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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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
System > Configuration > CODNITIVE > Catalog > Sidebar Navigation Menu Professional


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
- 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
- Files and coding cleanup
- Coding improved

New features:
- Show/Hidden zero product count

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


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".

M1 Extension Versions

Magento Compatibility

2014-01-17 21:09:04
  • Version number: 1.8.14
  • Stability: Stable
  • Compatibility: 1.5, 1.6, 1.6.1,, 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,, 1.7
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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,, 1.7
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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,, 1.7
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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,, 1.7
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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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customize the sidebar menu function

I need to make the expand and collapse function speed. Can I set the speed for expand and collapse function as I expands slowly
Asked by: sridharsubash
There is not any setting option for this, but you can add it by modifying below file: [magento_root]/app/design/frontend/base/default/template/codnitive/sidenav/navigation.phtml You can use pure JavaScript or Frameworks like jQuery.
Answered by: CODNITIVE
Date published: 2013-10-22

how to place side_nav before all? (options "before" don't work)

Hello, *( great extension btw) I've placed my side_nav on the left but it just won't show up before all. only noticable thing that happens is when i choose "before customer account navigation", then it shows up "between shopping" options and "customer acc. nav". I am guessing it's this part that needs adjustments but I don't know how exactly. <block type="sidenav/navigation" name="codnitive.home.sidenav.left" as="codnitiveSidenavLeft" before="-"> <action method="setTemplate" modules="codnitivecatalog/sidenav/" options="active,home_active,column,column,before,home_content" conditions="1,1,left_col,both_col,before_all,0" operation="(((0.1.2)+(0.1.3)).4).5"> <template>codnitive/sidenav/navigation.phtml</template> </action> </block> can anyone give any directions? much obliged, Rudy
Asked by: rnooijen
Hello, Thank you. I'm glad the extension is useful for you. I guess you must have a custom and non-default block on top of your left sidebar. For example another Magento extension or custom block created by theme layout. You should find that block name and put sidebar navigation before that. Please, don't hesitate to contact to our support for more help. Best,
Answered by: CODNITIVE
Date published: 2013-12-07

How to remove inline styles

I want to remove the the inline styles for the menu where can I find them? Thanks Ross
Asked by: Duovili
Hello Ross, All menu list generate by "_renderCategoryMenuItemHtml()" inside "Navigation.php" in this path: [magento_root]/app/code/community/Codnitive/Sidenav/Block/ To remove inline styles you can work around codes in "_renderCategoryMenuItemHtml()" method, however I believe you can change menu inline affects, by using "!important" for styles in external style sheet. Regards, Omid
Answered by: CODNITIVE
Date published: 2013-10-22

Compatible with

Is this compatible with I've installed it on a test instance and just get a blank screen on the front end and admin
Asked by: Essential Logic
Yes, it is compatible with Magento 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.
Answered by: CODNITIVE
Date published: 2014-01-18

Show sidebar nav in Cart/Checkout pages?

Hey guys, I'm wondering how can I include the sidebar menu on cart/checkout pages, via templates? Or via admin, if you have that option too? I've removed <remove name="left"/> code from the checkout.xml file to allow for the left sidebar to be shown, but I don't see how I can manually insert your sidebar in there. Thanks!
Asked by: Crazy Serb
Hi, You must add <block type="sidenav/navigation" template="codnitive/sidenav/navigation.phtml"/> to page handle.
Answered by: CODNITIVE
Date published: 2014-04-18

shop by price - price range ?

Price € 0,00 - € 200,00 (372) € 200,00 - € 400,00 (16) € 400,00 - € 600,00 (6) € 600,00 - € 800,00 (2) € 800,00 - € 1.000,00 (1) € 1.000,00 - € 1.200,00 (1) is this possible??
Asked by: uptown
Layered navigation generates price ranges automatically based on current category available prices. Also there are some configuration options in "System > Configuration > Catalog > Layered Navigation" to customize price rages steps. If you need anything more than this, it needs customization.
Answered by: CODNITIVE
Date published: 2013-10-22

How to populate categories in sidenav on CMS page?

