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So What exactly is the Advanced Sidebar Menu?
As the web grows so does the size of website’s sitemaps. As these grow to be 30, 100, 0r even 500 pages, the traditional single navigation becomes too cluttered. We try to make it a little cleaner by adding an additional navigation in the sidebar, but we can’t display every page the site has in the sidebar. We could create custom menus for each page or section and register different widget areas but this ends up being way too much work and impossible to maintain.
This is where this handy little plugin comes in:
The advanced sidebar menu creates normal widgets that can be added into a widget area like any other. Once on the page it will display only the pages that are parents of the page you are currently on or children of the top level parent of the page you are currently on. I know this sound like a mouthful.
Here is an example:
Let’s say you have a page called “About”, this will be our parent page. We have 3 other pages “Contact”, “Services”, and “Hours” . Each of these will be set to have “About” as the parent page. We add another level of pages “Office”, and “Field” and we assign “Contact” as the parent page for these two.
We now have structure that looks like this.
If you put the widget in a widget area that shows up on these pages it will work in the following ways:
- If you are on page (i) this will display pages (i), (1), (2), (3).
- If you are on page (1) or (3) this will display pages (1), (2), (3).
- If you are on pages (2), (a), or (b) this will display pages (1), (2), (a), (b), (3).
This process will continue on any pages the widget is on. Just like that, it makes your huge sitemap manageable and easy for your viewers to navigate.
This works the same way for categories. By selecting the Advanced Sidebar Categories Menu widget you can have the same parent and child generated menus for your categories. Any categories the widget is on will automatically generate the menu. You may optionally select to have the categories show up on your single posts as well.
- Page and Category widgets
- Option to display or not display the highest level parent page or category
- Option to display the menu when there is only the highest level parent
- Ability to order pages by (date, title, page order)
- Exclude pages or categories by entering a comma separated list of ids
- Option to always display child pages or categories
- Option to select the levels of pages or categories to display when always display child is used
- Option to display or not display categories on single posts
- Ability to display each single post’s category in a new widget or in same list