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Joomla 1.6 Help – Dropdown Submenus Are Not Showing

If you created your own Joomla 1.6 menu and submenu items and published the menu module to the frontpage you should be able to see all the parent menu items plus their child submenu items.   In some cases, you might have problems and the child submenus are hidden.  When you hover over the parent menu item the child submenu doesn’t show up even though there are articles in that menu item.  For example:

I have a menu module named “Wordpress” with 3 menu items configured and saved already in the Joomla 1.6 backend and should show a menu structure like this:


——– Wordpress Themes

——– WordPress Help

In the frontend when hovering over the menu item “WordPress”, I do not see the submenu items – Wordpress Themes and WordPress Help.    It just shows “WordPress”.

How to fix this?  Very simple.  I will be using my above example in the steps below.

1.  Check that your Menu items are published in your Menu Manager:

  • Login to your Joomla 1.6 administrator backend.
  • Click on Menus, “WordPress” menu item
  • See that all the menu items are published (have a green checkmark) – WordPress Themes and WordPress Help

2.  Check the Menu Module Options:

  • Still in your Joomla 1.6 administrator backend.
  • Click on ‘Extensions’, ‘Module Manager
  • Filter the results using the dropdown – Select Type = Menu
  • Edit the ‘WordPress’ menu module
  • Under Basic Options, Show Sub-menu Items = Yes

After you save your menu module, refresh your Joomla 1.6 frontpage.   Your menus should be working now and you should see the menu and all the submenus under the parent.

2 thoughts on “Joomla 1.6 Help – Dropdown Submenus Are Not Showing

  1. I’m practice Joomla 1.7.1 on my localhost
    I tried creating ‘contacts menu’ under main menu module with 3 sub menu under it.
    when I hover the mouse over ‘contacts’ menu, no submenu appear.
    But if I click at ‘contact’ menu, it brings me to another window and show those 3 contacts I created in a table format.

    Even I edit ‘main menu’ module and change Basic Options, Show Sub-menu Items = Yes, nothing has change!
    Any idea what I might have done wrong?


  2. Same for me 🙁
    I even added in the advanced options in the main-menu module the following:
    Menu Class Suffix:menu-dropdown,
    but nothing 🙁

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