I have the Codnitive sidenav set to display in the left column. Some of my CMS pages use the 2-col-left template, but the sidenav is not populating. I can tell by using template hints that the navigation.phtml file is being called, but no categories show. If I remove <?php if ($categories = $this->getCategoriesNavMenu()): ?> from the template, the title shows, but no categories. Are there additional xml updates that I need to make for these CMS pages? (The categories are active and set to show in navigation menu.) Thank you!
Asked by: Kerry Shamblin
As it turns out, the problem was with the category structure. The client had created all the categories at the same level as the root category rather than within it. Thanks, anyway! Love the extension!
Answered by: Kerry Shamblin
Date published: 2013-10-26

how to upgrade extenstion

Hello, Great thanks for providing this new version, i am using magento and i have installed it on my site and made some design changes as well so can you please help me how i can upgrade it without effecting designing and all. i don't want to redesign all that work. please help me soon, waiting for your reply Thanks,
Asked by: testingclient
Hello, If you have a custom theme, you must move edited files into your custom theme's design and template directories, which doesn't have problem with update. If you modified original files, or you don't know what you should do, please contact with out support team for more help.
Answered by: CODNITIVE
Date published: 2013-11-23

Two Menus together?

Is it possible to use the main (category) navigation as the left column menu, and then have a custom horizontal menu (where the default menu would have been) showing at the same time? So horizontal (header) would be: Home / About Us / Contact etc and vertical (left column) would be: Products / Product / Product 2 etc Thanks.
Asked by: APS0lutions
By this version (Sidebar Navigation Menu Professional) it is not possible, but in Ultra version (Sidebar Navigation Menu Ultra) it is possible. Ultra version not added to Magento Connect yet, but you can contact to our support or sale team via email to get more info about it and how to purchase.
Answered by: CODNITIVE
Date published: 2013-11-09

How to start the menu collapsed?

My menu starts with all categories set to "expanded=0", even though everything is expanded and visible. Clicking on the category names to expand them sets "expanded=1", changing nothing. Another click then finally collapses the category. Also my collapse / expand buttons are invisible with a specified size of 16x16 pixels. They are not set to "display:none", "visibility:hidden" or something along those lines. Please help!
Asked by: DHYCIX

Sidebar only on product page

Hello, I use this extension on magento , 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. Thanks!
Asked by: lara_c_2

No CSS ?

Hello, I don't have the same CSS design as your screenshot. This is normal ? Thanks
Asked by: snktre59

filter by attributes

Hi,I have this installed on 1.9 it looks and functions great but I can't figure out how to get attribute filtering to show up. If I disable the module the filters are showing. Is this a customization needed, or is there a pro version with this functionality? Thanks, Dave
Asked by: dspirito_hanna

i have integrate your extension but not show in home page how show category name and subcategory name in home page

Asked by: santosh11123

I used this extensionon home page it showing me same category twice on same page please give some solution as per as possible?

Asked by: anaghaj

How can I get Sidebar Navigation Menu Ultra

Great extension by the way! I have a main category and sub categories and would like the Sidebar Navigation Menu Ultra to show, by default the Sub-categories as such (of course, the Sub-sub will not be expanded till clicked on to show their respective sub-sub-sub-category if they exist) Main Sub Sub Sub-sub Sub-sub Sub-sub Sub Sub-sub Sub-sub Sub-sub I tried all the settings (in the Free Professional version) with no luck and was wondering if the 'Sidebar Navigation Menu Ultra' can do the trick, and if so, where/how can I purchase it because I couldn't find it on Magento Commerce! Once again, thank you for your great extension and look forward to hearing from you soon!
Asked by: roma64

Product Count

I have Product Count turned ON and yet there is no count, even the categories that have 0 products do not show. And yes I have it turned on to show (0) products, any help is greatly appreciated
Asked by: tarbal

How to Show specific category show on sidebar?

