You may want to setup a menu on your WordPress blog or perhaps you have setup your website using WordPress. Having a menu is a good idea for organizing your content and making navigating your site easy for your visitors.
Here are a few tips on organizing to create a menu
When you are designing your website or blog – think of how the content should be organized. What are the main headings – what topics would fit under these main headings. As your website grows having an organized structure is a real help to the visitors so they can find information easily. It also helps you as you add new pages and posts to know where you will put them.
Using Pages and Sub Pages
When you create a new page in WordPress you can assign it as a main page or a sub page.
Assigning a category is a first step in being able to create a menu item from your POSTS. Think about your categories and how they relate to the major topics of your blog or website. For example on the Out and About Nova Scotia website – PLACES is a category. Any new post that has to do with a PLACE is assigned this category and a place name is assigned as a sub-category. See the PLACES menu with its sub categories.
If you wish to rename, delete of change a category you will find this under POSTS – CATEGORIES on your dashboard. This is also a good place to see the overview of all your categories and the number of POSTS assigned to each category and the hierarchy.
Managing your Menu
The Menu manager is found under Appearances on your dashboard. On the left you see a list of all the PAGES you have created. Click the check box(es) next to the pages you want to add to the menu and drag them onto the menu on the right. Then reorder the pages according to your plan. You can make sub pages by indenting a page under another page.
If you wish to add a CATEGORY as a menu item – select the category from the list that you see when you click on “Categories” on the bottom left section. Then select the category you want and add it to the menu on the right.
Be sure to SAVE your menu.
You can select to add your pages automatically when you create them – or each time you want a new page on the menu go through the steps above. You can rearrange pages and posts as your site grows.
Use the CATEGORIES widget to add a categories drop down list with number of posts on your sidebar. This works well if you have a lot of categories and gives a good overview for the website visitor
www.outandaboutns.com – Places and Categories are posts that are added to the menu through the CATEGORY option
As part of planning a series of seminars on Social Media I decided to take a survey of my email list that might help decide on the day, length, price and topics. In just a couple of days I had a clear idea of how to schedule the seminars.
To do this in the past I had used Survey Monkey which was an adequate tool but this time I decided to try out the Constant Contact Online Survey Tool and I found there are several significant advantages.
Step 1 – Contacts: I reviewed my contacts in Constant Contact and decided to send out the survey to people who lived in my geographic area. I reviewed the sub-list with the Contact management tool.
Step 2 – Survey Design: The Online Survey tool has many questionnaires already designed and I browsed and selected the one closest to my needs. I deleted some irrelevant questions or modified the wording to make it appropriate. I added introductory text and easily setup a reply page that respondents would see when they completed the survey. I tested the survey to check that everything was working and that the flow would be clear.
Step 3 – Publish the survey: A link is generated that you can send in an email, post on your website or Facebook or other social media. To use it in an email there is a link that takes you directly to templates useful in inviting your contacts to fill out the survey. All of this is integrated directly to your email and contact manager
Step 4 – Send out the link: I created an email inviting people on my specified contact list to take the survey and used the email template as the building block for this. I worked on the email on the weekend but scheduled it to go out on Tuesday morning as that is a good time for people to respond.
I also posted the link on my Facebook Business page – the results that come in from any replies from website or Facebook are listed as “anonymous”. See link to the survey here.
Step 5 – Track Results: With the excellent reporting features in Constant Contact I was able to graphs and numbers summarizing the results. For questions that were open ended – the text shows up in a table format. For optional contact information for people who wanted to continue to be informed a list of names, emails, website were tabulated – and again a very nice feature to add them to a list – I created a list “responded to survey” and this makes it easy to send them more information about the seminars. The report can be exported to an XLS file. I will also be able to send invitations to this list in the event management module. I was able to see that Thursday mornings for 2-3 hours would be the most popular seminar timing. Many suggestions on topics and popular pricing are very helpful in planning the seminars.
Here are just a few ideas of how to use surveys: Customer satisfaction, event planning, employee feedback, shopping and purchase experience, product development, website feedback, travel and tourism. All of these and more have several templates in Constant Contact that give you a quick start in your survey design.
Value of a survey
A survey helps you to find out what your contacts think, need, want. You can view the results on an individual or compiled in easy to read reports. With Constant Contact you are able to integrate this information with your contact list management and with your email newsletter or invitation. With the many templates available the design part of survey creation is greatly simplified.
Start your free trial of Constant Contact to see in detail how the survey / email / contacts work seamlessly together to create a powerful way to communicate with your contacts and get relevant feedback directly from them by asking.
Constant Contact is very responsive in replying to your questions and have great customer support.