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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TraceyShama2 Premium
Hi Kyle
While trying to create custom menus, I could not rearrange my bars the way I want them to be e.g I want my favourite posts to be under my recent comments and i don't want the archive. Also the privacy policy and about Tracey does not show.
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mcb247 Premium
Hi Tracey, PM me your URL and I will take a look for you.
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TraceyShama2 Premium
Hi, thank you for getting back to me
My URL: diabetescare.siterubix.com
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mcb247 Premium
Okay, thanks had a quick look, you need to reword your post URL to "About Tracey" this is explaining exactly what the post is about. You can keep the title of the post if you like but would have About Tracey at the top so it is not confusing.

Again with the privacy policy page reword the URL to just "Privacy Policy" and lose the long-winded explanation. Just have Privacy Policy as your header on the page.

Trust this helps :)
Remember to keep it simple so readers can see exactly where they are and what they want to read.

Martin
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Hello this is my last day or before last to post as i am not a premium member. I just wanted to say that im confused and lost. I saved my About Me template but when i get back, everything i wrote is gone. What to do now?

I feel like ive wasted my time. Can someone tell me what to do?
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franklinpena Premium
You should be able to find it in Site Content.
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Don't know how but i think i found it. Thanks for the support.
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RicardoRey2 Premium
Well after a couple of tries I'm finally getting somewhere with this web site training. I mess it up first time around for being too curious starting pressing buttons and ended up deleting my first build Second build was a bit difficult only because I was having a hard time getting back into the manager web site finally though got my about content my privacy policy going now on with the training well here goes
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Kyle Premium
You will be able to find your websites within the Websites menu under "SiteManager".

Here is the direct link:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites

Hope this helps you out! :)
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RicardoRey2 Premium
thank you kyle found it rebuild everything I'm back on track just finishing lesson 10 you can bet I wont be skipping around again one step at a time thank you
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CHRIS242 Premium
Always good to see you active here Kyle! Thanks for everything you do for us
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DoubleC63 Premium
Just getting started and, with my background in teaching Physical Education, sports is a big part of my life (mostly past, though, now I'm well into my 50s!). So I'm thinking of a sports-based niche - particularly replica team shirts and, narrowing it down even further - replica rugby shirts, both club and international team. Should I narrow it down even more and focus on one country or aim for a global reach and aim to include ALL countries and clubs that I possibly can?... that suggests a considerable amount of work putting together a website, however!
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michaelw777 Premium
You know what? You don't have to narrow it down. You can actually have a Niche Title that covers all that. For instance: AllThingsSport.com or SportingGoods.com or AllSport.com or SportsAreHere.com or AllSporting.com You can actually click on what I just suggested; and if a Website doesn't come up; the Niche Title and Title for your Website; you could choose one of those; if you want to? But, as I am saying. You don't really have to narrow it down if you don't want to? That is my Opinion; anyway; if you want? You can ask other Members.
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DoubleC63 Premium
Thanks very much for the input and suggestions
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Lilex Premium
GREAT
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michaelw777 Premium
You're Welcome; and not to act full of myself; but I will say here; I am not bad to pretty good to having ideas for Website names. If anyone wants to ask me in future? That would be okay. But, you are Very Welcome.
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Moskito Premium
I am struggling to implement what I went though in Lesson 8: Creating Custom Menus on Your Website. I can't see or insert the Private Policy page instead I see part of the 1st sub title of the Private Policy and the next line: Who We Are At [YOURSITE.com], we are committed to maintaining. What could have gone wrong?
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Labman Premium
Not sure what you have done but this training can probably help you to get it working.
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Moskito Premium
Wow! I watched the training and it worked. Thanks a lot.
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Labman Premium
You are Welcome
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