i have a problem. I have an CSS Dropdown Menu. The HTML Code of the is this:

<ul id="nav">
  <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Archiv</a></li>
  <li><a href="#" class="sub-nav">Kontakt</a>
      <li><a href="#">Submenue 1</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Submenue 2</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Submenue 3</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">Impressum</a></li>

WordPress makes them into the following:

<ul id="nav" class="menu">
    <li id="menu-item-636" class="menu-item menu-item-type-custom menu-item-object-custom menu-item-636">
    <li id="menu-item-614" class="sub-nav menu-item menu-item-type-post_type menu-item-object-page menu-item-614">
    <li id="menu-item-615" class="menu-item menu-item-type-post_type menu-item-object-page menu-item-615">
        <a href="http://welitso.de/2010?preview=1&template=welitso_html5&stylesheet=welitso_html5" title="archiv">Archiv</a>
            <li><a href="#">Submenue 1</a></li>
    <li id="menu-item-1013" class="menu-item menu-item-type-custom menu-item-object-custom menu-item-1013">

How can i tell WordPress that the link on "menu-item-615" should have the a-class "sub-nav" ?

  • 1
    I posted an answer to an almost identical question here. Use that code, and change 'has_children` with your sub-nav class. Dec 18, 2011 at 18:39
  • Thank you. Now i get the class in the "li" element. How can i put this as a link class to the link in this li element? --> <li><a href="#" class="sub-nav">Entry 1</a></li>
    – hazelnut
    Dec 20, 2011 at 19:48
  • You don't need it on the link; just use ... li.sub-nav > a when selecting the element Dec 23, 2011 at 12:28

1 Answer 1


This is tested, this will take all your sub nav and add the class.

$('#nav li > ul').parent().children("a").addClass("sub-nav");
  • Thanks but i think that adds an class to the ul. I need it in a link tag.
    – hazelnut
    Dec 18, 2011 at 17:59
  • try my edited code, you can just add an a after the class selector Dec 18, 2011 at 18:00
  • That would only affect on this link (615)? If I add more such links, I would have to repeat this ever and ever. Is there any possibility, menu entries with a sub-menu provide with a class?
    – hazelnut
    Dec 18, 2011 at 18:06
  • check my edit, now the above code will apply on all the sub menu only if it has Dec 18, 2011 at 18:12
  • Thanks! :) But i dint understand how should i past this? In the wp_nav_menu code?
    – hazelnut
    Dec 18, 2011 at 18:26

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