WordPress Menu Creator 2.0

November 6, 2009
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This post has been updated, please click here to view it.

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

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Leslie
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Can’t wait to be able to use this! 🙂

November 9, 2009
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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 =-.

November 12, 2009
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Jared Ritchey
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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.

November 12, 2009
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I can’t wait for this I wanna to have try with this. Its sounds very good and effective.

November 25, 2009
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Jared Ritchey
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If interested I’ll email you a copy to test, i still have a few small things I want to tie in.

March 29, 2010
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scott mann
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v. 1.1.7 doesn’t support Chinese. Can you please fix that? Thanks.

December 8, 2009
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I just started using this plugin and I love it, thank you for all your hard work and keeping updated with the upgrades 🙂
.-= [email protected] improvements´s last blog ..How To Fix a Leaking Faucet =-.

December 12, 2009
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I will be waiting for this release and if possible I will review it on my blog too 🙂
.-= [email protected] your blog´s last blog ..5 Tips On How To Decide On Your Blog’s Niche =-.

December 14, 2009
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Sounds interesting to me, because this will be really helpful for me on some of my blogs. I will try to give it a run and see how cool it is. 🙂

Thanks mate
.-= [email protected] seo´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

December 20, 2009
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Edward P. Sager
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I love the idea of being able to use CSS. Is there a potential release date available?

January 1, 2010
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I’ve loaded WordPress on my site, but I will have to get some help getting the MLS feed up and running. This sounds promising.
.-= [email protected] Ca Homes For Sale´s last blog ..More on Selling Hollister Ca Homes =-.

January 3, 2010
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SEOWolf
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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

January 21, 2010
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I will be implementing this plugin on my new blog to see how it goes.

Thanks for this!

February 19, 2010
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Webdesign Roosendaal
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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 =-.

February 23, 2010
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rcain
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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.

February 24, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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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.

February 26, 2010
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Rob Morris
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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.

March 1, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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No they don’t and we acknowledge our docs are sparse. I’m working on docs as the plugin is updated.

June 18, 2010
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Nalin
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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

March 4, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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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.

March 28, 2010
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Ariestee
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Cool! Is this available right now? Can I have free trial using this tool?

March 15, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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Yes I just haven’t had time to update it at WordPress. I’ll do that before the day is over.

March 15, 2010
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Edward Sager
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Hey Jared,

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

Anxiously awaiting a look at this plug-in,
Edward

March 29, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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Not yet but if you want to beta test it I’ll send it to you.

March 29, 2010
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Edward Sager
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Would love to beta test.

Thank you!

March 29, 2010
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Ryd
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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.

April 1, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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I’ll get it posted hopefully by the first of the week for anyone interested.

June 18, 2010
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Lisa Cowan
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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

May 4, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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Send me a contact request and I’ll do it for you.

May 11, 2010
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Aaron
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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.

May 17, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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Yeah it will be published for download this weekend.

May 18, 2010
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Mad Max
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Any news on the upcoming release? Can’t wait any more! ;D

May 27, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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Yeah been very busy working on all the plugins but it will be released hopefully this coming week.

June 18, 2010
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rob cain
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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.

June 2, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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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.

June 4, 2010
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DonnaNJ
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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

June 10, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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Something appears to be stripping the closing tags on each list element.

June 18, 2010
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Hi, How to make web centre in WYSWYG editor? I used this software but every I make a website, its always lies to the left of the page..thanks

Looking for Villas in Jimbaran Bali

June 16, 2010
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Jared Ritchey
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Can you show me so I can take a look and see how to fix for you?

June 18, 2010

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