Part 11 - Presentation – Editing Menu Modules

Once a menu item is created, you will most likely need to define on what pages the menu is displayed.  Display locations and options are controlled by modules.  In our example, we created an Area 5 menu and attached it to the Horizontal Menu.  If you click on Area 5 on the Horizontal menu, it looks different than Areas 1-4 because the sidebar is not visible.

Example of Area 1 with a sidebar menu:

Photo of Area 1 Sidebar Menu

Example of Area 5 without a sidebar menu:

Photo of site lacking a sidebar menu

Using our Area 5 menu example, let's get started enabling a menu module to display the area 5 sidebar menu.

Let's go to Menus and select Menu Manager.

menu manager

Toward the bottom of menu listings, locate the Area 5 Sidebar and click on the option to "Add a module for this menu type."

Add a module type link

Let's start by typing a meaningful Title. (SUGGESTION:  Matching the menu and module name helps keep it organized.)  In this example, I am going to title this menu module "Area 5 Sidebar" to correspond with my menu name.  You may also want to toggle the Show Title to Hide, otherwise the title will appear as text above your menu. In the Select Menu drop down, select the Area 5 Sidebar menu.

Photo of module options

Next, click on the Select Position dropdown and choose Sidebar.
Photo of position drop down menu

TIP:  The position determines where a module will be displayed.  Click here to see a diagram of all positions.

TIP: Module Parameters has a useful item called “Always show sub-menu items.” This allows you to choose whether a menu displays its sub-pages all the time.

Menu Assignment

Menu Assignment options allow you to choose which pages should display your menu.  Click on the Menu Assignment tab.
Locate menu assignment tab

In our example, I am going to display the menu "Only on the pages selected" and select all the pages listed under the Area 5 Sidebar menu. The default module assignment is set to show on all pages. Let's limit where the menu is shown by changing the Menu Assignment dropdown to Only the pages selected.

Not all pages drop down menu
This will bring up an area that lists all menus. All menu items must first be deselected. Under Menu Selection, click the None option to deselect all the check marks beside the listed menu items. 

menuassignment1

Place a check mark by the items where you wish the sidebar menu to appear.  SUGGESTION: Check items under Area 5 Sidebar.
Photo of menu item selection

Click on save and preview your new menu!

Additional Menu Module Attributes

  • Position. The position on the page where this module is displayed. Positions are locations on the page where modules can be placed (for example, "left" or "right"). Positions are defined in the template in use for the page.
  • Status.  Either the menu module is published (can be seen by public) or unpublished (not viewable).
  • Access.  Determines who has access to this item.
  • Ordering. The order to display modules within a position. If the list is sorted by this column, you can change the display order of modules within a position by selecting a position in the Select Position filter and then clicking the arrows or by entering the sequential order and clicking Save Order.

  • Start Publishing/Finish Publishing.  Add or remove the menu by date.