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HowTo:a widget listing a category name as the title and entries for the children

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Old Sep 29, 2009, 08:26 PM
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HowTo:a widget listing a category name as the title and entries for the children

Let's say you have several categories 'Books', 'Toys', and 'Clothes' and you want to have sub-categories under each, like this:
books->fiction, nonfiction, biography
toys->board games, card games, sports
clothing->mens, womens, children

now what you want in the sidebar is three sections

BOOKS <- NOT a link
fiction <- link
nonfiction <- link
biography <- link

TOYS <- NOT a link
board games <- link
card games <- link
sports <- link

CLOTHING <- NOT a link
mens <- link
womens <- link
children <- link

Here is how you can do this
1) get and activate exec-php plugin (http://bluesome.net/post/2005/08/18/50/)
2) setup your categories and subcategories
3) get the ID of each parent category (dashboard->Posts->Categories->Edit then look at the HTML address in the BROWSER window - the last part is '..&cat_ID=4' - in this case '4' is the ID of this category
4) Add a text widget for each parent category and make the title the name of the parent (i.e 'BOOKS', 'TOYS', "CLOTHING'
5) add the following code to the 'text' part of the widget making sure the number matches the parent category ID
HTML Code:
HTML Code:
<?php echo wp_list_categories('child_of=4'); ?>
That should do it, you will have a list of the parent category and all it's children, but only the children will have links.
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Last edited by juggledad; Apr 30, 2010 at 06:58 AM. Reason: changed 'wp_list_cat' to 'wp_list_categories' since 'wp_list_cat' has been deprecated


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