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How do I add custom links to my Big Cartel theme menus?

Filed in Header, Footer & Menus

Introduction – Important

Your Big Cartel page and category links are automatically added to your menus, and can be controlled as detailed in the support article How do I add links to my shop menus? (An overview of all Aarcade menu areas).

Adding Custom Menu Links – like external site links

As explained in the above-mentioned article – i.e. How do I add links to my shop menus? (An overview of all Aarcade menu areas) – to add custom links to your menus you can use one of the following options:

  1. Add a custom link with the “Back to Site” web site link – refer to section Special Menu Items of the above-linked article.
  2. Add custom links with the built in page navigation control – refer to section Custom / External Links of the above-linked article.

For Core Release 5 and Earlier

Custom menu links can be added via your Primary Custom Options. Primary Custom Options are located in your Customize design > Advanced (advanced) – Layout page code (refer to How do I use the Custom Options for my Big Cartel theme?).

Custom menu link settings are located in the {{ NAVIGATION OPTIONS }} option section as follows:

{% capture prepend_page_menu_links %}

{% endcapture %}
{% capture append_page_menu_links %}

{% endcapture %}

{% capture prepend_category_menu_links %}

{% endcapture %}
{% capture append_category_menu_links %}

{% endcapture %}

{% capture prepend_footer_menu_links %}

{% endcapture %}
{% capture append_footer_menu_links %}

{% endcapture %}

Adding A Custom Link

To add a custom link, locate the capture type custom option (from the above selection) for the menu area you wish to add your link to. For example, if your custom link is to be added to the end of the category menu:

{% capture append_category_menu_links %}

{% endcapture %}

Enter your custom link between the capture and endcapture tags as follows:

{% capture append_category_menu_links %}
Visit Aarcade##http://aarcadethemes.com
{% endcapture %}

Links are entered, one per line, in the format LINKNAME##LINKURL. The link name and URL are always separated with a double hash.

You can also link within your store. For example, if you wanted to link directly to the product “Plaid Shorts”:

{% capture append_category_menu_links %}
Special Shorts##/product/plaid-shorts
{% endcapture %}

To force your link to load in a new window, add another double hash to the end of your link line followed by “nw”:

{% capture append_category_menu_links %}
Google##http://google.com##nw
{% endcapture %}

Always use a new line for each link. For example, to add all of the above links to the end of our category menu:

{% capture append_category_menu_links %}
Visit Aarcade##http://aarcadethemes.com
Special Shorts##/product/plaid-shorts
Google##http://google.com##nw
{% endcapture %}

Click the Done button and then the Save link when you have finished editing your Layout page options.

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