Menu Structure

Open Social has a default structure that consists of topics/events/groups/profiles. Although this is a great initial structure, there is a lot of flexibility to structure the site according to your community's needs. 

The most obvious adjustable structure is your menu:

  • Main menu
  • Footer menu

The menu contains a few menu links by default but you have total control over which links are shown on there. An organisation can use the menu to:

Highlight important news, groups, etc. and/or

Present (static) organizational information, for example:

  • About
  • History
  • Terms/guidelines
menu example

A menu item is nothing more than a button that directs you to a different page. Therefore, a menu item can point to any content on the site with a unique URL.

It can point for example to any topic (for example, a blog or news), group, event, user, or even a specific message that a user has posted.

Moreover, you can also create a menu item that directs you to a specific search page with a filter enabled. 

A nice example of a menu link is one that points to a set of specific members, such as 'community managers'. This is possible by enabling the Profile tag.

You can retrieve the link by going to the user search, selecting a profile tag, and copying the URL from the browser:


search url


Then you need to copy the link into the 'link' field when you create a menu item. Give the menu item a proper title, such as 'Meet our Community Managers' (preferably something shorter), and you are done! 


menu ready



You can also create a menu item that has subitems. For example, you want to highlight the most important groups:

submenu example


Submenus have an extra advantage since it helps decrease the number of main menu items. This makes your site look less cluttered. 

Book pages
A very nice way of structuring information about the organization is to create an 'about' menu item that directs you to a collection of pages with information. In Open Social we call this ' book pages'.



Read more about the book page functionality here.

Click here to see the detailed information about adding menu items and creating submenus.