WordPress Menu Creator 2.0

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Making a big jump from WP Menu Creator 1.7 to version 2.0 as we have sat on updates for many weeks eagerly awaiting a look at WordPress 2.9 before we committed to anything. I’m happy to say that WP Menu Creator will work with version 2.9 of WordPress.

What new features are in the new Menu Creator?

  • You can add your page or post to a menu while in the WYSWYG editor. Simply select the menu, title it, and publish.
  • A new page / post look-up feature will provide you with an easy way to get the page or post ID while in the Menu Creator panel. No more need to go searching.
  • Better image support for menus that will provide you with quick edit features.
  • The ability to reset the menu ID and the ability to edit the menu name. Requested dozens of times so its going to be a feature.
  • Saving the best for the last, the Menu Creator will have a CSS feature where you can save and edit the CSS for each individual menu.

I’ll post more when it is available.

40 Comments

  1. Avatar for Geoff@San Diego Homes

    It sounds like the new Menu Creator will really streamline the process of editing the navigation bars. The version 1.7 has been great for helping me visualize the site structure and easily transfer that vision into the navigation structure. The ability to post to the nav bar directly from the WYSIWYG editor will definitely save time by eliminating an extra step from the process.
    .-= [email protected] Diego Homes´s last blog ..San Diego Luxury Home Foreclosures =-.

    1. Avatar for Jared Ritchey

      WP Menu Creator was in part a learning process in how best to provide CMS like menu management features to WordPress users. With this new version, there will be little excuse to consider alternative options.

    1. Avatar for SEOWolf

      We have had a lot of REALTORS implement our WordPress Menu Manager. Hope you like it.

      If you need some help with your MLS I think a live Demo of the UltimateIDX will convince you that we have the absolute BEST solution in the market.

      ~SEOWolf

  2. Avatar for Webdesign Roosendaal
    Webdesign Roosendaal says:

    Hey this sounds great! I’ve got a couple of new websites coming up in WordPress. I’ll be sure to take a look at this plugin for future use. Should certainly come in handy!
    .-= Webdesign Roosendaal´s last blog ..Professionele presentatie bouwbureau Holm de Jong =-.

  3. Avatar for rcain

    Hi,
    Great plugin, however, I have a slight problem (detailed here http://wordpress.org/support/topic/368698 – apologies for multiple posts – i though i’d fixed it, but i hadnt).

    when i attempt to access a post or category that doesnt exist, the plugin breaks the site (shows only a portion of raw text from footer.php, missing out all site header and content!).

    i have 4 calls to displayMenu in all – 2 in header.php, 1 in sidebar.php and 1 in footer.php. The second call in header.php seems to be the one that breaks it.

    can you shed any light on this?

    thanks for any help.

    1. Avatar for Jared Ritchey
      Jared Ritchey says:

      Hey can you please send me the URL to your site so I can see the rendered code.
      Keep in mind too, I have a brand new update I’m releasing this weekend.

  4. Avatar for Rob Morris

    I have tried to make this work but without details for dummies. It’s almost impossible to make this work. I entered items into my menu. Put the php into my header and got nothing. It’s obvious I didn’t do it right, but there just aren’t enough details or examples. It’s a lot of guess work. Shouldn’t a plug in make things easier?

    I guess everyone assumes that we know exactly what your talking about.

    1. Avatar for Jared Ritchey
      Jared Ritchey says:

      No they don’t and we acknowledge our docs are sparse. I’m working on docs as the plugin is updated.

  5. Avatar for Nalin

    Hi,
    Great Plugin. I’m using your plugin in my latest project but i have little problem. I want to create drop down menu Eg: . i have two levels in this menu. That means when i mouse over the parent link the child links set should appear. I used this code . but it shows whole parent and child list at once.. any way to figure this out?

    Please help
    Thanks,
    nalin

    1. Avatar for Jared Ritchey
      Jared Ritchey says:

      If you can send me an email directly via this sites contact form. I’ll fix it then publish the fix here in the blog for others.

      1. Avatar for Edward Sager
        Edward Sager says:

        Hey Jared,

        Just wondering if you had had time to to update this at WordPress.

        Anxiously awaiting a look at this plug-in,
        Edward

  6. Avatar for Ryd

    Would love beta test too.
    Can you send me the beta version to my mail? I need it for my current WP project.

    Thanks, very much appreciated.
    Best regards, Ryd.

  7. Avatar for Lisa Cowan
    Lisa Cowan says:

    I’ve installed the plugin, but cannot find the manage link. I’ve probably been sitting at the computer to long to be effective. Please let me know what I am missing.

    Thanks,
    Lisa

  8. Avatar for Aaron

    would it be possible to get a beta version of this as well? i would love to be able to use the newer version of the menu plugin on my new site.

  9. Avatar for rob cain

    Hi,

    Firstly, really nice plugin. Thanks for this. Domt know why WP havent included something like it in core yet. Couple of suggestions:

    1)I tend to use WP as a CMS rather than simple blog. Consequentially, site taxonomies can get quite complex. In particular, I needed to make your menu-creator plugin (V1.1.6) sensitive, not only to ‘current page’ but also to sub-pages, categories, taxonomies, etc, when setting the ‘current_page_item’ class on the ‘active’ menu item(s).

    I came up with a mod/hack to do this. Thought you might be interested in making it available in your core app. The approach would be quite simple:

    file: menu-creator.lib.php
    function: displayMenuFromItems
    change line from:

    if (is_page($item[“value”])) {

    change line to (something like):

    if (is_page($item[“value”]) || (function_exists(wpmc_is_in_context) && wpmc_is_in_context($item))) {

    …. thus providing a custom application exit (filter) on precisely how and when the currently active menu item is set.

    the user/site developer then has a choice of providing/defining an optional user function, ‘wpmc_is_in_context’ (returning true or false) to determine this, eg. defined within functions.php within theme dir.

    in addition to the above i also added a new field (db, admin and object) called ‘active_context’ (string). this gets passed in item var above and is thus able to further refine pattern matching requirements of the user defined ‘wpmc_is_in_context’ function.

    drop me a line if you’d like further details.

    2) customer had requirement to mix colours (html effects) within menu titles. whilst v1.1.6 just about supports this, it does have problems editing html markup within menu titles, once set up. (to do with wp options stripping, htmlentities, etc). would be nice if it gracefully allowed maintenence of html markup withing menu titles.

    many thanks again, hope these are of some interest/use.

    1. Avatar for Jared Ritchey
      Jared Ritchey says:

      Thank you for your comment Rob;
      In version 1.1.9 we have something like this is added in as well as support for WordPress MU.

  10. Avatar for DonnaNJ

    I’m trying to use this on this site

    The top row is the original menu…If you hover on history-you see the sub menus.

    the second row the history sub-cats are showing as a third row.

    I think it’s the js for the hover…but I don’t know how to fix it

    Donna-NJ

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