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WordPress Sidebar Menu


Written by Michał Krawczyk ,


Former component name: Sidenav


  1. Go to the Appearance and Menus. Name your new menu and click "Create Menu".
  2. You may add to the Sidenav any link - to the pages, posts, categories or even to the other websites.
  3. On the left side in the Pages, Posts, Custom links or Categories sections find and select whatever you want to be in your Sidebar Menu.
  4. Then click Add to Menu - items will immediately appear in the Menu Structure on the right.
  5. Choose Sidebar Menu in the Menu Settings below the Menu Structure. Otherwise, it will be impossible to upload the proper documentation which will allow WordPress to add your menu.
  6. Then Save Menu.
  7. Next important step is to go to the MDW Config and then Navigation.
  8. To make Sidebar Menu visible select Sidebar Menu in the Navigation type (or Both if you've already created the Horizontal Menu) and Fixed in the Sidebar Menu type. If you choose Hidden, then menu will appear only when a user clicks on the icon in the top left corner.
  9. If everything is ready, click Save and publish.



  10. It is possible to nest one item in another to receive a collapsible item like in an image below.
  11. Sidenav with collapsed items - Material Design for WordPRess
  12. Go to the Appearance/Menus. Select a Sidebar Menu and add a new item.
  13. Now drag your new item - under the item where you want to nest it into, then move it slowly to the right until rectangle dashed line skip to the nested position (see the image).
  14. Parent - child relation in Menus - Material Design for WordPress
  15. Repeat the process for the other items you want to nest.
  16. Save the changes.


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Michał Krawczyk

Digital Marketing Analyst at MDW with a strong Research background, student of Interfaculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the Jagiellonian University

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