menus and blocks

menu's and blocks
Menu's are displayed in blocks. Blocks are the columns at the left
and/or right site of your webpage. First be sure to enable the menu
module (blocks module is always enabled). You will get a menu item in
the admin menu.

All modules come with default menu items. Often you only will need
to enable them. You can change its location in the menu tree by setting
its parent and you can change its title if you wish. In all cases it
will only show up when you have rights to view the content. E.g. the
admin item is not shown to visitors.

You can also create custom items (add menu item tab). You will need
to provide a path to the content. Go to the page you want to link to
(e.g. via recent posts) and look at the adress bar. By default the
adress next to the domain name will begin with '?q='. When 'clean URLs'
is enabled you will see a directory structure. Anyway, you need to
copy-paste the right part of the adress without the domain name and
without the "?q=". This is called the local or relative path. (But as I
told its a database query mimicing a directory structure.)

By the way, if you change your settings to 'clean URLs' you may also
want to change the "default frontpage". That can be your forum mainpage
'forum' or a custom made page 'node/15'.

'Navigation' is the default menu, but you can create more as you
like. You will need to activate a menu in the blocks settings to tell
if and where you want those menu to be displayed. Next you can move
menu items to it by changing the item's parent property.

You also can create custom blocks. You can type the html code yourself so you have complete freedom.

You will soon discover the menu's and blocks will not give you all
you need. The main problem is that a menu item can point to a single
node or to a list of nodes of one type, organised by date. In other
words, you only can create links that have a fixed meaning, defined by
the modules. And you want more of course! For that reason you will need
modules that create structure. Examples are:
- books
- stories
- search
- taxonomy
- archive

Last updated by andjsmit on 01/25/2007