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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Good Day, I am just starting and am 'stuck' on adding a description......
Do I input my professional profile .... as in my full time line-of-work ?
or do I discuss "the decisions" that lead me here ?

- I did look at "other member profiles' ....but just wanted to ask what would be adequate ?

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Hi Charles and welcome to WA! To start you should just talk about yourself, something you are an expert at, lol I just put a little history about myself, my family and what I did before the Virus. I have been home for 7 wks now and at first I was scared with all the people dying. Then I turned off the news and thought about what I could do to keep myself busy and learn how to make money at home. That's what got me here. I am here 19 days and already thinking about changing my profile. Nothing is set in stone and you can always change, delete or add in the future, the important thing is to just get started and write about yourself.

The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step. Best wishes for your success here!

Warm regards,
Kerry Lee
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I think that it would be better to include it in your line of work just because it looks more professional and interesting, it will definitely stand out.
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Kerry Lee,

Thank you so much for taking the time...
it means so much....
have a SUPER 2020 !!
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Joseph,
Good Day,
I appreciate your response....
The very best wishes for you Sir
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Hugo69 Premium
Hi guys.
I'm having trouble understanding the choosing between the free domain and my own domain part. Firstly, I would assume I would pay for my own domain and not the other one. Is that correct? If so, how much? Secondly, why is it ideal to own a domain? Why not just continue on a free domain?
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Hello Hugo, Joe here. Yes, you do have to pay for your own domain, but generally they run about $13-$14/year. Owning you own .com domain will get ranked faster with Google as it shows more authority. You have to build up a lot of content before you start getting ranked in Google, but it's worth the time and effort, in my opinion.
Good luck and best wishes on your success. We're here to help in any way you need, just ask.
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feigner Premium
your assumptions are correct about paying
the free one is the siterubix one which are owned by wa - ll the content on your site is yours ...but you cannot move it to another hosting company - so if you decide to part company and want to move your site...tough.
now if you purchase a domain, it is yours for as long as you pay the yearly fee for it - you can now move it to a new hosting company and it stays yours....
the cost - well here you will pay about $14 per year.... elsewhere you might see them for $0.99, but look at the next year and you will be charged $25.00 or so....
then you have the hassle of changing te nameservers to have it hosted here and then transferring the registrar so next year you pay wa....or just buy from sitedomains and it is already in your portfolio of sites - you can then use the one click move button to move all the content from your siterubix to your domain - they handle all the redirections and you get to work on your site again.....
but you can continue on a free siterubix site for as long as you want, but some affilaite programs won't accept subdomains, and google apparently doesn't rank subdomains as highly ( although i really have never found this to be a problem...)
good uck
phil
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - as a premium member, you are given up to 10 free domains to use. They are actually subdomains, so they will end with the words siterubix.com, rather than .com.

If you wish to buy your own .com domain, it will cost $13.99 per year.

People are more likely to trust a .com domain, as they may not be familiar with seeing a siterubix website.

The siterubix domains are not your property, and if you ever leave WA, you can't take them with you, at some point they will be deleted. If you purchase a .com domain, it is yours to keep, even if you leave.

With a free domain, you can't have an email address associated with it. Some affiliate programs won't accept it, and Google AdSense definitely won't.

Most people start with a free domain, until they are confident they have chosen the right niche, because once you have bought a domain, its name can't be changed. Once you are ready to buy, it is a simple process to transfer all the content over from your free domain to the purchased one. You don't lose any of your work.
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Hugo69 Premium
Hi Diane, thank you for the reply. You really answered all my questions and more.
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Hugo69 Premium
Thank you for the reply Phil.
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Hugo69 Premium
Thank you for the reply Joseph.
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mikebeatty Premium
I think all the info you need is there Hugo! Glad you worked out how to ask questions, as you can see it really helps to get answers quickly from the community here (you can also use the live chat on the left if you have a quick question too)
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Hello WA. Please am just new here I have a problem. I just finished creating my new website and my plugins are all activated but when I search on Google I can't fine my website on Google. Please what could be the problem? Or do I have to be ranked first ?
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hello,

Unfortunately, yes. You have to wait until Google found you. You'll be notified and you'll also get a G badge here at WA.

Have you posted your About Me and Privacy Policy page yet?
You'd probably want to post your first article too so your website can get indexed by Google.
Follow the training and you'll get there.

All the best,

Ferra
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Yes Amelia I have done so both the about me post and my privacy page. It was very wonderful.

Thanks for replying.
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Hey guys I've decided to let my niche go in the direction of football/soccer. Not only because i love the sport but because not long ago i realised how big a part of the economy football is and that is genuinely one of the most sought after things in our time. Any tips on how to move forward from here?..
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Warly10 Premium
hey, first of all welcome to wealthy affiliate.
Soccer is a great niche. This is what my second website will be about...
You need to narrow it down into a specific targeted audience. Who is your targeted audience ? How do you want to help ? is it by giving information on latter news, players biography etc.

Answer those questions will help you define your sub niche.

Also, what products do you want to promote after etc ?

Once you have figured out this, then keep going with the training.

I hope this help.

Warren
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Already I feel a lot of comfort and confidence in seeing so many people interacting and communicating so freely and in a friendly tone. I know I've come to the right place. I still regard myself as a newbie at online marketing so I will be dropping in now and then to our gret helpers for this lesson. Again, a big "Hello" and great to be here
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Welcome to WA, Paul! It's a very friendly and supportive place. You'll be happy here. :)
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Thaks Jewelia
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Hello! I hope things go well!
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Hello Paul and Welcome,
you will love it here. There is no judging just a lot of helpful hands and great people to bounce things off of and to double check work.
I accidentally stumbled across WA and I have to say, this is the best decision I have ever made.
If you have any questions, just shoot them out there, you will be surprised how many people are eager to assist.
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I am a newbie to online marketing, too. We can only go up from here. With a community such as WA, our chances of getting up when we fall and going over the hurdles look encouraging and doable as long as we are doing our part. Stay the course and take one step at a time!
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