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How to fix double menus and other WordPress basics

I had someone ask me the other day why they had two menus on their WordPress blog.

At the time, I couldn’t help but thought it would be a great topic for today’s episode.

You might be thinking it doesn’t have a lot to do with Courses, generating income or secrets but a WordPress blog is pretty much essential.

What is WordPress you ask?

If you don’t already know, WordPress is a platform that allows you to create a website easily and add posts and pages as you see fit.

Many call it a blogging site or platform.

It comes with a fully customizable layout and theme.

You can choose from literally thousands of themes that look as different from one another as a sunset is from day to day.

Not to mention plugins, widgets and menus!

It can be overwhelming but you will figure it out.

Where can you get a free WordPress website of your own?

There are lots of places but we’ll recommend our own platform.

You can setup a free account at Click eCourse, our course hosting platform and it includes a WordPress blog.

It’s a fully self managed WordPress hosted solution where you can add any plugins or themes you like.

We don’t charge for basic usage although there is a maximum storage (it’s enough for years of use) and no custom domain on the free plan (it’s only $10/m to enable a custom domain)

What about the double menu?

Okay okay…

Let’s get to it.

One thing about WordPress is that it lets you customize the menus on your site.

However, each theme is different. some have 5 menus.

Some have a single menu!

Some have three

You get the idea.

When you first setup your WordPress site, the default menu is setup to automatically add any new pages to it’s items.

This means that if you import from a backup, any pages you create will end up in that menu.

Also, the default menu will be that menu on pretty much any theme.

Fixing the double menu

It’s not necessarily going to behave exactly like this on your theme, but the theme my friend chose had a top menu on right and one on left and both were displaying the same menu content, the default menu.

To fix it, we need to go to Appearance -> Menus

Then click on Manage Locations

And choose an exiting menu, although you probably won’t have one if you imported from a backup.

If that’s the case, you’ll want to create a new menu for the ones that are showing the default.

In the video, you’ll see that I created a new menu by clicking on the Use new menu link.

I gave it the name top left

and added a few items to it.

I did the same for the top right menu and then my double menu was fixed.

Conclusion

Even though it may not be that complicated to fix something like this, WordPress has so many features that it can become hard to figure seemingly simple things.

Watch the video to see exactly how I did this.

Keep in mind, I had no idea what the problem was when I started the video.

Share with your friends that need a WordPress blog.

Until next time.

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