I need to add a menu item but it is available as a parent item, I am trying it as follows but in the menu option it is shown as the child of the parent item Settings> My plugins name:

add_action( 'admin_menu', 'my_plugin' );

function my_plugin() {
        'My Options',
        'My plugins name',

I have reviewed this section: https://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities, but there are many options, I am learning to create plugins for Wordpress.

Thank you very much for your help.

1 Answer 1


That's because it's a helper function for adding pages to the settings section, not the lower level API you expected:

This function is a simple wrapper for a call to add_submenu_page(), passing the received arguments and specifying options-general.php as the $parent_slug argument. This means the new options page will be added as a sub menu to the Settings menu.


Instead, you want add_menu_page https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/add_menu_page/

  • Many thanks to this option I can add submenu, depending on the parent menu? Sep 18, 2017 at 23:30
  • yeah, add_submenu_page, look at the related functions on the docs
    – Tom J Nowell
    Sep 18, 2017 at 23:34

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