I seen many articles about navigation menu walking:


How to add a custom field in the advanced menu properties?

the problem is, its just a definition. How to actually make it alive?


You use the walker in your theme, wherever you call your nav menu.

So for example, if you currently have a "topnav" menu in your theme, like this:

wp_nav_menu(array('menu' => 'topnav');

and your custom walker is called "myCustomWalker", you would update the wp_nav_menu call like this:

        'menu'   => 'topnav', 
        'walker' => new myCustomWalker()

Just make sure to work in a child theme, so that when your theme updates, your call to the new walker (and the walker itself) are not lost.

  • yea, thats right, but I cant see this method call at all – John Smith Jan 10 '18 at 15:47
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    Could you clarify what you mean? Have you added the walker to your theme and tried to call it - and it's not outputting correctly? – WebElaine Jan 10 '18 at 18:23
  • I was browsing for this method and its not used anywhere. – John Smith Jan 12 '18 at 12:08
  • because Im using "ultimatum" theme – John Smith Jan 12 '18 at 12:28
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    Not all themes use custom walkers. They're not always necessary, it just depends on what HTML you need from your nav_menus. If you want to start using one, create a child theme and use the walker there. – WebElaine Jan 12 '18 at 15:07

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