I'm looking to generate a tabbed submenu from taxonomy term or submenu item and include sample content (three items per term/submenuu item). The styling I can do, the problem is the html generation.

I see this style called tabbed submenus, fat menus, or mega menus. A good sample is the tabbed submenus at Vice.com. The end result looks like this:

Home | Taxonomy1 | Taxonomy2 | Taxonomy3 | CustomMenu
——————————————————           —————————————————————————
T2term1|   (content1 image)   (content2 image)  (content3 image)
T2term2<   Content1 Title     Content2 Title    Content3 Title
T2temr3|           Link: See All Stories in T2Term2

One issue is that three of our menus are essentially all terms for three custom taxonomies while the fourth is a custom menu made from admin-selected terms in tags taxonomy.

We've purchased Max Mega Menus as a possible solution only to find out it doesn't support tabbed submenus.

I'm finding the options are to buy a more expensive plugin that may or may not work (and definitely will have a CSS fight with our Zurb Foundation based theme) or find custom code that perhaps we can drop into the Foundation menus or into Max Mega Menu.

Any pointers appreciated — I'm finding this hard to solve with Google searches since the terminology is not set and every shady plugin author wants to sell a (possibly outdated) solution without a trial and a lot of plugins seem like ripoffs of other plugins.

  • What part of it is the issue, exactly? The top-level with the custom menu or the sub-level(s) with terms and images? Jan 26, 2016 at 23:46
  • The issue is generating all the HTML under the top level menu items: submenu item list, tabs, and recent content per term.
    – Slam
    Jan 27, 2016 at 6:38
  • Sounds like a task for a custom walker. You can do a lot by checking the $object -> object and $depth inside the start_el function. Take a look at the general menu example on the codex page: codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/Walker#General_Menu_Example
    – Steven
    May 5, 2016 at 22:02
  • I ended up solving this with Ubermenu. It's a paid product and pretty robust.
    – Slam
    May 7, 2016 at 1:36
  • @Slam You can add an answer yourself and accept it - that way this question won't show up as unanswered ;) You could outline a bit why/how Ubermenu helped exactly.
    – Tim Malone
    May 23, 2016 at 2:45

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I ended up solving this problem with Ubermenu.

What I wanted to write was complex enough that it made more sense to get a tested, commercial plugin that had the features I need. MaxMegaMenu didn't do tabbed content but Ubermenu does.

I'm able to construct menus like this:

      [Dynamic Posts]
      [Dynamic Posts]

etc. The end result looks great, it integrated well enough with my custom theme (though I had to convert their LESS to SASS for Foundation compatibility), it does sticky and mobile menus as well, and it's well supported.

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