On a site I'm working on, I am using a blog category called 'Podcast' for any podcasts that are posted. I have this as a menu item as pictured. My only issue is, that when I click podcast (just a link to /blog/category/podcast/ it highlights both the Blog and Podcast menu items (pictured above), which makes sense, as each podcast is technically a blog post.

What I'm looking to accomplish is make it so that the blog menu item is not highlighted whenever one is at the Podcast link (/blog/category/podcast/) or when one is looking at a blog post with the sole category being 'Podcast'. I currently have a child theme but have been stumped as to what code I would need in my functions.php to allow me to accomplish this. I appreciate any help or guidance.

  • You might not need to do it in functions.php. This behaviour can probably be changed using CSS. If you could post a link to your site, I might be able to help. – Dmitry Mayorov Oct 19 '16 at 5:49
  • I was thinking I would potentially have to use functions.php to change the css conditionally. However, I'd love a css only way if that's possible. Site is here bit.do/podcastlink Thanks for taking a look! – Auborey Oct 19 '16 at 13:49

From what can see on your website, the Blog page is highlighted in a same way as a Podcast page because it has a class 'current_page_parent' that has the same styling in CSS as a 'current-menu-item' which is used on a Podcast menu item.

This means that the Podcast page is a child page of a Blog page. So there are two possible solutions for your problem in this case.

Solution 1.

Make the Podcast page a stand-alone (not child) page. Then this class will disappear with unwanted styling.

Solution 2.

If changing page hierarchy is not an option, add this CSS using a child theme, or Custom CSS plugin (like this one):

.header.white .topnav li.current_page_parent > a {
    opacity: 0.75 !important;
    font-family: Raleway;
    font-weight: normal;

This will revert the styles applied to that menu item.

Update 10/26/2016

As per your follow-up question, the snippet will look like this:

.category-podcast .header.white .topnav li.current_page_parent>a {
    opacity: 0.75 !important;
    font-family: Raleway;
    font-weight: normal;

Now it will work only on a podcast category archive.

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  • Wow, thank you Dmitry. I should've been aware of the current_page_parent selector! The solution 2 was exactly what I was looking for, and is an ideal option given my current child theme. Cheers, and thanks again! – Auborey Oct 20 '16 at 4:55
  • No problem, I'm glad it helped! – Dmitry Mayorov Oct 20 '16 at 8:03
  • Dmitry, sorry to bother you again. I wanted to inquire as to whether or not you knew a good way to make the "blog" link also highlight when an individual non-podcast is clicked. – Auborey Oct 25 '16 at 5:09
  • Basically, your solution works great, the only downside, is the blog menu link is now not highlighted whenever one is on a blog post (of category not podcast). – Auborey Oct 25 '16 at 5:09
  • Sorry for delay. I've updated the answer. Now it should work. – Dmitry Mayorov Oct 26 '16 at 15:33

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