option 'Women'. This would link to a sub-menu 'Women' which had your collections linked to it.

Before you start setting up your menus, it is a good idea to draw or plan out your menu structure. This can save you loads of time as you'll be able to get a great idea of how you want your Navigation to look before creating it in Vend Ecommerce. The plan below was done on a computer but even just sketching one out on a piece of paper can be a big help.

How do I create my Navigation?

When you're ready, you can start to set up your Navigation. It's best to start with any sub-menus, as you'll need these created before you can link them to your main menu. To begin, follow the instructions below:

You will need:

  • the URLs of any external web pages you want to link
  • the list handle (slug) of a sub-menu, if you're linking it in the main menu.

To create or edit a Navigation list:

Step 1:

In your Ecommerce store, under Design, choose Navigation.

If you're: - Creating a sub-menu, click Add Navigation List.

Step 2:

Editing an existing menu list (like the main menu), click the list name.

Step 3:

Name your Navigation list. A 'slug' (a handle for your list) will automatically be created.

Step 4:

Click Add a link.

Step 5:

  • Name the link. This is what will appear on the Navigation menu in your Ecommerce store.

Step 6:

  • Select the type of link. This can be:
    • Frontpage. The homepage/landing page of your store.
    • Web Address. An external web address OR the list-handle (slug) of one of your sub-menus.
    • Collection. One of your collections.
    • Page. One of your pages.

Step 7:

  • For all the options other than Frontpage, you'll then need to provide more details:
    • Web Address. For a sub-menu, just type the list-handle (slug) name exactly. For an external URL, you'll need to include the http:// at the start, for example

Step 8:

  • Collection/Page. Select the collection/page you want to link to from the drop-down.

Step 9:

  • Click Add a link to add another link (you might have to scroll up).

Step 10:

  • Once you're done, click Save (at the bottom of the page).

Repeat the above steps to create each sub-menu, and then finally edit the main menu to create this.

For more information on Vend Ecommerce, check out this article.