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[Tutorial] Admin navbar tab + dropdown Favorites


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I have made myself a very useful tab with links to the admin areas I use most often.
(Uses Jake Bunce's nodes-as-tabs addon - link below.)

Creates a navbar tab to the Admin area, with a dropdown listing your own choice of admin links.
Some options.


Main Step 1. Install Jake Bunce's nodes-as-tabs addon
See my sig if you're not experienced with installing addons.

Main Step 2. Create a Link Forum linking to the admincp.
Main Step 3. Create a list of links in a template this addon provides. You don't need to understand code to do this!

Detailed steps:
Admin/Applications/ Node Tree/ Create New Node - select Link Forum.
Title: Admin
Link URL: http://www.yoursite.com/forum/admin.php
OR http://www.yoursite.com/admin.php
Root node is OK.
Display Order althoughnot appearing publicly on the node tree the order will affect your admin list. So I make my Link Forums order at 100 (on a small node list!) to wait quietly at bottom of my admin page.
If you want you can make your main admin link appear just for admins on the forums list. In that case TICK "Display in the node list" next.

TICK: Display As Tab and Check Node Permissions
(You probably don't want others to see this tab or link)
Display Order: 13 and End to place at end of the navbar row, before the centre space.
You might prefer Display Order: 1 and Home to tuck it on the left.
Skip to Links Template:
For the links to go underneath. But you have to create your list.
Otherwise XF will complain you don't have it yet and refuse to Save.
Leave this page open.

Open another admincp page in your browser.
(You could rightclick on Appearances on the top bar, and open it in a new page.)
On this page click Templates left menu or big icon centre.
You want nat_linkstemplate It'll be enough to put just nat in the searchbox to get it on a short list.

In nat_linkstemplate CLICK in its text box. CTRL+A and CTRL+C to Copy all of it.
Use your Back button to return to the main Templates page OR click Templates left menu.
CLICK Create Template button top right.
CLICK in the empty box. CTRL+V to Paste the stuff you Copied.

Name your admin links list template. I called mine admin_tablinks
If I ever need to look it up I just need to remember to put admin in the search to find it.

In the box below see the area where you add the links you want.
You don't need to understand the code to do this! Just carefully Copy and Paste.
Rich (BB code):
<ul class="secondaryContent blockLinksList">
<xen:if is="{$nodeTab.nat_markread} AND {$visitor.user_id} AND {$selected}">
<li><a href="{xen:link 'forums/-/mark-read', $forum, 'date={$serverTime}'}" class="OverlayTrigger">{xen:phrase mark_forums_read}</a></li>
 <xen:comment>THESE ARE NEW INACTIVE SECONDARY LINKS</xen:comment>
 <li><a href="{xen:link 'url1'}">Text1</a></li>
 <li><a href="{xen:link 'url1'}">Text1</a></li>
{xen:raw $childLinks}

Only first you need to free the new green secondary links and make them active.
At the moment the xen comment parts before and after the list of links are stopping them being active and viewable.
Remember you have a safe backup copy - the original nat_linkstemplate you copied this from. So if you mess up it doesn't matter.

Rich (BB code):
<li><a href="{xen:link 'url1'}">Text1</a></li>
<li><a href="{xen:link 'url1'}">Text1</a></li>
then PASTE them ABOVE THE LINE IN CAPITALS so it looks like this:

Rich (BB code):
<li><a href="{xen:link 'url1'}">Text1</a></li>
<li><a href="{xen:link 'url1'}">Text1</a></li>
Now in the first item listed replace url1 in the first line with a link you want e.g. admincp/ options
That would look like this:
Rich (BB code):
<li><a href="{xen:link 'http://www.yoursite.com/forum/admin.php?options/'}">Text1</a></li>
<li><a href="{xen:link 'url1'}">Text1</a></li>

Be careful not to delete the single comma ' each side of the URL - shown in red.

Here's some of my list which might help get you started.
To create more links on the list Copy/ Paste one already there and replace 2 bits.
Rich (BB code):
<!-- OPTIONS -->
<li><a href="{xen:link 'http://www.site.com/forum/admin.php?options/'}" target="_blank">Options</a></li>
<!-- NODE TREE -->
<li><a href="{xen:link 'http://www.site.com/forum/admin.php?nodes/'}" target="_blank">Node tree</a></li>
<!-- TEMPLATES -->
<li><a href="{xen:link 'http://www.site.com/forum/admin.php?styles/default-style.1/templates'}" target="_blank">Templates</a></li>
<!-- PHRASES -->
<li><a href="{xen:link 'http://www.site.com/forum/admin.php?languages/english-us.1/phrases'}" target="_blank">Phrases</a></li>
<!-- STYLE PROPS -->
<li><a href="{xen:link 'http://www.site.com/forum/admin.php?styles/default-style.1/style-properties'}" target="_blank">Style Properties</a></li>
<li><a href="{xen:link 'http://www.site.com/forum/admin.php?user-groups/'}" target="_blank">Usergroups</a></li>
<!-- USERS -->
<li><a href="{xen:link 'http://www.site.com/forum/admin.php?users/search'}" target="_blank">Search Users</a></li>

<!-- OPTIONS --> is a note only I can see, so I know which line is which when I return to edit in the future.
http://www.site.com/forum/admin.php?user-groups/'}" target="_blank"
The complete URL link to insert as the target destination of the link.
target="_blank" on the end makes it open in a new browser tab (From front website usually you want to refer back to see how what you're doing works out).
bold blue name which will appear in your dropdown.

Before you Save
go to the top of the page: Copy/ Paste the title you gave this template. It's in large lettering.
This is so you get it exactly right to put in your Link Forum as your final step.

Now click the Save All Changes button at the bottom.

Go back to the page where your new Link Forum is waiting to finish.
At the bottom Paste in the name of your new Links Template
TICK Enable Popup Menu
Click the Save Link Forum button.


To make the tab (and the link in the public node tree/ forum list) ONLY appear to admins.

Admin/Applications/ Node Tree/ - "Admin"
CLICK the link Permissions - along its row a bit.
TICK Private Node top left. Click the Update button.

On the list of usergroups, below that button, CLICK Admin (at the top).
CLICK View node: on the green box under the Allow column.
CLICK the button Update Permissions at the bottom.

All done. You should now see your new tab + its links dropdown
IF you're logged in as admin.
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