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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Hi. I have already started work on a wp blog that is hosted by Blue Host. I already own my domain name, purchased through Go Daddy. I haven't gone live with my blog yet, but I've added pages and content. I guess I'm wondering if it's possible to just switch over what I've already done or is it necessary to start from scratch here?
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You can back up your content from your other site and upload it to a site here if you want. It's a little bit of a pain, but a lot easier than rewriting everything.
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Thanks, Nedd. I truly appreciate the guidance.
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This is somewhat new to me also, if you've already put together something, use it. Your already ahead of the game. Great stuff
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Okay. So I'm building my first website, a siterubix one, and I'm trying to add a header image. I added a photo and successfully cropped it to fit, and hit the publish button, but when I viewed the page it didn't show up. I tried it several times, same result. So, trying something different before hitting the "Select and Crop" button I added a couple of words to the Alt Text box above. Now I'm getting the message, "There has been an error cropping your image." Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Can anyone help?
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After you add the image and hit publish, close the page out. Close out of Wealthy Affiliate. Then open a new page and your image should be there. If it is not, then try clearing your cache..

hope this helps

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Yea, Skings:
Psalisbury nailed it.
Each & every time you change something within the website, you gotta re-load the website that others are seeing. This is if you have 2 of your websites up @ the same time, one for editing & the other to see how it looks / how others see it. {personally, I prefer this way}
Bring it up on your mobile phone too. Way criticle here, seeing how e-commerce is running towards this direction.
If you are just using one window / one site & going back & forth between edit & view your site, then should work fine.
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Yet still, if you are sort of new @ this game, don't go hog wild with the site you want out there. Take some time & go with a "practice" siterubix.com website. Mess around inside & post & look what changes what & how others see it. I'm telling you from experience, it'll save on the headaches.
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Great
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Hi! I'm really happy to have found this community. It's really reassuring that Kyle and Carson take such a personal interest in their clients. I don't think I've seen too many others do so. I just have a quick question. I've already begun building my blog, though I haven't "gone live" yet; still fleshing it out. It is a WP blog and it's hosted by Blue Host. Should I upgrade to premium, can I switch the hosting over and would I be able to get help in doing so? Thanks, and again very happy to have found WA.
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Hi, that's a YES to all of your questions my dear!

Phil
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Hi, Phil. And thanks for the answer, especially since it's the one I was hoping for.
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Sorry it took so long for anyone to help, that is VERY unusual. I actually do not think I have ever seen that. Usually you get an answer to a question in under five minutes.

If you have any other questions, I would be glad to answer them now, if I can, since I am online.

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I really appreciate that, Phil. Since I've already decided to join, but had already kinda started on my own, that was my only pressing question. I'm already pretty sure that I'll get a lot out of this initial training. I'm also looking forward to guidance and reviews, as I have a lot of ideas, but also a lot of uncertainty as to how to implement them. Oh, I've thought of one. What's the best move to make at this step 4? Should I just build the free website or build one under my own domain. I have to wait a couple of days before I can upgrade to premium, so which would you recommend?
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In the end, no. That said, some guidance you get here will be based on the assumption you're using a WordPress site. For example, a specific plugin might be recommended or someone may try to show you how to edit something or change a setting, again assuming a WordPress base.
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Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate it! I understand now. 🤗
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Happy to help!
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The trouble with Godaddy websites is that they can only exist on Godaddy hosting. With WordPress, you can move your website between hosts. WordPress has more options to customize your website, and is also better for search engine optimization.

Long term, it's better to be working with WordPress in my opinion.
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Great, thanks so much for the advice on this topic. I really appreciate the input, Nathaniel!
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How much is the premium fee after the first discount month? And, with the premium membership I can have up to 25 websites hosted on the WA server. Is that correct? And, can all of these 25 be sites where I own the domain, or do a number of them need to be whatever dot siterubics dot com sites? Thank you.
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The fee after the discount month is $49 and you can have 25 sites with your domain PLUS 25 sites with the siterubix.com subdomains.
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its 49 dollars per month. Yes you get 25 Websites where you own your own domain after you purchase the domain, and also 25 Websites with the siterubics dot com site making a total of 50. All hosted on the WA server
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Hi - the payment is $49 per month, taken automatically. It is cheaper to pay upfront for 6 or 12 months but there are no refunds. You are given 25 Siterubix sub-domains, and can host a further 25 purchased domains.
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If you take the first discount of $19 the monthly membership is $49 US per month recurring.

Which is taken out automatically from your chosen account you have selected.

As for No of websites premium members can have up 25 free siterubix websites plus can host up to 25 owned domain here in WA which is included in part of your membership.

This gives you a total of 50 websites a premium member can host here. Hope that answers your question.

But rather than focusing on having many websites best to go through the training as given and focus on having a solid foundation to one website and work on that.

Wishing you well
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Thanks for all the help answers for everyone. Just going through some of them has helped my mindset a great deal. Keep up the great work in keeping us that are new targeted in the right direction.
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