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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Zenon-K Premium
In regards to the top menu. I want to create a tab that will be a page so to speak that when clicked on will have multiple reviews of products and hotlinks to affiliate sites. Should this be created as a post to get more Search engine exposure or created as a page. Thanks.
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DNicholas Premium
Can some one help me? I've looked everywhere I can think of, but can't find the solution. On my home page, I want my welcome post to show first all the time, but every time I add a new post, it pushes the welcome post further down the home page. Is there anybody out there that has any idea how to keep it on top, or where I can go to find out? Thanks for any help you can give me.

Don
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EDPI Premium
Hello Don, try this.
Go to your post in the Edit mode. In the area that says Publish click on the "Visibility" option "Edit".
Below the word Public, you will see the word "Sticky this post to the front page". Click on that button, then OK and Update your post.
Then, add another post to see if you Welcome post shows first.
Hope this solve your problem.
Best Regards,
Edgar
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DNicholas Premium
Thanks for the info, I'll give it a try. I'll try anything once, twice if it works. I appreciate the help.
Don
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DNicholas Premium
Thanks for the information. I'll try it.
Don
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JohnKunan Premium
Hi,

I have a couple of different options for creating a custom menu than Kyle had in the training video. Probably new updates? Just wondering if I did the right thing. Kyle had "Main Menu" to click on but I have "primary menu" and then "mobile menu" underneath that. I just did primary assuming that's the same as main menu, but should I have also clicked on mobile, can you do two at once? and what is mobile menu used for? I know most people use mobile devices now instead of a computer so is this a different format adapted just for a phone?

Thanks
John
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Triblu Premium
Hey John,

Kyle's instructions clearly state that you can call your menu whatever you want. That label is strictly yours to see.

On responsive themes you do NOT need a separate menu for mobile devices, as the theme will display a theme differently on mobile devices when compared to desktop computers.

Check your website in a mobile device and I'm sure you will see that your "mobile menu" may be redundant.

Hope this helps you.
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JohnKunan Premium
Hi,

Thank you for your response! I was just wondering why the options that Kyle had in the video were different from mine and what the purpose of those options are since its not shown in the video and I’m not a techy lol. Maybe you answered this by talking about responsive themes? Again, not a techy so I’m not sure what that is, I just have two options to choose from, “primary menu” and “mobile menu”, as opposed to, in the video, Kyle’s option is “main menu”. Not the title that we type in but at the bottom.

Thank you
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Triblu Premium
Oooh ... okay John, than my best guess would be you've chosen an older theme and that is how the theme developer has decided to handle the additional consideration for mobile users.

Personally, I have never seen those options in any of the themes I have used, so was unaware of the options even existing.
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JohnKunan Premium
I feel so much better! I thought I was going crazy lol. So it’s probably the theme I chose. There’s so much I don’t know! I’m so glad to have your help- everyone’s help here.

Be blessed,
John
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Triblu Premium
The BIG thing to remember John is that NO ONE is trying to confuse you ... actually quite the opposite.

Computer software (WordPress is software) is purposely setup (or standardized) to be easy to use once you understand what may be found under which menu item.

Example: File, Edit, View, Tools, etc.

Don't get me wrong. I'm SURE you will find software somewhere that tries to re-write "the book" but for the most part, software developers want theirs to be intuitive. That way, more users will use their software and the more who use it ... the more money the developer(s) make.

