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You menu should, almost always, be on top of your site, but under the header (like this one). You should only have one menu. (Though you can have different links on your footer menu – that’s OK). You shouldn’t have more items than fit on one line. If your menu breaks into 3 lines because you have 27 items in it, it will look like crap and be confusing. Choose your main categories and put the other pages as submenus, usually that dropdown when the mouse cursor is over the menu. Your main pages should be: Home About Books Reviews…

This is a demo site I set up to show writers the best way to set up an author website with WordPress – where to put everything, how to organize the content, and how to showcase your books so people actually want to read them. This site not only has posts about how to sell your books online, get people to sign up to your email list, which themes and plugins to use, and present yourself professionally, but also demonstrates everything by being a live virtual site.  

You might see a lot of other sites using sliders or a “magazine style” on their homepage. They work for bigger sites with tons of content because they don’t care what readers look at. They get paid per view through advertising – so they just try to hook attention and get readers to stay on the page a few more minutes. That can be useful, but it isn’t really what you want, and it’s easy to do it wrong. You want readers to find what they’re looking for quickly and easily, and start reading what you want them to read. You…