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Expandable Menus

Description

When creating a menu under the “Appearance -> Menus” tab it allows you to double click to expand and collapse a menu tree.

This is particularly useful for large menus or menus with many different sub trees that take up screen space.

Minimized menus will be saved as a cookie so when you return they should be minimized again.

Requirements

  • Javascript is required.
  • A browser that supports the :after CSS selector is required to show the minimized indicators (IE7 and IE8 may not show them).

Future releases:

  • Images to show collapsed menus rather than just a blue marker.
  • Double-click visual feedback.
  • your ideas!

Screenshots

  • The edit menu screen with a couple menus collapsed.

Installation

Drop into either your /mu-plugins/ directory, or your plugins directory and activate it.

  1. Upload the expandable-menus directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory, or the /wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress (if placed in the the /wp-content/plugins/ directory)
  3. Create a menu with some children elements and double click the parent.

FAQ

None yet
Why isn’t this working?
  • Have you tried double clicking? A lot of people dont understand you have to double click to minimize as there wasn’t initially an indicator telling you to do so.

Reviews

Nice!

Well it’s still working, 4 years after the last update.
My menu has more than 100 items so it would have been a nice pain in the @ss to scroll every time I add a new element.
Thanks!

It works – with a bug-fix

This plugin solves a problem that should be build into WP

When you have many menu-items in appearance > menusyou really need to be able to Expand and collapse menu items …. and this plugin will do the trick … but hasn’t been updatet for 4 years … and there is a bug

But a friendly WP-user ( @dannyUnitel ) did find the bug and made an “easy to do” fix …. https://wordpress.org/support/topic/some-fixes-ive-made/

and with his changes it works 🙂

// Lars

PS. I hope that @maxaud will update his plugin some day soon 🙂

Thanks @dannyunitel

Works nicely

If you have ever tried to drag a newly added page across a slew of other pages in your menu page to get to the proper location, you will definitely appreciate a way to collapse the menus and save a bunch of time.

One thing I discovered on my server is that after a certain number of menu items, wordpress stopped adding a new page to the end. Turns out there is a php problem with passing these parameters. If you create a file named “.user.ini” that has the following contents:

max_input_vars = 3000;

And place that file in your public_html folder, the problem is solved.

Valuable function

With a large custom menu adding pages in the menus section has been painful. Wonderful to be able to add pages and rearrange things with ease.
I don’t know how I missed this plugin before (possibly the name doesn’t help – expanded is the norm, I was looking to collapse) but I’m so glad it still works with 4.3.

I agree with the first review – am surprised it’s not a native feature, each time I’ve updated WP I’ve looked to see if it has been added.

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Contributors & Developers

“Expandable Menus” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

1.0

  • First Release.

1.1

  • Fixed icon alignment issue.

2.0

  • Revamped javascript.
  • Supports over 200 menus now.
  • Different indicators on hover and when minimized
  • Saves minimized menus in a cookie so you don’t have to minimize every time the page is loaded.

2.1

  • Addresses a javascript error, see support forum.