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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isim Premium
Not built my first web site yet, but wondered if I should use the Rubix extension one demonstrated by Kyle IF (as I have) already registered a domain name which ends in .co.uk. That is can I continue using the Rubix one to build it first & experiment, then transfer it over to the .co.uk domain name or do I need to 'import' this .co.uk domain name BEFORE I start building it? By the way, I am currently only a Starter member, not Premium.
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AbieAJ Premium
As a starter, you can use one siterubix subdomain. It remains valid for six months on the starter package.

To input your .co.uk , you have to upgrade first to be able use the hosting that comes with your premium membership. You can then later move your siterubix to your .co.uk if you so wish to.

It would be better for SEO and ranking to build on own domain vs a free subdomain. Subdomains remain the property of WA.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hello from Nottingham! You won't be able to transfer your .co.uk domain here, (country specific domains cannot be hosted here) but you can point the nameservers to WA, which will allow you to use it here. However, you will need to be a premium member to do this. You will still need to pay the domain fees to your initial registrar.

If you start with your free siterubix, then it is a simple process to transfer everything over to your own domain once you go premium, you don't lose any of your work or have to start again.
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isim Premium
Abie - Many thanks for the amazingly speedy response. The community is certainly very active if I can get answers to questions this quickly. I will, on your recommendation proceed with the siterubix domain first as I will undoubtedly become a Premium Member in the next few days and as you say that will then allow me to do the transfer to the .co.uk domain later.
Regards - Ian
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AbieAJ Premium
As Diane has mentioned, you'd be able point your .co.uk to WA servers by changing the DNS nameservers from your current registrar. You won't be able to transfer to WA. WA hosts a .com / .net / .org
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isim Premium
Hi Abie - Another thought initiated by your phrase '..if you wish to'. If I do eventually use the .co.uk domain will this then be hosted somewhere else and therefore the free things Kyle talked about that WA provide for sites developed with the WA tools like anti spam and the high speed aspects - would I potentially lose those if I transfer to .co.uk?
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AbieAJ Premium
You domain can stay with the current registrar, however you're pointing the DNS servers to WA. So then you can add your domain, it will be listed in your sites manager and can benefit from what the platform offers.
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isim Premium
Diane - Many Thanks - nice also to know you're UK based. Based on yours and Abie's comments I will start on the siterubix sub domain and once I've become premium and registered my .co.uk domain (as was suggested), will move all my build to that - which will hopefully be better with regard to SEO as I build & publish it.
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Lex666 Premium
That’s a great question. I’m glad I read this for future reference.
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Samaiyah1 Premium
Hi WA Family!! I think I have a Nice, BUT I have way too many branches in mind. For example, I wanted to go with Baby strollers AND Car seats and clothing for babies getting Christened. I know I am all over the place here! Can someone please reel me in, in the right direction?
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Cyndes Premium
you can do both strollers and car seats since there are strollers combos!
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Cyndes Premium
Focus on that to get started. :)
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Samaiyah1 Premium
Yeah? You think that's a good one? Thank you so so much. I appreciate you responding! :-)
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Samaiyah1 Premium
Thank you SO MUCH! I'll do that. But when checking it out what am I looking for specifically please?
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Lex666 Premium
Having a broad niche is fine
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Samaiyah1 Premium
Thanks so much Philmanc!!
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nathaniell Premium
I think baby strollers and car seats fit together well. Maybe not the Christened :)

What about "safe baby transportation" or "safe baby travels" as your niche. That could include strollers, car seats, and maybe one other thing as your main topics you hit.

Lots of potential with this one IMO!
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Samaiyah1 Premium
I really like those ideas! I'm with you, I see lots of potential here as well. I am also thinking about "learning apps for babies" which could be included with "safe baby transport/travels" I suppose?? Wow, i'm getting excited now!! :-)
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Hi guys, just a question. I'm currently choosing the right niche for me. I'm an English teacher and I think that English Teaching should be a nice point of start, but I don't know what kind of products should I promote.

Should I go for books, courses and things like these?

Thanks beforehand
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AbieAJ Premium
Hi, you can do a google search, input
Your niche + affiliate programs and see what results you get.
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eliasrivas Premium
Thanks! I've done it and got a lot of ideas. ;)
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BrightSales Premium
I think you should look into educational products. Your profession will give you the advantage. The promotional products are broad in this field. There are tons of educational products you can do research on and use them to build your related niches. All the best!
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Lex666 Premium
You could include cultural aspects of the English language. Such as a British flag, American flag, or other culture aspects of where people speak the language. Just a thought
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Hi
I have added a widget called Custom HTML to my Main sidebar in WP which I have named "Buyers guide."

I have a post that I would like to place under this title (buyer's guide) Which at the moment is under the widget title called Recent Posts. Is it possible to move the post to my buyers guide. If so how can I do this.
many thanks
David
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GG2020 Premium
Your sidebar sounds interesting, looking forward to understanding this in detail and what the end results were.
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marvinD3 Premium
I did get a great deal of information but I have not been able to view my website as of yet it has now been down for three days however I am still excited about having a website .I do feel like the support is working to get me going
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Marvin,

Have you sent a ticket to the Site Support yet?
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/support
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