Hope this helps you.
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Darla51 Premium
Kyle...I am lost! My site looks nothing like yours and I am unable to add menus for some reason. I only have 1 menu and several widgets that my site will allow. I am following the directions but cannot seem to get the menus to download. My site is FitOver60.siterubix.com. Please help!
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rnb5454 Premium
I'm working on creating custom menu's on my site, I cannot get them to show at the top of the site as shown on the video in red, mine appear on the right hand side.I have gone through the video several times to see what I have done wrong?
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Kyoko817 Premium
When you go to "appearance" and "menus", do you have your pages on menu structure in "primary menu"?
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joelchaz Premium
I know as I move the page the top one will appear far left and lowest will appear far right. It seems that no matter how I move my pages they stay in the same position on the menu. My Home is in the middle even though it is on top. Help!
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Kyle Premium
Exactly, top will be on the left, bottom will be on the right. ;)
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PMurray1 Premium
Oh dear. This is getting deep into computer science now. I realize that Kyle is trying to make this as simple as possible, but all of this information is more than what I can absorb. I think I forgot to put the "About Paul" title in. How do I fix that? (in as few steps as possible). I am 64 years old, not 25, and to my generation, the term "widget" refers to a small item made in a factory. Apparently, there is some other meaning in the lexicon of computer science. I am trying as hard as I can to do at least the very basics--just getting a menu at the top would be an accomplishment for me that I can take pride in--and leave all of the extra computer functions for a later time when I have a firm grasp of the basics.
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BobHarris1 Premium
66 here. I get it. And yes....get something, anything to take pride in. And find some others on here who will encourage you. I am going VERY BASIC with all my stuff right now. Best to you.
Bob
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Felynz Premium
Hey, my "Privacy Policy" is definately a page and NOT a post but when I visit my website, there's a "Leave Comment Below" box on my privacy page. I've checked and double checked that it's definitely a page and not a post so how do I get rid of the comment section?
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Kyoko817 Premium
Go to your privacy policy page and look for the top right "screen options". Discussion or comment may have been checked. Before uncheck it, look for the "Comment" that is placed on below your content, and uncheck whatever it was checked, then uncheck the "comment" on the top right. Hope it helps!
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Felynz Premium
Hey - I've gone into "screen options" and neither the comment or discussion boxes were checked and there is no "Comment" below my content so nothing for me to uncheck :(

Do you have any other suggestions?
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HC516 Premium
Where is the 'Leave Comment Below' link? It was on the right on mine and turned out to be the comment widget that goes to every page. ? If not, Kyle or Carson are great at helping
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Felynz Premium
Thank you for your help but I'm stumped! I'll have to call on Kyle or Carson I think
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sheikave Premium
I think you have the choice of having comments of not. So make sure you did check the right box.
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ajmessier Premium
I have a general question! How are you maneuvering between your site and the admin page? It looks like you are just going up to the tool bar and it switches. The only way I can find to bring up the site is to go to the left top corner and go to drop down for "visit site". Also, are we supposed to "publish" this when we are done?Thanks bunches,
Amy
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Triblu Premium
Hey Amy,

It appears that Kyle was clicking on a tab that displayed his home page. When he clicked on it, the tab was out of the range of his recording which is why you couldn't see what he was clicking on.

When creating or editing menus you will need to click on the Save Menu button.

Hope this helps you.
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eosegueraf Premium
You have to open a new tab in your browser with the name of your website, just as you usually browse. Just as Trish says, Kyle's video doesn't show the different tabs he has open.
After you are done writing a page/post, you should save it first (so you won't loose it) and once you review it and are satisfied with its content, publish it. Do not hesitate, remember, you can always Edit it if needed. You are in command, you take the decisions,
Greetings from México, I hope it helps Amy.
Eugenio.
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I was very confused on this module training. What Kyle showed on his training video was not what I was showing. I managed to get through it and I made some changes to my menu and changed the theme. I guess I was so excited that this website was coming together. Then module 7 started and I was lost. I was ready to quit. Now I am back on schedule. Thanks HS! And thanks to my two mentors who commented on my questions!
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Kyle Premium
Good to hear you are making some progress and you got it sorted. After you update and save your menus, then add to your Top Menu, you will then be able to see these live. Make sure you refresh your browser after you do this.
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Urolin1981 Premium
Hi! Kyle, I learned something new and useful, but far from being able to do such. Here I would need you to look over www.timelyrightcare.com, which I am struggling to build it. I noticed the available editing functions of WP failing to produce aesthetic effects on alignment, line spacing, and letter size arrangement. Please instruct me. Thanks-a-million!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Another easy to follow video.

Question: When I was looking to edit the menu, I noticed it just showed "About Me" and "Privacy Policy", "Home" did not appear. I just checked the theme I'm using and it shows "Home" on the menu.

What did I do wrong? Was I supposed to add a "Home" page? Wouldn't that show by default?
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@RICH. Premium
In most themes the Home button on the menu links to the domain name url, ie. http://www.wealthyaffiliate.com

You can have either a blogroll on your home page, or a specific page that you create, you can change it in Settings > Reading.

