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Having a central logo with a Wordpress menu

At first it can appear tricky to achieve. You may have been used to an approach that involved setting up, two separate menus, within Wordpress. May you added a link to ‘home’ in between the items in a single menu. Or worse still you used JavaScript to change the position. Each of them have a less than ideal feeling to it. This is where flexbox can really help.

The problem

The problem with each of the methods I mention is they can break.

Two menu approach

Having two menus, requires a person to add items, between two menus. This requires you to switch between two menus in the Wordpress admin and add items. Which isn’t efficient.

Link to home

Having a link to home in the menu, means you have to find a way to uniquely identify it. This can be adding a class, to the item, in the admin, or another method. This adds uncertainty, as someone could change that class name accidentally. It also rules out using an image for your logo, this could be your preference.


Finally, JavaScript, I don’t really need to go into this. It’s just not ideal for this situation.

The solution

The basic idea behind this is using flexbox to change the order of our logo.

Removing the parent elements from the menu

By default Wordpress uses an unordered list for wp_nav_menu and also contains that in a div. For the setup we require we need to remove both the <div> and <ul>. Then add the <ul> back ourselves.

$args = array(
  ‘theme_location’  => ‘navigation’,
  ‘container’       => false,
  ‘items_wrap’      => ‘%3$s’,

echo ‘<ul class=“menu-items”>’;
echo ‘<li class=“menu-item menu-item-logo”><a href=“…” class=“logo”>iamsteve</a></li>’;
wp_nav_menu( $args );
echo ‘</ul>’;

The key parts of this are the container and items_wrap arguments. The container is false, so the additional <div> is removed. The items_wrap is modified to only include the items within the menu. This allows you to add the <ul> back yourself and add in your logo.

Flexbox layout

This depends on how many items you have. Ideally you’ll have an even number of menu items, not including the logo. Then you need to adjust the order.

.menu-items {
  display: flex; }

.menu-item-logo {
  order: 1; }

.menu-item:nth-last-of-type(2) {
  order: 2; }

The initial value for order is 0. So with that in mind, if we give the logo a value higher than that, this will move it to the end. Then we select the last items, I’m going off the basis of 5 items, including the logo. So that means 2 need to be selected.

It would require more CSS as a result to use nth-of-type, and you would have to select the 2nd and 3rd items as a result of how nth-of-type works. It allows for extra clarity when reading the code.

Final code with prefixes

I purposely kept the code above brief, so it was easier to read. I’ve run the original code through autoprefixer, to get more browser support easily.

.menu-items {
  display: -webkit-box;
  display: -webkit-flex;
  display: -ms-flexbox;
  display: flex; }

.menu-item-logo {
  -webkit-box-ordinal-group: 2;
  -webkit-order: 1;
  -ms-flex-order: 1;
  order: 1; }

.menu-item:nth-last-of-type(2) {
  -webkit-box-ordinal-group: 3;
  -webkit-order: 2;
  -ms-flex-order: 2;
  order: 2; }

A simple use case for flexbox

This adds to the reasons why flexbox is great. I like this method of reordering, because in the source order, the logo is first. So if there was any reason the CSS didn’t load, the page hierarchy still makes sense.

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