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I'm not sure the best way to tackle this one:

I have a menu I saw and like and want to use it as a basis for my own. I have the CSS for it. On the page it comes from its all labeled differently to my own menu on my own wordpress custom theme.

Should I be using functions.php to call the new CSS divs in place of my own or would there be a better way to do this? I am not super good with coding but im willing to give anything a go =)

The Div classes and ID's I want to use in place of my own:


<body class="contact page" data-class='contact'>
    <header id="pageHeader" data-title='/ Top of page'>
        <div class="top-wrapper">
            <div class="top">

This is the existing code in headerstyle3.php that I want to replace:


<div class='absolute'>
<div class='wrapper menu-bg custom-menu-bg border-bottom-black-tr'>
    <div class='container'>

im pretty sure the navigation element for both is "pageHeader" for the new and "container" for the old one.

Any help much appreciated! =)

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If your menu requires all of the alterations in the code you posted then @IvanHanak has probably the closest thing to a right answer that there is. You can't make those alterations with functions in functions.php. Those alterations are a theme rewrite. That makes this an extremely broad question. –  s_ha_dum Oct 19 '13 at 14:46
Yeah, I agree it is ambitious, I thought perhaps there might be a way to do it painlessly but that doesn't look to be the case. Thankyou for your reply! –  tom Oct 19 '13 at 15:57
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I would definitely suggest you rewritting your theme.

Correct me if I am wrong, but WordPress themes are created so that you can manipulate with them. (if you want)

Another thing to take into consideration is, assuming from your filename headerstyle3, you probably have a theme containing more of such pages, varying in numeric index (headerstyle1, headerstyle2), with a different design, so remember to deal with them also.

Please, bear in mind, that I can not tell you, how to replace your code. In order to do that, you need to provide us with a little bit more info, (like whether you want us to help you replace it), i.e. the whole source of your desired menu, your current file content of the file headerstyle3...

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Ivan thankyou for your reply. The headers are all part of a premium wordpress theme I purchased. I setup a child-theme and im working off that and in my reading I don't think I should be editing the php template files in the parent folder (re updates to core template files amomg other issues) What would you suggest I do, you mention the whole source of the files, I don't currently have a host but I can put the files onto dropbox and explain what I am trying to do a little better, would that help? –  tom Oct 19 '13 at 13:32
You are right, edit only your child-theme files. Dropbox is just not good idea, paste your code here, or use for example service like paste2.org, –  Ivan Hanák Oct 19 '13 at 13:52
paste2.org/2KPUABVG is the html doc with header i'd like to use including that particular menu style in my wordpress theme. paste2.org/WHfVaP82 is my current headerstyle3 template that gets called. Besides this I have grabbed the CSS for the menu from the site which I can attach to my style.css in the child-theme. Will this all work nicely tho? The original menu does not appear to use wp_nav but rather an <ul> with <span> and span classes defined in the main.css style sheet, how would something like that translate? All help MUCH appreciated! –  tom Oct 19 '13 at 14:12
Since i'm still very new to coding/wordpress I spent 5 hours yesterday playing around with this. I loaded up headerstyle3 in espresso and uncommented all the bits I didn't need and replaced it with the relevant code in paste2.org/2KPUABVG it kind of worked but obviously the menu remained hardcoded into the php, I wanted to see if I could do it via Wordpress's own menu system since I feel this is cleaner and I wont be the only person editing/adding things to the site. –  tom Oct 19 '13 at 14:19
Did I get it right that you inserted your desired menu code into your headertyle3 and it worked like you wanted? Then you are on a good road, now you need only your links with required markuop. In your headerstyle3 take look at line 103, there is function wp_nav_menu used. Markup is taken care through walker. I advise you to study codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_nav_menu or codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_get_nav_menu_items. This function you can simply use with foreach and create own markup. –  Ivan Hanák Oct 19 '13 at 16:51
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