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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hola, people
quick question
Is Outdoor life too broad of a niche?

I realize the articles should be very narrow. So I was thinking about Outdoor life, which I´m passionate about, and then write much more narrow articles on different activities, like: review on scuba equipment, and then some other day motorcycle helmet 1 vs motorcycle helmet 2, etc etc

but of course, the site would cover several different activities like camping, and diving, is that too broad..?
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paulash177 Premium
Not too much per say... that will even give you more edge to carry on with it for a longer period
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JKulk1 Premium
It is a broad niche. You need to check out your target audience
For example, are you writing for young outdoor campers? Or Scuba divers on the east coast etc.,
If you narrow it down you can write about areas to visit, equipment needed, safety issues etc etc.

All the best. Jim
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Eunice28 Premium
I think your Niche should be what you are passion about, so if that is your passion go for it, as you said you have to pay attention on your article and target the right audience.
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ok, that makes sense
thanks, Jim
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Would it not make sense to have a site about Outdoor that has articles that target a very specific audience?

for instance, I could write an article comparing "top motorcycle helmets under $200.-" which would be on my outdoor site.

that would still count as a specific niche, wouldn´t it? Even if the site itself might have an article on "best inexpensive scuba equipment for kids" some other day

Would that be ok?
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
Totally up to you, but as you can host several websites, I would split them up into seperate niches.
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ok, so a website per niche, right?
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Kin8 Premium
Sorry if this is a stupid question but can any one tell me why the video in the training (level 1 lesson 6) no longer shows the time tab when I am playing the video? In the previous lesson it would show the time tab and I knew where I was on the timeline but now when I play it is just stop and start, so I cannot go back 30 secs for example.
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feigner Premium
it maybe a different video player - i know they have changed it in the last year or so...
they are planning to update the wholeof the training over the summer - so maybe it will improve...
sorry i can't help more
phil
it might be worth learning the keys for wistia control
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Kin8 Premium
Thank you for the reply. I don't know what happened but when I played the video again the time tab came back. I have no idea what I did but its all working again. Thanks for your effort anyway.
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feigner Premium
at least it is working again...
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michaelw777 Premium
I'm just saying this again; because this is true: Geez, I don't know how to answer this; I am just going to say; ask Magistudios; just put his name in the search engine on WA; put in his name and go from there. Magistudios should be able to help.
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Hello, Just joined.
question
I realize that the Make Money Online is very popular niche which makes it also really hard, especially for a newbie, BUT since my native language is Spanish, I could write a blog in my language which I reckon would make it a lot less competitive.
Is there a way to check if it´s reasonable to go through Bootcamp but in Spanish? Just to see if it´s popular enough but not too much, if that makes sense.

Gracias for your help ))
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zeta3 Premium
yo estaba pensando lo mismo.Creo que no hay mucha competencia y no varia en nada si la audiencia es en chino o mandirin.la gente necesita entender como hacer plata.
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zeta3 Premium
no hay competencia en espanol supongo.
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GeoffreyC1 Premium
You can write in whatever language you want.

If your target audience speak Spanish then using English would be a waste of time.
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Thank you for your answers
of course,
maybe I didn´t express myself right
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IngelaE Premium
Hello, I wow what a greate fast building website. As allways you Kyle are a greate teatcher.!!!!! i wonder if i am the admin, you can go in and help me if i have problems on my website? How many products can i have on one website? Have nice day!! /Ingela
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - if you have technical problems with your website, you can ask Site Support to help, Kyle doesn't have access. You can have as many products as you like, providing they are relevant to the niche subject of your site.
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AmorelleN Premium
It seems to me in one website, we can post only one type of product type (that is relevant to the domain name & website name). In this case, although we promote one type of product, can we promote that type of product from different merchants or seller, i.e. from amazon.com and some other?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you need to have a niche that is the subject of your website, targeted to a particular audience. Your domain name doesn't have to match it exactly, but should be relevant.

You can then promote as many products as you want, providing they relate to the niche, from different merchants.

For example, if your website was about travel for seniors, you could then promote products to make their travel easier, such as lightweight luggage, walking aids, cushions etc.
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chLSD Premium
The relevancy is for being found by Google and getting clicks from searchers. You could of course sell anything from A to Z but that won't bring in trageted traffic. That's why niche. That's why it should be relevant. But it's not a law ;-)
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AmorelleN Premium
Ah i see. Thanks Diane. My website under construction: THE ART GALLERY. All about fine arts, oil canvass and other art medium...and wall decors, perhaps - to be relevant. I will be asking more questions as I go along.

Thanks again.
Amy
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AmorelleN Premium
Yes, the nitche. So anything related to my nitche or closest to my nitche. website under construction, I still have to learn going around the website, getting started instructions.
Thank you dear...

Amy
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chLSD Premium
There are really a lo of great videos on Wordpress on Youtube. And when you get a grasp on it you will see how easy it is to handle.
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AmorelleN Premium
😊👌🏼👋🏼 thanks
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