For any website consisting of a more than a few pages creating a consistent navigation experience is important. As there are many different shapes and sizes of navigation Kickflip does not directly provide Navigation features.

Ultimately the concern of creating and rendering a site navigation is something your site project will manage. There are already a lot of good solutions for building menu's in Blade templates.

TIP: Be cautious of which method you use as it may rely on dynamic URL generation a static site won't have.


You should be able to build navigation menus however you're most comfortable.

That in mind, here are some suggestions to try:

Build one with the "Router Nav plugin"

You can opt to use the official Router Nav pluginwhich provides a pseudo-router for Kickflip. What this means is that Kickflip will create an instance of Laravel's Router to allow use of Router and URL methods.

This gives users the ability to access familiar methods in templates such as: url()and route(). Additionally, this plugin will register an event listener that attempts to finda and load a config/navigation.phpfile.

This navigation config file should return an array of NavIteminstances which represent the desired Nav tree. Finally, when rendering a view you can access the $navigationvariable in your blade templates to access Nav items.

Mimic the Docs Site

Our Docs website uses the method described above, you can feel free to copy this implementation example. Here's a shortened excerpt of the Nav config these docs use:

return [
    NavItem::make('Getting Started', '/docs/getting-started')
            NavItem::make('Installation', '/docs/getting-started-install'),
    NavItem::make('Event Listeners', '/docs/event-listeners'),
    NavItem::make('Navigation', '/docs/navigation'),

Then when rendering the Nav views can access the whole NavIteminstance. This can be helpful for calling methods on the item to determine the active page item and similar rendering cases.

So while the global SiteDatawill contain the navigation array it won't enforce any specific types or shape. In the end, your site's view templates will need to know how to render the navigation data your site configures.