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Sidebar Navigation Menu Professional

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This extension adds a vertical categories navigation into sidebar columns, with a powerful configuration.
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Overview

Sidebar Navigation Menu Professional

Some stores need to have a vertical navigation menu, based on their product categories. This extension will adds a new useful, professional and nice vertical navigation menu from all active categories to your store sidebar columns.

Sidebar Navigation Menu has custom, unique and luxury designs for each one of "default", "blue", "blank", "modern" templates and for popular "templates-master f002 classic theme". Extension style will changes automatically between above designs when you use one of them in your website.
Also the extension is completely intelligent and gets your custom them design automatically without any extra style copy or customization, however it has a custom CSS file with a lots of CSS selectors which lets you customize extension style as you like based on your website design.
This extension has some interesting and powerful functionalities like ability to showing thumbnail icons for categories or having a collapsible navigation menu. One of powerful things about the extension is its flexible configuration settings with more than 30 options to having full control on your website navigation.

Key Features:

  • Full Free Extension
  • Search Engine Friendly URLs
  • Intelligent Design to Fit with Any Custom Theme
  • Compatible with Both Anchor and Non-anchor Categories
  • Compatible with Both Flat and Non-flat Catalog Category
  • Showing Category Thumbnail
  • Collapsible Menus
  • Defining Parent Category
  • Flexible Block Title
  • Showing Products Count
  • Column and Block Position Selection
  • Categories Maximal Depth
  • Control Top Navigation Menu Visibility
  • Control Browse by Category in Layered Navigation
  • Custom Thumbnail Size
  • Control to How Act in Non-category Pages
  • Control to How Act for Product Page in Direct Access to Product
  • Multilingual (Translatable)
  • Separate Configuration for Each Store View
  • Separate Configuration for Homepage and Customer Account page
  • Dedicated CSS File
  • Full Variety of Classes and CSS Selectors
  • Dedicated Layout File

Installation Guide:

The extension installation is easy and takes less than a minute to install.
Just get the extension key from top of this page by clicking on "Install Now" button and use it in your store Magento Connect Manager. That's all!

Note: Before using the extension in production, first check it in a test environment.
Note: Don't forget, always make a backup from your store, before any new extension installation.
Note: If you enabled your store compiler, you must disable it before installation then re-compile and enable it again.

Configuration Guide:

To access into extension configuration settings you can navigate to:
CODNITIVE > Catalog > Sidebar Navigation Menu Professional
or
System > Configuration > CODNITIVE > Catalog > Sidebar Navigation Menu Professional

Changelog:

V 1.8.14
- Default theme missing CSS file added
- Minimum PHP version changed to 5.2.0

V 1.8.12
- Wrong maximal depth in search result page fixed

V 1.8.11
- "Undefined variable: onclick..." fixed
- "Warning: explode()..." fixed
- Some minor bugs fixed

V 1.8.03
- Some settings default values change for better result
- Some minor bugs and conflicts fixed

V 1.8.00
New features:
- Magento 1.7 full compatibility.
- Intelligent design mode
- Compatibility with both anchor and non-anchor categories
- Compatibility with both flat and non-flat catalog category
- Custom settings for home page
- Custom settings for customer account page
- Flexible block title
- More control to showing sidebar navigation in non-category pages
- More control for product page in direct access to product
- Control on sidebar navigation block position
- Control on collapsible mode icon and position
- Control on categories thumbnail position
- Ability to easy showing navigation menu in homepage content
Fixed bugs:
- "Remove Layered Navigation Categories" option didn't work with non-anchor categories
- "Parent Category" option didn't work when top navigation was enabled
- Extension didn't work correctly with flat catalog category
- Collapsible mode didn't work on custom themes till copy JS file into new theme
- CamelCase files names bug fixed
- and some other minor bugs
Improvements:
- Collapsible mode CSS file merged into main CSS file to avoid extra http requests
- Collapsible mode JavaScript codes merged into template files to fix bug and avoid extra http request
- New and improved configuration section
- Custom admin menu
- Re-coding and clean up codes

V 1.7.21
Fixed bugs:
- Loading category image instead thumbnail image

V 1.7.20
Improvements:
- Files and coding cleanup
- Coding improved

New features:
- Show/Hidden zero product count

Fixed bugs:
- Extra margin left when collapsible and thumbnails are enable

FAQ:

1. After installation, I see "error 404 page not found" in configuration section of the extension?
Just logout from your admin panel and login to it again, after refreshing Magento cache.

2. I enabled extension from admin panel, but I don't see vertical navigation menu sidebar in my store frontend?
Your Magento "Blocks HTML output" cache is enabled and you must refresh it.

3. How can I add sidebar navigation to CMS pages content?
You must add {{block type="sidenav/navigation" template="codnitive/sidenav/navigation.phtml"}} code to your CMS pages content.

4. How can I use thumbnail image functionality?
Please go to configuration settings of the extension and change "Thumbnail Enabled" option to yes. Now all you must do is adding thumbnail for your categories in "Manage Categories" section, under Catalog menu tab.

