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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 4.4 5 143 143
Good extension This is the best extension for vertical menu. It works fine July 21, 2015
Functions as Described This is a very excellent Magento extension. It does exactly what the description says and there is a good amount of customization to it as well. Plus its free! June 4, 2015
It just works!! It works perfectly! just installed and then it was good to go! easy to set up and works exacly as described!! And im on Magento Community 1,9,1 and it works flawless for me! May 19, 2015
Very good, just a little performance modification Hello, thanks for your product. Just one modification when we active "Active Product Categories In Direct Access". We have many categories and it take a long time to generate module block with this option. After analyse it i found that for each category and child it make a new request to find if the product is in it. I mod Block/Navigation.php and Model/Catalog/Category.php to make only one request to get current product categories (to an array) and compare this array with each category line generate. Maybe you already make this change. Send me a mail if we need my modification. May 11, 2015
Did not work on 1.9.1.1 Installed with no errors, but did not provide category navigation sidebar. No useful documentation to debug why. Did not deinstall nicely; have to recover several changed files. May 6, 2015
Great extension unless you consider the price then it's perfect Does exactly what it claims and doesn't take a lot of css work to get it to look decent. Very refreshing to have something work the first time. May 4, 2015
Excellent Extension This extension is excellent. Fully functional with good UI. February 25, 2015
Not able to see the content of cms page and title is shown as Customer login!!!!! After i installed the extension, all my cms pages title is showing as Customer login and i am not able to see the content of cms pages as well. even after uninstalling your extension and flushing the cache, the issue is still there. Kindly help me with this. December 15, 2014
wow! great module Best category nav available - lots of control and customisations. Thanks to the developer for making it free. December 3, 2014
Best Category Sidebar Nav Ever! Best Category Sidebar Nav Ever! Works in Magento 1.9 without errors. If you want a sidebar nav that works instantly, then Codnitive Sidebar nav is for you. :) October 16, 2014
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Hi,

Our category structure for products starts under a category named SHOP. This would technical be second level. We do not want the main SHOP category to show up as a link or collapsible, just show all the categories under this category only.

When we set the parent option to CATEGORY LEVEL 2, still same thing shows, even CATEGORY LEVEL 3, no changes.

Please advice.
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i have modify configuration on CORDINATIVE->catalog. but can't affect the frond end?

its showing all page content ,left,right How to fix it?
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Hello

Thank you very much for this great extension!

I have one issue I can't seem to fix (relatively new to Webdesign / Magento!)

The Navigation shows up correctly on my Homepage, search result page and some CMS pages, but not on categories and subcategories.

Can you help me?

Greetings from Germany!
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I try to change the appearance of menu through css file of extension, but none change on frontend.
Can you specify when and what I must change to modify the appearance of:
- font-size
- color of font
- background
as my default menu?
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Hi,

i am using magento 1.9 CE and the rwd theme.

The menu works on homepage and category pages, but in the product page it is not shown.

How can i solve that?

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Hi,

I downloaded this extension and it's working perfectly. But it is also showing my old category and now they're basically double.

How do I remove the old category and only have this extension showing on my website?

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hi,

im writing here first and thanks for this module. looks simple and useful. after some hours playing cant answer why first time byte response is slo slow with version 1.9. without plugin we have acceptable FTB when i first time click to category then take 4-5 sec next click FTB going to approx 300ms. (locla cache disabled ). am talking only to time server produce html file.

all memcache, php, compressions i found useful enable.

could you please comment my question. thanks
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This is my site. http://coilhose.com/index.php/

When you click on the Blow Guns & Tips category all the 2nd level categories are displayed. This is good except the bottom categories, in this case Typhoon High... had expanded. I would like that not to happen. Only show level 2 until clicked on. And, I'd like the categories to collapse when another is clicked on. Basically this works exactly how I want it except for the bottom on open by default. I hope this make sense.

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Hi,

My product categories are set up as sub categories of a main category. The menu doesn't show on the main category page http://www.checkfire.co.uk/products.html

Also I have tried all the different settings for parent category and none display the sub categories instead of the main category.

Please can you help me with this?
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Hi

The vertical menu on CMS pages created does not appear

As I can do to add?

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Hi,

I'm using the menu and it works fine, but on my phone it comes closed and when i click on menu, it doesnt open or show anything.

What can it be?

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Hi,
I want to know is it possible if there is one sub cat. but its value is no on include navigation menu.
So can I show that cat on left side bar of list page..?
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Is it Compatible with 1.9.1.?
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Hi,

I've changed the XML value of <max_depth>0</max_depth> to several values but none seem to have any affect on the navigation depth

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I am using your extension on Magento 1.7.0.2. Everything works fine but as you can see on http://urnengroothandel.nl/nieuws, it is just your menu that is visible, while there used to be a blog menu. If I uninstall, my blog menu reappears.

Can this be fixed?

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For example, if I want to remove "Color" attribute from a certain category? Can I achieve that with this extension? Thank you.
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Hello,
I use this extension on magento 1.9.1.1 , I like it very much.
I wanted to know though how do I place the sidebar ONLY on product page? because on other pages I already have a category sidebar by default of my theme.

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I'm using the menu and it works fine, but on my phone it comes closed and when i click on menu, it doesnt open or show anything.

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I have two root categories.
I want to show children category of one root category in sidebar, and other on top navigation bar.
it is possible or not?
If it is possible please let me.

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Just installed this, it put up my default category in the sidebar. I want to change which categories appear in the sidebar and when I went to check what could be changed with the extension, the page just loaded with 404 page not found error in the dashboard.
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