I have added a snippet to add a "Profile" link to my website navigation menu. My code:

add_filter( 'wp_nav_menu_items', 'my_nav_menu_profile_link');
function my_nav_menu_profile_link($menu) {  
    if (!is_user_logged_in()){
         return $menu;
    } else {
         $user_data = bbp_get_user_profile_url( get_current_user_id() );
         $profilelink = '<li><a href="'.$user_data.'&edit" >Profile</a></li>';
         $menu = $menu . $profilelink;
         return $menu;

This code correctly display profile link in my menu, but now I want to move this "profile" link as sub menu of another main menu.

My Menu structure is as follows:

Home | My Account | Categories

I would like to add "profile" link under "My Account". Any suggestions to solve this problem?


1 Answer 1


I've created these two functions you may use to add custom items to a given menu item present in your menu (page, post, link...).

In your case, you can add these function to your functions.php and call them like this:

$menu_name = 'Your Menu Name';
$name_of_menu_item_to_append_to = 'My Account';
$id_of_menu_item_to_append_to =  get_wp_object_id( $name_of_menu_item_to_append_to, 'nav_menu_item' );
$new_submenu_item = array(
    'text' => 'Profile',
    'url'  => 'http://someurl.com'

    array( $new_submenu_item ) 


 * Adds custom items to a navigation menu
 * Partially based on: 
 * http://teleogistic.net/2013/02/dynamically-add-items-to-a-wp_nav_menu-list/
 * @param string    $menu_name          The name or slug of the navigation menu
 * @param int       $parent_object_id   The id of the post/page, which must be present 
 *                                      in the menu, and to which we want to add subitems 
 * @param array     $subitems           The sub-items to be added to the menu, as an
 *                                      array( array( 'text' => 'foo', 'url' => '/bar') )
public function add_subitems_to_menu( $menu_name, $parent_object_id, $subitems ) {
    // Don't add anything in admin area. Otherwise WP will try to display the items in the 
    // Menu editor and it won't work fine and cause strange behaviour
    if ( is_admin() ) {

    // Use wp_get_nav_menu_items filter, is used by Timber to get WP menu items
    add_filter( 'wp_get_nav_menu_items', function( $items, $menu ) 
            use( $menu_name, $parent_object_id, $subitems ) {

        // If no menu found, just return the items without adding anything
        if ( $menu->name != $menu_name && $menu->slug != $menu_name ) {
            return $items;

        // Find the menu item ID corresponding to the given post/page object ID
        // If no post/page found, the subitems won't have any parent (will be on 1st level)
        $parent_menu_item_id = 0;
        foreach ( $items as $item ) {
            if ( $parent_object_id == $item->object_id ) {
                $parent_menu_item_id = $item->ID;

        $menu_order = count( $items ) + 1;

        foreach ( $subitems as $subitem ) {
            // Create objects containing all (and only) those properties from WP_Post 
            // used by WP to create a menu item
            $items[] = (object) array(
                'ID'                => $menu_order + 1000000000, // ID that WP won't use
                'title'             => $subitem['text'],
                'url'               => $subitem['url'],
                'menu_item_parent'  => $parent_menu_item_id,
                'menu_order'        => $menu_order,
                // These are not necessary, but PHP warning will be thrown if undefined
                'type'              => '',
                'object'            => '',
                'object_id'         => '',
                'db_id'             => '',
                'classes'           => '',
        return $items;
    }, 10, 2);


 * Returns the WordPress ID of any post type or page by its title or name
 * In the case you provide an ID it will "validate" it looking for any post with that ID
 * @param mixed     $post_identifier    The title, name or ID of the post/page
 * @param string    $post_type          The post type to look for (default: page)
 * @return int The ID of the post/page if any, or 0
public function get_wp_object_id( $post_identifier, $post_type = 'page' ) {

    $post_id = 0;

    if ( get_page_by_title( $post_identifier, OBJECT, $post_type ) ) {
        $post_id = get_page_by_title( $post_identifier, OBJECT, $post_type )->ID;
    else if ( get_page_by_path( $post_identifier, OBJECT, $post_type ) ) {
        $post_id = get_page_by_path( $post_identifier, OBJECT, $post_type )->ID;
    else if ( get_post( $post_identifier ) ) {
        $post_id = get_post( $post_identifier )->ID;

    return $post_id;
  • Thank you MikO for your help 1. My Account is not page, I have craeted a link and added it to menu through wp admin menu settings 2. I have checked your code by creating a new page and by passing its id to function, but didn't work for me 3. I have changed line $my_account_page_id = into $my_account_item_id
    – Hafsal
    May 4, 2014 at 13:58
  • I have added all your code in function.php
    – Hafsal
    May 4, 2014 at 14:05
  • Ohh Miko, It is working now, Thank you very much for the code.. But Instead of using page id, i would like to add Profile under a link, which i have created in wp admin menu settings
    – Hafsal
    May 4, 2014 at 14:12
  • No probs, I got custom menu item id by checking in db So it is fixed, Thanks again
    – Hafsal
    May 4, 2014 at 14:56
  • @Hafsal, you're welcome. I edited my answer adding antoher function, which you can use to get the ID of any WordPress page, post or menu item, and I updated the way you should call these functions. Otherwise, you can check directly the ID in the DB as you've done...
    – MikO
    May 4, 2014 at 15:00

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