IMPORTANT: New Affiliate Marketers, OPTIMIZE & ORGANIZE your website! Create great experiences! You want your visitors to navigate productively and predictably!
Our last training (Lesson 6 of Phase 2 Bootcamp) covered “Backing Up your WordPress Website”, we were trained on the importance of backing up the websites we create.
NEXT: Lesson 7 of Phase 2 Bootcamp
Enhancing Your Website Experience
Prior to getting here, creating quality content for our posts and pages have pretty much been the focus. We really have not focused a lot on how we need to create an organized presence on our website. This training will be about cleaning up our website and optimizing (making it as effective as possible) it more by paying close attention to the menus (a list of things the reader can choose from) on our websites. We’ll use my website below for example purposes and by the way, it is also the website created in Lessons 1 – 10 of Phase 1 Bootcamp Affiliate Training Program at Wealthy Affiliate. How cool is that?
This training explains the importance of an organized website. If we do it, we then allow ourselves to create a great experience for the visitor that visits our website. It is explained that our visitor’s experience is closely tied to whether they can navigate through and to the content on our website. So, we want our visitors to navigate in a productive and foretelling way, predictably on our website.
As website owners, the training tells us our goal should be proactive! We should not just get someone to visit one page on our website, but we should also get them to read and visit all the pages on our website! Having visitors read several or all pages will assist with them in becoming repeat visitors to our website.
(Below are 6 titles at top of my website (top menus) that visitors can choose from). To get an even closer look and an idea just scroll to the top of this post (not exact, but to show top menu)
This training suggests that we have our top menu be the main navigation for our website, I noticed that the top menu is sort of at eye level (looking straight ahead, and could be the reason for main navigation). Eventually creating a drop-down menu to all the top menu to give our visitors a more efficient navigation experience (below).
The drop-down list will allow us to be able to extend the navigation on our website. The drop down will allow us to add more posts and pages to the top menu while maintaining an easy navigation experience for the visitor. We also have to make sure the “theme” we chose for our website design (platform) allows for drop-down list options because most themes are different. There are several thousand website designs to choose from at Wealthy Affiliate!
Our training indicates we should simplify our top menu that allows our visitor to understand their choices. When we simplify our top menu it should really mirror the theme of our website at present and can be updated in the future as needed.
We will reorganize my top menu that includes 6 titles.
To make the edits/changes to our “top menu” we need to go to the back office of our website (Dashboard).
Add a “label” to the menu and add a “drop-down” action to the menu of my site.
The back office is where we manage many of the things on our websites.
Under the heading “Pages” click on the tab “Custom Links”.
Place the web address in the box. (We are instructed to just place a hashtag# in this area for the sake of training)
This is where the navigation label’s name goes. (We are going to name the label “Drop down”).
Click on the Add to Menu.
This will create a label that is added to the menu of the website and to add it as a “drop-down”.
|The menu below indicates the “Drop down” label was added (the list is 7 now)|
|Below, the label “Drop-down” was moved to the 2nd position to where I want to use the drop-down option. To move the label, click and hold on it and drag it to the place you want it to go.|
|Below shows to allow the label “Drop down” to have the drop down ability on our website, we need to click and hold the label and drag it slightly to the right and release.|
To edit more than one label and create the drop-down ability to apply the same instruction as above.
Below is how the label “Drop-down” will look on our websites and how it will work on the site.
Remove a label completely from the menu.
|Click on the label we want to remove from the menu, a drop-down box appears, then click on “remove”.
Below the label “Must Haves” was removed from this menu list, and will also be removed from of the website.
Below shows the label “Must Haves” has been removed from the website’s menu.
Adding a Custom Menu to the “Sidebar” adding it as a widget to our websites
First discussed in this section is the need to not have redundancy between “top menu and sidebar menu”. In other words, top and side menus need to not have the same labels names doing the same action.
From within the back office, within the Menu section, click on “create a new menu”.
Type in the name of the menu label being created, this training the label is “Important Pages”.
Click on “create menu”
Select “widget” under the “Appearance” in the left column.
Under “Available Widgets” pick “Navigation Menu” click on it, hold it and drag it to the right, release to place in the “sidebar” section.
Once released, click on the small arrow attached to the “Navigation Menu” and a drop down box presents.
Type in the title name, select the menu name and click “Save” and then click “Done”. This will allow the edits to the Top Menu and Sidebar menu to take place.
This completes our training! Woo Hoo! It looks like we will constantly be in and out of the back office of our websites. The more we are there, the more we will learn, and the more we will be comfortable with navigating back there, I am certain of it!
I really want to express with great wonder, my ability to complete this training and being able to share with you is a testament to my understanding of it (this is truly saying a lot)! Wealthy Affiliate has created a learning atmosphere that allows even me to understand (to know me, is to know that is saying a lot)!
Even though an unemployment status drove me to this point, I truly believe it is much more than that! (Start from my beginning). Our next training will be Lesson 8 of Bootcamp Phase 2 Bootcamp – Building MORE Content through Internal Links
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