Content menu module improves Drupal's default menu management interface for tighter intergation of content authoring and menu management, so content can be created and edit right from the menu interface (e.g. creating content for a menu item that has been just created - watch screencast below).
About content menu module:
The goal is to make building a site's structure and content in one fluid process seamless, easy and natural. Editors can create content along with a menu item without ever really leaving the menu management process. Editors can find, associate and edit content right from the menu management interface.
Content Menu module makes building a structure-oriented website "page by page" with Drupal effortless and intuitive.
To get an impression of how easy content centric menu management is with the content menu module, watch our screencast: http://youtu.be/sYoYtoQ1s8c
HOW IT WORKS
Basically, Content Menu evolves Drupal's simplistic and isolated menu management interface into an editor's intuitive central for site authoring.
The most important new possibilties are to directly asses and edit a menu item's linked content and to directly create and position a new menu item with selectable target (content) type.
You can create a new menu item as …
- URL – With the traditional menu item form
- Dummy – As a dummy menu item (with simple dummy link target)
- New NODETYPE – directly create a new content for the new item
- Existing content – selecting an existing content via a nice filterable view (if views is enabled)
- Menu position rule (if the Menu Position module is enabled)
The workflows are kept concise and seamless, e.g for adding new menu items along with brand new content or with comfortably choosing existing content to link to.
The changes and improvements made by Content Menu include …
- Menus overview
- Hiding system menus for "normal" editors (without special permission)
- Reducing Links to "edit" a menu
Menu links listing
- Relabeling the tabs ("Edit" and "Configure")
- Directly assesing, accessing and editing a menu item's linked content from the menu management interface
- Therefore, making a new "edit content" operation the default operation for menu items linking to nodes, views and panel pages
- Tidy up and re-labeling operations ("edit content", "configure item", "delete") into a ctools dropbutton (if ctools is available)
- Directly create new menu items by entering title and positioning new items (analogous to field management interface)
- Simple inline editing of menu item titles
Menu management forms and pages
- Consistent menu admin breadcrumbs
- Offer choice to delete associated node content along with deletion of a menu item (if checked and user is permitted)
- ode edit forms "menu settings" fieldset slightly improved
And maybe some more nice little tweaks.
HOW TO INSTALL
To install Content Menu module, …
- Download and enable the module from http://drupal.org/project/content_menu
- Download additional modules
CTools and Views modules are strongly recommended (though technically not required)
Menu Position module is supported (and great for rule based appearance of content in menus)
- Configure your permissions and content types:
- Make sure at least one content type is configured in Drupal's standard node type configuration form to be enabled to receive menu entries of the menu(s) where the content should be placed, to make at least one node type show up in the "target type" dropdown.
- Make sure the user you try the module with has sufficient permission (to access admin area, to administer menus, to administer content, to create and delete nodes of the respective type, …). The new "administer system menus" is necessary for users that should see _all_ menus on the menu overview admin page (Users without this permission are not shown the content_menu_special_menus (variable details see below)).
- Go to Admin > Structure > Menus and start adding menu items into e.g the "Main Menu".
- Or watch out Screencast (see above) to get ideas of what to do (and how).
- See the content_menu.api.php file for further information on new permission(s), system variables you can override, or hooks you might want to use as a developer to extend content_menu.module
- Screencast: http://youtu.be/sYoYtoQ1s8c
- Blog Post with background-info and discussion: http://wunderkraut.com/node/675
Content Menu is sponsored by wunderkraut.