ClickBump Custom Menus Widget

The new ClickBump Menus Widget allows drag and drop magazine style layouts with multi-column menus complete with thumbnails, post excerpts, comment counts, etc.

In this article
  1. Introduction
  2. Recent Posts Widget in HyperDrive
  3. Filter Posts By Category

Filter Posts By Category

Another nice feature that will come in handy when designing your home page layout, is the ability to filter a menu by category.

For example, you can set a menu up so that it only displays posts from a selected category. Since you can have an unlimited number of custom menus on a page, you could use this feature to create magazine style layouts of multiple menu areas on your home page (or any page for that matter).

Another idea is that you could create a specific category just for featured posts – as I do on this site to flag posts to display in the slider widget on the home page, and then you could use a “ClickBump: Menus” widget to display the latest posts from that category at a specific location. This way, it would always list those posts in order of most recent, complete with thumbnail, post excerpt, comment count, etc. with no additional work on your part. You just create posts and assign them to the category you’ve told the menu widget to watch, and the widget does the rest, automatically.

Want to see an example? I’m using it for the “Recent Additions” menu to the right of this post.

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6 Responses to “ClickBump Custom Menus”

  1. Susan says:

    So if I have a static page like the about page, can I create the menus on that page. How do I add widgets to a “Page” in wordpress?

    • Hi Susan, to add widgets to a page is the same as adding widgets to a post (or to a category landing page, 404 page, search page, etc).

      To do so, go to “Appearance > Widgets” and drag the desired widget over into one of the six sidebar areas. Once you’ve done that, you can specify, via the widget’s “Widget Visibility” panel, whether it appears everywhere on the site, or just on specific page types (only on home, on pages only, on posts only, on categories only, etc). You can also specify the converse (on all pages except home, etc)

  2. David says:

    Hi Scott,

    I have a presales question: Is it possible to have totally different customized sidebars for every single page/post?

    Would be great to hear from you

    KR

    • Hi David, its possible but only with the addition of a plugin. You can have sidebars that are specific to the home page, to post pages, to pages, 404, search, category pages, etc, but not post-specific.

  3. Glen says:

    Hi Scott,

    Just a couple of questions. Is the functionality of the clickbump seo plugin incorporated into your theme(s)or are they separate products? On your theme product page about 3/4 of the way down I read this, “ClickBump Engine makes it super simple to integrate these concepts into your site structure by allowing the easy creation of Silo structure sites and if you opt for the bundle package with ClickBump SEO! > topic modeled content with LSI integration.”

    Since I don’t see an option to buy a “bundle package” I suppose you just buy these separately?

    • Hi Glen, great questions. I’m currently not offering a bundle package that includes ClickBump SEO!, so yes, you can order that as a separate purchase.

      The functions of ClickBump SEO! are independent of the theme. The plugin actually works with any theme.

      The creation of a silo structure is made possible by the theme’s enhanced category management tools.

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