Today is going to your first introduction to proper organization on your website. One thing that we always need to remember is that we are building our websites for PEOPLE, and our visitors and how someone would view our content and our navigation is what should dictate how we present our content.

In other words, if your website is difficult to navigate, people simply won't. The may read your content, and then just move onto another website. You can increase your website "page views" and overall website revenue if you understand proper navigiation

Introducing "Custom" Menus in Wordpress.

The default Wordpress menus work in very strange ways and can be quite awkward. Typically when you add a page, it automatically goes to the main menu. A post, will go to the homepage blog roll (not the main menu).

As a website owner, you want FULL control of your navigation as your theme by default won't do a very good job of this. Fortunately, it is quite straightforward to create Custom Menus.

Navigation is going to be a critical element to your user experience moving forward and will impact your rankings (as Google ranks sites with proper navigation better), so this is an important step here.

I have created a"Creating Custom Menus, Navigation, & Widgets" video walking you through the process of creating custom menus. You can check it out below.

 

Task 1: Create a Menu

There are a few simple steps to creating a custom menu. The first thing you need to understand is where to find the Menu management section within your Wordpress admin area.

Under the Appearance, click the Menus sub heading.

This will take you to the custom menu creator.

Under the left tab, you are going to see a Posts section. Posts are not added to your navigation by default, so you are going to need to click the Posts tab and it will show a list of your Posts.

In this case, we have only create the About Me post. Click the check box associated with that, and then click the Add to Menu.

**Note: Most themes by default will add Pages to the top menu, but if you don't see your Privacy Policy within the Menu Structure section, you will need to add that.

Your About Me page has now been added to your menu structure (as shown below).

Once added to your Menu Structure, you can reorganize your menu in any way you like by dragging and dropping them. In this case, I am going to add my About Kyle post above the Privacy Policy, which is going to put it to the "left" of this within the live menu on my website. So in essence, I am ordering my pages here.

Upon completing my menu order, click the "Create Menu" button and you will establish your new menu.

After you have done this, you are going to want to add your newly created menu to your website, to override the Main Menu on your site. You are going to see a new tab created after you have created your new menu called "Manage Locations".


You will want to click this tab, and then under the "Main Menu" item you are going to choose the menu you just created, in this case it is called "Main Menu". After doing that click Save Changes. You are set!

For example purposes, here is what my live website looks like with my newly updated menu.

You can see the order of the menu items and that my "About Kyle" post comes before the "Privacy Policy" post.

And we are done. It is as simple as that and as we continue to build out our website, we are going to be reorganizing our websites regularly, managing this menu and likely creating "sub menus" which we will be getting into later as we have more content on our websites.

Nice work thus far!

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Ola0420 Premium
So far so good. The lessons are presented in simple language and so easy to understand. I can build my my own niche website now.
Before building my website, i need a niche. I am yet to decide on the niche to use for my first website. I am stock at which niche is the most appropriate and the acceptability during website building .
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Hello,

Talking about niche, it is better to focus on one and differentiate yourself from your competitors. Think of it like being a big fish in a small pond.

A niche is a tightly defined portioned of a subcategory. For example, think of the health and beauty category. This is a very wide category. A beauty salon can offer a wide variety of services, including tanning, waxing, facials, massage, etc. If, for example, we take one of these subcategories - let's say facials - this could be our niche. However, we could narrow it down even further by focusing on facials for business women 30 years old and over. That is a tightly defined niche.

When we target a specific target audience/target market, that means we'll have less competitions and can focus more of our efforts in building our business better. We won't waste time and energy rambling about so many stuff that will confuse our readers that visit our site.

Find something that you are passionate about because you'll write a lot of contents about it.

Hope this info is helpful to you.

Ferra
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Ola0420 Premium
Thank you very much for your answer to my question. Meanwhile, i have chosen a niche already and also use it to build my niche website. now, i don't know if i am right or wrong.
I registered a domain with my niche, nature help me. what do you think, please.
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What's your niche? Is the domain name nature help me?
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the domain name is naturehelpme and my website is nature help me.
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Lbm3357 Premium
So far the lessons have been very detailed and I'm learning quite a bit about this industry. I know that there is a ton of things that I don't know and I'm just scratching the surface but I'm excited to see where this takes me when the final product is produced.
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Keep at it Lonnie, you'll see results soon enough.
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angelayao20 Premium
i have already chosen a niche,but must it be a niche that promote products and services? My intial website is more of a blogging site, and the one I just started here at WA is a non-profit organization related to the niche. Im' a little bit confused on the creating your online business part.
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Angela,

With our blogging or non-profit organization site can still generate money by joining affiliate programs or putting ads like Google Adsense, etc.
With your blogging site, who is your target audience? Say, if it is a young mom who wants to stay-at-home and make money online, then you can offer your expertise related to blogging in your contents. You can promote domain or hosting company etc. You can even create your own products like e-book etc and offer it to your readers.

Hope it helps,
Ferra
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angelayao20 Premium
Im still waiting to access my blogging site for the techsuppprt team. And although I have the passion to start a non for profit, it is not a simple task as it seems, also there are financial constraints too.
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Angela,

I have no experience nor expertise regarding building a non-profit site, however doing some research about it and look for examples from existing non profit sites probably would help you to get an idea of what to do next.

All the best,
Ferra
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Should my Niche be Meditation, would it be better to choose just Meditation, as this will give me a bigger market that will allow for selling Accessories, music, workshops etc. etc. or is it better to "fine tune" for example JUST music or JUST accessories etc? No idea how this works yet.....
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Sorry guys, didn't see the question section where I was supposed to ask my question.....still a bit doffy as a newby!!!
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Hey, meditation is a great niche that has got a lot of potentials. If you are thinking about narrowing down your niche, this post from Kyle is going to help you a lot.
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Thanks Ivan, I'm having a bit of a hard time finding my niche. I want it to lead to meditation but don't want to rule out people who want reflective awareness but are wary of meditation because they think it's difficult or not for them. They must have the choice to choose as there are many ways to meditate to experience life change.
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