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I'm trying to add the ability to insert Custom CSS Classes to menu items. I believe I do this by extending the walker_nav_menu but I'm not sure how to call the custom classes.

This seems like such a simple question but I've googled and searched here and couldn't find anything for simply adding the custom classes.

Right now I just have:

<?php wp_nav_menu( array( 'theme_location' => 'top-menu', 'walker' => new future_walker_class() ) ); ?>


class future_walker_class extends Walker_Nav_Menu {
/*not sure what to put here*/

P.S. I'm fairly new to PHP/Wordpress. I tried to be as thorough as possible so I don't waste your time.

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Can you please let us know exactly what is the need of adding custom css classes and do you need to add the same class to each menu items ? or do you want different classes based on any condition to menu item, sub menu items etc ? – Subharanjan Jan 17 '14 at 6:46
I'd like to give the menu item an icon from an image sprite using css. So the classes need to be different (based on input from the Menu admin panel). – Derek Jan 17 '14 at 6:49
I know it automatically generates one like .item804 but in case I move them around (and there's quite a few of them) I want the css code to be easy to read and edit if needed. – Derek Jan 17 '14 at 6:51

If its a matter of adding icons as per the classes, add it from the back-end and use that class to assign icons through css.

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Yep I've done just that. But the custom class doesn't print to html. So I figured that I had to call it somehow using the walker class. – Derek Jan 17 '14 at 7:11
Do you have any code that renders the menu structure ? or Can you tell me the name of the Theme you are using ? – Subharanjan Jan 17 '14 at 7:14
Sorry for delay... I tried doing some digging myself. I rephrased the question with more info that I got from my digging: new question – Derek Jan 18 '14 at 6:00

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