I am currently building a wordpress theme. For the menu, I just want to display all the pages that are created in the order that they are created in (i.e. I don't want users to have to go into the 'menu' section of the site and create their own).

I tried using wp_page_menu and this worked HOWEVER I need to add a walker class to expand the functionality, which you can't do with this function. So I need a way to display all my pages with using wp_nav_menu as my code - is there a way to do this?

Here is my code currently:

<nav id="nav">
    <?php wp_nav_menu( array( 'walker' => new Clapton_Nav_Walker ) ); ?>

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You could move away from wp_nav_menu() completely and instead use wp_list_pages().

See the codex for more information, but I believe this may be what you are looking for.


I do understand that this function outputs the pages. The point I was trying to make though is that you can use this in conjunction with CSS to get it looking like a menu. I made an example page that includes this code:

* Template Name: Testing
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://nickyoungweb.com/zip/wp-content/themes/THS2012/style.css" />
    <nav id="nav">
            wp_list_pages( array(
                'title_li' => ''
       <br style="clear: both; ">

I have it linked to a stylesheet that contains this code:

    /**** WP LIST PAGES NAV *****/
    nav {  }
    nav li { list-style-type: none; float: left; }
    nav li a { width: 50px; height: 30px; background: #000; color: #fff; padding: 10px; margin: 2px; }
    nav li a:hover { background: #f00; color: #000; }
    nav ul li { display: none; }

It is a very basic example of how you could make it work with this function.

Hopefully this helps clear up any confusion I might have caused you and also gives you an idea of how it CAN be done with this function.

  • How this will be beneficial? It will just list the pages not a menu. May 20, 2014 at 9:25
  • Yes it will list all of the pages as the OP wishes to do. There is also an argument for a walker and it can be styled to look like a navigation menu.
    – Nick Young
    May 20, 2014 at 9:27
  • Thanks for this suggestions, but @Chittaranjan is correct, it only outputs the pages, it doesn't act like a menu May 20, 2014 at 10:16
  • Updated my answer to show a better example of how this could actually work. Link included as a basic example of a menu created using wp_list_pages(). Hope it helps.
    – Nick Young
    May 22, 2014 at 8:45

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