Let's take a closer look at what can be set in the Navigation tab of the Divi theme options.
Be aware that there are no "good or bad settings", it is all subjective and will vary according to your web projects and the purpose you wish to achieve...
The options you set in this tab can influence the behaviour of your main menu. Go here to the complete file dedicated to the main navigation of Divi.
The "Navigation" option screen consists of 3 sub-tabs: "Pages", "Categories" and "General Settings".
The programme for this article is as follows:
- The Navigation > Pages sub-tab
- The Navigation > Categories sub-tab
- The Navigation > General Settings sub-tab
- Other Divi options
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1 - The Pages > Navigation sub-tab
- Exclude pages: I'm not sure if this option is interesting since to organize your navigation, it's better to go through the options that WordPress offers from the Appearance > Menu tab. See here to know how to create a WordPress main menu.
- Drop-down menus: If this option is deactivated, the sub-pages contained in your main navigation will not be active. Only the first level pages will be taken into account.
- Home Link: This option adds a link to your home page, however, if you have set your home page in the Appearance > Customise > Static Home Page tab, this will create a duplicate.
- Link Sorting: This allows you to set the sorting order of the links in your main navigation. Again, this has no value if you set your menu from the Appearance > Menu tab.
- Ranking order: same as for the link rankings, it is better to use the Appearance > Menu tab offered natively by WordPress.
- Number of levels in drop-down menus: these are the levels equivalent to the depth of a menu. It depends on how many sub-elements you need in your main menu.
- Save: of course, once you have made your changes, don't forget to save them.
Read also: How do I insert images into the Divi menu?
2 - The Navigation > Categories sub-tab
Let's now take a closer look at the "Categories" sub-tab available from the "Navigation" tab...
- Exclude categories: Just like pages, it is possible to exclude categories in the main navigation. This is where you can check or uncheck them. However, it may be more appropriate to do this from the Appearance > Menu tab offered natively by WordPress.
- Drop-down menus: If your blog has child categories and you want them to appear automatically, you can enable this option.
- Empty categories: You can display all existing categories in the main navigation of your site. By default, categories that do not contain any items will be hidden. If you still want to display them, you can deactivate this option.
- Dropdown levels: Just like the dropdown menus on the pages, you can decide how deep the dropdown menu for your categories should be. This will depend on your internal organisation of parent and child categories.
- Sort links: you can filter the sorting of links in your category navigation
- Sortingorder: just as you can sort them in ascending or descending order.
- Save: Don't forget to save your changes.
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3 - The Navigation > General Settings sub-tab
Until now, the last two tabs have not had much added value but the options available from the "General Settings" sub-tab are quite important...
- Disable top level: When this option is disabled, the primary elements of your navigation will be clickable. If you want the primary item, containing sub-menu items, to be unclickable, enable this option. For example, on this blog, Divi Tips, you can click on the item named " ALL FOR DIVI" . This primary element is clickable because the option is disabled. If I had wanted the "ALL FOR DIVI" element to be unavailable, I would have enabled this option.
- Alternative scrolling method: When creating a scroll navigation, i.e. SCROLL, a CSS ID is added to access that part of the screen. However, it can happen that the title is cut off. Enabling this option fixes the problem. For lots of tips about scrolling, go here.
- Save: always the same, don't forget to save...
4 - Other Divi options
To go further, I suggest you browse through the other articles in this series:
- How to set up the General tab of the Divi theme ?
- How to set up the Navigation tab of the Divi theme? (you are on this article)
- How to set up the Divi theme creator tab
- How to set up the Layout tab of the Divi theme ?
- How to set up the Advertising tab of the Divi theme ?
- How to set up the SEO tab of the Divi theme ?
- How to set up the Integration tab and Updates tab of the Divi theme ?