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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Dianesmith2 Premium
I have created a navigational menu. I now want to add drop now menu . I know i move the category to the right to create the drop down. i hope i don't confuse you. do i have to create a whole new menu and add new pages to this drop down menu.

my website looks questionable . Please help. Thank you
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Warly10 Premium
Hi, normally the drop down menu is supposed to be your categories.

For instance if you have in your menu "Blog", you can then have as drop down "Learn", "my tips" etc.

Hope you get it. It depends on your categories.

I guess you created categories for your posts
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Dianesmith2 Premium
I need to check that. Thank you.
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Warly10 Premium
No prob
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I had two questions...

1. I set up my first website through siterubix before purchasing a domain. Because I don't want to purchase a domain and have a name I don't think works for the content of my page. Can I switch my page over to a domain name later if I decide on one?

2. I know that a name doesn't need hours of reflection but I still like feedback on whether others think it will work. My page title is "Why Movies Are Cool". Is this an attractive name? My aim is mostly to argue against negative arguments people may have for movies or against particular titles...
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, first question is yes.

You can use GoDaddy valuation tool to find a memorable name for your site. May I add domain names nowadays are not effected by SEO.

If you believe the above suffices with your niche and what you are trying to convey and is available why not register - thou I wouldn't go over 16 characters. (norm is 6 - 14 characters)

You can also use namemesh.com to find a name, look out for the SEO & MIX columns. Or you may like try "Lean Domain Search" instead.

Just ran a search, it is available however not memorable.
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Cshaw20 Premium
Hi I am having some trouble accessing alot of stuff I have been a premium member since the 21 of this month now I can access any of my premium trainings I am at a point where i set up my website already now I have purchased my domain my personal brand and now I can't proceed any further. I have followed all the instructions down to the last letter, I am at the point how to transfer my domain and to change the rubixsite to the domain I purchased however I can seem to do so, when I click on site manager then the icon that says move so I can go forward it's just telling to go premium which I already did so someone can you help
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Cshaw20 Premium
And I was just communicating with one of the persons who help other and I can't do so anymore because when I am sending my reply it's telling only for premium members only fyi
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Hi - you are not showing as a premium member. You are using a free account which you started 12 days ago. Are you sure your payment went through? Or do you perhaps have a second account under another email address?
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DianeScorpio Premium
Actually, I believe I have found your other account as shown below. You need to log out of this account by clicking on your profile photo and selecting the logout option. Then log back in under the other email address.

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Hello, I watched a video about installing All in one SEO, but I have a problem because it doesn't look the same as in the video, it's a different version and actually actually pulls me to buy that package. It doesn't really offer any other option than to upgrade to Pro. When I click on SEO settings, the settings window does not appear, but immediately uploads me to the Upgrade Pro. What should I do?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, you may want to view below tutorial
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Thanks a lot, I'll take a look now
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ChrisJayyy Premium
Had the same experience due to the recent update to AIOSEO
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feigner Premium
don't forget to read the notes as well
phil
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ChristinaWi2 Premium
Hello can someone please help me I have been trying to get help like all week, I need help with this training I did the first part the set up menus I dont think I did it correct iam trying to make sure that's ok before I move on to the wigits part thanks!!
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feigner Premium
Christine - don't worry about making a mistake as these can be fixed - what can't is inaction....
why don't you think it is corrrect - have you got a menu at the top of your site - yes - it is correct
no- then you need to tell the menus where to be placed on your site.
you can create as many menus you like and only display one or two as your theme allows...this maybe useful in the future to test different menus...
again the widgets have a play in a test site - doesn't matter if you mess it up - just delete it and try again ( delete is ubder details for that site in sitemanager...)
I hope you manage to get it sorted
phil
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