Custom Menu vs. Pages Widgets

Identifying navigational widgets

If you have a widget that looks like a custom menu widget/pages widget, but you can’t tell which one it is, here’s how:

  1. Log on to your site.
  2. Click on the “edit widget” button of the widget in question.
  3. Look to see which widget is expanded in the widget admin interface. The widget type (outlined in red below) will tell you which navigational widget you have: Custom Menu or Pages.
Navigational widgets: Custom Menu & Pages
Navigational widgets: Custom Menu & Pages

Navigation widget comparison

When in doubt, you probably want a custom menu widget, but here’s the differences between the 2 tools:

Behavior Custom Menu Pages
Can link to pages Y Y
Can link to categories Y N
Can link to external URLs Y N
Lists all pages by default N Y
Adding pages automatically updates menu N Y
Only admins can add new menu items Y N