Avada Vertical and Horizontal Menu Widgets

12/05/2020

Released with Avada 5.3, the Avada Vertical and Horizontal Menu widgets give you greater flexibility in how to manage and control menu options for your site. The Vertical Menu Widget ‘Menu Type’ option allows you to choose between ‘Custom Menu’ and ‘Vertical Menu’ types, and the Horizontal Menu Widget ‘Alignment’ option gives you left/center/right alignment choices. Vertical and horizontal menus gives your site greater flexibility and navigation options at your visitors fingertips.

Avada Vertical and Horizontal Menu Widgets
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want to set up side navigation on your site, we recommend using the Avada: Vertical Menu Widget instead of the Side Navigation Page Template, as this will be deprecated in a future version of Avada.

Overview

  • Avada: Horizontal Menu Widget: This section covers the information on how to use the Horizontal Menu Widget.

  • Avada: Vertical Menu Widget: This section covers detailed information on how to use Vertical Menu Widget and how to set up a side navigation menu.

  • Side Navigation Template: This section covers the information on how to set up a side navigation using the Side Navigation Template. (This option will be deprecated in a future version of Avada.)

Avada: Horizontal Menu Widget

The Horizontal Menu Widget allows you to make a make a normal horizontal menu. This can be added to a page using the new Widget Element, or can be added to a Widget Area, and added to the page in one of the Five Widget Ready Areas in Avada, or by using the Widget Area Element.

Note: This widget will not show child menu items in a dropdown. All menu items will be displayed in a single horizontal menu.

Configuring The Horizontal Menu Widget

Using The Widget Element

Step 1 – With the Widget Element, the widgets are configured live on the page, when they are added. So, the first step is to add the Widget Element to the column you wish to display your Horizontal Menu.

Step 2 – Select the Horizontal Menu Widget from the Widget dropdown menu. A range of configuration options will appear. Configure the widget as desired. It will pull any normally created WordPress menu. You can create a menu from your Appearance > Menus section.

Step 3 – Use the Deisgn tab for other styling options like alignment, padding, color, etc.

Step 4 – Save the Element/Page.

Step 5 – Remember, you can also configure and style the column or container the Element is in.

Adding The Widget To A Widget Area

Step 1 – Go to Appearance > Widgets section, and drag the ‘Avada: Horizontal Menu’ widget to a widget area.

Step 2 – Select the menu you want to use. It will pull any normally created WordPress menu. You can create a menu from your Appearance > Menus section.

Step 3 – Set the other styling for alignment, padding, color, etc.

Step 4 – Don’t forget to click the Save button.

Note: To set a horizontal menu in your footer, check this doc: Horizontal Menu in Footer Widget Area, or discover the new Footer Builder in the Avada Theme Builder.

Avada: Vertical Menu Widget

With the Avada: Vertical Menu widget, you can make a side navigation in two ways: using a Custom Menu type or a Vertical Menu type. See below for more information on these two types.

Configuring The Vertical Menu Widget

Using The Widget Element

Step 1 – With the Widget Element, the widgets are configured live on the page, when they are added. So, the first step is to add the Widget Element to the column you wish to display your Vertical Menu.

Step 2 – Select the Vertical Menu Widget from the Widget dropdown menu. A range of configuration options will appear. Configure the widget as you wish.

Step 3 – You can also use the design tab to set styling, such as alignment, padding, color, etc.

Step 4 – Save the Element/Page.

Step 5 – Remember, you can also configure and style the column or container the Element is in.

Adding The Widget To A Widget Area

Step 1 – Go to Appearance > Widgets, and drag the ‘Avada: Vertical Menu’ widget to a widget area.

Step 2 – Set a title for your widget/side navigation. You can choose to leave the Title field empty if you don’t want to display a title for this.

Step 3 – Choose a Menu Type. This has two options: Custom Menu and Vertical Menu. Each option will be discussed in detail below.

Step 4 – Set the other styling for behavior, layout, and font size. Further options are available in the Avada Widget Options.

Step 5 – Don’t forget to hit the Save button.

Using A Custom Menu in the Avada: Vertical Menu Widget

The Custom Menu option simply allows you to choose an already created WordPress menu. You can create a menu from your Appearance > Menus section.

After you choose Custom Menu in the Menu Type dropdown, select a menu in the Select Menu dropdown. With the introduction of Avada 5.7, this menu now also displays icons if they have been selected in the chosen Custom Menu.

You can now configure the Widget as you wish.

Custom Menu

Using A Vertical Menu in the Avada: Vertical Menu Widget

If you choose the Vertical Menu from the Menu Type option, you need to then select a parent page and this works just like the old Side Navigation page template.

When you choose Vertical Menu in the Menu Type dropdown, simply select a parent page on the Parent Page dropdown. You don’t need to select a menu in the Select Menu Option. The Vertical Menu Type draws the menu from the parent page selected. Both the parent pages and the child pages will appear on this menu. Any child pages of the child pages will show when its parent item is either clicked or hovered over, depeinding on the option set further down in the widget.

Note: If you have a connected set of pages in your website, you can set one as the parent page and set sub pages to be children of that parent. You can also set pages to be the children of a child page. See the screenshot below, or for more information on this, see How to Set Up Parent and Child Pages in WordPress.

WordPress > Parent & Child page structure

Side Navigation Template

Avada includes a Side Navigation page template that can be used to insert large amounts of content on a single page. You can also set up second level menu items on the Side Navigation page that will collapse by default and expand when the parent level is moused over or clicked, depending on how you set it in Fusion Theme Options. You create Side Navigation pages in sets. Each set always has to have a Parent page that will show at the top. Then you create additional pages and assign them to the parent page. All the pages assigned to the parent page will make one side navigation set.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The ‘Side Navigation’ page template will be deprecated in a future version of Avada. We have replaced it with an improved and more flexible solution, the Avada: Vertical Menu widget. This new widget offers the same features but with greater flexibility. It works with the WP menu system. Please utilize this new method instead of the page template which will eventually be removed.

How To Create A Side Navigation Page

Step 1 – Navigate to Pages and click Add New.

Step 2 – Input a new name for your page, then find the Page Attributes box on the right side.

Step 3 – Select Side Navigation from the page template dropdown list and click save.

Step 4 – To add more pages to the side navigation set, create another new page and select your newly made page as the Parent page, and set the Template to Side Navigation.

Step 5 – Choose to have the side navigation set on the left or right side by selecting Left or Right from the Sidebar Position dropdown field in the Fusion Page Options box.

Step 6 – Menu order is set alphabetically, change it by inserting a new order for each page in the Order field.

Step 7 – Once you are done, be sure to Publish each of the pages.