How to Add Categories and Dropdown Categories in Thesis theme Navigation Menu

Nowadays everyone wants to add categories in their navigation bar and they want sub categories also showing as dropdown categories in navigation bar. For that in this post I am going to show how to add categories and dropdown categories in thesis navigation bar. It is very simple for thesis theme users.

Ok. Let us go to see how to add categories in thesis theme navigation bar.

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In case you can’t watch our video follow below steps.

  • First go to wordpress admin.
  • In wordpress admin go to Post and click Categories. Create a sub category for already existing parent category or create a new parent category and create a sub category.
  • Main thing is each category should have any one post. Then only it will display otherwise it won’t display in navigation bar.
  • After finishing above process, go to thesis option and click thesis option, then go to Navigation menu and in navigation menu click include these category pages in nav menu, then select categories and click save as per below screen shot.
Category Adding
  • Now you can see your site navigation it is showing as per below screen shot.
Dropdown categories

If you have any question about this post, write in comment box. Hope it is useful for you. Share your experience in comment box.

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  • Tinh December 30, 2009, 11:23 PM

    Great tip for blogger and hope you will share more Thesis tutorials soon

    • Pascal December 30, 2009, 11:30 PM

      Thanks. You can get more tutorials daily .

  • Anish K.S December 31, 2009, 7:17 AM

    Nice tutorial.

  • Jason January 6, 2010, 12:18 AM

    This is great! But do you have any idea how to make the category appear somewhere else in the menu, instead of as the last menu item only?

    • Pascal January 6, 2010, 3:41 PM

      I will post that soon. Thanks for asking Jason.

  • colm flanagan February 11, 2010, 5:09 PM

    Hi, when i try to add a sub category it appears as a parent category however when i select the the sub and parent cat to show in the nav it works but duplicates the parent…Any idea on what im doing wrong??

    • Pascal February 11, 2010, 6:46 PM

      First you have to give your site name, then only we can rectify your problem. at the time of creating sub-category you have to mention parent category also.

      • colm flanagan February 11, 2010, 6:50 PM

        that is my site, thanks for the quick reply..

        • Pascal February 11, 2010, 7:05 PM

          i will check, then i will inform you.

          • Pascal February 11, 2010, 7:08 PM

            contact us i will help you.

  • Suneel April 22, 2010, 8:25 PM

    This is a nice and informative tutorial.

    Thanks for making it.

    • Suresh April 22, 2010, 9:18 PM


      You can get more thesis tutorials on youtube channel

  • Abhi January 20, 2011, 10:07 AM

    Thanks for the tips, i was able to have categories appear in nav menu, but i decided to separate or have spaces on the nav menu, used the following code in custom.css
    .custom .menu .tab { margin-right: 1em; }

    But my category menu seems not having spaces

  • SonDan April 20, 2011, 9:17 AM


    What key combo do I use to select categories for the nav menu in the Thesis/WP dashboard when they are not sequential like they are in your example? I tried shift/enter, ctrl/enter but can’t make selections permanent.

    Please advise.

    Thank you.

  • Raj @ Social Media News August 19, 2011, 11:19 PM

    any advise for making secondary menu like the one in blogussion??

    • Suresh August 20, 2011, 1:01 PM

      hai Raj,
      Just use thesis_hook_before_header and thesis_hook_above_header for two navigation with different tabs and css..


  • Pete Sveen April 14, 2012, 10:22 PM

    Thanks so much! Your tutorial was quick and to the point. I have thesis and really wanted to get a category drop down menu. Now I have one. Thanks again!