I have a drupal install (latest 7.x version at the time of writing). It is in the root directory of my domain.

In a non drupal sub-directory, called 'member' so at /member, I have 3rd party script which enables my site to have membership functionality.

The script inside of /member is not drupal, although it does connect to the drupal database to write to the users table to enable single sign-on.

I was wondering if it is possible to display a drupal menu (the main navigation) inside the script in /member? I want to be able to alter the menu in drupal and then have those alterations automatically updated in the /member script.

I would certainly appreciate any advise as to whether this is in fact possible, and some advice about how I might get started.



Yes, it is possible. In your drupal website:

  • Render the main menu block on a custom made (module) page for example /main-menu-external
  • Strip all the sections but the content section, so that no header, footer, ... is rendered, only the menu.
  • With context load a blank theme on the page "main-menu-external"
  • At this point "main-menu-external" will be a blanco page with only the main menu rendered on it AND will use a different theme from the rest of your website so you can configure it for that page only.

In your /members website:

  • Just put an <iframe> with source "yourdrupalwebsite.be/main-menu-external"

Et voila, there is your drupal menu on an external website :)

  • Hi there. Thanks for your idea. I have a further question if that's okay. Does using an <iframe> mean that I would be unable to serve pages securely using an SSL? Would this external (from a different script albeit simply from a subdirectory) <iframe> make the EV SSL display a warning? – njwrigley Feb 10 '15 at 20:47
  • I don't know that. But I was thinking, maybe you can use the services module and this module: drupal.org/project/services_menu to implement your external menu? Let me know if this works. I will add it as an answer – Robin Feb 11 '15 at 7:27
  • Using your context idea above, what do you mean by 'load a blank theme' via context? Sorry, I cannot understand how to achieve this with context. I'm afraid that I might well need some more hand holding! – njwrigley Feb 11 '15 at 20:19
  • After some digging, you will have to use function mymodule_custom_theme() { if (arg(0) == 'event2011') { return 'the theme to use for that page'; } } to load a blank theme on the page where your menu is located – Robin Feb 12 '15 at 7:22

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