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How To Add Additional Links To Your Navbar
by peterska2
18 Jun 2006 03:09

There is one thing that you never seem to have enough of with a modified vBulletin site, and that is navbar space. This article covers how to add additional links to your navbar both on your regular one, and adding another row to it to stop it getting too busy. Also included in this article is showing and hiding links for guests and members.

Part One: Adding Links To Your Standard Navbar

Scenario used: You have a HTML page on your site with a map to the location of a regular meeting place for people from your site. You need to add the link to this page to your navbar for easy access by your visitors. This page is located at yoursite.com/map.html

To add a link to the additional page (it can be a page within vB or not even on your site) you need to use the following code:
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This code contains 4 important aspects.


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This tells you how the link will be displayed. Navbar links use the vbmenu_control class as defined in your CSS so they will always be in this format (Note: Some styles use different formats depending on the level of customization that has been carried out).



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This tells us where the link is going to. You can link to a page anywhere on the internet by using this format. If the page you are linking to is in the same directory as your forums then you only need to use the page name, in this case map.html



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This tells your browser to open the link in a new window. If you want it to open in the same window then you simply miss this code out.



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This displays the title of the link that will be displayed and also ends the link code and section in the navbar.


The best place to add the code for your additional link, is either immediately before or after the link to the calendar
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Part Two: Creating Another Row In Your Navbar

If you have a number of modifications installed that have required additional links on your navbar, it quickly becomes very full. Now you can install a modification to add another navbar to your site, or you can simply create another row in your existing one.

When adding another row, it is important that you use a new table, otherwise your links will be forced into alignment with those on the top row, leaving an unsightly gap at the right side of the row.

In your navbar template, locate the following code:
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and add below
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Now you have set up your extra row, you can start adding links to it.

First remove the Sample link from the code above by deleting that line from the template. Then using the method from Part One, add your new links to this row. You can move links from the top row by cutting and pasting them into the new row.


Part Three: Showing Links To Guests Or Members Only

There are some things that you really don't want guests to know about. After all, what is the point of showing a guest the link to the usercp when all they will get is a no permissions message? So what can you do about it? Wrapping the whole code for the link in an if conditional will only show the link to those who meet the criteria set.

To show a link to members only use:

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This literally means what it says. If you are a member, then show the link.

The same works for guests:

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Using these two conditions, you can show and hide links to guests and members. Any links that do not use a condition will always show.



I hope that this helps with managing links on your navbar better. Feel free to ask any questions related to this.

ckandes1 24 Jun 2006 06:05

I hadn't even thought of it, but i could really use this. thanks alot, great writeup!

How?
by brownbabe
16 Aug 2006 23:09

Where exactly do I put adding link line?

peterska2 17 Aug 2006 02:04

The most popular place is either immediately before or after the calendar link.

The code for the link is the last code block in part one.

Sangrun 26 Aug 2006 07:15

Thanks! I was having trouble with that. I now have a second row and more links.

Thanks to all the great people who take their time to post this stuff,

dodgeboard.com 24 Sep 2006 23:27

Awesome. Thanks for that little turorial. Helped me a lot!!

Harley-Heaven 01 Oct 2006 09:23

Can you tell me how I can set the navbar so that it is fluid in size, depending on the users browsing window and browser software. At present my NavBar hangs over the edge of the window, is there a simple code to auto resize the NavBar?

Thanks very much
Harley

peterska2 01 Oct 2006 13:54

links do not wrap in the navbar so if it is getting too long to fit then use 2 rows

Harley-Heaven 02 Oct 2006 09:46

Thanks Peterska, that's exactly what I did, looks nice and aesthetic. Being a newbie, I just wondered if it was possible to make the bar liquid....

Sitting 23 Jul 2007 18:41

thanks from the clumsy people...

Active Link
by CasualConvo
13 Sep 2007 22:30

I put a "Home" link before the UserCP link in the Navbar but though it works fine, it's the only link that keeps the line underneath the text when all the others only do it on a mouseover. How can I fix this? Thank you!

Nevermind. All I had to do was refresh my page. Working great. Thank you!

kollam003 23 Sep 2007 05:31

wow wow and just wow thanks

citroenar 06 Oct 2007 23:30

where can I change a text size of a links in navbar?

Mr. Burns 08 Oct 2007 02:43

I have added new links, however the font face, size and color do not match what was already there. Any hints to help resolve this?

Jasem 23 Apr 2008 21:12

Thank you :)


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