A minor but delightful addition to Custom Menus in WordPress 3.6

I was testing out the next version of WordPress (3.6) to see what awesome things we have in store.

With the removal of the Post Formats UI, the release is fairly standard, but one thing caught my eye: the improvements made to the Menus section.

First off it has had a facelift with the different types of posts and taxonomies in a user friendly accordion menu on the left, no more scrolling to find something which for me is bliss!


Multiple menus are now stored in a dropdown list at the top rather than a tabbed interface, meaning less clutter on the page when you have a lot of menus.

Each menu when created or selected to edit allows the normal addition of post, pages, etc and the drag and drop feature is still alive and well.

I’m still awaiting the day where it would be possible to select X number of pages, Y number of Posts and Z number of categories and add them to the menu all at once. That day hasn’t arrived yet, but here’s to being hopeful.

Each menu has a Menu Settings section where you can tick which locations you want the menu to appear in.

The really delightful thing is the new setting: Automatically add new top-level pages to this menu.

This will be especially useful to people who create websites for clients as when ticked, any newly created parent page will be added to the menu automatically. No more emails from clients wondering why there newly created content isn’t appearing on the menu!

There is also a secondary tab, the Manage Locations which seems to duplicate a lot of the processes already in the main tab, but can make it a little bit easier to manage.

Though using the older style, if you need some more help with Custom Menus, please check out this guide.