Add Custom Navigation Menu to Footer

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Sometimes, a single menu in the header area is simply not enough! Fortunately, with Thesis, you can reproduce the default menu in other areas – or you can utilize the WordPress Menu system to place different menus in different locations.

The example in this article covers adding just such a menu to your Thesis footer.

If all you want to do is duplicate your existing Thesis Navigation Menu in the footer, you can simply place this code in custom_functions.php:

add_action('thesis_hook_footer', 'thesis_nav_menu');

But what if you’d like to add a custom menu containing a unique set of items? You can take advantage of the WordPress Menu system to do this in Thesis.

First, you’ll need to register the new menu with WordPress. To do this, add the following code to your custom_functions.php file:

register_nav_menu('footer','Footer Menu');

function custom_footer_menu() {
    'container' => '',
    'menu_id' => 'footer_nav',
    'fallback_cb' => 'thesis_nav_menu',
    'theme_location' => 'footer',

Once this is done, you’ll go to Appearance > Menus, and build your new footer navigation menu.

First, click the + tab, assign a menu name (such as Footer Menu), then click the Create Menu button.

Then, add your desired items to the menu you just created – remember to click the Save Menu button when you’ve finished your selections!

Now, when you view your site, you’ll see your newly created footer menu in place at the bottom of the page!