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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msabundance Premium
Hello all,

My niche is FI (Financial Independence) or FIRE (Financial Independent Retire Early). I want my content to be about the various side hustles to help you get additional income to achieve FI.

I do feel that promoting WA is one of the side hustles.

So my question is, should I focus on completing the Online Entrepreneur Cert or should I just do the BootCamp?
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Based on the niche you choose, that means you're going to do an MMO (make money online) site, so the Bootcamp training is for you.
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msabundance Premium
Thanks for the quick response. will do.
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EMAWealth Premium
I have a quick question. I was working on my Privacy Policy, exchanging the default content to my website address. I am not for certain, but I think I may have taken the default content off and did not replace it with my website and I cannot seem to get a original copy of the Privacy Policy to see if I have actually made any mistakes. If someone can help me it would be greatly appreciated!

~Erica~
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tracydawn Premium
Did you look in Websites> Site Content> Templates?
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JohnDenekar Premium
Have you already published it?. If so you have to go to your website, and look for your pages posts, under edit. Once you find it click edit to see if you made some mistakes. If you haven't published it yet, it should still be in the content writing platform. Hope this is what you need.
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JeanetteHall Premium
Erica WA backs up our sites regularly. Just go and get your backup from yesterday. Then make try making your update again!
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Warly10 Premium
The original of your privacy policy should still be in the template section. Just go to "websites", then "site content"
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Great lesson on building your WP website here. Just a quick question... if I get my own domain and am not going with the siterubix.com platform, does it mean I have to get separate hosting outside or will I continue to get hosting support here at Wealthy Affiliate? Was not quite clear in the above video.
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It will be hosted here if you want it to, no need to go elsewhere.
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spat2020 Premium
Oh Perfect! This is awesome.
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spat2020 Premium
And thank you so much for your prompt response!
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JeanetteHall Premium
We get great support here from WA with our new sites. Love being part involved with this company!
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I'm currently on lesson 6 of the training concerning writing articles and producing content. I'm wondering about my ability to produce articles frequently. I'm a good writer and all but I don't know if I can write compelling articles with enough frequency. I can certainly make art regularly but can I make that my business? also I was thinking of selling my t-shirts through my site.
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Hi .. Just to give you a friendly heads up, WA frowns on self promotion. Posting your links on the platform in any area besides the follow me on section of your profile can get your write access revoked. Here is Kyle's post regarding spam and self promotion: You can find more info on the follow me on section here: Good luck, Shannon
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Sorry, wasn't trying to spam, I just wanted to get peoples opinion on my art to see if it could be profitable.
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That is a challenge to continually pump out quality content on a consistent basis. Some folks say "published is better than perfect" and other people publish a few high quality articles per week. You will need to find a balance. Eventually you can hire a writer to help out, when you start making some $$.
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You have a head start on most people as you are already a good writer most of us are not good writers but as we go along with the training and writing posts or pages for our website we keep getting better and better along the way.

Make writing your articles steady but at your own pace, this is not a race so just pace yourself. You ca pick anything you like as your niche and that is all in the training and video's hope this helps.
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Thinking about a niche - I have in mind “children’s mental health” as this is what I do for a living and could write helpful articles targeted at parents. However, is this too broad ? Would I be better off narrowing it down - maybe focussing on post pandemic mental health?
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Jaz333 Premium
You're definitely on the right track in narrowing down children's mental health some. I think post pandemic mental health is an excellent idea.

Being in the health niche, it will definitely be helpful to include any certifications or diplomas you might have within your About Me page to show google and your audience that you are qualified to offer insights and suggestions regarding mental health.

Good luck, Shannon
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That sounds like a wonderful topic to get into
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