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I'm surprised this hasn't been asked before, but I couldn't find it via search.

I'd like to do:

Full Category Name -> Text in Menu Bar
Exercise Tips -> Tips
Reviews of Exercise Equipment -> Reviews
Industry News -> News

So the menu bar looks like: Tips | Reviews | News

But when you're in the actual category, it shows the full title. What I need is a "Navigation Name" field in the category setup screen. Is there a way to do this, perhaps with a plugin?

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Actually this is pretty simple and straightforward: when you set up your menu (under Appearance > Menu) you will find out you can add Categories there.

After adding them, click on the down-pointing arrow on the right of the navigation element, it will give you the possibility to change the Label, while keeping the Original visible to you, so you remember what it actually refers to.

In order to make the Menu you just created appear in your theme, you have to look at the wp_nav_menu function. You can take to approaches to display your menu:

  1. Either you register your menu location in your theme, and then fill up the menu in your dashboard. In this case you will use the $theme_location argument of the function.

  2. Or you take the opposite direction: create a menu in your dashboard and use it in your theme, using the $menu argument, which accepts id, slug or name.

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Ahhh, I was looking in the wrong place. So once I add a new menu, how do I tell the theme to use my "Main Navigation" menu? – Nick Mar 20 '13 at 14:04
@Nick Be so kind as to ask this comment as a new question (or even better, research it first) and accept this answer as correct - it does answer the initial one, doesn't it? – Johannes Pille Mar 20 '13 at 14:22
The question was how to make alternate category text appear in the top navigation bar. This is the first step, creating a custom menu, but a second step is required to make it actually appear. So technically, this answer is correct, but incomplete. For the next person who has this question, it would be good to have a complete answer for it. I feel that the second part of the answer should go here as well, since it's a necessary step to answer the original question that was asked. – Nick Mar 20 '13 at 14:56
Here you go, edited my answer. – Sunyatasattva Mar 20 '13 at 15:16

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