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runtosave Oct 11, 2011 08:41 AM

[SOLVED] Drop down menu not working
I am a new user using atahualpa 3.6.7. Installed everything 3 weeks ago.

I have added categories and sub categories to the menu baar, but no matter what I do they sub categories do not show up on the main menu bar as a drop down to the main category. I have made two dummy posts and put them under categories and sub categories and the cats show up under the posts, but still nothing on the menu bar for any child categories. I do have them under parent categories in the menu.

Someone suggested I switch to twenty eleven to do this portion, I tried it and it totally did not show any categories on the menu bar at all on that theme with no other changes.

I don't know what I am doing wrong as I have googled, followed tutorials, etc and still no drop down menu.

If I add %bar2 to the header area I can then see the subcats, however its in a different bar without the pages. Hoping this clue will trigger something.

Any suggestions would be helpful


Thank you in advance

Oh, and I am a true newbie...

juggledad Oct 11, 2011 08:58 AM

It looks like you don't have the 3.6.7 PATCHES applied. Here are the links.
  • PATCH 367-01: Odd effects when 'CSS: Compress' = 'Yes'
  • PATCH 367-02 is incorporated in PATCH 367-04
  • PATCH 367-03: PHP errors when adding widget areas in index.php
  • PATCH 367-04: Hovering over a Post/Page title only shows "Permanent Link to"
  • PATCH 367-05: Site Title appended after the 'WordPress SEO by Yoast' title
or you could upgrade to 3.7.1

runtosave Oct 11, 2011 03:20 PM

thanks for the quick response. I did the quickest thing first which was to upgrade to 3.7.1. That changed nothing. So I guess I am going to have to figure out how to do the patches. If they don't work I will post back.

Greatly appreciate your help and input

lmilesw Oct 11, 2011 03:31 PM

3.7.1 doesn't need any patches. That is just the first thing to do if using 3.6.7.

Are you using the Atahualpa menus or the WordPress menu in Appearance>Menus?

If using the Atahualpa menus you would have to add the %cat manu to see the cats and sub cats.

runtosave Oct 11, 2011 06:09 PM

Thanks so much for both of your help. After I upgraded to 3.7.1 I added %CATS to the edit header menu and I get a second menu nav bar of different colors with just some of the CATS in it. They have the drop down menu in them, however no pages in that second bar. My hubby says I should scrap everything and start from scratch. Don't know if that would help.

I am not a programmer and am using the atahualpa menu.

I have left what happens when I ad %cats to the header menu where %pages is.


juggledad Oct 11, 2011 07:22 PM

If you are using the Atahualpa auto generated menu and add '%cats' to the 'Configure Header Area' option, Then Atahualpa will add a menu bar with a list of each category that you have defined and added to a post. There are no 'pages' just a multi post page of the posts in that category.

lmilesw Oct 11, 2011 08:53 PM

No need to start from scratch. It's just a matter of understanding a few things. If you use the WordPress menu you can mix pages and categories. See Appearance>Menus. With the Atahualpa menus you can one one menu with pages and another with categories.

runtosave Oct 12, 2011 05:42 AM

Thank you both again.

I have named menu 1 pages and menu 2 cats in atahualpa. Have put all pages in menu1 and all cats in menu two and added them to each menu accordingly. By doing this I only get what is in menu1 , which are my pages and have a separate barfor CATS. I just can't seem to pinpoint what I am doing wrong for what seems something so simple. I have left site with this for now.

Oh, and this is not how I started, just trying different things.

Hoping one of you will come up with the magic bullet for me. :)

Also with all this mess, still no drop down menu showing up. My Rite aid on the menu is under drugstore2, but just shows up on main menu.

juggledad Oct 12, 2011 06:25 AM

if you are creating the menus in dashboard->appearances->menus, you must do two things to get the menu to show

1) put the menu name in the section labeled 'Theme Locations'
-- Menu 1 corresponds to the %pages option in the Atahualpa
-- Menu 2 corresponds to the %cats option in the Atahualpa

2) at ATO->Style & edit HEADER AREA->Configure Header Area you must use '%pages' so your menu that you named in 'Menu 1' will show up, and '%cats' for the menu you named in 'Menu 2' to show up.

runtosave Oct 12, 2011 08:14 AM

I have done what you mentioned or tried it recently. In my ATO->Header styling section I have had every dozens of combos of things like %logo %pages %cats with and without %bar1 %bar2 all without the desired result.

Under appearance menu1 I have menu1 now as name with pages listed

Menu2 with all cats listed.

Still not desired result.

If either two of you have time to be given a password and go in I would be honored.

lmilesw Oct 12, 2011 10:13 AM

Send me a PM with the login info and I will take a look.

runtosave Oct 12, 2011 11:28 AM

Thank You.

PM your way. Whenever you have a chance as its been a week almost for me.

lmilesw Oct 12, 2011 12:11 PM

I made some changes. It is really a matter of just understanding how the WordPress and Atahualpa menus work. Sometimes that stuff takes a bit to wrap your head around.

For one menu with pages and categories you just put %pages (or %cats) in the Configure Header Area box. That makes one menu area available to WordPress. Then you go to Appearance>Menus and add all the pages and/or categories you want to that menu and drag them to the right a bit if you want a sub menu.

runtosave Oct 12, 2011 12:54 PM

Thank you so much. Just finished donating. Now going to site to see what you did. Not touching a thing until I get it. So appreciated!!

runtosave Oct 12, 2011 02:13 PM

I got it now. The dragging to the right, such a simple concept, was what I was totally missing. Would have never gotten it without your help.

lmilesw Oct 12, 2011 07:17 PM

Glad I could help. I will mark the thread as solved.

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