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Ok, maybe it's not THAT amazing but we definitely are working at it everyday. Whichever way you look at it, we are meeting more and more customers who are not only new to LifterLMS but new to WordPress. While this guide is not a \"How to Setup WordPress\" guide we will go over some setup tips that seasoned WordPress users take for granted and new WordPress users learn the hard way. \n\nThese tips are intended to help new users to WordPress avoid common frustrations.\n[block:api-header]\n{\n  \"type\": \"basic\",\n  \"title\": \"TIP #1: Set up your menus\"\n}\n[/block]\nWhen you install a WordPress a default menu is created. 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You can also add and remove any pages, posts or custom links to the menu from this page. \n[block:image]\n{\n  \"images\": [\n    {\n      \"image\": [\n        \"https://files.readme.io/Mcpy2K29QDqH5yXSXnPa_Menus_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress.png\",\n        \"Menus_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress.png\",\n        \"993\",\n        \"673\",\n        \"#1d8dba\",\n        \"\"\n      ]\n    }\n  ]\n}\n[/block]\nMany themes come with more than one menu. You can have sidebar menus, main menus, footer menus... Depending on the theme you choose you can end up with a lot of menu choices. You can create multiple menus and assign each custom menu to a theme menu location.\n\nThe documentation from the Theme you chose will have more information on exactly what menus it offers but as a quick tip to get started you can create custom menus and assign them to menu locations from the Menus page. \n\nSee the image below: Click create a new menu to give your menu a name. 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If you really want to know more [take a look at the WordPress documentation on Permalinks](https://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks).\n\nThe simple explanation is they manage how \"Pretty\" your url's look. \n**Example:** the default WordPress permalink for a post would be http://yourlms.com/?p=1\n\nYou can set your permalinks to use names to be easier on the eyes of your users (and easier for developers to work with) by setting them to name\n**Example: ** using the name permalink would make a post look like http://yourlms.com/name-of-your-post.\n\nSetting up permalink is something all seasoned WordPress users take for granted but new users may never know the option exists. In the case of LifterLMS it's a requirement. We don't like working with the default WordPress permalink option and many other plugins don't either. 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New WordPress Setup Tips

Advice to users new to WordPress

Since LifterLMS is so amazing we are attracting a lot of customers that are new to WordPress. Ok, maybe it's not THAT amazing but we definitely are working at it everyday. Whichever way you look at it, we are meeting more and more customers who are not only new to LifterLMS but new to WordPress. While this guide is not a "How to Setup WordPress" guide we will go over some setup tips that seasoned WordPress users take for granted and new WordPress users learn the hard way. These tips are intended to help new users to WordPress avoid common frustrations. [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "TIP #1: Set up your menus" } [/block] When you install a WordPress a default menu is created. Every page you create or is created for you is automatically added to the default menu. *This may be why your menu looks out of control* From the WordPress Admin navigate to Appearance - > Menus [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/krQTitNTZ6zskrab5azj_Dashboard_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress.png", "Dashboard_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress.png", "335", "226", "#40b1cd", "" ] } ] } [/block] On the Menus page uncheck the box "Automatically add new top-level pages to this menu." This will stop every new page from automatically being added to the menu. You can also add and remove any pages, posts or custom links to the menu from this page. [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/Mcpy2K29QDqH5yXSXnPa_Menus_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress.png", "Menus_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress.png", "993", "673", "#1d8dba", "" ] } ] } [/block] Many themes come with more than one menu. You can have sidebar menus, main menus, footer menus... Depending on the theme you choose you can end up with a lot of menu choices. You can create multiple menus and assign each custom menu to a theme menu location. The documentation from the Theme you chose will have more information on exactly what menus it offers but as a quick tip to get started you can create custom menus and assign them to menu locations from the Menus page. See the image below: Click create a new menu to give your menu a name. You can then add all of the pages, posts and custom links you want to add to that menu. Click "Save" when you are done. Once you have created your custom menu click the "Manage Locations" tab. You can then assign your custom menu to a menu location. [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/NSu4Xu1FSZCv3GJPrtug_Menus_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress%202.png", "Menus_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress 2.png", "439", "163", "#385b77", "" ] } ] } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "TIP #2: Set your Permalinks" } [/block] Permalinks are the URL structure of your posts, pages, courses, lessons, quizzes, etc.., etc.... I will spare you the technical jargon used for explaining what permalinks are and what they do. If you really want to know more [take a look at the WordPress documentation on Permalinks](https://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks). The simple explanation is they manage how "Pretty" your url's look. **Example:** the default WordPress permalink for a post would be http://yourlms.com/?p=1 You can set your permalinks to use names to be easier on the eyes of your users (and easier for developers to work with) by setting them to name **Example: ** using the name permalink would make a post look like http://yourlms.com/name-of-your-post. Setting up permalink is something all seasoned WordPress users take for granted but new users may never know the option exists. In the case of LifterLMS it's a requirement. We don't like working with the default WordPress permalink option and many other plugins don't either. In fact the WordPress documentation refers to the default permalink as "Ugly." To change your permalinks from "Ugly" (default) to "Pretty" (name) from the WordPress Admin navigate to Settings -> Permalinks [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/NbNRHuDeSaCYSpM3Q6aO_Menus_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress%203.png", "Menus_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress 3.png", "292", "189", "#f12c5e", "" ] } ] } [/block] On the Permalinks page change your Common Settings to "Post Name" and click "Save Changes" That's it, your url's will be nice and pretty and you will avoid a lot of unnecessary hair pulling from strange issues and conflicts with themes and plugins. [block:image] { "images": [ { "image": [ "https://files.readme.io/pJERexRUT4OjKA4onKA6_Permalink_Settings_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress.png", "Permalink_Settings_‹_Doctor_Who_Acadamy_—_WordPress.png", "652", "685", "#32637c", "" ] } ] } [/block] [block:api-header] { "type": "basic", "title": "TIP #?: Your tip for users new to WordPress" } [/block] This page is always being updates. As we encounter new user issues we will add the solution to this page. Many of us have been using WordPress for so long we have forgotten about all the little things that gave us grief in the beginning. If you have any tips or advice for new users to WordPress or LifterLMS and you want to share send it to support@lifterlms.com. We will add it to this page and give you credit for your amazing tip :)