Learn the importance of primary and sub-menus in order to create an efficient navigation system.*
This article introduces the navigation options available in your apps, including primary menus, sub-menus, and the mobile navigation bar.
Topics included here:
- What are menus?
- What are primary menus?
- What are sub-menus?
- Where do I find the menu settings?
- Account navigation
- Footer navigation
- Mobile navigation bar
What are menus?
Menu options control the header, footer, and account menu structure, as well as the mobile navigation bar, within your apps. Menus are the first point of discovery for your users. Presentation Manager gives you the ability to configure them to your use case and create menu variants that target specific devices, user groups, languages, segmentation tags, dates, and/or times of the day.
Create a navigational structure that includes both primary and sub-menus, and use icons to provide additional visual aids in the navigation.
What are primary menus?
Primary menu items are displayed within the navigation bar at the top of the screen. Use them to link to your existing application pages to promote your key content categories to end-users.
Here's an example from a responsive web application. Home, Movies, and TV Shows are all primary menu items.
Read our article to find out how to set up primary menus.
What are sub-menus?
Sub-menus, sometimes referred to as drawers, extend the primary menu to provide additional links and assets. You can view sub-menu items by hovering over a primary menu item.
In this example, TV genres and Bookmarked shows are sub-menu groups within the Home primary menu.
The mobile navigation bar uses a sub-menu structure. An iOS example is shown below. Home, Live, Search, and Downloads (seen across the bottom of the app) are all sub-menu items.
Where do I find the menu settings?
To configure your menus, select DISPLAY, followed by Menus. Select an existing menu variant to configure the options for that menu.
Find out how to create menu variants by reading editing menu variants.
|The selected option (highlighted in green) on the left-hand side determines the navigation system in focus on the page body.|
Other navigation options:
Configure your user's account section with additional options.
You'll typically find links to areas such as Recently Watched, Bookmarks, and Account Downloads here.
Mobile navigation bar
The mobile navigation bar menu allows you to display a menu at the bottom of the screen on mobile applications. Although it can include a label, the menu typically consists of buttons only, with icons pointing to pages such as Home, Downloads, Search, or Account.
Read our article for more information on mobile navigation bar configuration.