5. Sidebar navigation shows under layered navigation, how to move it on top of layered navigation?
Please go to configuration settings of the extension and change "Before" option.

6. How can define a maximal depth for showing categories (for instance just 2 level of categories)?
Please go to configuration settings of the extension and enter categories level which you want be visible in sidebar navigation as a number, in "Maximal Depth" option.

7. Is it possible to hide top navigation if I use sidebar navigation?
Yes, it's possible. Just change "Remove Top Navigation Menu" option to "Yes" in configuration settings of the extension.

8. How can I have a dynamic collapsible menus in this sidebar menu navigation?
Please go to configuration settings of the extension and change "Collapsible" option to "Yes".

9. How can define parent category to show just some menus?
Please go to configuration settings of the extension and define parent category in "Parent Category" option.

10. I want remove "BROWSE BY CATEGORY" from layered navigation, can I do that with this extension?
Yes, you can. Please go to configuration settings of the extension and change "Remove Layered Navigation Categories" option to "Yes".

Release Notes

Magento 1.8.1.0 Compatibility

2014-01-17 21:09:04
  • Version number: 1.8.14
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7, 1.8, 1.8.1
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

Default theme missing CSS file added.
Minimum PHP version changed to 5.2.0

Bug Fix

2013-09-22 08:04:35
  • Version number: 1.8.12
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

Wrong maximal depth in search result page fixed

Bug Fix

2013-08-14 13:42:53
  • Version number: 1.8.11
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

Reported bugs fixed.

Minor Bug Fix

2013-07-15 19:07:03
  • Version number: 1.8.03
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

Some minor bugs fixed and settings default values improved.

Magento 1.7 compatibility

2013-07-03 10:54:24
  • Version number: 1.8.00
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1, 1.6.2.0, 1.7
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Magento Connect 2.0

Magento Connect 2.0

Official Magento 1.7 compatibility added.
Works with both anchor and non-anchor categories.
Works with both flat and non-flat categories.
Many bugs fixed.
Powerful and flexible configuration settings.
Clean and improved coding.
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Sidebar Navigation Menu Professional 4.5 5 125 125
Not working on live store Hi, I installed your extension on test and it was working fine. But I installed it on my Live store it is showing menu items even I have checked all the options many times. Everything is fine. Please help me quick as I have informed my client about the new side navigation and it is not implemented there. Thanks a lot for your help. AD March 5, 2014
Thank you so good Thank you so good so easy to use Thank you so good so easy to use February 28, 2014
Layered Navigation Categories hello the category menu installed your menu on my site but the Remove Layered Navigation Categories option does not work please help me January 30, 2014
Display 4 times Hi, (Magento is community edition 1.7.0.2 Extension is 1.8.14) I've installed this extension and it's seems to work fine for months. But something happened on a gray and gloomy day. This navigation bar is displayed on left side 4 times one below the other. An other instance is displayed in center bar. It seems that this is a kind of layout issue but I can't find causes and solutions. I've totally uninstall and install again, but this problem not resolved. So...any idea? Thank you. January 29, 2014
Help :) Hi, Can you help me, i installed now your magento extension,but i don't know how i can use that extension just on homepage, i won't that extension in other page? That is my first question and second is: Can i make a new category and show that new category with this extension, because now i have same thing in top menu and in this extension? Have a great day. Greeting,and wish you all the best. January 13, 2014
Excellent extension! Thank you very much for offering this great extension for free :) This is the best left vertical navigation extension I have used. Experienced no problems on 1.7.02. Very robust configurations and already well styled. December 31, 2013
Perfect Perfect extension with nice configuration options ! easy installation (don't forget to log off and logon after installation to solve 404 error) Highly recommended! December 20, 2013
Before Layered Navigation The option Layered Navigation not works.. can you help me with this. Thanks December 17, 2013
Exactly What I needed Thankyou very much Codinitive. For this free extension.. which worked like a charm on 1.7.0.2. Thats Exactly What I needed :) I added my my own category thumbnail.. and can adjust their sizes.. works Perfectly!! November 26, 2013
Background Hi, thanks for this great nav, but is it possible to have a background picture for the navigation menu ? November 17, 2013
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Is this compatible with 1.8.0.0? I've installed it on a test instance and just get a blank screen on the front end and admin
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Yes, it is compatible with Magento 1.8.0.0.
The problem must be something else, maybe compiler.
If your compiler was enabled before installation, you need to re-compile store.
You should enable Magento log or php error report on you test environment to see more info about problem.
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Hello,
I recently installed your extension and it's working fine on frontend. But I can find your extension on admin panel. I'm using Magento ver. 1.7.0.2 and Codnitive Sidenav ver.1.8.12. When I go System>Configuration I have "Catalog" tab and "Customers" tab. There is no "CODNITIVE" tab between them. How can I get access to extension configuration settings? Thanks.
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Hello,

Please go to "System > Permissions > Roles" and make sure your use role has access permissions to Sidebar Navigation section.
Save settings, refresh caches and re-login to admin.

