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How to display different main menus based on client-side request WordPress

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I need to set up a site with about 5 menu pages in Chinese and 5 in English. Ideally, I’d have a “Top Toolbar” navigation with just “English” and “Chinese” selections. These selections would swap the “Main Navigation” setting (the one you establish under Theme Locations in the Appearences/Menu dialog) between two menus: “English Main Navigation” and “Chinese Main Navigation”.

Is there a php or .js hack to set the Main Navigation menu dynamically? For instance, suppose I have the “English” and “Chinese” links call different URL’s (was www.mysite.com\zh or www.misite.com\en), is there a spot in the php that could register a different navigation menu based on the different URL request?

Alternately, is there a way of filtering the Main Navigation pages by the requestor’s URL to display a different set of menu pages (say filtered by theme_location) based on whether the URL request?

I am fair at coding but new to php and Wordpress, so specific help to get me going would be much appreciated

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Answers (3)

2011-08-29

Fahad Murtaza answers:

OK

I have done that with [[LINK href="http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/qtranslate/"]]qtranslate [[/LINK]]

See an example at http://simpleseo.nl

<?php _e('<!--:en-->This is english text or some variable and you can use php here<!--:--><!--:nl-->This is the dutch code<!--:-->')?>

My two languages are Dutch and English. You can create your own. qtranslate has fairly good documentation.


Fahad Murtaza comments:

I hope the above answers this questions as well.


<blockquote>Alternately, is there a way of filtering the Main Navigation pages by the requestor’s URL to display a different set of menu pages (say filtered by theme_location) based on whether the URL request? </blockquote>

2011-08-29

Ivaylo Draganov answers:

Hello,

I've recently been tinkering with the same thing for a bilingual website. WordPress is notoriously poor at serving content multiple languages - there are a few plugins out there, but having tried them all I decided to code something simple myself. To switch the main navigation menu based on language you could do something like this (follow comments in the code):
[[LINK href="http://pastebin.com/G8FBAunQ"]]http://pastebin.com/G8FBAunQ[[/LINK]]

This setup relies on having the pages for each language under a master page for that language. And the master page should have the locale in the URL ( e.g. example.com/zh/chinese-page/ ). You need to have pretty permalinks enabled for this technique to work.


Ivaylo Draganov comments:

You can see it in action here:
http://youthtolerance.org/

There are some more things that I do on this site with the same approach - such as building the language switch and the home URL for each language.

2011-08-31

ej_emman answers:

I am a little bit confuse what you really want to happen.
if your concern is to switch menu pages in wordpress
assuming you have already created menus in Appearance->menus.

Ex. If you have already created menus "English Main Navigation" and "Chinese Main Navigation".

To switch this two.. this is the code;


// your selection menu place it where you want to place
<form method="POST" action="">
<select name="myselection" onchange='this.form.submit()'>
<option>English</option>
<option>Chinese</option>
</select>
</form>

// if you want to switch menu pages. You must place it to the header or any location
// you want to place the menu navigation
<?php
if($_POST['myselection'] == 'English')
wp_nav_menu( array('container_class' => 'menu-header','menu' => 'English Main Navigation' ));
else if($_POST['myselection'] == 'Chinese')
wp_nav_menu( array('container_class' => 'menu-header','menu' => 'Chinese Main Navigation' ));
?>

But if you want to switch domain just use wp_redirect. Hope this helps

// But if you want to redirect to different domain
<?php
if($_POST['myselection'] == 'English')
wp_redirect( 'http://www.youEnglishdomain.com', 301 ); exit;
else if($_POST['myselection'] == 'Chinese')
wp_redirect( 'http://www.youChinesedomain.com', 301 ); exit;
?>