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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.
So what’s the next solution? To create different custom menus for each page. This means creating different sidebars with widget areas or custom coding each one, one at a time.
Those solutions seems like waaaaaay too much work.
This is where this handy little plugin comes in:
The advanced sidebar menu creates a standard widget that can be dragged 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.
Now we have 3 other pages “Contact”, “Services”, and “Hours” . Each of these will be set to have “About” as the parent page.
Now 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.
The plugin supports multiple widgets and can be used in as many widget areas as you would like. Each widget has it’s own set of options for how that particular menu behaves.