I have a Joomla v2.5.14 application and I'm in a situation that I need to hide a menu item from the users based on a database value, basically what I need is to hide the menu item based on a condition.

My question is, where's the right place to perform this? and how to do it?

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Assuming the menu option has a suitable CSS selector e.g. "item-135", it could be hidden via CSS.

You could create a custom HTML module to add the appropriate code to the applicable page(s). Set the custom HTML module position to "debug" or similar if your template has this option (as the debug module position is less likely to have any margins or padding associated with it).

Install and enable the Regular Labs Sourcerer plugin or similar so the code is not stripped from your Custom HTML Module.

In the Custom HTML Module, your code will look something like this:

    if ([some condition]) {
      $document = JFactory::getDocument();
      $style = '.item-135 {display: none;}';
      $document->addStyleDeclaration ($style);

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