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ddsmoothmenu Dropdown Menus

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Community Member, 216 Posts

10 June 2013 at 2:45pm

Edited: 10/06/2013 2:59pm

I think I'm missing something very simple here...

I used the ddsmoothmenu format on a static site I built some years ago. Now I'm revisiting and updating the site using the Silverstripe CMS. Everything's gone well apart from the two level dropdown navigation menus. While my styles have some through untouched the second level has disappeared.

I'm not totally surprised here, as I thought this would be a sticky area. I was, however, delighted to find that a contributor named 'Antione' had thoughtfully packaged up all the required code as Silverstripe module, complete with some (very basic) instructions.

I understand that the package is to be installed at root directory but am unsure where $Smoothmenu goes? I've tried placing it in the include file, replacing $Link but when I do the menu has no links on it. As it stands I'm getting no submenus, using the same stylesheets that work fine on the current static HTML site.

The supplied instructions:

Download and install the project to the root directory of your silverstripe project : myproject/ssdropdownmenu

Or (advanced users) create a svn:externals rule on the root directory of your project svn propset svn:externals ssdropdownmenu

To use the menu in a template (most of the time, use simply :

    * $SmoothMenu
    * or $CssMenu
    * call with an argument (1) to add the admin menu links for login and access to the CMS at the end of your menu : $SmoothMenu(1) or $CssMenu(1) 

Not too clear on where the $SmoothMenu should go? Presumably in in place of $Link? Only then all links in the served page are empty!

Can anybody point out the fundamental mistake that I am making? Thanks!


Community Member, 216 Posts

13 June 2013 at 7:47pm

Still beating my head on the proverbial brick wall here. I've managed to put a comment on Antoine's blog -- hope he comes back to me. Then again his original post dated from 2009 and blog hasn't been updated since 2011 so I'm not holding out for this...

Still the same old problem; put $SmoothMenu tag in and I get navigation with empty links. Put $SmoothMenu direct on (as directed in the instructions) and I get nothing at all.

Have done /dev/build/ and ?flush=1 more times that I care to remember!

MIght have to call Silverstripe direct and see if I can talk to a friendly developer?


Community Member, 349 Posts

13 June 2013 at 9:14pm

Edited: 13/06/2013 9:15pm

i think its easier to make dropdown yourself.

you can find my blog post how to do it - here

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Community Member, 216 Posts

15 June 2013 at 12:08pm

Much, much easier Webdoc!! Completely solved my problem -- Thanks for your help -- up and running now!