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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RHunt Premium
Most enlightening
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VSinatra Premium
Just keeps getting better. Thanks! I'm still learning !
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N33 Premium
Excellent, thank you Kyle. I love to control the layout of my website
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So straightforward! Perfect for the green such as myself :D
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EmilyW88 Premium
so how can I move my privacy policy from the top menu to the footer - i'm a bit confused.. please help :)
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@RICH. Premium
In Appearance > Menus, create a new menu, call it something like Legal and add your Privacy Policy, About, Contact Me pages to it and save.

Then in Appearance > Widgets, drag a Custom Menu widget into the footer and select your Legal menu.
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jam30mont Premium
I was able to create my menus. Lots of little steps but one more thing accomplished. Thanks
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DrFraser Premium
Great video. my only question is "how do you add categories?
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Was unable to find Meta no index and Meta no follow to check off
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AgnesDF Premium
You can find both on the same page you are working on. Just scroll down the page.
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EthelleM1 Premium
very helpful... thanks!
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Angelien Premium
NO worry's.

:)
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CharrisseB Premium
I am unable to watch the wordpress navigation video...now what? Its says it not supported....sad face
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AgnesDF Premium
You see the Search Box on top where it says Search for help here? Just type your question and it will give you results, topics you can choose from based on your question. Maybe you want to type Wordpress. Then you choose from the results given. Hope this helps.
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CharrisseB Premium
Thx
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LindaClark1 Premium
I just learned something I have been struggling with for a very long time. Supper lesson.
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BobHarris1 Premium
You answered some of the more worrisome questions I have had so far - menus, widgets, footers. Now they seem normal, but I did not have a clue. Enjoying the training.
Bob
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Kyle Premium
Excellent, glad this offered you lots of clarity here. :)
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TracyW2 Premium
I think I have it...
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, try it as many times as you like until it sinks in. Once you build one many successfully, you're not to have any issues at all moving forward. :)
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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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D-AnnTaylor Premium
I enjoyed learning about Creating Custom Menus and Navigation as well as the information provided on widgets. I am looking forward to the next learning experience. Great job as usual Kyle.

Deborah
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Kyle Premium
Lots more where this came from! The education is only going to continuously move through the training!
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D-AnnTaylor Premium
Learning is knowledge and knowledge is power, :-).

Thank you Kyle.

D-AnnTaylor
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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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viyee Premium
Awesome training. Thanks Kyle!
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Kyle Premium
Glad you're enjoying it!
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swiss6460 Premium
love it, great stuff
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AgnesDF Premium
Practice makes perfect. Thanks, Kyle.
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RDoren Premium
I will need to try this in order to get a thorough understanding. Bob
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MRMathee Premium
Thanks Kyle. Awesome training
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wilfredo47 Premium
How do l erase my about me because l have 3 of them?
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Gunnertwist Premium
Just go to your WP dashboard>pages select all pages and then hover your mouse over the page u want to delete. A menu will pop up and there will be an option marked "Trash". Click that and it will delete for u. Then u can select Trash at the top of the list of pages and in there u can delete it permanently.

carl
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suzy2107 Premium
Thank you Kyle, very helpful!
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kirby4065 Premium
Excellent information. Extremely useful
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Emelun Premium
:O :O I was looking for this info thank you very much :D I'm so happy
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This has been such a help I had no clue you could do all this wow
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ehartung Premium
that was one of the the infos I was looking for
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Star4U Premium
This training was excellent. Before I felt like a blind man in unfamiliar territory. I feel that the Aha moment is here! Just a quick question, how do you add the picture at the comments section?
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MozMary Premium
do you mean in these comments, once you start to type - do you see the paper clip down in the left there, for attaching stuff
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Star4U Premium
Thank you for your reply. I will look into it
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Angelien Premium
Thank you very much, Kyle, for putting this link within your answer to my question. I changed my menu and widgets.
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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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awakenandren Premium
Thanks for the info I don't think I saw this video when I started a few months ago and I made a mess of my site trying to figure it out..very clear!
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Carol46 Premium
This has really helped me out but I would like to know how to place a Comments box at the bottom of the page, please?
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dalwhu Premium
Carol
If you want to engage visitors then create a post rather then a page on your website as post's allow for visitors to comment

Darren
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Carol46 Premium
I saw on the bottom of Kyles page a box with comments above it. Is that different to what you are talking about? Thanks for your input too, Darren
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GHaiser1 Premium
The best way to do that Carol is to create your content pages through the new writing platform found in the SiteRubix.
If you have created pages and posts already, copy and paste them into the writing platform - you should do this anyway for all the spell checks etc., it runs.
Publish your work through this platform and it will automatically create comments section for you.
G.
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Carol46 Premium
Thank you, Gary. Mmm I did that but no comment box. I have seen where others have the same problem
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GHaiser1 Premium
The comment box will only appear with your pages I believe, not the posts. Could be the other way around but at any rate, it should show up once you hit publish within your writing platform.
Did you update and refresh your website to see if that helps?

