- CSS- Menu with Sub-Menues
- patTemplate support
- split the menu up (e.g. sub-navigation on the side)
- navigate through sections, categories, content items (you can even make it expand regular section/category link menu items)
- plugin support (load menu items from a custom database table or create complex views)
- use one of the available menu templates (mainly based on other great resources like the suckerfish CSS menu, an accessible dTree menu, mountain-top rounded corners...) or create/modify your own menu template (you may want to make this one then available to others).
(please see the homepage for more details)
Just an additional note as some may misunderstand some things about this module:
- it main emphases is not to make it simpler than the built in mainmenu but add some more possibilities and sacrifices some simplicity for flexibility (separate sub modules could probably be created to overcome this)...
- those are mainly focused on giving the web developer/designer the possibility to create standard based web sites (menu wise)
- that is to be able to separate structure (HTML) from design (CSS)
- for integration, design and other reasons this is not a component but just a module with it's limitation
- (a required step may not be required for a later Joomla version)
This may help your decision:
- don't use this module if you don't need/want any of it's additional features
- don't use it if you are not sure what HTML/CSS is and you actually don't care about web standards (accessibility etc.)
- otherwise just check it out.. it depends on your knowledge, preferences and what you actually want to archive
Note: Unfortunately I can't reply to comments. If you believe there is a bug or it is not working as advertised then please do contact me or raise an issue in the bug tracker.
e.g. this module is compatible with Joomla 1.7 since the snapshot version 2011-11-10.
(1.0.6 on the other hand was not compatible)
Although advertised as working in the older version of Joomla!, I was pleasantly surprised when I installed and configured this extension to find it embedded seemlessly without any error messages and provide exactly what I was looking for. Very easy to configure and with a multitude of changeable parameters, it would surely fit the needs of website owners more often than not.
So, we have a situation here where some developers are stating that their Menu systems are compatible with J! 1.5 Legacy (when they clearly aren't) and an older Menu system that makes no such claims but actually works in the laets version of Joomla! The irony of it, eh?
Anyhow, I highly commend the developer for producing a Module that can withstand the test of technological changes in Joomla! software.
If the developer is reading this, you may want to check this out so that you don't undersell yourself and your excellent Module.
If you haven't designed/developed the template from scratch yourself you will probably want to give this a miss.
After trying to use many of the other drop down menus on a clients website with little to no luck I tried this and it just worked. Again, I already had CSS to handle drop down menus in place from pre-joomla development of the template and the module worked perfectly.
Now, the menu on the left of my site (Extended Menu, showing mainmenu) shows up the children of the parent link at the top of the site (regular Joomla mainmenu).
You just set it to use split menus, and start at child level 1, not go further than level 1, and only show the children of a particular parent (works by name, and is case sensitive, so remember that if you change the parent menu item names!).
I do then have to go into modules and tell it to only show each Ext Menu on the corresponding page - this is a pain if you are often adding content.
I would LOVE a menu system that automatically picked up the children to show in a split menu depending on which parent item was chosen on another menu... possible? Might be with this if I look hard enough!
Thanks for the hard work!
1) Ability to have "split menus" This means that you can have one menu dependent on selection of another. For instance as uses select items from the horizontal menu at the top a left side menu can be configured to show the sub elements for that selection.
A real time saver and worth some experimentation to figure out what it does.
I tried it a year ago, and my knowledge was insufficient to get it working properly (as a suckerfish menu) but upon second try, it worked great!
So far, I have been able to build a drop-down suckerfish menu (with a little help from my friends), child menus directly from other menus and section/category menu items all from the same extension.
This is a truly amazing extension that you only appreciate when you work with it.
It can show unpublished categories and hide published. For no visible reason.
And it is EXTREMELY difficult to configure the module itself. Tooltips explain nothing.
Above described problems anything that offers this module is excellent.