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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Order categories by name

How can be categories displayed by name? Ty
Asked by: pbaenas

I don't see all my subcategories

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. Inge
Asked by: stagoweb

Not working with layerednavigationajax (plazathemes malepus)

Hi, I am using codnitive sidenav extension, it is very good extension to display categories with accordion. I am using this theme http://www.plazathemes.com/demo/ma_lepus/index.php/footwear.html. codnitive sidenav is working properly when page loads, but it is not showing when we clicks on filter or sort by button (this functionality is managed using in by above theme). Can you please help me to show navigation of codnitive when layerednavigationajax called. Thanks & Regards
Asked by: onlinejitu

Does the extension disable other menu's such as blog?

I am using your extension on Magento 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? Thanks!
Asked by: DWVS

Double Navigation After Download

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? Kind Regards, Shikar
Asked by: shikkozoz951

Working fine but on mobile unable to Menu ?

Menu is working is fine. But on mobile menu is not showing. When select "Remove Top Navigation Menu" = "no" everything is fine. I know your module disable top navigation menu also disable top navigation menu on mobile. which experience problem. I donn't want to shop top navigation menu on desktop. but want to show menu on mobile not matter default top menu of theme your menu showing through your mofule
Asked by: rahulrchaurasia

Will not work on admin panel?

Hello, we have just downlaoded and installed this, It shows up on our website fine, however every time we go to access this via the admin side of the website it keeps coming up saying 404 ERROR page not found.. Could you help with this please. thank you
Asked by: agdsgalways

how to uninstall the this extention?

Asked by: jawadadil14

How do i remove nav menu from product pages only

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
Asked by: iharmo

Is it possible to remove the side bar navigation if the category is an anchor?

Asked by: smartzaaron


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: morlin

Right after Install I get an error (does not even load the website)

Hi, I get this error right after I install this extension. Even when I just try to load the website: Fatal error: Call to a member function setArea() on a non-object in /home/diamondp/public_html/includes/src/__default.php on line 14707 Thank you
Asked by: ariasd

How to uninstall without Fatal errors

I use Magento and I cannot seem to get a successful un-install from Magento Down loader/Magento connect manager. I have turn compilation off, cleared cache, Java Scripts, and APC cache. When I un-install it I get an Fatal error: Call to a member function setArea() on a non-object in /app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Front/Action.php on line 57 in the frontend, and Fatal error: Call to a member function setArea() on a non-object in /app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/Controller/Action.php on line 149 in the admin. I have no choice but to reinstall it for my Magento to run! I have tried manipulating the compiler from command line, but it does not help! Also since installing it I cannot get a complete re-index on Product Flat Data. it always finishes with processing and I have to re-index a second time.
Asked by: Nilands55

How to set active on current category ?

How to set active on current category ? Thank you
Asked by: fnguyen

Display children products of category?

Is it possible to display all the products of a category that is currently active. For example: - CATEGORY 1 - CATEGORY 2 -product 1 -product 2 -product 3 -CATEGORY 3 Thank you!
Asked by: aljaz86

Can I change the font-size, color and background?

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?
Asked by: Simone82

Fatal Error

hello i installed magento conect via the menu and is giving a fatal error, u can help me please I'm desperate thank you Fatal error: Call to a member function setArea() on a non-object in /home/storage/8/61/ac/site1389095294/public_html/emporiomattei/app/code/core/Mage/Core/Controller/Front/Action.php on line 57 www.mateusmattei.com/emporiomattei
Asked by: mateusmattei

Make it responsive for mobile version?

Many thanks for the great extension! My question is how it could be achieved that the sidebar navigation gets responsive for mobile: on a breakpoint lets say 700px the menue should be collapsed and only show the headline "menue". If you click on the menue all categories should be listed. Any idea how we can achieve this via css? Many thanks!
Asked by: andreulrich

Fatal error: Call to a member function setArea() on a non-object in /home/igarav/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/Controller/Action.php on lin

Hi, I installed this extension and now my whole website has disappeared and the following message shows: Fatal error: Call to a member function setArea() on a non-object in /home/igarav/public_html/app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/Controller/Action.php on line 157 My website is otticaperri.com.au Please help to fix. Is there a number I can contact you with?
Asked by: ElenaPerri59

During installation of the extension key i give me the error "Connection string is empty"

Asked by: yaqoobkhan

404 error when I click on CODNITIVE in the dashboard

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.
Asked by: GerAsi

Sidebar not displaying on serach page

Hi, I am using your sidebar navigation module. It works well every page, but it is not coming on search page. I get stuck here. Please help me.
Asked by: shivesh_kumar

Performance first time byte

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
Asked by: Norbert Bede

Navigation only showing up on Homepage / Search results

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!
Asked by: MelRep

Menu won't show up in Homepage

Hi, I'm using the hellowired theme and the menu won't show up in my homepage. Currently, settings are Yes, No, Yes, No under the Home Page Settings. The menu shows up in my product categories but won't show up in my homepage. I've tried setting the design to 3 columns so that I can be sure its not in the wrong column but its not making a difference. Please help. Thank you.
Asked by: Itzbilly

I can't get the menu to show on a main category page

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?
Asked by: oliblake

Make entire <li> as a link

Hi Thank you for a great plugin. How to make the <li> as the link? Right now the link is after the <li> as <li> <a href"">Menutext</a> My design need to make it as <a href""><li>Menutext</a> Is that possible?
Asked by: tokeksuhr

How to show all sub category

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..?
Asked by: nikhil_jani

Does this extension offers the option to hide filters In Certain Categories?

For example, if I want to remove "Color" attribute from a certain category? Can I achieve that with this extension? Thank you.
Asked by: carlitosF


Is it Compatible with 1.9.1.?
Asked by: nikhil_jani
  • y_2017, m_2, d_22, h_17CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_0.0
  • cp_4, bvpage2n
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_106
  • loc_en_US, sid_10207, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LOCALE, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=NUM_ANSWERS, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_magento
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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
  • y_2017, m_2, d_22, h_20
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_0.0
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_149
  • loc_en_US, sid_10207, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_magento

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