I have created a menu and registered its location in functions.php

function register_my_menus() {
      'footer-menu' => __( 'Footer Menu' )     
add_action( 'init', 'register_my_menus' );

Then I added menu in footer.php

    wp_nav_menu( array(
    'theme_location' => 'footer-menu',
    'menu_class'     => 'footer-links-menu',
    ) );

The menu appeared in menu section and worked perfectly displaying sample page, custom link and sample post.

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Now I unchecked the menu in back end. (Footer Menu)

The custom link and sample post are not coming. But the sample page link appears. Can some one help me if I am missing anything as the whole menu should not appear.

  • It is a default behavior of wordpress nav menu. You can select Footer Menu but delete all item from it to get rid of this issue. – Porosh Ahammed Sep 12 '17 at 5:05

This is controlled by the wp_nav_menu argument fallback_cb, which is the wp_page_menu function by default. Set it to false to show nothing in the case a menu isn't assigned.

wp_nav_menu( array(
    'theme_location' => 'footer-menu',
    'menu_class'     => 'footer-links-menu',
    'fallback_cb'    => false,
) );
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