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In other words, how can I change the HTML output from:

<div id="sidebar-nav" class="sidebar-nav-left">
<div class="block-content">
<ul id="sidebar-nav-menu">
<li class="level0 nav-1 first thumb">
<img src="MY_IMAGE" />
<div class="collapsible-wrapper">
<a href="MY_LINK"><span class="category_name">CATEGORY_NAME</span></a>
</div>
</li>
</ul>
</div>
</div>

...to this:

<div id="sidebar-nav" class="sidebar-nav-left">
<div class="block-content">
<ul id="sidebar-nav-menu">
<li class="level0 nav-1 first thumb">
<div class="collapsible-wrapper">
<a href="MY_LINK"><img src="MY_IMAGE" /><span class="category_name">CATEGORY_NAME</span></a>
</div>
</li>
</ul>
</div>
</div>

This way users can click on the thumbnail or the category name as a functional link.

Any help is much appreciated.
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Please, take a look into "_renderCategoryMenuItemHtml" method inside this file:
[mage_root]/app/code/community/Codnitive/Sidenav/Block/Navigation.php
and search for "$image" variable.
You can move "$image" anywhere you need.
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I am using magento-1.8. After the installation of this extension this problem occurs. I have already check it on many forum sites. But I have not get satisfied with their answers. I have already flush the cache and rebuilt the indexes still the problem is same which I am facing. I Dont know where and how I have to rectify this error. Please help me ASAP.

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Is compiler enabled on your store?
Did you installed any other extension?
Does Error show in all pages or just happens sometimes?
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Hi, how to show only one active category like your whey there how you get to the product not all category where is theta product?
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Hi,

If you are looking for a way to retrieve current category you can get it from registry: Mage::registry('current_category')
Also take a look here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10282847/magento-registry-and-current-category

But if you need path active categories, just take a look to below file in the extension:
[magento_root]/app/code/community/Codnitive/Sidenave/Block/Naivgation.php

You can jump over from non-active categories in "renderCategoriesMenuHtml" method, by checking "$this->isCategoryActive($category)".

Looking inside below method also can be helpful:
Codnitive_Sidenav_Model_Catalog_Category::getProductCategoriesInDirectAccess()
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Hi,

i'd like that all categories (with subcategories) are shown when the page will be loaded.

Like this:

CATEGORY 1
- SUB 1
- SUB 2
- SUB 3
CATEGORY 2
- SUB 1
- SUB 2
- SUB 3
CATEGORY 3
- SUB 1
- ...

How can i do this?
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Hi,

If you want show all top level categories and all their subcategories, just set "Parent Category" option to "Store Base".
But if you want show top level categories with just their first level children categories, after setting as I said on top, you need to set "Maximal Depth" option to "2" as well.
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Hello,

I use Magento 1.8.0. The sidebar menu displays correctly in I.E. 10 and Opera 12.10 but not in Firefox 25.0. It displays it floated on the right of the left sidebar. I'm using a custom theme.

Please take a look at tribale.ro to see it by yourself.

Thank you!
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Hello,

I checked your website and sidebar menu shows correctly on Firefox 25.0, too. I couldn't see any right floating.
But anyway for customize or optimize navigation skin, you can make a copy from
[mage_root]/skin/frontend/base/default/css/codnitive/sidenav.css
into similar directory of your custom theme, and modify it.

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It's showing up as follows:

- My Cart
- Categories
- Newsletter

I have it set to show up on top and I'm using a slightly non-default theme, but even tried switching it to the default for testing purposes. If I edit 2columns-left.phtml and just throw in some dummy content, it shows up first. Is there a way I can just call it in and hard code the call in the file?
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Hello,

You can set block position in layout, by editing
[mage_root]/app/design/frontend/base/default/layout/codnitive/sidenav.xml

Based on the extension settings you must edit "before/after" attribute for sidenav blocks.

Please contact to out support if you are not familiar with Magento coding.

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I want to display a specific parent category and its children only.

Is there a way to specify the Parent Category ID?
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This functionality is not available in Professional version of the extension.
But you can do it in Sidebar Navigation Menu Ultra.
You can contact us directly to get more info about Ultra version of the extension.
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Hi, I'm loving your extension thanks for making it.

Is it possible to remove the nav menu from my product pages and only have it on category pages etc?

Also when I try to add it to my home page nothing happens. you can see the website here:
www.clipsleypetshop.co.uk

I'd appreciate your help. THanks
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Hi,

First of all, thank you for this great extension!
To use it optimal i have some more questions. I really hope you can help with this

* I don't see all the subcategories. The structure is (for example)like this;
Category (horizontal menu)
Subcategory
Subsubcategory
Subsubcategory
I Only see Category and Subcategory.
* If this works we also want that the menu stays when you are in the last subcategory, but at this point the menu disappears totally.

* And last but not least. Is it possible to change the height of the letters and maybe the icons ?

Thank you very much in advance.

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Is there any way to sort categories in sidebar nav alphabetically by name.
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