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. Thanks in Advance. Niketa Sikarwar
Asked by: niketa123

showing second level, or a specific category children

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.
Asked by: kingavi

Is this compatible with 1.9.2?

Asked by: jhollender

image instead of category title

Hello,Great extension!! Could you please help me out with something? Is there a way to use category images or category thumbnails as buttons instead of the category name title? For example if my category is name "toys" and I have an image for this category,I'd like only the image to be shown as a button instead of "toys". Thank you in advance!
Asked by: akios

Last level 2 showing when parent is seleted

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. Thanks - great module
Asked by: emmarkovich

Only show categories with products in them

How can I make it so that the only categories that show up are those that have available products in them? As it is I have a whole bunch of categories that have no products available. Many thanks and p.s. this plugin is awesome!
Asked by: nicolaelvin

How do to appear the vertical menu into new CMS pages?

Hi The vertical menu on CMS pages created does not appear As I can do to add? Thank you
Asked by: JuliaIber

Hello , I have Installed Sidebar Navigation Menu Professional

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?
Asked by: murugesanmm

vertical sidebar random images

does sidebar-navigation-menu-professional have a option for vertical sidebar random images ? thanks
Asked by: bakaye

responsive mobile view

does this extension is suitable for responsive mobile view
Asked by: ashwinichaure

Category pages not showing

When I click a top category or intermediate subcategory in the sidebar menu, the category tree expands, but the category page is not shown. It only loads at the lowest menu level - with the product listing below. The top menu works as expected: also top and middle level category pages are displayed. Sidebar 1.8.11, Magento 1.7, modified Modern Theme. Any suggestions?
Asked by: laban2

Changing the config.xml has no affect on the sidebar

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 Ste,
Asked by: sterichards


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? [],
Asked by: beto55
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Sidebar Navigation Menu Professional is rated NaN out of 5 by 149.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from magento Works like charm! Simple and easy to use. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple to install, Easy to configure, and works like a charm! Sometimes free things are not always good but for this extension, it is. Installation was easy, configuration was simple, and worked like a charm. I actually ended up turning off the Magento left navigation (this extension has that option to help you turn off Magento left sidebar nav) and used this extension's left navigation instead. I highly recommend this extension even to someone who is new to Magento. Just don't forget to logoff and log back into your site and look for a new 'CODNITIVE' Tab on top.
Date published: 2016-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelente, Siderbar Menu Vertical! Minha Língua Português Brasil! Ok, Parabéns!! Excelente plugin para soluções em Menu lateral Vertical! Após 15 dias tentando desenvolver algumas em soluções em javascript e phtml nos arquivos topmenu.phtml e left.phml sem sucesso, resolvi instalar o CODNITIVE via magento connect para versão, OK! Muito obrigado aos desenvolvedores, um dia quem sabe possa doar $$, porque esta solução é de grande ajuda para nós desenvolvedores Magento.Obrigado! Claudio Macena Desenvolvedor Magento. English OK Congratulations!! Excellent plugin for solutions Vertical side menu! After 15 days trying to develop some solutions in javascript and phtml in topmenu.phtml and left.phml files without success, I decided to install CODNITIVE via magento connect to version, OK! Many thanks to the developers, the day who knows can donate $$, because this solution is of great help to us Magento.thanks developers! Claudio Macena Developer Magento.
Date published: 2016-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing and great for something that should be a default Magento thing Works like a charm. 5 stars if it can be disabled on mobile versions.
Date published: 2016-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Nice Extension no any other configurations required. works fine with 1.9 also...
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Have to say thanks for how easy this is to use! Awesome work!
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME Extension!! This is a wonderful Extension and works great! I am running Magento ver. and again it worked flawlessly! I would like to thank the CODNITIVE Team for this great product and making it FREE. It is nice to see that the little people like myself can still find quality products that we can afford (FREE :-) ) to get started in e-commerce. GREAT JOB!! Thanks again, Jeff www.jbgiftz.com
Date published: 2015-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good extension This is the best extension for vertical menu. It works fine
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2015-05-19
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