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How to import a Menu to Joomla in Nicepage Website Builder

24 Oct 2018 | about 10 months ago

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We get many requests on how to export a project with the Menu, and then to make it work in Joomla. This demo shows how to do that in Nicepage, and that it not very difficult.

Simple Menu

Imagine you have a project like the one you see on the Nicepage Dashboard. Click the “Home” page to open this page in the Nicepage Editor.

You see the Header section with the Menu. We used the Menu added by default with the Header section. Please note that you don’t need to do any additional settings for the Menu. The Menu Items correspond the pages and their order you have just seen on the Dashboard.

Switch to the Dashboard. Let’s change the page order. Back to the Editor. We see that the Page order in the Menu has been also changed.

Exporting the Template

Now, let’s export for Joomla. In the Export dialog select the Joomla Tab, enter the name, verify the export options to export both the template and the articles. Click the Export Button.

Import to Joomla

Import to Joomla. This process is a bit more difficult, but not that much, and it is familiar to all Joomla users. The Nicepage template and the Nicepage extension for Joomla are installed separately, but one after another. Therefore, the process is simple and very obvious.

Open the local export folder and unzip the exported zip to extract the zip with Nicepage Extension for Joomla located in the Extensions folder.

Back to the Joomla Admin. Click Extensions - Manage - Install. In the Upload Package file browse for the template zip in the export folder. Then browse for the extension zip in the Extensions sub-folder.

After successful installation open the templates. Select Extensions - Templates. On the Templates/Styles page make the imported template default by clicking the Star icon in the template row.

Staying on the “Templates” page, Open the template by clicking the template name in the grid row. On the Edit Template page click the “Import Content from Template” button to import the content. In the opened dialog click the “Import” button.

After the import is successful, just preview the Joomla website. Click the Joomla website name in the top right corner. You see that the Template, the Articles and the Menu have been installed successfully.

Menu with Sub-menu Items

The next question about the Menu is how to add Submenu Items? The Dashboard does not allow to create a menu structure with subpages, therefore we will need the special Menu Editor. In the Nicepage Editor, select the Menu. Click the Edit Menu button in the Context Toolbar for the Menu. In the Edit Menu dialog.

Add an New Item. Make it the Sub-item by moving this item under another one and shifting to the right a little. Note, Sub-items are not seen in the top level of the Menu.

Add a New Sub-item directly under the existing one for the Parent. Rename Sub-items. Renaming Items and Sub-items in the Menu does not change the page names.

Change the order in the Menu by simply moving Sub-items and Items. You can move Items and sub-items as you wish, as reordering is not bound to the levels.

Click the Delete button to remove. Deleting Items and sub-items also does not remove pages, therefore it is safe to do any changes in the Menu. Click Done. Click the Menu Item containing Sub-items.

The export and the import to Joomla is done similarly, as it was shown earlier. Please only note that for Joomla you should export the zip containing the template, the extension and the articles.

Menu in Mobile Views

Lastly you will see how to do the Menu for the Mobile Views. Since the screen width is not enough to fit the expanded menu, usually the Menu is changed for the Hamburger Button in the Mobile Views. Clicking this button opens the drop-down list containing the Menu Items and Sub-items.

Nicepage supports all Responsive Modes allowing to adapt pages for all modern devices mainly the mobile ones. In most cases it is done automatically.

Now let’s change the Menu to show the Hamburger Icon for all devices starting from the Desktop. Select the Menu. In the Right Panel, select the Button Mode Tab. Once you click the tab the dialog under the mode icons in the Top Bar informs you that by default the the Hamburger Menu is shown starting from the Tablet View.Click Ok to close the dialog. Click the Desktop icon in the “Menu Button From” option to show the Hamburger Menu from the Desktop View. Switch to the Desktop. You see that there is a Hamburger Button in the Desktop View already.

Clicking the icon opens the off Canvas menu, which will be explained in one of our next demo tutorials. Click the Preview. Please note that the Sub-menu is also available in the Off-Canvas Menu.

We have finished our first introduction to using the Menu for Joomla in Nicepage.

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