Hello there i have a navigation menu in my wordpress theme. The navigation menu has two items. One has the label “home” and the other “categories”. I need to rename the label “home” to something else and the “categories” label name as well. How is this possible on the fly?

  • Have you logged into WordPress, in the sidebar go to Appearance > Menus? After you add a link to a menu, you can change the label of the menu item. Jul 2, 2019 at 13:46
  • I need to change it by code because i have to check for if statement first
    – stefanosn
    Jul 2, 2019 at 13:47

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Maybe try filtering just the menu items you want when they get printed back on the front end. You can do that in functions.php

Here you can filter the HTML list content for navigation menus. https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/hooks/wp_nav_menu_items/

After some talk, give this a try and then call your lo() where you need it:

function lo() { 
  add_filter( 'wp_nav_menu_items', 'dynamic_label_change', 10, 2 ); 

  function dynamic_label_change( $items,$args) { 

    if($args->theme_location == 'primary'){ 
      $items = str_replace("Categories", "new_string", $items); 
      $items = str_replace("Latest Offers", "another_new_string", $items); 
    return $items; 
  • How do i call this function?
    – stefanosn
    Jul 2, 2019 at 14:00
  • You can drop this snippet into your functions.php file. Jul 2, 2019 at 14:04
  • Ok but how the call should be made from another php file? I need to call it whenever i want...
    – stefanosn
    Jul 2, 2019 at 14:05
  • If you'd like, you can drop this in any theme file really. It is going to filter out the nav items that are printed back from wp_nav_menu(). Which theme file are you trying to work with? Jul 2, 2019 at 14:07
  • I mean what needs to be passed with the function $items, $args ...
    – stefanosn
    Jul 2, 2019 at 14:09

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