We continue our series of “how to” articles to assist web designers, developers, webmasters and others with answers to frequently asked questions.  The series provides “how to” information within our core service areas: digital strategy, web design, web development, data integration, application hosting, and online marketing. The information is meant to provide an introduction to each of the topics to help those within a particular discipline, such as web design or web development, to begin an exploration into each subject in more depth.  

The next article in our series describes how to manage taxonomies and menus within Drupal 7.  Drupal is one of the most popular application frameworks on the web today for developers, designers, marketers and content creators. If you would like to learn more about Drupal, please visit Drupal.org or New Target’s Drupal web pages here.


  1. From the admin toolbar, go to Structure > Menus > Add Menu
  2. Enter the name for the menu in the Title field
  3. Add description (optional)
  4. Click the Save button


  1. From the admin toolbar, go to Structure > Blocks
  2. Navigate to your menu in the section of the page called Disabled
  3. Select a region in the select list where you would want your menu to display
  4. Click on Save blocks


After completing these steps your menu is created, but there are no links yet so it’s time to add them.

To add links follow these steps:

  1. Click Add Link
  2. Enter a title for the link in Menu Link Title field
  3. Enter the URL for the link in the Path field (This can be an internal Drupal path such as node/add or an external URL such as http://drupal.org. Enter <front> to link to the front page.)
  4. Enter a description – (this text will be shown when hovering over the menu link – optional)
  5. Enabled checkbox is selected by default, but you can uncheck it if you don’t want the link to show on the site if you want to keep it in Drupal for later use
  6. Show as expanded (If selected and this menu link has children, the menu will always appear expanded.)
  7. Parent link – when creating sublinks you can choose under which main link it will be nested
  8. Weight (Optional: In the menu, the heavier links will sink and the lighter links will be positioned nearer the top.)


  1. Go to Menu Settings tab on the edit page
  2. Select Provide a Menu link

Note: This option will place the link in the menu that you have chosen in the content type and is configured as default.

How to change default menu for Menu Settings when creating a page

  1. From the admin toolbar, go to Structure > Content types > choose the content type you want to make changes to
  2. Scroll to Menu settings
  3. In Available menus choose the menu
  4. Choose the Default parent item (optional)

Some of the contributed modules that help manage/display the menu in different ways:

  1. Superfish
  2. Mobile Navigation
  3. Responsive Menus
  4. TB Mega Menu
  5. Nice Menus

How to create a Drupal taxonomy

  1. From the admin toolbar, go to Structure > Taxonomy > Add vocabulary
  2. Enter the name in Name field
  3. Enter a description for this vocabulary (optional)
  4. Click Add Terms
  5. Enter the Name for the term
  6. Enter a Description (optional)
  7. URL alias (optional)
  8. In the Relations section you can choose Parent terms (optional – you can only choose parent if there are already terms created)
  9. Choose Weight (order in which terms will display in taxonomy list)

Some of the contributed modules that help manage the taxonomy and add more features:

  1. Taxonomy Manager
  2. Taxonomy Term Reference Tree Widget
  3. Taxonomy CSV import/export
  4. Taxonomy Image

For information about how to use Taxonomies within Drupal, visit Drupal.org.

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