[wp-hackers] wp_dropdown_categories and multiple selections

Doug Stewart zamoose at gmail.com
Sun Mar 4 02:02:36 UTC 2012

Have you tried out Display Widgets? I've had good success with that.


On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM, David Law
<wp-hackers at google-adsense-templates.co.uk> wrote:
> On Sat, 3 Mar 2012 11:48:13 -0700, you wrote:
>>> Maybe a better question would have been how to generate a comma
>>> seperated list of categories for the $only variable without the user
>>> typing them out as 3,8,123 since wp_dropdown_categories doesn't have
>>> that as a feature :-)
>>> Any ideas?
>>> David
>>There's a ticket on the track discussing this very topic:
>>In your case, I'd echo scribu's sentiment and ask why not just provide a
>>list of checkboxes as is done with the Categories metabox? UX for a
>>multiple-select dropdown is awful.
> Hey Drew,
> Just figured it out, used code from this plugin
> http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/widgets-reloaded/ which includes a
> multiple selection categories form within the widget-categories.php
> file.
> I'm not a programmer (really struggle with PHP) and considered
> multiple checkboxes, but sites with a lot of categories would be a
> mess to fit in a widget. The solution I used I've limited the box to 6
> items with a scroller so it's a simple hold CTRL and click the
> categories I want to select.
> I looked at around a dozen popular, recent and similar widget plugins
> for ideas to solve this problem before finding Widgets Reloaded and
> they ALL lack the ability to select exactly which cateogries to use,
> the better ones tend to have the ability to use only one category or
> exclude only one cateogry.
> Seems a lack of a useful feature not to have a WordPress function like
> wp_dropdown_categories that would allow for easy multiple selections,
> seems a lot of widgets could benefit from this functionality. I agree
> adding multiple selection to an actual dropdown form would be awful,
> they are designed for single selection.
> David
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