Shortcodes in Menus


Allows you to add shortcodes in WordPress Navigation Menus so that you can generate links dynamically. Also allows you to add full fledged html sections to navigation menus.


This new version adds a Shortcode box on the Nav Menus screen. The earlier functionality using the Links box will be deprecated over the next few versions. Please switch to this new box, asap.


See the screenshots.

Also, see a great tutorial by Aurovrata Venet

Special Thanks To


  • Check the screen options, if you don't see the Shortcode box.
  • Check the Shortcode option to see the new Shortcode box.
  • Add your shortcode/HTML to the text area (not a link, in the screenshot). Optionally, add a title.
  • The menu item is saved.
  • The html is displayed.
  • Old Method: In the Links box, add your shortcode in the URL field.
  • Old Method: If you want to use a shortcode that outputs not just the URL, but complete HTML sections, write FULL HTML OUTPUT in the Link Text option for that link and it will output the complete HTML without breaking your site.
  • Old Method: The menu item is saved.


  1. Add the plugin’s folder in the WordPress’ plugin directory.
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. You can now add ShortCodes in the custom links of the menus.
  4. To test this, you can add a custom link with a ShortCode [gs_test_shortcode] as link, if it points to, plugin is working
  5. If you want to use a ShortCode that outputs not just the url, but complete HTML sections, please make use of the title ‘FULL HTML OUTPUT’ for that link and it will output the complete HTML without breaking your site.


Still working

Despite the fact that this plugin is more than two years without any update, it is working properly.

Player in nav menu nice!

What can I say..

It lets me put a short-code in the nav menu, same way you would add links.
So I can display a radio player in my nav menu, or anything else.. thanks a lot!

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Contributors & Developers

“Shortcodes in Menus” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Initial Plugin uploaded.


  • Added prefix to function which was conflicting with another plugin


  • Tested with WordPress 4.0


  • Added ability to echo complete HTML output instead of just URL by using ShortCode


  • Added new Shortcode box to Menu Editor
  • Added html support.
  • Deprecated Links box basis.
  • Added screenshots
  • Updated readme and instructions


  • Bug fix for custom links with ShortCode like structure not being displayed in the nav menus.


  • Removed the error trigger on the FULL HTML OUTPUT usage
  • Added the feature to use shortcodes in titles of menu items as well(works with all types of menu items)
  • Resolved the PHP Notice, popping up in the error log while adding new shortcodes


  • Fixed the bug with clean_url filters as reported by Lee Willis
  • Made the code translation ready.