wordpress plugin

Hi, I am learning wordpress plugin. So far it does not look too hard. I was able to add a menu item in the WP admin area and that I pretty much understand. I was able to perform a jquery file upload to a php file. So far I don't see any problems.

However, for the life of me I want to add a link to the top menu when you visit the public site and when you click on that link it loads a function in my plugin. How do I make the connection? I've been all over google and youtube. Everything I read points me back to add_menu_page but that only adds to the admin area.
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Robert SaylorSenior DeveloperAsked:
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David H.H.LeeCommented:
Hi Robert Saylor,
You may refer this tutorial link how to create the menu item in wordpress. https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Menu_User_Guide

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Robert SaylorSenior DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks David,

I am looking for the 1 line of code that allows the plugin to append to the menu. I am writting my plugin as open source to learn and don't want the user who installs the plugin to have to go into modify the menu's.
David H.H.LeeCommented:
Noted. You can refer further on this article how to define your own custom menu with your plugin
http://code.tutsplus.com/tutorials/the-complete-guide-to-the-wordpress-settings-api-part-3-all-about-menus--wp-24749
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Robert SaylorSenior DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks but that is for the admin dashboard. I am using those with no issues just the frontend I am trying to append to the existing menu (nav bar I think is what they call it)
Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
Robert,

What if the site has no menus, or multiple?
Robert SaylorSenior DeveloperAuthor Commented:
ok, maybe I need to ask this a different way.

How do I make a link that is public? Then that link would call a function in my plugin. I think that might be the better way.
Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
Unless the link calls a specific PHP file, there isn't really a good way to do that outside of creating a whole new taxonomy and then hijacking it to call the function (massive overkill and difficult to boot).

Instead, add a query string and test for it in your function calls.  If the string exists, call the function completely, else quit.
tomas pattersonCommented:
Hi Robert,
Glad to know that you are learning WordPress plugins and getting it easily. No doubt, that WordPress is an unbeatable CMS that is preferred by ample of webmasters. As you have asked about addition a link for your plugins hence you may take a look at this thread https://wordpress.org/support/topic/adding-a-admin-menu-item-that-links-to-a-url. There are multiple ways to do this task, advised by professionals. I hope it will be helpful.
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