[wp-hackers] wp_nav_menu too simplistic?

John O'Nolan john.wp at onolan.org
Tue Apr 6 17:35:26 UTC 2010

> On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 11:42 AM, John O'Nolan <john.wp at onolan.org>  
> wrote:
>> Because it's much MORE capable.
> So, it's unable to create a dynamic menu of my pages, and that's
> somehow "more" to you?
Yes, I'm suggesting that less is more. It's a strange concept, I know.

> Look, I get drag and drop. Yay, lovely, fine. What I want to know is
> why is it not more like the widgets mechanism, where I can, say, drag
> and drop a "Pages" widget there and then configure it to show one of
> my pages and all of that pages children underneath it? Seems like a
> rather obvious thing to do, to me.
> As it stands, every time I add a page, I'd have to go muck about with
> my menu and adding that page to it. That seems like a major step
> backwards to me.
> Yay for reordering, yay for widgetization, but boo to poor selection
> of possible menu items. This new menu system seems little better than
> manually editing the HTML to me. Every item in it is a static link,
> basically. You have to manually define every single one, there's no
> intelligence here at all.
Most people populate a navigation menu once when they build a site and  
about once a year after that. It's really not the huge deal you're  
making it out to be.

> Is it even possible to expand the types of menu items with plugins?
> I've only just started diving into this thing, but if there's some
> kind of plugin that can add "smart" menu items, then maybe we'd be
> getting somewhere.
No one is forcing you to use the new menus. If you prefer  
wp_list_pages then use that instead. Better yet, if you hate the way  
the current menus work so much, why not write some code that you think  
is an improvement?

> -Otto
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