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This article provides step by step instruction on how to get categories dropdown in site header. Please note the CSS styles described here are not 100% perfect, as they in some way overlap with styles for upload item dropdown. Please adjust them as needed by your site design.



Step 1. Go to Website UI -> Global blocks and click on Add block button at the bottom. In the new block line specify block name as Header Categories and under block type select list_categories. Save.


Step 2. Open the newly appeared Header Categories block for editing. Configure block parameters as needed, e.g. items_per_page if you want to limit the number of categories displayed, and other filters if you want to limit which categories are displayed. Enter the following code into template code area and save:

{{if count($data)>0}}
	<li class="drop">
			{{foreach from=$data item="item"}}
					<a href="{{$lang.urls.videos_by_category|replace:"%DIR%":$item.dir|replace:"%ID%":$item.category_id}}">{{$item.title}}</a>


Step 3. Go to Website UI -> Page components -> include_header_general.tpl for editing. Find the <LI> node that renders categories menu item, similar to this:

<li {{if $page_id=='categories_videos' || $page_id=='categories_albums'}}class="selected"{{/if}}>
		<a href="{{$lang.urls.categories_videos}}" id="item6">{{$lang.header.primary_menu_categories}}</a>

And replace it with this block insert:

{{insert name="getGlobal" global_id="list_categories_header_categories"}}


Step 4. To make styles look better, add the following basic styling into your theme CSS file:

.navigation .primary .drop > span {
  display: block;
  position: relative;
  background-color: #e0dfdf;
  padding: 12px 38px 12px 17px;
  cursor: pointer;
.navigation .primary .drop > span:after {
  position: absolute;
  z-index: 1;
  content: "\e901";
  font-family: "icomoon" !important;
  speak: none;
  font-style: normal;
  font-weight: normal;
  font-variant: normal;
  text-transform: none;
  line-height: 1;
  -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased;
  -moz-osx-font-smoothing: grayscale;
  font-size: 5px;
  top: calc(50% - 1px);
  right: 20px;
  will-change: transform;
  -webkit-backface-visibility: hidden;
  backface-visibility: hidden;
  -webkit-transform: translateY(-50%) rotate(0);
  transform: translateY(-50%) rotate(0);
  -webkit-transition: -webkit-transform 0.3s;
  transition: -webkit-transform 0.3s;
  transition: transform 0.3s;
  transition: transform 0.3s, -webkit-transform 0.3s;
.navigation .primary .drop:hover > span {
  background-color: #276fdb;
  color: #fff;
.navigation .primary .drop:hover > span::after {
  -webkit-transform: translateY(-50%) rotate(180deg);
  transform: translateY(-50%) rotate(180deg);


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Thanks, but when I have added everything, when you click on any menu all the letters for a few seconds become big and go back to their normal place.


I see that it only happens with google chrome, with safari it does not happen.

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  • 7 months later...
3 hours ago, Jim said:

Could the same idea be applied to do a dropdown to other header buttons such as models and channels?

Absolutely, please use list_models and list_dvds blocks similar to list_categories block in this guide to display the same thing for models and channels.

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