Also, some themes let you have more than one top menu, you can assign locations by clicking on the Manage Locations tab in Appearance > Menus. :)
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Hmmm....this is interesting because when I click to see the details of that particular theme, it shows "Home" appearing on their menu.

I don't know if this is related or a separate issue, but right now, I just have my "About Me" and "Private Policy" pages. When I go to view the site, the pages appear in the menu, but the default background picture does not appear. When I click onto one of the pages, the picture shows.

I know all of this is a review of the Certification, but I didn't have these issues for my first site.

Not sure if I'm making any sense or if this just sounds like a bunch of babble. Anyway, I appreciate your reply, Rich.
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@RICH. Premium
You can always add it in to a menu yourself. Just go to Appearance > Menus and then add a Custom Link (instead of a page) title it Home and type in your domain name. Also, make sure you click on Location Manager whilst you're there, and assign the menu to a specific location, otherwise the order of the items on your menu may not "stick". :)
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Ok, that makes sense. . Sometimes it's those little things that can prove to be such an annoyance. Thanks again for your help, Rich. I really appreciate it.
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Tjennings122 Premium
Thanks for the refresher, Kyle!
I have a flub on my website I'm trying to fix. My Welcome page is displaying my Blogs and my Blog is displaying my Welcome page. I have something there still trying to figure it out without having to delete so much data to fix. frustrating.
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HC516 Premium
Remember, you can ask for help on the search bar up on top, or even pm Kyle or Carson. They are very helpful. ; )
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Tjennings122 Premium
Thank you
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Kyle Premium
Under Settings => Reading you will be able to manage which content goes to the front page and also which page the blog roll will be on.

I typically recommend leaving the homepage as your blog roll as it will lead to quicker indexing by search engines and give your site the appearance of being more active to your users, but this is up to you and can be controlled by you.

If you want to update this, you will need to make your Front Page "static" and then choose which page a assign as your Front Page and which page you will assign as your posts page. See attached screenshot.
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Tjennings122 Premium
Thank you Kyle!!!

Have a blessed evening!
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WJohnC Premium
I am not entirely happy with the letter size and style available for these posts - all you have is the traditional b i u functions, but no function enabling you to customize the size and style of your letters in the ordinary text. Is there any way of remedying this?
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LunaVC Premium
You could add WordPress edit Plugin. That would give you more options. I deactivate it when it is not in use.
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AnuO Premium
Hello Kyle,
Thanks for the video. Really informing. But, I have recently gone through this exact training in the bootcamp courses.

But, the aspect you have not touched is how to make specific post go under certain top menus or side menus. Like also a blog roll.

So that when visitors clicks on any of the top menus, it opens and the visitors see the posts also like a roll with (Read More...) after it.

Thanks and expecting a reply from you soon.

Anu.
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Kyle Premium
Your posts will automatically go to your homepage blog roll, as you post them. If you want to create "category" pages as you are mentioning (which I don't recommend), here is some training on how to do this.
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Triblu Premium
Hey Kyle,

Thank YOU for the great training tutorial!

Just a note: I recently discovered that the 2nd level of sub-menus doesn't work well on my choice of a WordPress theme when using a mobile device. Because my themes are fully optimized and they have improved my sites in SERPs since installing them, I simply moved all of my 2nd level sub-menu items to be sub-menu items only.

Other members may want to test their site's navigation bar on mobile devices especially if they use a lot of 2nd level sub-menus as I did.

If that turns out to be true, then their 2nd level sub-domain menu items might then be better offered in the widget like you showed.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, mobile is always going to work in a little more of a limited fashion. This is definitely a good point and you can test how your site looks and behaves in mobile using Google's free mobile testing tool.

https://search.google.com/test/mobile-friendly

Or, visiting your website on a mobile device yourself.
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Triblu Premium
True! And a very useful tool.
However, the mobile testing tool didn't show the issue with my navigation bar. Only my actual testing my site on a mobile device spotted that issue which is why I said what I did.
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Kyle Premium
Sure, this is a theme issue then as it is not programmed properly for mobile, although it might be responsive.
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Triblu Premium
Only the navigation bar 2nd level sub-domain menu that's not mobile friendly, as the theme gets top ranking for being mobile friendly ... go figure. :-))
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