This guide requires a user within a Group with a Moderator or Manager group role. If you don't have either capability, you will NOT be able to make the necessary changes.

Menus in Groups

Different menus are available to groups, these include Main, Secondary, Footer, and Social.

  • Main Menu. Displayed in the header of your site, on the right, under the Search box. The main navigation also gives your site pages a structure see, "Change the Path or URL of a Page" below.
  • Secondary Menu. Displayed in the header of your site, on the right, over the Search box, in a smaller font than the Main menu.
  • Footer Menu. Displayed in the footer of your site, next to the School address.
  • Social Menu. Displayed in the footer of your site, on the left, below the School address.

Add a Page to a Menu

When adding a page to a menu, we must use a special group-specific link format to add group content to that site's navigation. 

Drupal will then transform this into user-friendly formats when viewed on the public-facing site and update if any changes are made to the URL.

  1. From your group Homepage or Content tab
  2. Navigate to the Group Menus tab
  3. Select the Menu you want to work with.
  4. Then to add another webpage to that menu, click Add Link
  5. Enter the MenuLink Title as needed. This is usually the same as the page's title but you can change it, for example, if it is too long.
  6. Copy and paste the Link to Group Content in the Linkfield. Ensure it doesn't add extra blank spacing before or after.
    • These links can be found on the group content page, in the column "Link to group content.",
      i.e., group/{group_id}/nodes/{group_content_id}.

    • We have found it helps to open two browser windows, one with the content list and one with navigation editing. This makes finding and copying this information much easier.
    • More on these links
  7. And Save

Move/Rearrange Links in a Menu

  1. Once a link has been added to a menu
  2. You can use the 4-way arrow to click-and-drag the link to the location you desire
    • You can drag a link under and to the right of another link to nest it.
    • Nesting links ONLY applies to the Main Menu. Other menus will NOT display nested links.

  3. Once finished rearranging, use the Save button at the bottom of the page.

Change the Path or URL of a Page

The Main Menu also gives your site a structure. By linking a page within this menu, its URL will be updated to match the location within the menu. To change the path of a page:

  1. Navigate to the Main Menu of your group
  2. Add or locate the target page
  3. Move the page under the desired "parent" page
    • For example, if you move it under About, the URL of that page will become: /about/page-title.
  4. And Save

Other Notes

When creating a website, it's crucial to prioritize building the main menu. This menu establishes the website's information architecture. It's best to refrain from working on other menus until the main menu has been established.

A page’s placement in the footer menu supersedes its position in the main menu and, in turn, throws off the URL path generated. Only add top-tier pages (based on their position) in the main menu to the footer menu.


Pathauto will use its location in the footer nav to build its URL path regardless of where it is positioned within the main nav.

If a page deeper in the main menu/site architecture must be added to the footer menu, use a rendered path generated by the main nav position, not a node reference.

Once the Main Menu has been modified, the paths must be regenerated. Currently, only the Web Team can perform this function.

Please submit a ticket with Web Team to have the paths updated after updating a menu.