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Dropdown Menu Nav with External Links

  • Does anyone know if ACF can create a dropdown menu nav (a select menu) that once an option is selected, it will redirect to an external link inputted via the custom field?

    A jump menu if you will.

    Detailed instructions would help! Thanks! 🙂

  • @alexi I’m not sure if I know exactly what you mean. I’ve personally never seen a select’s option be a link. And I’m talking about <select> form control.

    You could create a traditional dropdown, but would require css and js to work. If this is what you are wanting, you would want to create a repeater with a Link field type sub field with an array return type. Then you’re code would look something like the following. I’m using an example of a dropdown from W3Schools


    <?php if( have_rows('repeater_field_name') ) : ?>
    <div class="dropdown">
    	<button class="dropdown-button">Dropdown</button>
    	<div id="myDropdown" class="dropdown-options">
    		while( have_rows('repeater_field_name') ) : the_row();	
    			$link = get_sub_field('option_link');
    		<a href="<?php echo $link['url']; ?>" target="<?php echo $link['target']; ?>"><?php echo $link['title']; ?></a>
    		<?php endwhile; ?>
    <?php endif; ?>


    /* When the user clicks on the button, 
    toggle between hiding and showing the dropdown content */
    function myFunction() {
    // Close the dropdown menu if the user clicks outside of it
    window.onclick = function(event) {
      if (!'.dropdown-button')) {
        var dropdowns = document.getElementsByClassName("dropdown-content");
        var i;
        for (i = 0; i < dropdowns.length; i++) {
          var openDropdown = dropdowns[i];
          if (openDropdown.classList.contains('show')) {

    Then here are some styles. Some are necessary, but others can be changed to fit your needs.


    /* The container <div> - needed to position the dropdown options */
    .dropdown {
        position: relative;
        display: inline-block;
    /* Dropdown Content (Hidden by Default) */
    .dropdown-options {
        display: none;
        position: absolute;
        background-color: #f1f1f1;
        min-width: 160px;
        box-shadow: 0px 8px 16px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.2);
        z-index: 1;
    /* Links inside the dropdown */
    .dropdown-options a {
        color: black;
        padding: 12px 16px;
        text-decoration: none;
        display: block;
    /* Change color of dropdown links on hover */
    .dropdown-options a:hover {background-color: #ddd}
    /* Show the dropdown menu (use JS to add this class to the .dropdown-options container when the user clicks on the dropdown button) */
    .show {display:block;}

    I apologize if I’m not understanding you correctly.

  • you can do this by creating a navigation Folder and adding Navigation Links to it which send visitors to external sites.

  • As i see you have a custom code that scrolls to some anchor in the code. So this prevents default onclick events even for external links.

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