Add Ancestor Class to Single Posts

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Do you want to add ancestor class to single posts? When you open a single post page (i.e. single.php), you don’t get any current_page_item or current-page-ancestor classes on your wp_nav_menu. You can’t also tell your users in which section they currently are.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function add_single_post_ancestor_nav_class($classes, $item){
    global $post;
    $is_ancestor = false;
    if ( is_single() ) {
        if ( $post->post_type != 'post' ) {
        	// Checks if the custom-post-type label name matches the title of the nav-page-item
        	$post_type_obj = get_post_type_object($post->post_type);
        	$post_type_labels = $post_type_obj->labels;
        	$post_type_name = $post_type_labels->name;
        	if( $item->title == $post_type_name ) { $is_ancestor = true; }
        else {
        	// Checks if one of the single-post categories matches the title of the nav-page-item
        	$categories = get_categories();
        	foreach ( $categories as $category ) {
        		if ( in_category($category->name) && $item->title == $category->name ) { $is_ancestor = true; }
        if( $is_ancestor ){ $classes[] = 'current-page-ancestor'; }
    return $classes;
add_filter('nav_menu_css_class' , 'add_single_post_ancestor_nav_class' , 10 , 2);

If the generic name in the labels don’t match the title of the page, then it won’t add the class.

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. Can you put the code on this page? I can’t see it…

    1. Updated!

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