Some of the pages in my navigation are fragmented urls that shouldn't actually go anywhere. In other words, I have a couple parent nav items like <a href="#">Services</a> that serve only as a navigation item and not an actual landing page.

I know I can make a custom link in the menu to represent this, but if I do that, then the url of any child page under that page isn't created dynamically (i.e http://example.com/services/child-page). I have to manually change the url of that child page.

How can I accomplish this by creating pages rather than building custom links in menus?

  • You could use javascript to find any links with href="#" and automatically return false so that they go nowhere.
    – Howdy_McGee
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:04
  • Possible duplicate of How can I disable parent menu item links?
    – Howdy_McGee
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:04
  • I don't think I understand what you want?
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:28
  • In other words, I want to disable a page, but keep it in the navigation. Surprised there isn't a simple solution...
    – frshjb373
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:43

1 Answer 1


You can modify the href attribute of specific menu items when the menu is generated.

function wpd_convert_menu_items_to_hash( $atts, $item, $args ) {
    if( $somecondition ){
        $atts['href'] = '#';
    return $atts;
add_filter( 'nav_menu_link_attributes', 'wpd_convert_menu_items_to_hash', 10, 3 );

In this example, $somecondition is whatever way you're identifying these menu items. $item gives you access to the menu item object, which contains the ID of the page and the slug, among other things. You can also look at $atts['href'], which will be the default URL value for that page. $args will give you access to the nav menu arguments, so you can target the whole thing to a specific menu.

You could also hook template_redirect and send requests for those pages elsewhere.

function wpd_check_if_page_should_be_visible(){
    if( is_page( 'services' ) ){
        wp_redirect( home_url('/services/some-other-page/') );
add_action( 'template_redirect', 'wpd_check_if_page_should_be_visible' );

You could modify the above to check for a value in post meta, so the slug isn't hardcoded. You could also query for the children and forward to a child page, so the destination wouldn't have to be dynamic.

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