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WordPress - how to display custom menu in a theme?

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Hi,
I'm using WordPress 3.0.5, I added a menu called "Top Menu" through WP-Admin-> Appearance->Menus
I added some pages to it, how can I display it in the header of my theme? Is there any function to call such custom menus?

Thanks
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Question by:rajoo_sharma
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by:jeremyjared74
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If the WP Nav Menu is active in your current theme, just add this to your header.php file where you want the menu:
<?php wp_nav_menu( array( 'sort_column' => 'menu_order', 'container_class' => 'menu-header' ) ); ?>

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If it isn't activated try adding this just before the closing ?> PHP tag in the functions.php file along with the code above for the header.php:
add_theme_support( 'menus' );

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by:rajoo_sharma
ID: 34931894
Hi,
Thanks for the reply. I'm new to WordPress so my queries could be really stupid :)

1. I've two custom menus "Top Menu" and "Bottom Menu"
2. I added the following code in the header.php
<?php wp_nav_menu( array( 'sort_column' => 'menu_order', 'container_class' => 'menu-header' ) ); ?>

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3. It always shows me the Top Menu, how can I get a menu by name or ID?
4. Adding or removing this piece of code
add_theme_support( 'menus' );

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at the end of the functions.php makes no difference. The menu always appears.

Regards
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jeremyjared74 earned 500 total points
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I am not sure what you have going on in your menu's. Beside the spot where you add a custom menu it should say something like your theme supports 1 or 2 custom menu's or your theme doesn't currently support custom menus. If it says it supports 2 then you will have to find where the call to the nav menu is.

If your theme doesn't support custom menu's then add this code for up to three custom menu's:

CODE FOR FUNCTIONS.php:
add_action( 'init', 'register_my_menus' );

function register_my_menus() {
	register_nav_menus(
		array(
			'primary-menu' => __( 'Primary Menu' ),
			'secondary-menu' => __( 'Secondary Menu' ),
			'tertiary-menu' => __( 'Tertiary Menu' )
		)
	);
}

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Then add this to the header:
<?php wp_nav_menu( array( 'theme_location' => 'primary-menu' ) ); ?>

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And this to the footer.php or wherever you want it:
<?php wp_nav_menu( array( 'theme_location' => 'secondary-menu' ) ); ?>

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Then use this one in the sidebar.php for a sidebar menu:
<?php wp_nav_menu( array( 'theme_location' => 'tertiary-menu' ) ); ?>

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by:rajoo_sharma
ID: 34932007
Hi,

Thanks for such a great detailed explanation. I could achieve what I wanted.

I've one more query related to displaying select Page's/Post's teaser in a block using admin. How can I accomplish this? e.g. a video on a home page or teaser of about us page on home page in a block / region.

Should I post another question for this?

Regards
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by:jeremyjared74
ID: 34932147
You could use the featured image feature to achieve this. Here is a link to a good source. Let me know if you have any questions.

http://ponderwell.net/2011/02/wordpress-featured-images-and-custom-thumbnail-sizes/
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by:rajoo_sharma
ID: 34932244
Thanks again,
I'll surely post questions as I've just started using WordPress :).

Regards
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by:rajoo_sharma
ID: 34932269
Thank you for such an accurate solution.
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by:jeremyjared74
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You're welcome. Let me know if you run into any problems with the featured image hack.
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