I'm using the code below to create custom menu items on the fly. Its working great, except all menus are created as "Custom". In the code below, setting the menu-item-type to 'page' appears to have no effect.

        foreach($thePages as $page){
            wp_update_nav_menu_item($menu->term_id, 0, array(
                'menu-item-title' => $page->post_title,
                'menu-item-type' => 'page', 
                'menu-item-status' => 'publish')

wp-includes/nav-menu.php shows that the value is hard coded to "Custom". However, if I manually add a page to the menu, using the WP Menus manager, it lists it as "Page", not "Custom". What can I do to set the menu type to "Page"?

  • I've used the filter 'nav_menu_css_class' to modify the css classes. Is this what you wanted?
    – Cristian
    Commented Apr 21, 2011 at 19:36
  • @Wild Phoenix: I'm creating a custom menu on the fly, then iterating over the top level pages and assigning each of them to the custom menu. This is all done via a plugin during its activation hook. Its not related to css at all at this point. I'm just trying to figure out how to get each menu registered as a "Page" and not as "Custom" in my code above.
    – Scott B
    Commented Apr 21, 2011 at 19:42
  • try setting menu-item-object-id in your array to the page id
    – Bainternet
    Commented Apr 21, 2011 at 19:45
  • @baininternet: Will do. Thanks to the help and suggestion.
    – Scott B
    Commented Apr 28, 2011 at 17:18
  • @bainternet: This didn't work. Still shows as "Custom". 'menu-item-object-id' => $page->ID
    – Scott B
    Commented Apr 29, 2011 at 19:00

2 Answers 2


There's a filter:

function wpse15368_update_menu_item_type( $args )
    return $args['menu-item-type'] = 'page';
add_action( 'wp_update_nav_menu_item', 'wpse15368_update_menu_item_type' );
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    As @lulalala below points out, post_type is indeed the key word to use. @lulalala has the right answer.
    – surfbuds
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 18:14

Strange it maybe, `post_type' is the keyword to use:

'menu-item-object' => 'page',
'menu-item-type' => 'post_type',
'menu-item-object-id' => $post_id

This will make a menu item just like you manually created one.

  • 1
    This should be marked as the correct answer, thanks for sharing. Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 14:46

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