Menu Creator 1.1.9 Mega Update

After going over all the new features in WordPress 3.0 and the inclusion / integration with WordPress Multi User, we decided to take a good long look at the Menu Creator to see what would and would not be a worthy update. So, as we looked at all the support forum and blog comments in addition to all the emails we started making a master task list. Keeping in mind that the reason the plugin is so popular we made sure our list will not make theme developers nervous. The Menu Creator is distributed with about 16 – 20 commercial and non commercial themes that we know of and we want to make this a lot easier for theme developers to include an easy menu management solution with their themes. Lets run down the list highlighting the checklist first then more details.

  • We are adding in a new set of options for menu layout that will expand the potential for design professionals.
  • New layouts will also support images as menu items.
  • Adding in a new feature that will put CSS editing right in the menu creator.
  • The next release will include pre formatted menu examples (lots of requests for this).
  • Menu Creator can be used for slide shows and in fact content sliders as well.
  • MU Support for global menu usage, this means you could create a menu that shows on selected MU blogs.
  • User Defined script includes so you can add custom JS to the header section of your blog dynamically.
  • Opt in features for things like jquery, mootools and other scripts that are core with WordPress.
  • Category menus and special conditional menu features are being expanded.
  • Adding a new class for “ACTIVE” so you can style active links.
  • Menu management in Pages / Posts so you can publish a link directly from the post editor.
  • Assign links on a page by page basis so the links in the menu can show up on targeted locations
  • Full URL or Short URL options for each menu link. An SEO Feature.
  • New Page / Post item selector. No more looking up ID’s before creating menu items.
  • Improved Drag Drop features for menu management.
  • IMPORTANT:  Theme code snippets for theme builders. See below.
  • IMPORTANT:  Import Pages / Posts option for new menu items. This will allow you to instantly create a new menu based on existing pages by default.
  • IMPORTANT: In line HTML Wrappers will allow you to nest menus (not just menu items) within another menu.
  • Short Code, will allow you to publish menus within actual pages and posts.

Theme – Options Panel for Menu Management

The idea behind this is simple, we needed a way in our own themes to have an option in the options panel.  If you are a theme developer and you need to provide menu management to your theme users (commercial or gnu/gpl) then we are adding code snippets for your use. You simply paste in the code we provide into your functions.php for your options panel and your end users can use default code for menu management based on available menu options you build.

For instance lets say you are really wanting to publish your new cool theme and you want to have menu management as a feature of your product. You simply include the Menu Creator with your package and the options code and your end users can enable or disable the use of Menu Creator as an alternative to default navigation. Why do something like this? Because you don’t really want to ask your end users to modify template code in order to use Menu Creator.

Thesis Code Snippets

We are adding more THESIS support to the Menu Creator so you can easily hook into predefined areas with actual widget code. Although the approach is not anything new the process is much simpler now.

WordPress MU 3.0 Menu Management

Wouldn’t it be nice to add better menu management for your WordPress blogs? This feature came as a request from users of Buddy Press for a school district. What they asked for was a way to control a menu item site wide (including selected blogs) from the master admin location and also extend the ability for all blogs within MU the ability to setup their own unique menu navigation on a per blog basis. So we are adding this in as a feature.

When will 1.1.9 Be Released?

We wont finish up edits until months end but beta testers can request a copy at any time.

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About the Author:

Paul Eastwood is the CEO of UltimateIDX and founder of it's parent company Blue Fire Group that has been helping Real Estate agents with online marketing for a long time.

Comments

  1. nyul  June 14, 2010

    your product is free? thanks

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  2. Bob Hafemeister  June 16, 2010

    Hello,

    I am in the process of redesigning our website, we utilize Thesis 1.7 and I would be very interested in beta testing V 1.1.9. I was looking at PixoPoint until I came across this article.

    Regards

    Bob Hafemeister
    .-= Bob Hafemeister´s last blog ..Working Against Marketing For Kids’ Tobacco Prevention =-.

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    • Jared Ritchey  June 18, 2010

      Hello Bob, I’m hoping to get caught up on the updates this weekend. Then I’ll release it for you to use.

      reply
  3. [email protected]  June 18, 2010

    How will this work “MU Support for global menu usage, this means you could create a menu that shows on selected MU blogs.”. Can you have multiple menus showing for different sets of selected groups for example? That would be great.

    I run the old WordPress mu with the 2.6 admin, so an upgrade this 3.0 with your plugin would be to prefer.

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  4. Sarah Gooding  June 25, 2010

    Could I get a copy to test? 🙂 Would also be willing to review it on http://wpmu.org 🙂

    reply
    • Jared Ritchey  July 13, 2010

      Sarah I’ll have this published on the weekend. I have it ready now but I myself haven’t even tested the newest version which we will jump a version from 1.1.8 to 1.2

      reply
  5. Jeremy Smiley - Short Sale Specialist - Fresno, CA  September 14, 2010

    Love the great WP plugins! Keep em coming!
    .-= Jeremy Smiley – Short Sale Specialist – Fresno, CA´s last blog ..Bank of America ‘Secret’ Short Sale Program – “HPO Short Sale” =-.

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  6. Smink  February 26, 2011

    When will it be released? Do you have a date?

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  7. YOUCANWAKE  January 7, 2012

    don’t work 🙁
    when i deleted 1 menu and adding menu items to another (2), comments is that menu item added but in meni is nothing to view 🙁

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  8. LIsa  April 3, 2012

    Still no release date?
    Lookin forward to it!

    reply

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