I am working on a web app word press. I am new to word press So maybe you will feel that this question is silly, I tried everything but i don't want to use any plugin.

here is what I need to show the register/login menu item to non-logged-in users and profile/logout menu item to logged-in-users. But In my website I am not using word press login function wp_login() I am using web service to get the login response and then I am using sessions to control the user data and access the user data on a different page.

On profile pages I have done

else {
    //page content

I have tried this, but its not working

function my_wp_nav_menu_args( $args = '' ) {

if( isset($_SESSION['user']) ) { 
$args['menu'] = 'logged-in';
return $args;
add_filter( 'wp_nav_menu_args', 'my_wp_nav_menu_args' );

But how can i do this with menu items ??

  • Use is_user_logged_in() to check if a user is logged in.
    – ngearing
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 6:32
  • Please merge your accounts.
    – fuxia
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 7:01

1 Answer 1


Use the wp_nav_menu_objects filter to access the menu items

I have used this code:

add_filter('wp_nav_menu_objects', 'ad_filter_menu', 10, 2);

function ad_filter_menu($sorted_menu_objects, $args) {
    // check for the right menu to rename the menu item from
    // here we check for theme location of 'primary-menu'
    // alternatively you can check for menu name ($args->menu == 'menu_name')

    if ($args->theme_location != 'primary')  
        return $sorted_menu_objects;

    // rename the menu item that has a title of 'Log ind'
        if (is_user_logged_in()) {
            foreach ($sorted_menu_objects as $key => $menu_object) {
                // can also check for $menu_object->url for example
                // see all properties to test against:
                // print_r($menu_object); die();
                if ($menu_object->title == 'Log in') {
                    $current_user = wp_get_current_user();
                    $menu_object->title = $current_user->user_login . " - Log out";
                    $menu_object->url = wp_logout_url();;
    return $sorted_menu_objects;

Found the basis for that here: Remove a menu item in menu

Obviously you need to change the line

if (is_user_logged_in()) {


if( isset($_SESSION['user']) ) {

and you may need to check for additional menu items to change their title and url depending on status (Logged in or out)

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