AutoSimpleMenu for Joomla 1.5
[EDIT]V1.1 (non-beta :) ) release now available[/EDIT]
AutoSimpleMenu allows you as a webmaster, to create a menu that is automatically updated when your front-end users create articles in particular categories or sections. It is identical to the standard Latest News Module but with several simple additions to turn it into a useful automatic menu.
See http://www.st-leonards-pri.lancs.sch.uk to see it in action - all of the menus (apart from the main menu and the pupil zone class menu are automatic - any content added to the appropriate categories or sections is automatically indexed - no need for webmaster intervention :)
Article Sort Order
The articles can be listed in alphabetical instead of date or primary order.
You can additional specify one article to appear at the top of the menu, regardless of what sort order is specified. This is useful to have as an introductory article to your menu items.
The module responds to normal menu CSS code and not its original Latest News CSS so that it merges seamlessly into existing sites.
How to use it
Install as normal module extension
It needs to be installed like a standard module and then linked to an existing menu item and hopefully these instructions will walk you through the process.
Need to do 3 things and do some off them with 2 admin windows open (I recommend using a browser like IE7/FF3 with mutiple tabs)
Open admin1 window in your browser
Create new AutoSimpleMenu module - name it, enable title and set publish to yes and then pause
Open admin2 window in your browser
Create a new section and/or category for your articles - note the category ID number and stick it in the category field in admin1 window
Create a "Welcome to here" type article in your category (or move an exising article into the category for this pupose) - note it's ID number and stick that into the Top Article field in admin1 window.
Select Apply in admin1 window (to save the module)
In admin2 window, go and select the menu you want the AutoSimpleMenu menu to be linked to.
Click on New, select Articles then Article Layout, enter a title and then use the Select button on Select Article and go and find the "Welcome to here" article you created earlier and click Save.
Adjust the order of where you want the new AutoSimpleMenu to appear.
In admin2 window, refresh the window (F5 or your browser refresh icon) and then goto the menu assignment section and change it to only be displayed on the new menu item you created in the last two steps above.