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 Kyle

How exiting! I have my own website! Thank you!!

Just a question please - site name should have an apostrophy, but I can't use it in the URL. Is it okay if I use it in my site name, but it is not in the URL? I don't want people to enter my site, roll their eyes and say that I can't even spell because there is no apostrophy.

Thanks
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IvanBroz Premium
Hey there, I'm not Kyle, but I can answer your question with 100% certainty :)

You can't use an apostrophe in your URL. However, it's okay to use the name that contains one.

For example, one very successful guy in my niche (he's also a member of WA) has a site called I've Tried That and his URL is: https://ivetriedthat.com/

If you can come up with the name that does not contain the apostrophe, that would the best thing to do. But as you can see, everything works so it's really up to you.

Just remember, you can't use special characters in URL itself.
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That's great. Looking forward to having my own too
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jghwebbrand Premium
It is exciting to have your own website because it belongs to you. It is your personal property because it is registered and you pay for it.

We wish you success when you chose your domain name and build your website.
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You are definitely my hero of the day @IvanBroz!
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CrankyHank Premium
Hello Community -

Up to now, most if not all, make money online business props have been around attracting the 1st time buyer (to your site) & having them purchase. And yes that is the 1st step, but when it comes to "scaling up" your business \income - how do you do that?

Thought Exercise:
1) Need to always find new people - well that's good when the pool is big (which internet is) &only; need them to buy 1x - well that's a short term objective ignoring other approaches. Esp when soooo many good people are becoming unemployed.

2) Need to get the 1st sale - "Hello - I trust you sale" --but that's only the start -- how do you "build" a relationship of future trust?

Note: due to new online data privacy laws -- "cookie based" tracking will be retired. FB pixel will be obsolete - so think & develop a "relationship" with our clients so you don't need a ton of new clients, but rather you help our client community solve their problems with the insight, guidance & patience they are seeking in a "search engine" driven world. Sales are driven by depth not by width..

Please provide comments, thoughts to discuss & explore as a community - all the best pax.

Henry
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rcb-enterpri Premium
Well I don't mean to sound "cut throat" but since this type of work, affiliate marketing, depends on a consumer purchasing something, we will have to look for indicators of those people that are able to work from home and those still employed, who may still be able to travel to work.

We would have to find out what that type of consumer would like to buy. If you have looked at Amazon in the news lately, they have hired more people and are extremely busy!! Which means that there are people indeed who are still spending money freely!!
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DavidBoyd1 Premium
I agree people are spending but there a little more aware of what there spending there money on .
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OCreations Premium
Thank you very much for your advice!
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jghwebbrand Premium
In response to your second questions, trust is built on the content and advice you provide plus the dependability of the supplier of the product.

If you site addresses "everything about xxx" you can be come the "go to" site for people to return to.

If you search and shop online do you go to the same website for a specific product niche? If so why? Questions like this will help you to understand how visitors feel when they go to your site and why they return.

We wish you much success.
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I am a kind of man who enjoy sharing knowledge with other people, I think my niche could be something related to books, I have experience working as tutor, I can speak Portuguese, English, Spanish and a little bit of French. I have one question. Is there a niche about my preferences. I really love books and something related to tourism, but tourism right now is not a good idea, because we are face a global pandemic.
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Mikael7 you must be very smart reading all those books. It's impressive you speak all those languages. I also love travel and tourism although I've not gotten to travel much except to places I moved to. And not very exciting places either. I can relate to what you said as I'm also not sure what to choose for my niche.
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Elijah88 Premium
Perhaps you can try American students who love to study Portuguese (or any other foreign language).
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hi, I want to ask to fill my profile with SMART goal that I can achieve, what the average target I can achieve if I work 4 hour per day in the first and I'm a good learner and also I study computer science
Actually I want to achieve the financial freedom.
so can you help to set my goal please
with regards
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, it can take 3 - 6 months to see any income. This is a long term commitment and takes months of consistent work.
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yes , I mean in the first month I will work 4 hors per day but sure it will be increased in the following months
so my question how the average target could be achieved?
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Elijah88 Premium
The sky is the limit!
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Elijah88 Premium
You are financial freedom. Whatever goal you set is within reach.
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ChristinaWi2 Premium
Hello iam not done with this lesson yet I just got done looking @ the website set up? Anyone that can answer this I have my own domain so I can actually just use mine instead of the one given, or do I have to use the one given as well.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, absolutely.

Is your own domain hosted at WA?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
If not, you have a choice either to transfer onto WA, or point.

To be able transfer, it has to be a .com / .net or .org Otherwise,

To update your domain DNS settings to point to WA. Here are the DNS settings.

ns1 . mywahosting . com (no spaces)
ns2 . mywahosting . com (no spaces)

These settings will be updated within your domain registrar (where you purchased your domain) after the transfer has taken place.
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Hi Christina! About what you asked, I was wondering the same thing myself. But I don't have my own domain as of yet, however, I built several pages of an easy build free website using one of those free sitebuilders but not here on wealthyaffiliate. I'm wondering if I need to start all over again.
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Elijah88 Premium
Even though you can always fix your pages, I think the earlier you fix mistakes the better. Asking questions definitely helps. Try getting those pages on Wealthy Affiliate. If you can't, I would start from scratch and perhaps follow some of the previous outline if necessary. I hope this helps!
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