So I create a menu item called Sponsorship in administration in the following way:

function eac_sponsorship_menu() {
  $items['admin/sponsorship'] = array(
    'title' => 'Sponsorship',
    'description' => 'This is where all of the child sponnsorship data is stored',
    'page callback' => 'system_admin_menu_block_page',
    'file path' => drupal_get_path('module', 'system'),
    'file' => 'system.admin.inc',
    'access callback' => 'user_access',
    'access arguments' => array('access sponsorship section'),
    'plid' => 1,
    'weight' => -500,
    'expanded' => TRUE,
    return $items;

If I want to create another menu item directly after this, in the same function, how do I make it a child to this previously defined 'Sponsorship' menu item?

I have seen examples that use a DB lookup to get the plid value. This seems a bit counter intuitive bearing in mind I've only just created the Sponsorship menu item, is there a simple way to do this using the API?

For example

$items['admin/sponsorship/child'] = array(
  'plid' => //simple API function to get admin/sponsorship mid?


I think I've just answered my own question...I don't need to define plid, the path of the array $items is enough:


Is this correct?

  • I think I've just answered my own question...I don't need to give plid, the path in $items is enough. Is this correct? Feb 6, 2013 at 21:51
  • Yes, the url path should suffice for the default menu hierarchy there. Feb 6, 2013 at 21:53

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An example child item would just fall under the parent item in the path hierarchy, no need for plid.


  $items['admin/sponsorship/child'] = array(
    'title' => 'Sponsor child',
    'description' => 'This is where all of the child sponsorship data is stored',
    'page callback' => 'mymodule_sponsor_child_page',
    'access arguments' => array('access sponsorship section'),
    'type' => MENU_NORMAL_ITEM

system_menu has some good examples of menu item containers, using system_admin_menu_block_page, e.g admin/appearance/*

Make sure you clear menu cache to get any new menu item to show up there.

  • 1
    How about if you cannot have it naturally fall under the item, like in the case of <nolink> items?
    – DrCord
    Oct 31, 2014 at 16:15
  • Exactly, that is the same problem I am having DrCord. And I think the solution lies with specifying the "plid", but I'm not sure. I opened a new question regarding it, here: stackoverflow.com/questions/33646421/… Nov 11, 2015 at 8:31
  • Sometimes you have to re-enable a module to make hierarchical changes effective.
    – bloke_zero
    Feb 8, 2016 at 11:18

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