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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Gimitrix Premium
My first question.
If I decide to use Amazon as the Affiliate program. How do they pay their affiliates. I am based in South Africa and just wondering will the send me a cheque or pay me via PayPal or Bank Wire?
Might be a stupid question, but just a thought.
Probably most affiliate programs work similar?
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Hello there,

Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.

First of all, there is no such thing as a stupid question here at WA. Your question is valid.

In terms of payment from Amazon if you are becoming an Amazon Associate, you could do Payoneer or Check.

Here is the link to the training: Also, this is a blog from a South African member that might be helpful for you: You can also contact successful South African here so you can get a better answer to your question.

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No worries. Profits earned from Amazon's affiliate program are paid approximately 60 days following the end of each calendar month. Payments can be made by direct deposit, by check or via Amazon gift card.
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Tobey1 Premium
Hi,

I put up a couple initial blog posts, with the default homepage set to show most recent posts. I went to settings > reading and changed the setting to show a summary in the feed, but it's still showing the full blog post text. How do I change that? Thank you!
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Warly10 Premium
Hi there,
You have to log in to your back office, under appearance, click on widget. You can manage it from there. Just drag and drop it to the side bar.

Keep in mind that before doing it, you have to create a menu. To do it, go to the "menu" area
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - open up a post for editing it in WordPress. Look at the row of icons above it and find the square shaped one. Use this to insert "read more". You will need to do each post individually.
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feigner Premium
if you have tried the summary under settings reading
and pressed ctrl+f5 on your borwser when viewing your site and it doesn't change then there may be a setting under appearance -customize to do the same as the summary
or if that fails then when editing your post there is a more menu setting
just place the cursor where you want the summary to end and click on the more menu - a dashe line with more will appear on your post
save it and check that that is showing the summary now - don't forget to try the ctrl+f5 to bypass the browsers cache.
good luck
phil
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Tobey1 Premium
Bingo. Thank you!!
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Tobey1 Premium
This did it. Thank you!!
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Muzammil24 Premium
Hello everyone. I published about me post on my site www.myreadforchange.com as task of lesson 7. I found on my site below my blog one post showed -

This -
Admin
(Author)
Hi there, Welcome to my website... I hope you find gems of information in all book reviews I have published on personal development, meditation, spirituality. My wish for you is to learn, apply and grow.

View all post by admin

Can someone please guide how can I remove that.

Thank you for reading this and guidance.
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DValentine Premium
Hi Muzammil - this is an extract from the 1st paragraph of your post. This is something that your theme does automatically (in fact, I think almost all themes do this) and it would mean changing your theme - if you can find a theme that doesn't create these extracts.

I am sorry I could not help further
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hmblack Premium
I set up my website 1940s Vintage Swing Dresses yesterday and chose the 2012 theme (Contango). However, on going through lesson 6 today, I changed the theme to Hiero like in the training video and added the "About Me" Page and also the Privacy Policy pages.

The name on my website shows as 1940S Vintage Swing Dresses with the S on the end of 1940 as being rather large. How can I alter this please?

It also shows as "Just Another WordPress Site" underneath the 1940S Vintage Swing Dresses. How do I delete this please?

Thank you in advance. Helen
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merlynmac Premium
Log into your website back end and navigate to Settings > General. You can change the tag line there.

As for the S I'm not sure if you can change the case or not. Many times, the theme locks you into a certain look.

Another option is to create a logo image and use that instead.
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hmblack Premium
Thank you. I will try that.
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Hi everyone,
I performed researches on keywords related to my niche and was not impressed at all.
I found relatively every less traffic on the researches. and now I am in a doubt about my niche that should I continue with the same niche or change it.
Please help me out in this.
Thank you

Regards
Vishal
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Jaz333 Premium
Hi - You could try checking your niche in places like Answer the Public or Quora or Facebook groups and various forums to see what types of things people are searching for in your niche. The alphabet soup method on both google and jaaxy can be useful too.

It may not be that your chose a niche with low traffic, but rather the keywords you chose had lower traffic :)

Good luck, Shannon
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