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My client would like to add content to the top-level links in the main menu, in order to have "Featured" content that is displayed in the drop-down menu. They must be able to choose which piece of content will be shown, and which menu link it will be associated with. I figure I have two options:

1) Creating a "Featured in Menu" Content Type and adding a drop-down menu of top-level menu links as a field. The problem with this is I am not sure how to output a custom field that will list top-level main menu links. There does not seem to be a module currently that will achieve this, so I guess I would have to do it from scratch.

2) Adding custom fields to the main menu links themselves (image, title, node reference). I tried using the Power Menu module to achieve this, however every version of the module I tried gave SQL errors and broke the Edit Menu page. I'm hesitant to debug and pursue a fix for that module if it could end up being unstable.

I'm not sure which solution would be preferable but either way I'm stuck! I would very much appreciate some help on how to achieve either one of these solutions. (Or if I'm totally over-thinking this and there's a much easier way to achieve this, by all means please let me know.) For the record, I'm using Drupal 7.

Thanks!

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Look into like Menu Views or GigaMenu or MegaMenu ... there are a few solutions that let you place a view in a menu.

Then you can either add a field to a content type such as, "include in featured menu" of type boolean, that you use as a Filter in your View. Or, re-use the "promote to frontpage" re-labeled to fit your needs on a specific content type.

  • Thanks for your thoughts tenken. I have been looking into Menu Views and have it saved just in case I end up using my first method of a custom content type. However, my issue is that the client will want to choose a specific menu link for each 'Featured Content' node, so a checkbox alone won't work. I also will need a drop-down menu (or similar) of top-level parent links, which is where I get stuck. I wonder if I can maybe incorporate the default "Menu Settings" to choose the menu link ... but I'm not sure how to restrict that drop-down to just top-level links. – Sam Sep 18 '12 at 21:45
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I have personally used and like Menu Attach Block

Menu Attach Block allows you to attach blocks to standard core Drupal menu items. This is especially useful for creating complex dropdown menus and mega menus.

Any block can be used, including blocks generated by other modules. Blocks generated by Views are particularly good candidates for embedding.

You can choose to replace menu items with Blocks, or keep the menu items and have the block available by clicking a link which is inserted beside the menu item.

You can see this module in use at Syfy.de (click the drop-down arrows in the main menu).

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