With smartphones being so ubiquitous now, you often need to add your phone number in a visible location that people can click to dial from their phone. An easy option for doing that is your WordPress navigation bar. As a bonus it’s simple and works with virtually any theme. Here’s what to do:
- Go to the Appearance section and select Menus. Look on the left hand side for a section labeled Links and click on it. This area can be used to create custom links.
- Now that you’re in the right spot, click on the URL and remove the http:// that WordPress adds there automatically. Replace that with your phone number following this format:1
The tel:+ lets your phone know that this is a phone number. The portion after the + is the number to be dialed. In this case our number is 1 (800) 842-5558. It’s important that you do not include any punctuation or space here, just the actual numbers. You’ll also need to include any area code or country code as needed.
The second spot there is where you place your label. This is the text that your visitors will see on your site. You’re welcome to add punctuation and spaces here too if you’d like to.
- Once you have your number and the labeled set, you’ll need to add your custom link to your navigation menu by clicking the “Add to Menu” button. Now your phone number will work like any page, category or other menu item on your site. You can drag and drop it to rearrange the order. I would suggest keeping your phone number last in your list and not as a sub-menu item so it’s easily seen and accessible. Once it’s in place, save your changes.
So once that’s wrapped up you should have a fully clickable phone number in your navigation menu. For visitors using a desktop browser, they won’t be able to call you directly from it, but they can clearly see your number and dial it. Your visitors on a smartphone though will be able to click it and dial you directly from your site.
That’s how to add a phone number to your WordPress navigation menu. If you have any other creative uses for your navigation menu, be sure to share them with us in the comments.