If none of the above work, go to support and they will help walk you through this.
G
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dalwhu Premium
I wonder if it depends on the theme you choose for your website?
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Carol46 Premium
Thank you, Luna!
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LunaVC Premium
My Pleasure!
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Akissa Premium
I'm understanding the website better. We do need the training.
Thanks for the video Kyle. :)
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alwilson1on Premium
Great video, very informative.
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carolbinger Premium
Great! Thanks Kyle. I would like to reiterate one more time: I love these courses and I am learning sooo much. I really do appreciate WA. My regret.....I procrastinated. I am sorry I started WA so late. I should have when I stumbled upon it years ago.
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Kyle Premium
Don't worry, we all procrastinate I think to a certain level. And to overcome this, you need to be aware of this and take action to prevent it moving forward.

You are doing great and I am so glad you did find us!
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RikaSF Premium
My menus are sorted and I am ready for the next lesson. I am really enjoying the training!!!
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billyghawaii Premium
Glad you are getting ahead on this... journey to success
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Kyle Premium
Excellent, nice work Rika! :)
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ambweblounge Premium
Extremely helpful. Thank you.
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Kyle Premium
Glad you enjoyed it!
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Tnx Kyle
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Greglac Premium
very helpful. Thanks
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TaniaHersel Premium
Thank you for this.
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Gabriel20Mm Premium
GREAT!.

You saved the day with this training, Kyle.

Thank you so much; I am grateful.
Gabby
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Kyle Premium
Great to hear! :)
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wyeming52 Premium
...wow. thanks!..
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jtaienao Premium
Thanks for the training Kyle.
Jerome
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celiacman Premium
Thank You Kyle

This should help many people understand how to use the menus to customize their website.

Jeff
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Kyle Premium
For sure Jeff, menus and navigation will be an important part of your website as you build it out. So glad this offers clarity on that.
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billyghawaii Premium
Mahalo Kyle
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Struggler Premium
Question:
How do you manage whether posts and pages show up on the home page?
I want my content to be pages but right now I'm forced to make them posts because pages wont show up on the home page.
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billyghawaii Premium
A home page is a single page, you can have additional static pages and you can have a blog roll show up as your "home" page 'default'.

To change that go to wp dasboard/settings/writing/ and set one page as a static home page.
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Struggler Premium
It was in the reading tab but thank you very much, that's what I needed to know!
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GHaiser1 Premium
Very timely - thanks Kyle,
G
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mattmike7 Premium
Perfect timing, trying to figure out where to put some articles. Thanks, Kyle
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oldcrock Premium
excellent, thank you
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JanP2 Premium
Thank you, Kyle. I am now an expert in using WordPress menus.

Janice.
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markr0675 Premium
Awesome! Thank you Kyle. Im sure there are a bunch of us needing this.
Thanks
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susanmacneil Premium
Fabulous!!

Thank you!

Susan
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JWyngaarden Premium
Another subject I will add to my site! (Again a) Very helpful training!
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jthornhill Premium
Thank you
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pablocortina Premium
Thank you
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Howardc Premium
Thanks, Kyle,
Big help for a newbie!
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RandyL1 Premium
Thanks Kyle, awesome job!

Randy
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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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Phil-58 Premium
hi there
well done again and thanks for this training video
it will be helpful to everyone here
cheers PB
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ChrisShouse Premium
Thank you, Kyle, for this training.
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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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KBush Premium
Thank you for the training.
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raringler Premium
Thanks again Kyle!
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AchuthanN1 Premium
Thank you Kyle. That was very useful.
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accad Premium
Now I have to learn to create submenus.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, very easy to do Jimmy and this is covered within the training here.
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accad Premium
Thank you for this training.
I want to reiterate what I've asked maybe one week ago concerning the lines spaces. Some themes are ok and some themes are good but the issue is the line spacing is so far.
Is there a training provided to adjust it to the normal spacing like this here. Not like double spaced.
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RayAleksandr Premium
Awesome instruction, just what we needed. Thanks Kyle :-)
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Acell Premium
Nice work, easy to follow, Thanks Kyle.
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Josh From Oz Premium
I think this may be wrong "Creating a proper navigational experience for your visitors is not going to be very important". :p
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Alan Hocking Premium
Yeah I thought that Josh :)
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Kyle Premium
Oops, IS going to be very important. I have updated, thanks!
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Alan Hocking Premium
:)
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