Manage or Highlight Active link or page in Codeigniter?

I always use this CodeIgniter Helper for all of my CI projects to Highlight Current or active link in the menu bar.

How it works

The active_link() function simply accept the name of a controller as a parameter and it will check if the current controller is equal to the the given string, if it is equal it will return the active string, otherwise empty string. To get an active controller this function is using CI’s router class’s fetch_class() method. i.e.$CI->router->fetch_class();

CI Nav Helper

Create a file in applications/helper directory with nav_helper.php name.copy and paste the code you find below

How to load:

To use this Helper function, you have to load it. you can load it with two methods, one is controller level/method level and another one is global level.

open the application/config/autoload.php

How to use it

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  1. Thanks man, its working in main menu level. For example I have 4 submenu under my main menu ( in admin side bar). Then when I click on the 2nd level sub menu then my main menu and this 2nd sub-menu should be in active. How can I achieve this? I mean this is working on controller level but what about function level? is there any suggestion?

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