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Add Top and Footer Navigation Menu


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10 November 2010 at 12:24am Community Member, 46 Posts


I would like to have a footer and top navigation that is independent from the normal navigation menu.

I came up with a solution that is not really satisfying. My solution was to add a page, that is not in the menu and then add pages under it like this:

- TopNavigation (not in menu)
- Page 1
- Page 2

and then in the template:

<% control ChildrenOf(TopNav) %>
<li><a href="$Link" title="$Title">$MenuTitle</a></li>
<% end_control %>

But clicking on the link it has /topNav/ or /FooterNav always in it. I would like to only have /page1 /page2

What would be the correct solution to this? I think more people have more than one menu on their page...

Kind regards


10 November 2010 at 2:14am Community Member, 40 Posts

you can use recipe here

you just create checkbox in admin panel that will decide if the page will be shown in menu (you should create two)

static $db = array(
"ShowInTabMenu" => "Boolean"

function getCMSFields() {
$fields = parent::getCMSFields();
$fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Behaviour", new CheckboxField("ShowInTabMenu", "Show special menu "));
return $fields;

then in page controller create functions, you shuold create two function e.g. headerMenu() nad footerMenu()

function topTabbers() {
$whereStatement = "ShowInTabMenu = 1 AND ShowInMenus = 1";
return DataObject::get("Page", $whereStatement);

then jus use $headerMenu or $footerMenu


10 November 2010 at 4:21am Community Member, 46 Posts


that worked and was excactly what I wanted ;-)



17 November 2012 at 3:07am Community Member, 70 Posts


I've created a module to deal with footer links, though I guess there is no reason why it could not be applied to header links also. Details can be found at


Gordon [Anderson]