Can't reorder pages in default menu
I am trying to reorder pages into new sections, move some child pages to be top-level pages, etc. I have tried all the ways to do this, but nothing seems to be working.
I can’t reorder the pages from the space to edit metadata on Pages > All Pages. I also cannot reorder them when editing an individual page.
I can create custom menus in Appearance > Menus, but this doesn’t fix the problem because the URL’s still show the pages as children of the wrong parents. It also means that I have to spend a lot of time adjusting my menus manually.
Has anyone else been having this problem? I have already increased my max_input_vars to allow for more pages in my menu. Not sure of anything else that might be causing this problem. Thank you.
It sounds like your theme may not support custom menus. If it does, you should see a “manage locations” tab on the Appearance > Menus screen. You’ll need to define your nav menu from there.
By default, WordPress just adds all pages to the main menu, and allows you to control parent/child relationships and page order from the edit page screen.
If your theme doesn’t support menus, you’ll have to edit some code or contact the theme creator.
Hi, dauidus, I apologize; I don’t think I explained this very well before. I am able to create these custom menus and assign them.
However, I am unable to control the parent / child relationships on the edit page screen. I see where I should be able to do this, and I have done this in the past. But now when I try to do this and save, my hierarchical edits disappear.
PS – I am not sure if this would make a difference, but my pages are translated (using WPML).
Oh, I see. I’m not sure how using WPML would influence parent/child relationships and page hierarchies. You might try disabling that plugin to see if the problem persists.
The only other thing I can think of would be that the theme creator somehow disabled the parent/child feature with a custom function.
Let me know what you find… i’m intrigued.
Marty, I don’t know if this is your problem but I lost control of part of the menu options after I loaded the Yoast SEO Plugin. All the drop down boxes just froze and would not function. If I understand you correctly, you can not drag and drop your menu items into different positions. Try deactivating the Plugins one at a time.
Another action would be to try the same procedure on another site and see if it works there.
@dauidus: Thanks, I’ll check to see if deactivating WPML helps. I’ll keep you posted.
@les: Thank you for the suggestion, but you and I are not having the same problem. I can create custom menus through the drag-and-drop process. I just cannot reorder my default page hierarchy, e.g. I can’t reassign a page to a different parent.
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