I've been using the native wp_nav_menu to output my navigational elements. I have also created a subpage that is nested under one of my menu, but when I hit that URL the default custom walker clearly doesn't activate the corresponding item in the menu.


Home, FAQs

MY question is how can I get the FAQs menu turning on if I'm on the archive URL?

Thanks Andrea

  • Does FAQs not have the class in the list-item current-page-ancestor to style?
    – Howdy_McGee
    Apr 28, 2014 at 22:01
  • Where's the code for the default custom walker? Apr 28, 2014 at 22:01
  • @BradDalton I have used the custom walker, hence anything customised from my side. Apr 28, 2014 at 22:34
  • @Howdy_McGee to clean up a bit the mess the wp_nav_menu creates by adding dozens of classes, I removed some of them. I can possibly look on how to get the current-page-ancestor replaced in a similar fashion to activate it. Thanks for the hint. Apr 28, 2014 at 22:36
  • @Howdy_McGee sorry to go back to this, but I looking at the current-page-ancestor class, I can't find any. Is there something else I can use? May 16, 2014 at 17:15

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As pointed out from @Howdy_McGee it should be possible to use the current-menu-anchestor css class.

However, using the standard menu walker in a CPT archive page taxonomically nested under a menu item I wasn't able to get the class out as expected.

The solution I adopted was to add a create a filter to inject the required class

add_filter( 'wp_nav_menu_objects', 'am_filter_menu_class' );

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