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In Zephyr, Fusion Menu has been extended with the following features:
- Triple / Quad Column Mode
- Column Menu Grouping
- Column Width Control
- Load Modules inside Dropdowns
- Load Module Positions inside Dropdowns
Below is a list of the standard, recurring features of the Fusion Menu:
- Single Column Mode
- Dual Column Mode
- Menu Item Subtext
- Menu Item Icons
Editing Menu Items
All Menu Items can be edited from Admin → Menu → Menu Name → Menu Item.
Basic Fusion Parameters
Subtext Line is the option that allows you to insert additional text to the Menu Item Title. There is separate styling for this, making it useful for adding brief descriptions to menu items.
Adding Menu Icons
Menu Image is the option that allows you to insert an inline icon / image to the Menu Item.
Advanced Fusion Parameters: Columns
Columns of Child Items allows you to determine how many columns the Fusion dropdowns are presented in. You can have anywhere between a single dropdown to a four column dropdown.
Item Distribution allows you to control how the menu items are ordered in the dropdowns:
- Evenly: If there are 7 menu items in 3 columns, Fusion will allocate a 3,2,2 distribution - trying to equalize each dropdown.
- Order: If there are 7 menu items in 3 columns, Fusion will allocate a 3,3,1 distribution - maintaining the item ordering.
Drop-Down Width (px)
Drop-Down Width (px) determines the total width of the dropdown, regardless of how many columns are shown. This option is to be used in conjunction with Column Widths (px)
Column Widths (px)
Column Widths (px) determines the width of each Column. Separate each width by a comma. The final column's width is determined automatically. This option is to be used in conjunction with Drop-Down Width (px)
Below are some example configurations:
- Drop-Down Width: 480px: 160,160. Fusion automatically calculates the final width as 160, so in practise, 160,160,160 is the actual distribution.
- Drop-Down Width: 600px: 160,160. Fusion automatically calculates the final width as 280, so in practise, 160,160,280 is the actual distribution.
Advanced Fusion Parameters: Groupings
What is Grouping?
Group Child Items changes the behaviour of child items in the dropdown menus, instead of creating a dropdown for the immediate sublevel, this option places them inline. See below for an illustrated example of the differences:
Set Group Child Items to Yes to activate the mode. The sublevels well then appear below the parent menu item in a categorical type structure.
Below is a diagram of how the menu groupings in Joomla translate into the Fusion Menu:
Advanced Fusion Parameters: Modules
Fusion is now capable of loading individual modules or entire module positions inside its dropdowns.
Loading Individual Modules
Set Child Item Type to Modules to load all modules setup on your Joomla site in a list. Select the module you wish to display in the dropdown.
Loading Module Positions
Set Child Item Type to Modules Positions to load all module positions on your Joomla site in a list. Select the position you wish to display in the dropdown.
Below is an example of multiple modules appearing in a dropdown:
Template Configuration: Fusion Menu
Go to Extensions → Template Manager → rt_zephyr_j15 → Menu Set Menu Control to Type : Fusion-Menu, to load all the Fusion parameters.