Disable WordPress Parent Menu Link


  1. Mike

    Just spent an hour searching for the answer to this and apart from using JavaScript I couldn\’t get a result.

    Then I saw your solution and it was exactly what I needed.

    Great stuff – Thank you!

    Mike 🙂

  2. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I\’ve been using # to trigger drop downs, but this solution is much nicer.

  3. Glad to have been a help to you both. Check back now and again, I\’ll try to keep posting these tips as I come across them in my development.

  4. Terry

    I was using the Disable Parent Menu Link plugin — will try this simple method, as the fewer conflict possibilities the better.

  5. Dustin

    I use this same technique to just apply section breaks in a list for a nav menu and just encountered a problem after upgrading to WP 3.3. Seems that without anything as an href wp ignores any css I have targeting the custom link. Any ideas? Have you experienced this at all? What I\’m actually having a problem with is that any items I have as sub items of the custom menu item with empty url are displaying the current page class from the top level menu item above.

    1. Dustin, do you have a link that I could see this in action?

      1. Dustin

        Here\’s a link. http://www.eacpds.com/
        Currently I just commented out the current-menu-item class. The area which I \’m referring to is the blue nav area on the left. The white links should be a dark gray when they are the current page, but like I said that is commented out now so they just stay white.

      2. Dustin, checking the source code, it seems like it should be working correctly. The top level parent link has a class of current-menu-ancestor and current-menu-parent, and the submenu item has these classes: current-menu-item and current_page_item.

        I do notice now that the parent list item is wrapped in an anchor like this: <a>Software</a> – which may be something new in 3.3, I\’m not sure. You may need to add another class to your CSS like this:

        li.current-menu-ancestor li.current-menu-item a { color: #ccc }

  6. Mike

    Doesn\’t work anymore on WordPress 4.1. Any other hint?

    1. Hi Mike – I just tested it and it\’s still working for me… what kind of error are you getting?

  7. brilliant. excellent. awesome. this helped me a lot. thanks.

  8. FrankW

    Many Thanks !

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