I just want to add a class for the active page in the wp_list_pages().Is it possible? If so can I provide a particular class for a active page. Here is my code for listing the parent page and its sub page.


$output = wp_list_pages('echo=0&depth=1&title_li= &sort_column=menu_order' );
if (is_page( )) {
  $page = $post->ID;
  if ($post->post_parent) {
    $page = $post->post_parent;

  $children=wp_list_pages( 'echo=0&depth=1&child_of=' . $page . '&title_li=&sort_column=menu_order' );
  if ($children) {
    $output = wp_list_pages ('echo=0&depth=1&child_of=' . $page . '&title_li= &sort_column=menu_order');
 <li><a href="<?php echo get_permalink( $post->post_parent ); ?>" class="active">Home</a></li>
echo $output;


Please help me.I want add the class name "active" to the active page in the wp_list_pages(). For example I want to display my WP pages as follows.If 1 select the sub page 3 I want to add the class active only to that particular page

<div class="page-menu">
                    <li><a href="#" title="">Home</a></li>
                    <li><a href="#" title="">1</a></li>
                    <li><a href="#" title="">2</a></li>
                    <li><a href="#" title="" class="active">3</a></li>
                    <li><a href="#" title="">4</a></li>
                    <li><a href="3" title="">5</a></li>
  • Please reformat your code. The Q/A in here is a reference for later users who face the same problem as well. Thanks.
    – kaiser
    Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 12:56

2 Answers 2


Problem solved..

I just add the css like as follows and it solve the my problem.

.page-menu ul li.current_page_item a{

For adding the class for parent page I have used the following code

 <li><a href="<?php echo get_permalink( $post->post_parent ); ?>" <?php if(is_page($post->post_parent )) {?> class="active" <?php }?>>Home</a></li>

Hope this may help somebody in future who is facing the same problem, that I have faced :)


As wp_list_pages() has an argument of walker, you can use that to replace what is being used by walk_page_tree() as walker class internally.

@Brady has left a nice example in this answer.

class WPSE113482PageWalker extends Walker_Page
    function start_el( &$output, $page, $depth, $args, $current_page )
        // Build $output here and apply your class for the active item

You might also want to consider using wp_page_menu().

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