On the menu, I'm talking about custom menus, I have a footer with several columns, each column will have a list of items, each column menus needs to be updatable from the menus option on wp admin, so I created the section on functions.php that calls the menus and also added each menu on the footer.php document, something like:

<?php wp_nav_menu( array('menu' => 'f-1', 'menu_class' => '', 'container' => 'nav' )); ?>
<?php wp_nav_menu( array('menu' => 'f-2', 'menu_class' => '', 'container' => 'nav' )); ?>
<?php wp_nav_menu( array('menu' => 'f-3', 'menu_class' => '', 'container' => 'nav' )); ?>
<?php wp_nav_menu( array('menu' => 'f-4', 'menu_class' => '', 'container' => 'nav' )); ?>

This is how I call the menus:

add_theme_support('nav-menus'); if ( function_exists('register_nav_menus')) {
register_nav_menus( array(
'main' => 'Main Nav',
'footer-noticias-financieras' => 'Footer Noticias Financieras',
'footer-otras-publicaciones' => 'Footer Otras Publicaciones',
'footer-foro' => 'Footer Foro'
) );

The thing is, when I place the menus using the theme menus area it prints automatically on my footer the column with 2 options, home and about, the "Automatically add new top-level pages" is not selected so not sure what's going on, anybody with the same problem?

Thanks so much!


1 Answer 1


You have created menu "placeholders" of sorts but you haven't added any actual menus yet, thus you see a kind of default menu being displayed.

  1. Go to wp-admin -> Appearance -> Menus
  2. Create a menu
  3. Assign the menu to one of your menu locations
  4. Add something to the menu
  5. Save

Now you should see the menu you expect.

To avoid printing a menu when there is no menu use has_nav_menu.

// var_dump(has_nav_menu('footer-noticias-financieras')); // debug
if( has_nav_menu('footer-noticias-financieras')) {
  wp_nav_menu( array('menu' => 'footer-noticias-financieras', 'menu_class' => '', 'container' => 'nav' ));

Notice how I am using the slugs you used and not the f-* values. I don't know where those come from.

  • Thank you! Actually I did that, but is not working it displays the menu as mentioned earlier, like if its empty it places pages. Not sure what else to do or where to look.
    – Arturo
    Aug 5, 2013 at 20:46
  • I copied your code verbatum, registering in functions.php and pasting the rest into header.php, and then did what I explained. It worked fine. Without more information I don't know what else to say.
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 5, 2013 at 20:56
  • Yes, but see, when going step by step in your previous 5 points everything works, but if I add nothing to the menu then it drops the pages, I can create the menu and save it without adding any menu item, when I do this then the thing appears with page names populated.
    – Arturo
    Aug 5, 2013 at 21:01
  • "... if I add nothing to the menu then it drops the pages..." -- that is correct, it is built that way. Give me a second.
    – s_ha_dum
    Aug 5, 2013 at 21:17
  • Oh, I see, that explain everything I think..... :(
    – Arturo
    Aug 5, 2013 at 21:23

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