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Creating a proper navigational experience for your visitors is going to be very important as you build out your website. In the early stages as you have few pages/posts on your website, it may not seem important but as your content grows, so does the complexity of your navigation.

In this video I am going to walk you through the following:

  • Where and how your pages show up naturally as you publish
  • Where to find the custom menu editor
  • How to create and manage custom menus
  • Adding a custom menu as the "main" menu
  • Utilizing custom menus within widgets
  • The importance of using custom menus

If you have any questions about custom menus or best practices in terms of navigation, please leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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Louxc1984 Premium
Greetings :), I am following along with the video of creating custom menus and at the beginning part where it shows menu structure, in the video it shows the home and privacy policy, but when I go to mine it does not show those under the menu structure portion. Is there a way to fix that or does it not always show for everyone?
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Louxc1984 Premium
I figured it out, and for those who encounter the same problem as I did. To get the same as what shows in the video, you have to add the home page, privacy, about you, etc to the menu structure, by going into the side menu where it shows post, pages, custom links in the left hand side next to the menu structure. :) hope this helps.
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Eldridge1 Premium
I find it helpful to open up my web site in another tab to be able to view and pause the video to follow what Kyle is training. My theme is different which make the video training different from what my web site need. This is like following a repair manual , somewhat difficult to follow with all the different steps
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Stephan2019 Premium
I'm confused, I thought the About Me was your homepage and was created as a Post in the previous lesson. This video has separate Home that was a Custom Link and and an About me that's a Post. When I try to change my Home page to a Custom Link it fails.
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hie there everyone. am still struggling with my links. so i have put wealthy affiliate links onto my website, but they do not seem to function when i click on them, i was at the back office of my website by the way. So will they function to anyone who will visit my website or do i have to fix the problem..... please help :)
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Munaash, just out of curiosity are you doing the Affiliate Bootcamp and where are you in the training?

With affiliate links, we place them in the content, they will only work if the content page or post is published. If it is still in the draft there will be issues.

Let us know, where you are.
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Okay thanks, am on lesson 7 which is about creating my initial framework of content
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hie there.... i had a question about custom menus. since am going to be supporting wealthy affiliate through my website, how and were do i add content that includes all the links that will be relevant to wealthy affiliate to the reader on the custom menus... can i add it to the home page or i simply create another menu with everything concerning wealthy affiliate
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Munaash,

Usually, we create the pages and or posts and then add them to the menus that we create, if that makes sense read your other question, just let us know where you are in the training and what stage your website is at.
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YBlack Premium
Very informative, as is everything so far. I will have to find another way to express my thoughts, lest I begin to sound like a broken record (yes, I know what that actually is) . :D I am currently watching the video on one day, coming back to complete the task the next day. Built-in review.
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Hello All,

I am having an issue with my About Us post. I have it in the proper menu tab, but the text also shows up on my home page, unformatted and with a big red "Uncategorized" box. When I deleted it and made the text into a page, it worked correctly, but when i changed it back to a post again, the same thing happened. Am I missing a setting?
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BrokFTJFH Premium
Posts will always show up on your blogroll, which is usually on your homepage.

That's why most people make their "about me" a page. That way it won't show up on the blogroll.

It sounds like the reason you see Uncategorized is because you haven't assigned a category to that post.

I would recommend just making it a page and then you'll solve your problem.

Brok
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Thank you. That's not what I was getting from the video, but decided to keep it a page too.
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LovisaN Premium
I cannot see my website structure as yours with the about me, home and privacy police though I did the training tasks, also my posts do not appear as title but as text especially the privacy policy. After dragging and adding active widgets to the sidebar widget, do I have to delete all the inactive ones, it says if you delete it cannot restored, m scared to mess up my web. After doing widgets I couldn't see the save or update button so I left it hanging. Please help I feel bad! Thanks
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Dygie-Reds Premium
post your url here let me have a look!!
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Lovisa, you are in a bit of a tangle nothing that can not be fixed, have a look at the image in the WP editor there are two tabs visual and text so when we are looking at a post and page if we have clicked the text tab that is what we will see, simply click visual and it will change the view.

If you have dragged the widgets to the sidebar just click create.

If you wish to delete one of the widgets, just click the downward arrow and click delete it will only delete that widget nothing else will be affected. Just remember to save after you have deleted.

if you want to replace a widget just repeat the process drag it over from the list of available widgets

hope that this helps.
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somg Premium
I am looking to put my menu in my header so that my logo flows to a menu in the Hiero theme. I have been viewing several different successful websites and notice that their navigation bar is right at the top of the page.

I have tried to use the navigation widget for the header, but it takes away my horizontal buttons with drop downs and puts in a vertical list of my categories. Do I perhaps need to change my theme or is it possible in Hiero to do this?

I found this answer on navigation menus in wordpress saying that I need to change code to make that happen which makes me a little nervous.

https://codex.wordpress.org/Navigation_Menus

Your input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Stacy
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Dygie-Reds Premium
try to put this question on chat for faster reply
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ZulfanFarhi Premium
Hi Kyle, i need to know how i can customise where the headers like "post" in the home page. I prefer to have no sidebar widgets and have a linear design where you find more info by scrolling however since the post header is there it moves it to the side (right) while the header is way on the left. Is there anyway i can make the header "post" right above? Same search to the search bar
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ericcantu Premium
I'm not sure if I understand exactly how you want to customize your site, but what you can achieve as far as the look of your site is theme dependent and depends on how savvy you are with CSS code and customizing it. You may just need to find a theme that has that option of removing the sidebars. Then it would be a matter of finding a forum where they discuss customizing it or finding someone who can give you the CSS code you'd need to achieve the look you're going for :) Most everything is absolutely do-able, it just takes some research.
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lesabre Premium
Sure Kyle, I know they are all important. I don't know if I am making a mistake or not. I compare what I have to your example and they don't seem to match. Also I have no idea how you scroll to the top and refresh your page within that page. I have to back to the login page and refresh my page from. Is it possible for you to take a look at what I have got and can I proceed to the next lesson. Thank you very much. Sorry to keep bothering you. I guess I am getting too impatient, feel like it's taking me forever. Losing confidence in myself.
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lesabre Premium
OK, I am about to give up. I can't get this widget thing! Plus I think I screwed up on appearance. I do not know what is right or wrong anymore. My brain seems to be in shut down mode, there was smoke coming out of my ears and nostrils. Help please. Two days on this lesson. Sorry.
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Renede Premium
Hi lesabre,
I know it can be frustrating when we can not figure something out. It happens to me too. What I normally do is ask a question in live chat to see if anyone can help me, see if I can search online either on google or youtube, check to see if there is training on it and my final would be to step back and away for a few minutes and then come back and start it again. I hope this helps you out.
To your success
Mary
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lesabre Premium
Thank you so much Renede. I am going to follow your advise. I feel it is taking me way too long to get my web site up and running. A bit disappointed in my self.
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Harmattan1 Premium
Kyle, as I was watching this video creating custom menus and such the thought occurred to me that there may be resources available online that focus on learning in depth how to utilize the WordPress as a TOOL. I am new and have only been using WordPress for the last 2 weeks or so. If a person can become skilled at using the platform that it will help them to develop their WA online system to build their business. Is there a place or two that might be useful to go in depth? Thanks.
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OJordan Premium
Hi Kyle, is it possible to UNDO deleted widgets. I notice that you deleted the Archives widget. As I did the same, I noticed that it doesn't give you the option to UNDO the deletion. However I was able to press the back button, and the widget appears again. So is UNDOING deleted widgets possible?
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OJordan Premium
Neverminddddd lol.....I see it!!!
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SherryWilton Premium
OK, so I have a page with an logo image, an about me page and a privacy page., and a video with the niche product I'm promoting. I also had another image on the page for a visual, but it posted the video instead so I don't know what happened there??? It's still ok the things I want , just not sure about the placement of them..
But hey this is AWESOME! I'm loving this platform, love it love it! Thanks Kyle, GREAT TUTS!
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Renede Premium
Thank you Kyle for the step by step navigation menus
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Dygie-Reds Premium
Yes I agree..those step by step navigation instructions were cool.!!
I just added you to my network.
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Cobra7375 Premium
My theme doesn't have a header and only a blog sidebar. Is it possible to add those items or do I have to choose another theme?
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Dygie-Reds Premium
Good training Kyle...I'm off to a good start.
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JohnTurco Premium
I want to post content to sidebar menus, but they only show on the main blog roll. How do I correct that ?
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LeeMcQuay Premium
I believe this link will help you.
If not let me know : )
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AdolfR Premium
Exelent presentation lear a lot in so little time im very happy whit the infotmation thaks.
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Kyle Premium
Glad you enjoyed it. You are now proficient in adding menus to your website, organizing them and putting them into sidebar widgets.
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hanskristian Premium
Great start! It actually made me change my theme to one that makes more sense. My first theme did not have widgets on the home page. Since I don't really want to spend my time figuring out how to do this, changing the theme was way easier.
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LeeMcQuay Premium
Using widgets isn't really that hard.
When Kyle recommends them, he shows you how to install them : )
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Jazzry Premium
Thank you kyle.
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Mary63 Premium
I followed all the Widget steps and saved but my sidebar does not appear on my page. What did I do wrong?
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Kyle Premium
Refresh your page now that you have saved it. It will be there, assuming your theme supports a sidebar.
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LeeMcQuay Premium
Does the Hiero theme only let you have 2 menus on the top?
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Kyle Premium
Yes, two levels deep.
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Zukoruka Premium
Hey Kyle great video like always :) ! I was wondering , how would i put only my privacy policy in the subfooter 1 for example ? if i add a navigation menu widget in the subfooter 1, everything from my top menu will shop up in the bottom of the page . Also , for my top menu , when create a custom link to add to the menu , do i have to somehow create the new URL it leads to before? Or this is what im actually doing when i create a custom link ? I did try and it brings me to my site like i wanted but says "this page cant be found" i gues its normal since i didnt put any content in this new location ? Then again , how do you create content on a custom link? its not a page nor a post . I guess im just not up to that point in the training . sorry if I ask too many question :o .. thanks
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BrokFTJFH Premium
You need to go to menus and create a new menu (not using your primary) You can add any links that you'd like. If you just want to add privacy policy that is fine. You'd then go to widgets and add a custom menu widget to footer area. You'd then select the new menu you created and then it will only show your privacy policy!
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Zukoruka Premium
thank you it makes more sense now :) and it worked :) thanks again Brok !
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BrokFTJFH Premium
Good deal! No problem.

Brok
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10jetbark Premium
I watch all of Kyle's tutorials more than once, as I sometimes have to take time away - like my day job! They are the best and I always learn from them. Thank you, Kyle!!
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Kyle Premium
Awesome, that is wonderful to hear and that is the purpose of all the training that I create. I want to provide you with the most efficient way of accomplishing things, well covering everything you need to know within the training.
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Igor13 Premium
Hi Kyle!
Nice explanation of the Custom menus & Navigation.
It can be useful to "repeat the lections" sometimes. A handy tutorial on the topic.

Thanks!
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, if grasp custom menus and the idea of proper navigation on your website, it can really be helpful not only for the user experience on your website, but can lead to better rankings as well.
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